One of the most popular holiday resorts in the Dominican Republic, Punta Cana boasts fantastic beaches, aquamarine waters and warm tropical sunshine. Book your flight to Punta Cana now and you could be enjoying a dip in the Caribbean before you know it.
Between March and May beaches are generally less crowded and it can be easier to find cheap flights to Punta Cana. The weather is normally pretty good in the spring months, however rainfall does pick up as summer approaches. June to November is hurricane season in the Caribbean. Although the weather in Punta Cana is still general hot and sunny, storms are common and you may find your holiday turns into a washout.
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Punta Cana International Airport is one of the busiest in the Dominican Republic and is an important aviation hub for the Caribbean. Millions of passengers pass through its terminals every year and regular flights depart from the airport to destinations across the Caribbean, North, Central and South America and Europe.
The easiest way to travel from the airport to your hotel is by taxi or shuttle. A number of the resorts in the area offer shuttle services and private companies are available to provide transport to those that don’t. Some buses also serve the airport although connections are limited.
You can choose from a number of airlines when booking your flights to Punta Cana.
If you want to get out and see a little more of the Dominican Republic during your stay in Punta Cana, you’ll find the easiest way to travel is by car. If you want to do a lot of sightseeing you can hire a taxi driver for the day or take advantage of Punta Rena’s car rental options.
Short taxi journeys around Punta Cana are generally very affordable, making it easy to get out and explore.
A number of hotels offer regular shuttles to the most popular sights and attractions in the area. These can be an easy way to get around although destinations can be limited. Alternatively, you could hire a bike and explore the area under your own steam.
The main attractions in Punta Cana are the region’s beaches. Some of the best can be found on Catalina Island. Located just one and a half miles from the mainland, the island is a fantastic place for snorkeling, scuba diving and soaking up the sun.
During your stay in the region, a visit to Bavaro is a must. This is the place where the Caribbean Sea meets the Atlantic Ocean, offering great beaches and wonderful windswept views.
To learn a little more about the history of the Dominican Republic, visit Altos de Chavon, a recreated Mediterranean style village. Here you can find out more about the origins of the island’s culture and see some of its beautiful early architecture.
US passport holders don’t need a visa to travel to the Dominican Republic however tourist fees may be payable on arrival in the country.
When it comes to crowds, Punta Cana has serious seasonal fluctuations, and in the last decade it has burst into the mainstream as a convenient and affordable all-inclusive winter hot spot. This means the prime tourist season runs from late December to early April, when the weather is at its best. During this time hotels and beaches can be packed, but temperatures stay supremely comfortable, with days in the low 80s and nights dipping to the low 70s.
In the summer hurricane season, from June to November, the region can get downright empty, not to mention sweltering hot. Unlike Caribbean destinations farther south, the Dominican Republic is directly in the path of many tropical storms, and landfalls are common, so weigh that consideration carefully and get good travel insurance when planning for an off-season trip to Punta Cana. September and October have especially strong weather, and in fact, some resorts will close then to make improvements for the high season.
Shoulder-season travel—April and May—is the best way to beat the crowds and possibly score a deal on accommodations and flights. Weather will be a bit warmer than in the winter, though only be a few degrees.
Because it’s little more than a resort zone, Punta Cana itself doesn’t have a lot in the way of festivals and local events, but the Dominican Republic—like most Latin American countries—is very religious and therefore celebrates all major Christian holidays. Unique happenings to consider include the procession of Our Lady of Altagracia, a countrywide pilgrimage to the beautiful basilica in Higüey town, about 45 minutes from the hotel zones. Another is the Punta Cana Carnival in late February or early March.
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