Punta Cana (Dominican Republic)

Punta Cana Travel Guide and Trip Resources

Sarah Ackerman


Punta Cana is a region that covers the eastern tip of the Dominican Republic
Mostly a resort area, with its own international airport for convenient access
Seeing dolphins, or day trips to places like Santo Domingo or Saona Island are possible if you want to get off your resort for a bit

It's a safe bet to say that if you're flying out to find the beaches of your dreams, Punta Cana is going to fulfil your wishes. Stretched out like a boomerang along the eastern tip of the Dominican Republic, this region features some of the best beaches in the region and has its own international airport making the trip here all the much easier.

Hundreds of (often all-inclusive and largely five star) resorts line the coast of Punta Cana, mostly around Bávaro and further south towards the airport. And although the service and atmosphere in each is going to be different, there is one area in which they have a hard time differentiating themselves: the beaches. As good as it gets in the Caribbean, the beaches of Punta Cana are extremely clean, feature soft white sand and a gentle slope into the turquoise sea.

We bet that admiring the scenery through your sunglasses from under one of the tall thin palm trees is going to be your main pastime here. If that for whatever reason doesn't satisfy (why did you come here?), a game of golf or day trip to places like Santo Domingo or Saona Island most likely will.

Getting up close and personal with dolphins at Dolphin Island or Manati Park is another favorite, while given that this is the Atlantic coast and waters can be rough here, Punta Cana is not really a diving hotspot. [Review by travelindicator]


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Key info

  • Punta Cana is a region in Dominican Republic. It is situated at an altitude of 89ft and the best airport to fly into is PUJ (Punta Cana International, Punta Cana)
  • The main spoken language here is Spanish, and the average English skill is intermediate
  • The currency used in Dominican Republic is the Dominican peso (DOP)

Punta Cana Weather

Historical average maximum temperature per month (℉):

82 82 82 84 86 86 88 88 88 88 84 82

Historical average rainfall per month (inches):

2.6 2.1 2.1 2.7 4.9 4.1 3.1 4.1 4 6 4.6 3.1

More Punta Cana travel resources

First off you can read the Punta Cana Lonely Planet and Wikitravel articles. Then you can move on to US News for a few things to do here (mostly golf and beaches, to be fair). Meanwhile, USA Today has a list of the best beaches in Punta Cana. A good blog can be found at Lovepuffin or Fodor's while this list contains 12 hints and tips for people travelling to Punta Cana or the Dominican Republic in general. For help discovering the best of Punta Cana, check out the KAYAK Punta Cana Travel Guide

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