Congratulations! You finally made your decision to go to Punta Cana (An awesome decision in our opinion), but now you have some questions about it. But here come the staff of Top Punta Cana Resorts to help you with our best Punta Cana Tips!
Punta Cana Tips
Know what to bring
Punta Cana has grown lately and the town is modern now (keeping it’s identity of a coastal town of a island for sure). There are a lot of big stores there. But the town is a 15-30 minutes drive away from most resorts. So if you need something when in Punta Cana, you practically have two options: Buy it at the hotel, or take a taxi and go to the town. The big problem with these options is that both of them are expensive. Everything at the hotel is expensive, and very limited. The taxi to the town can be expensive, and you won’t know were to buy what you need. And this is not considering that you’ll have to pay the prices for the tourists (we all know that this happens everywhere in the world).
So make a list of everything that you will need for your trip and take it with you from home. Our general recommendation is to bring sunscreen (Please, a strong one), bug repellent, over the counter meds (for headaches and GI problems), toys or gaming console (portable) for your kids and flip flops. Depending the season, you might need something to keep you warm at night (remember, it can be chilly, but not a lot).
Know the resort that you are going. If you are going to a luxury resort and you plan to eat at some of A La Carte restaurants, bring the appropriated clothing for the occasion. The dress code is practically not enforced at Punta Cana, but at some restaurants it is.
Bring cash, but not too much
If you plan to stay at the resort, don’t bring too much cash. All the resorts take credit cards. You will need to bring small bills to tip at the resort. Remember, tips are not required, but a couple dollars per day are going to make your stay much better. We suggest to tip your maid daily, and tip bartenders and servers if you feel that they deserve it. Definitely tip for room service.
Always bring a small amount of cash to any excursion or every time that you leave the resort. As always, you should have some common sense here and avoid showing your money in public. Punta Cana is very safe, but you shouldn’t be showing your money.
Remember that depending your travel arrangements, you might have to pay the entrance permit at the airport ($10 USD per person). This is cash. And don’t exchange your dollars or euros for local currency. You won’t need it.
Don’t drink tap water
The tap water of the Dominican Republic is not potable, so don’t drink it. Your resort will provide you all the drinking water that you need at bars, restaurants and rooms. Most of the time is bottled water. Most people avoid brushing their teeth with tap water, but we have been doing without any problems. This is up to you. The tap water is not for drinking, but it’s treated.
Book your excursions with the resort or with a well known agency
More common sense here guys. Book your excursions with the resort. We know that is going to be a bit more expensive, but is the safest option. And if you want to save a couple bucks, please do your review and look for well reviewed tour operators. There are a lot of good agencies in Punta Cana. And always book with a operator that is going to pick you from the resort.
Another tip for excursions: If you book an excursion to Santo Domingo, consider that it’s a 2.5 hours drive there, and another 2.5 hours drive for the return.
We have a general tip for shopping at Punta Cana: learn to say no politely. If you go to the town to shop local souvenirs, everybody there will try to sell you something. If you are not interested, say “No, thank you” politely and they will leave you alone. This also applies to some resorts that try to sell you timeshare vacations. If you are not interested, say no.
Have a good attitude
We know that you have read a lot of reviews at TripAdvisor. We do it too. But you know that site and you know that a lot of reviewers are only pointing the bad things. If you are paying $200-$300 per night for an All-Inclusive package, don’t expect the accommodations and food quality of the Ritz Carlton. It will be good, but not that good.
Also, the star rating system for the Caribbean is not the one that we are used to. Just use it for a general idea. You can have $150 per night resort and a $400 per night resort with 4 stars each, and the quality between them is going to be considerably different.
So have a good idea of the resort that you are booking and come with a good attitude, and you will have the time of your life!
This leave us with the final of our Punta Cana Tips:
Enjoy your vacation!
Stop looking what’s wrong! Enjoy your time in the paradise with your family or friends. Do whatever you want while here and relax. We guarantee you that it’s going to be extraordinary!