With stunning beaches, clear turquoise waters, soft white sand, and swaying palm trees, Punta Cana is one of the ultimate destinations for a vacation in the Dominican Republic. It comprises 10 beaches which can be explored by Jeep and scuba diving tours, sailing, horseback, or by foot making it one of the most popular places in the Caribbean. Below is a list of 7 things you should keep in mind to have a truly memorable and warm hustle-free vacation in Punta Cana.
- Random COVID-19 testing at the airport (PUJ)
COVID-19 testing is not required to travel to the Dominican Republic but please be aware that you may be selected for random testing upon arrival at the airport in Punta Cana (PUJ). On a recent trip, I was selected and it took two minutes for testing and to get my negative result. I was then fast-tracked through immigration while I watched others wait in the long line.
2. American dollars are accepted all over / Transact with US Dollars
Most individuals in Punta Cana accept payment in dollars. That being said, you don’t have to pay hefty charges in converting your money into Dominican Peso. Dollars are an acceptable payment for incursions as well as tips. This brings us to the next point;
Punta Cana has a tipping culture and it’s a great way to show appreciation to the locals who in turn will take great care of you during your visit. The tip can sometimes be included in the receipt as servicio or propina. We recommend tipping up to 20% of your total bill if offered exquisite service considering tips go a long way in Punta Cana.
4. Most resorts in the region are all-inclusive
With 90 percent of all resorts in Punta Cana being all-inclusive, (with one designed by Oscar de la Renta), travelers can prepay for packages. The all-inclusive vacation packages include but are not limited to food, room rates, alcohol, and lots of entertainment. There are plenty of great deals that make it possible to assuredly enjoy your night of eating and drinking with your wallet safely tucked away in your room.
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5. Nudity is big bold NO
With the Dominican Republic being majorly a staunchly Catholic nation, being nude or topless in public is against the law. You can dress light so as not to feel hot under the sun but if you still need your freedom, then opt for the private adult resorts with private rooftop pools. Needless to say, you need to respect the customs of every location you visit. This will save you lots of trouble.
6. Safe filtered water
Ignore what was said or written in the past, most hotels and resorts now offer filtered ice and water which is safe to drink. When in the Dominican Republic I brush my teeth with filtered water, which I recommend.
7. Book your airport transportation beforehand
Pre-book your airport transportation in advance to avoid the daunting air terminal procedures that will have you besieged by men offering transportation services. Taxis are expensive and the airport is about 30 minutes away from most resorts. Arranging airport transportation with your hotel is the cheapest and smartest route to take.
When you book your travel through Ivy League Travel, transportation is arranged for you and is included with the cost of your accommodation.
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