Punta Cana is home to resorts that are dedicated to ensuring that young children have plenty to do, from on-site water parks to engaging kids clubs. They make sure that there’s something for couples and adults too, including adults-only resorts and excursions that allow you to discover the Dominican Republic’s heritage and culture.
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If you’re looking for year-round warmth from your all-inclusive holiday, then the Caribbean might be an ideal destination for you. Average high temperatures hover around the 30°C mark throughout the year, so be sure to pack appropriate clothes, but keep in mind that most all-inclusive restaurants insist men wear trousers or formal wear.
*Please note that the following temperatures were correct at the time of writing.
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Punta Cana is home to a wide variety of all-inclusive hotels that cater to a wide range of tastes and preferences, and while buffets are common, some hotels specialise in providing an à la carte dining experience, often in the form of speciality restaurants. Most family friendly all-inclusive hotels offer both adults-only restaurants as well as those with dedicated children’s’ sections, and some even offer dedicated healthy eating stations. Look out for live or show cooking stations if you want to see how your food is made.
Due to Punta Cana being by the sea, expect seafood such as lobster to be widely available, along with outdoor favourites such as barbeques, grills and steakhouses, as well as pizzerias.
Essentially, every all-inclusive hotel in Punta Cana has a pool and water slides, with some featuring full-fledged waterparks and the opportunity to take part in non-motorised water sports, including introductory scuba diving lessons, windsurfing and sailing.
Other facilities offered throughout all-inclusive hotels include spa facilities, gyms, sports activities from table tennis through to football. Hotel-run kids’ and teen clubs are usually available, so there should be something for children of all ages to do, including video games, mini-discos and more.
Hotel evening entertainment for adults usually includes an onsite nightclub, and you can also expect live music, dancers and shows, and even onsite casinos.
If the beach is a big part of your ideal summer holiday, then you’re in luck in Punta Cana. Punta Cana is located along the coast of the Dominican Republic, meaning that many of the all-inclusive hotels are located on the beach, with some only a couple of minutes away from the comfort of your hotel.
Who Goes There?
Punta Cana is exceptionally popular with Americans and Canadians, so expect to bump into them around the resort and when out and about. You’ll also find a lot of mainland European tourists, with German, French, Russian and Spanish holidaymakers historically visiting in greater numbers than British tourists.
That’s not to say that you won’t find any other British tourists; as of 2014, Brits were considered to be the 7th biggest group of tourists visiting this Dominican Republic resort town.
The cost of taxis in Punta Cana can vary quite a bit, so it’s advisable to ensure that you agree on a destination and price before you book. Taxis throughout the region can take dollars, pesos and euros, but they’re unlikely to work on an exact exchange rate, so it’s a good idea to ensure that when agreeing your price, you do it in the currency that you intend to pay with.
Although you’ll have the beach, night-time entertainment, swimming pools and plenty of activities to keep you entertained at your hotel in Punta Cana, if you’re looking to travel a little further afield, there are several tour operator approved excursions available.
Excursions can include lunch, but check with your holiday representative as your hotel may be able to provide you with a packaged lunch in the event that they don’t.
Great for families and big kids
Manatí Park – This Punta Cana theme park has a big focus on animals and allows you to get up close and personal with the wildlife and flora of the Dominican Republic. In addition to unforgettable experiences such as swimming with dolphins, Manatí Park also offers the opportunity to interact with crocodiles, sea lions, iguanas, parrots, birds of prey, horses and more, putting on a range of entertaining shows.
Outback Safari – Some tour operators offer excursions out into the nearby jungle scenery, allowing you to take in the natural surrounds from the comfort of an open safari truck. You’ll likely be offered the option to watch local products being made, including cherry cigars, rum, coconut oil and chocolate, usually with the opportunity to make a purchase.
Punta Cana Carnival – This annual celebration is a wonderful way to soak up the local and wider Caribbean culture, with performers from Aruba, Haiti and Puerto Rico often taking part in the Punta Cana Carnival. Expect the streets to be filled with Caribbean music, dancers and costumes during this colourful festival.
Great for adults and teenagers
Play Golf – Whether you’re a golf fanatic or just like to dabble, Punta Cana has some great options. Many all-inclusive hotels in the area have their own mini-golf courses, with some featuring their very own 18 hole golf course. If you go further afield, you’re spoiled for choice, with excursions available to the Punta Espada Golf Club, Caribbean Golf Club and the professionally designed Jack Nicklaus Signature Golf Courses.
Santo Domingo – Santo Domingo is the capital of the Dominican Republic and believed to be the largest Caribbean city. Here you’ll find lots of cultures and history to soak up, including visits to the Presidential Palace, the Columbus Monument, breathtaking examples of colonial history and more.
Festival of the Bulls – Neighbouring villages and towns show off their command of bovines and woman parade statues of the Virgin Mary through the streets during the Festival of the Bulls. This cattle herding festival only occurs once a year, so be sure to check when it’s happening before booking your holiday if you want to take part.
Altos De Chavón – Built during the seventies by a Paramount Studios set designer, this rustic looking village might appear centuries old, but the traditional cobblestones and crumbling facades are home to modern restaurants and shops, making this a truly unique experience.
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