At the far eastern tip of the Dominican Republic you’ll find Punta Cana, which is known for white sandy beaches lined with large resorts. This is an extremely international crowd during the high season, with certain resorts catering to a certain country’s crowd.
Spanish is obviously the main local language, but English is also common, especially at the resorts catering to Americans, Canadians, and Brits. With such a large crowd coming each winter you can be sure that there are a wide variety of activities, often involving water sports, but most people come to just hang around by the beach or pool during the day.
Punta Cana is mostly a mid-market to up-market destination, with very little in the way of budget resorts like you’d find in the Puerto Plata area. There is very good value here to be sure, but not many options for the lowest of budgets.
Where to stay
There are well over 100 resorts and hotels in Punta Cana, making it among the largest resort areas in the Caribbean. What’s more, many of the resorts here are large and all-inclusive on rambling grounds with private beaches, so many guests never emerge from their hotel’s property while they are in the country.
Punta Cana isn’t quite as cheap as Puerto Plata, but most people find it much nicer, and the all-inclusive resort packages here are among the cheapest in the Caribbean.
You’ll be flying into the huge Punta Cana International Airport, which is one of the busiest airports in all of the Caribbean, being served by over 50 different airlines.
Nonstop flights from:
San Juan, Miami, Fort Lauderdale, Atlanta, Houston, Dallas, Charlotte, Washington DC, Baltimore, Philadelphia, New York, Newark, Boston, Chicago, Cincinnatti, Calgary, Edmonton, Halifax, Montreal-Trudeau, Ottawa, Quebec City, Regina, Toronto-Pearson, Vancouver, London, Manchester, Paris, Frankfurt, Düsseldorf, Munich, Madrid, Brussels, Amsterdam, Zürich, Lisbon, Moscow