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Perfect Punta Cana Holidays 2017 / 2018

As one of the most popular regions in the Dominican Republic, Punta Cana holidays are always buzzing with activity. The beautiful white sands and warm clear waters of the Caribbean Sea are the area’s greatest boast.

Those looking for holidays to Punta Cana should take note that the region’s primary hotel district stretches along the glorious beaches of Bavaro, where unspoilt shoreline and continual sunshine come as standard. An all-inclusive hotel with a spectacular view, what's better for a relaxing getaway in 2017 / 2018? However, venturing further afield will uncover Punta Cana’s true, typically Caribbean personality – laid-back, playfully fun and full of surprises.

Top resorts in Punta Cana

Punta Cana
Deposit from £29 per person

Punta Cana from £545 pp

Bavaro
Deposit from £29 per person

Bavaro from £625 pp

Uvero Alto
Deposit from £29 per person

Uvero Alto from £1073 pp

Most popular hotels in Punta Cana

Luxury Bahia Principe Ambar Green
Luxury Bahia Principe Ambar Green
Luxury Bahia Principe Ambar Green

Punta Cana, Punta Cana

from £922 pp
Majestic Colonial Punta Cana
Majestic Colonial Punta Cana
Majestic Colonial Punta Cana

Bavaro, Punta Cana

from £1129 pp
Punta Cana Princess All Suites & Spa
Punta Cana Princess All Suites & Spa
Punta Cana Princess All Suites & Spa

Punta Cana, Punta Cana

from £1001 pp
Barcelo Bavaro Palace Deluxe
Barcelo Bavaro Palace Deluxe
Barcelo Bavaro Palace Deluxe

Punta Cana, Punta Cana

from £1187 pp
Caribe Club Princess Beach Resort & Spa
Caribe Club Princess Beach Resort & Spa
Caribe Club Princess Beach Resort & Spa

Punta Cana, Punta Cana

from £823 pp
Catalonia Bávaro Beach, Golf & Casino Resort
Catalonia Bávaro Beach, Golf & Casino Resort
Catalonia Bávaro Beach, Golf & Casino Resort

Bavaro, Punta Cana

from £850 pp
Whala!Bávaro
Whala!Bávaro
Whala!Bávaro

Bavaro, Punta Cana

from £625 pp
Vista Sol Punta Cana Beach Resort & Spa
Vista Sol Punta Cana Beach Resort & Spa
Vista Sol Punta Cana Beach Resort & Spa

Bavaro, Punta Cana

from £800 pp

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  • Language: Spanish
  • Time Zone: GMT +-4
  • Average flight time: 9h 10m

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Top Attractions

Top Attractions

From its rich and varied past to the liveliness of its modern culture, the island of the Dominican Republic is one that caters to all travellers who enjoy a bit of local culture alongside their island paradise. Having a rich West African and Spanish influence, there is an element of European art and music in Punta Cana as well as the rhythm of merengue and passion of bachata.

If you are looking to get out and about, explore Altos de Chavon, a replica of a 16th-century Italian village. From Punta Cana, you are only a short trip from popular historical sites. In Santo Domingo, you can walk the street, Zona Colonial, which Christopher Columbus and Ponce de Leon walked hundreds of years before. The great shopping is one of the top things to do in Punta Cana, but the best buys are the local products, such as the amber jewellery and decorative pieces.

Also popular are Dominican turquoise products, Creole dolls, and limestone carvings; be prepared to bargain, the sellers will be! Most hotels in Punta Cana will have vendors selling their arts and crafts to sightseers for unique souvenirs to take home. Outside of hotels, there are a few open-air shopping plazas with small shops and boutiques selling jewellery, rum, beach clothes and cigars.

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Wine and Dine

Wine and Dine

Local Punta Cana food is a must try and one of the best Punta Cana attractions. Fresh fish is caught daily, and the Dominican Republic is home to a fantastic selection of produce, such as mangoes, tomatoes, papaya, and all of this is incorporated into their dishes. You cannot leave without trying some of the best food that the Dominican Republic can offer, like sancocho, perfect for large feasts, and delicious empanadas usually stuffed with a combination of meat and cheese. Those banana-like fruits you will see around the island are plantains, and these must be cooked in order to be eaten, and mangu and tostones are two incredibly tasty Dominican dishes made with the same ingredient. Try the traditional seafood in quiet Uvero Alto, away from the crowds, for an authentic feel.

Don’t forget to ask for the local cuisine at all-inclusive accommodation, the hotel staff will love it!

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For Families

For Families

For family holidays in 2017 / 2018, Punta Cana will have you spoilt for choice. If you’re travelling with young kids, you don’t need to worry as most of the beaches and all-inclusive hotels around Punta Cana are family-friendly. The beaches are brimming with fun activities and games for children of all ages to enjoy, while you can sit back and relax under the Dominican sun. Even more so if you book all inclusive, as most of the hotels will have extensive kid's entertainment.

The water is one of the top Punta Cana attractions, as it is calm and clear, allowing for perfect swimming conditions. Also, there is a fantastic water park at Manati Park, located just a hop, skip and a jump away in nearby Bavaro, with entertaining shows and a chance to make some real gold holiday memories and go swimming with dolphins.

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Action and Adventure

Action and Adventure

Holidays to Punta Cana are a great way to enjoy some water sports; with activities such as parasailing, windsurfing, jet-skiing and deep-sea fishing, you’ll have a hard time pulling yourself out of the water to enjoy all the Dominican Resort has to offer on shore.

If you want to get out into nature, then join one of the 4-wheel drive tours across the countryside. From the front seat of the truck, you’ll travel through the jungle, empty beaches, and more. Dune buggy trips across the miles of sand are a common activity for holidaymakers, but for those with a more daring streak, the canopy-covered areas slightly inland provide unequalled opportunities for zip-wiring.

Punta Cana is also renowned for its incredible golf courses, which offer leisurely 18-hole rounds in the sun, next to the coastline. Take a swing!

There are also a variety of shark and ray encounter tours available for those brave enough on Punta Canta holidays to experience the indigenous marine life up close and personal.

If the above sounds a little too adventurous, then try a more relaxing attraction and head to one of the regions golf courses, or unwind in the leafy expanses of Punta Cana’s parks and ecological centres. If you’re lost, ask the concierge at the desk of your all-inclusive hotel, they’re here to help you have the best holiday you can!

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Life's a Beach

Life's a Beach

Possibly one of the most popular Punta Cana attractions is soaking up the sun and sunbathing on the Caribbean coast. The sugar white sand and blue Caribbean skies make Punta Cana the ideal place to catch a few rays and work on that tan. From hotels with beachfront access to all-inclusive resorts with their own private beachfront, a 2017 / 2018 Dominican Republic holiday can be shaped by your beach needs.

Most of the beaches in Punta Cana revolve around the hotels and all-inclusive resorts of the region, but there are secluded spots to be found along one Punta Cana’s 35 miles of coastline. If you are looking for a little privacy, move down the beach away from the hotels, and you’ll quickly find yourself alone and at ease. Choose Uvero Alto over Bavaro Beach, for example. For most travellers and holidaymakers, Punta Cana holidays are all about relaxation, often in all-inclusive style. With miles of soft, warm sand, glistening sea, and rugged scenery, doing so is easy.

Punta Cana easily competes with its beach holidays rivals, like Lanzarote and Tenerife. From Uvero Alto, a quieter beach, or Bavaro Beach, the bustling heart of a Punta Cana holiday, the Dominican Republic has a beach for you. This Dominican Republic region has a culture and way of life characterised by the water sports industry, fishing trade and sleepy harbours and marinas.

No holiday in Punta Cana would be complete without at least a few days dedicated to exploring the shore, be it by boat, strolling along the rambling cliff-paths, discovering the incredible coral reefs and marine life or simply sitting back and relaxing on your favourite beach towel with the sand between your toes, all inclusive drinks carried to your open arms.

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Nightlife

Nightlife

Punta Cana holidays have a thriving nightlife scene, with a large array of lively bars and nightclubs located between the beach and the coastal road. Relax and sip cocktails as you watch the sun go down at one of the many beach bars, before heading out for a boogie at a nightclub later in the evening.

If you prefer a chic atmosphere, then you'll start your night off at one of the bars that line Bavaro beach. The area oozes style and it's easy to get great seafood is served if you're feeling peckish. Several modern nightclubs, playing the latest electronic hits are located throughout Punta Cana if you're looking to dance the night away. And remember, your all-inclusive hotel is likely to have its own entertainment, ideal for a laid-back evening.

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For Couples

For Couples

Couples visit Punta Cana to kick back and enjoy the serene and undisturbed stretches of white sandy beaches and swim in the clear waters surrounding the coast. A perfect destination to enjoy your 2018, mega-holiday, one you'll never forget. Your daily activities will include sunbathing, swimming, getting a massage at hotel spa's and wellness centres, as well as exploring the beautiful natural scenery that surrounds the town. The best way to do this is through iHeartDR Tours; a local tour operator offering personalised tours planned and executed in a sustainable manner.

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Culture

Culture

Dominican culture is a blend of various cultures from across the world, which over many years has evolved to form a unique identity. It is heavily influenced by various European cultures (mostly Spanish) but also contains elements of African and native Taino cultures. This has given rise to unique kinds of music, as well as a distinctly Dominican cuisine.

The locals are predominantly Christian. Please note that the local community tends to be quite conservative, so if you plan on leaving the main tourist areas make sure to not wander through the streets in swimwear.

Spanish is the main language you'll encounter when visiting Punta Cana, however, you will get by with English if you’re staying in the main tourist areas. To get to know the area better and to have a conversation with the local community, after you book those flights, you may need to brush up on your Spanish!

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