A great way to keep an eye on your spending is to opt for an all-inclusive hotel, where all of your food and drinks will be included. Make sure you do your research; some hotels do have limited dining options or are a short walk from the beach, so it’s worth deciding what your priorities are before starting your search. A good choice for the budget-conscious all-inclusive travler is the Tropical Princess Resort & Spa, which has a choice of two restaurants and includes many water sports that won't cost you extra.
If you want all the standard conveniences of a hotel such as swimming pools and restaurants, check out the NH Punta Cana; it is a clean, comfortable option within walking distance of the beach. There are plenty of three-star hotels in Punta Cana, but be sure also to check out the hotel’s rating to make sure that it offers great value for the money. With so many options within a relatively small area, competition is fierce and a deal is always available, so it’s worth shopping around.
If your budget stretches a little further, there are plenty of luxury hotel options which offer more facilities, space, and comfort and are still fantastic value for the money. Look out for four- or five-star hotels with a choice of swimming pools, lots of activities included, and a wide choice of dining options. One of the best value luxury hotels in Punta Cana is Iberostar Bávaro Suites, which sits proudly on its own private stretch of sandy beach. All food in its six restaurants is included, it has a pool with a swim up bar, and even has a nightclub and complimentary water park on site. You don’t see that every day!
If you’re looking for a hotel in Punta Cana with a small and intimate feel, you may want to consider staying at a boutique hotel. Boutique hotels typically have up to 100 rooms and benefit from luxury amenities such as indulgent spas, gourmet restaurants and 24-hour room service. A fantastic choice for couples is the Zoetry Agua Punta Cana Resort, which has its own secluded beach, and tropical gardens, and every room is a suite with two-person bath tub. It also offers free horse rides along the beach, and snorkeling in the tropical fish-filed sea, and the food is some of the best in the country. And the best bit? Yep, it’s all included in the price.
There’s no getting away from it. Sometimes you may have to work, even in these idyllic surroundings! If you’re traveling to Punta Cana for business, make sure you look for a centrally located hotel with a good record for being clean and a high level of customer service. You may also want to make sure you can stay connected, so a hotel with WiFi included in the room rate would be a bonus. Hotels with a concierge service can make sure that you get to where you need to go on time and without a hitch.
The Iberostar Punta Cana is a fantastic value choice with in room WiFi, concierge service, and a well-equipped gym for working off the day’s stresses. If you don’t want to go far for your meetings, you can take advantage of the four meeting rooms or conference area before relaxing in the poolside bar and toasting a productive day.
There are plenty of options in Punta Cana for the budget traveler, and one of the most exciting new trends in the area is to take advantage of one of the many quality Airbnb options available. These tend to be either privately owned apartments or rooms within a larger property which are booked directly with the owner. In the low season, you can stay in your very own modest apartment through Airbnb for as little as $60 per night. If you don’t mind staying in either a home stay or in a shared apartment, there are even more savings to be found.
One of the busiest times to visit Punta Cana is undoubtedly spring break, when you will find students making the most of their time off. This is most definitely when the party vibe really comes alive in the resort’s hotels and villages. One of the hotels consistently voted as the best place to party in Punta Cana is the Barcelo Punta Cana. It’s still a budget option, which is probably why the party-goers love it, but the swim up bar and brand name liquor make it particularly appealing to those who want to let their hair down.
Another favourite for party lovers is the Grand Palladium Punta Cana Resort & Spa, which is a colossal mega-resort designed for those who love excess. There are 8 restaurants to choose from and a staggering 19 bars, not forgetting the resort’s nightclub which stays open on the all-inclusive deal until the small hours. When you’re done partying, retire to your room, where you’ll find your very own private Jacuzzi!
The resort area of Punta Cana is well served by its own airport, conveniently called Punta Cana (PUJ), which is roughly 45 minutes from the city by car. It’s advisable to book in advance to get the best deal on transfers; however, it’s also possible to walk straight out of the terminal and find either a shared minibus where all passengers are heading in one general direction or a private taxi, though taxis cost considerably more. Expect to pay approximately $40 for a one-way taxi fare to Punta Cana, although the resort area is so vast that prices can vary by quite a lot from one end to the other.
Punta Cana benefits from a classically Caribbean climate, with hot, humid weather the majority of the time, and occasional scattered, infrequent rain. The ‘hurricane season’ officially runs from June until November, with the most rain expected between September and November, but this certainly offers up some advantages as prices plummet and travelers can take advantage of some fantastically cheap accommodation rates. However, you should be prepared for overcast days and sudden, heavy downpours.
The best of the hot and dry weather can be found from December to February so it’s the time to visit if you want the highest chance of clear blue skies, but beware; this is when you should expect accommodation to be harder to come by and a lot more expensive. For a mix of good weather and reasonable prices, opt to time your visit between March and May when you will also benefit from fewer tourists and more space to spread out on those gorgeous white sand beaches.
The people of the Dominican Republic sure know how to party, and this is reflected in their busy calendar of celebrations. Visiting Punta Cana during one of the many festivities will reveal a fascinating side to the Dominican culture, but you should expect to pay a few more dollars per night than at other times of the year. Notable festivals include Carnival (February), the Merengue Festival (July – August), and the Dominican Republic Jazz Festival, which takes place in the north of the island in November but still affects the prices in the south and east as tourists spread out to find places to stay.
Punta Cana is famous for its white sand beaches, Spanish flare, and well-priced accommodation so it’s a great option for people looking for a bit of luxury at a great price. It’s also known for its infectious Merengue beats which will have even the most uptightvacationer up and dancing in seconds. Purpose-built as a resort location for people looking to relax and unwind, Punta Cana also offers plenty of ways to get active. Take a short boat ride to the National Park area of Isla Saona for some world-class snorkelling, or grab a kayak and head out on Laguna Bavaro for a different perspective on this tropical area. From a romantic getaway to a fuss-free family break, Punta Cana is a great away-from-it-all choice.
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