Flights to Punta Cana


 

Located on the eastern tip of the Dominican Republic, Punta Cana is a tropical vacation destination boasting 20 miles of sandy beaches lined with more than 50 mega resorts, most of them European owned and all-inclusive.

This is the kind of place you plant yourself on the beach or by the pool and have fruity rum drinks delivered to you while you soak up the sun.

But, for active types, water sports are king. The options are endless and include diving, snorkeling, deep sea fishing, windsurfing, sailing, booze cruising, and banana boating.

Punta Cana is also popular with golfers because there are 11 courses in the area, three of which are oceanside.

For those wanting to see what inland Punta Cana has to offer, there are zipline, safari, horseback riding, and dune buggy tours available. And if frolicking with dolphins and stingrays are your thing, there are several places where you can do that to your heart’s content.

Punta Cana International Airport (PUJ) is the main airport for travel to the Dominican Republic. It has two terminals serving 13 regional, international and domestic airlines, including Delta Air Lines.

Drink and dine options include Wendy’s, Sbarro, Nathan’s, Cinnabon,  Segafredo’s, Baskin-Robbins, and the Skybar. For your shopping needs, Brisas del Caribe offers souvenirs and local arts and crafts, and a duty-free shop sells perfumes, liquor, and jewelry.

  • Taxi service picks up passengers outside Baggage Claim
  • Rental car agencies, including Budget, Hertz, and Avis, are available onsite
  • A free shuttle service is provided for guests of Four Points by Sheraton at Puntacana Village

Your first order of business in Punta Cana should be spending the day at the beach. Check out several to figure out which one suits you best. Start with centrally-located Playa Cabeza de Toro, a popular tourist beach with a yacht club. Then check out Playa Juanilla on the south end, considered one of the best beaches in Dominican Republic, thanks to it pristine beach and clear waters.

Test your skills on the links. Punta Cana is home to a plethora of golf courses, but one of the oldest is still one of the best, according to Golf Digest. Opened in 2006, Punta Espada was designed by Jack Nicklaus and features eight holes right on the water.

There are plenty of opportunities to get up close and personal with marine animals in Punta Cana. You can swim with dolphins and much more at Dolphin Island Park, Manati Park, and Dolphin Explorer Park.

Paradisus Punta Cana Resort is a sprawling 683-room, all-inclusive resort that’s so big, it offers shuttle service to the properties’ nine restaurants, eight bars, five swimming pools, and four tennis courts. Other amenities include a spa, a children’s play zone, and non-motorized boat rentals. And don’t expect a quiet stroll on the beach after dark. When the sun goes down, the party lights up with DJs and dancing.

Bucking the trend for megaresorts in Punta Cana, Zoetry Agua Punta Cana is a smaller, romantic all-inclusive resort that caters toward couples who want a quiet getaway. Design elements at the 96-room beachfront property play on a beach hut vibe with luxurious touches. Amenities include a pool, spa, yoga classes, and horseback riding.

For something completely different, consider the small, low-key boutique hotel Chateau Del Mar Ocean Villa, featuring 20 one-, two-, and three-bedroom apartments with full kitchens, a small pool and a one-minute walk to Bavaro Beach.

Punta Cana is in a tropical wet and dry climate zone, which means it’s sunny and warm year-round. In fact, the temperature varies very little, with average highs hovering in the low- to mid-80s throughout the year.  But Punta Cana receives considerable amount of rain, averaging 43 inches a year. The rain season is May through October, when five to six inches of rain fall on average every month. Hurricane season is June through November.