Punta Cana is paradise for travelers who aspire to combine relaxation with adventure. The tropical landscape, sandy beaches, and delicious cuisine encapsulate pure joy and happiness no matter what you choose to explore in the town. Everything in the country is "fantastico!" according to the Dominican people who welcome visitors with open arms and a bright smile.
Weather: The weather in Punta Cana is warm throughout the year with average highs around 80 degrees Fahrenheit. The best time to visit is from March - May after the peak season ends however this town stays fairly populated with visitors year round. Keep in mind that the Dominican Republic can be affected by the hurricane season which lats from June - November.
Basic Style Etiquette for Men and Women: Men and women women should pack beach attire, light-weight casual clothing, and dressy casual clothing for dinner and nightlife.
For other suggested activities: pack hiking and workout gear.
Culture: Dominicans are very warm and friendly people. They love to help you maximize your trip experience to their island. Spanish is the main language, however most people in the tourism industry understand enough English to converse with you.
Shopping: For women: beach attire, and light-weight clothing such as: sun dresses, linen pants, and sleeveless tops. For men: beach attire, and light weight short-sleeve shirts, linen pants, and shorts. Dressy casual attire is suggested for dinner and nightlife. Papilia will provide you with our shopping suggestions before prior to your trip.
Some Suggested Activities:
Saona Island: Your eyes are not deceiving you! The turquoise waters and white sandy beaches of Saona Island cannot be missed on your trip to Punta Cana. A typical trip to this Island involves a scenic bus ride through Punta Cana to a catamaran that will take you to paradise. A speed boat will take you back to shore, but your visit is not complete without visiting the starfish of the Caribbean sea. Not to worry, your Dominican tour guide will make sure you do not miss this special sight.
Ziplining Through Cap Cana: A one of a kind adventure though the forests of Cap Cana, eight ziplines will take you through suspension bridges and eco trails. The longest line stretches to approximately 1,500 feet and the highest line reaches approximately 250 feet. Get ready, get set, and go!
Hoyo Azul: This natural lagoon of crystal blue waters is a sight to see and feel. After taking a hike through the humid forests of Cap Cana, jump into the cool waters of Hoyo Azul. The water is fresh and comes from an underground reservoir that is simply stunning.
If you’re a foodie: Foodies are naturally adventurous. If you love meat, try Chivo Guisado, spicy goat stew. The meat falls off the bone, and melts in your mouth. Savor in the mix of flavors that include fresh peppers, tomatoes, and cilantro; you will not regret this experience. For vegetarians, lentils are a more than satisfying choice. And of course, mangoes, papayas, coconuts, and watermelon are in ample supply throughout Punta Cana.
Safety Tip: Do not drink or brush your teeth with tap water.