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It’s not a sleepy town, but in Punta Cana, tourists will feel like they’re in a dream because the breeze seems like a lullaby. Power naps are fine, but who would want to miss even the minuscule offerings of this tropical wonderland? It’s in the Caribbean, after all, a place of calm – a paradise on Earth. This jewel in the Dominican Republic is the perfect hangout spot for divers as its waters boast diverse wildlife and colorful coral reefs. The community is taking the initiative to protect this beauty. Even so, Punta Cana’s wonders are still within the grasp of tourists who are raring for a budget-friendly Caribbean escapade.

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Planing Your Visit To Punta Cana

Punta Cana is one of the most-visited cities in the Americas, rightly so because it satisfies travelers looking to enjoy nature’s flow and sunny experiences outside. Here are some reminders for a hassle-free trip to paradise.

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Where To Stay

Many hotels dot the coast of Punta Cana, all offering majestic views of the Atlantic Ocean and the Caribbean. For those with a tight budget but still want to have a luxurious stay in town, here are three hotels to consider.

whala!bávaro

Not only does it have a unique name but whala!bávaro has unmatched ocean views. Ideally located in Playa Bávaro, this hotel has the best of both worlds: the Caribbean and the Atlantic. whala!bávaro is proud to say that they are the hotel nearest to the beach.

  • They have 263 rooms (double, economy, superior, double sea view, and double pool view). Depending on the room and the season, the nightly rate starts at $106.
  • The hotel has five restaurants, five pools with terraces, three pool bars and a gym.
  • Check-in time is 3 p.m., while check-out is at noon.

Impressive Punta Cana

As the name suggests, Impressive Punta Cana is just a few steps away from the beach and is near favorite dining and shopping destinations. It's not just a hotel but an attraction itself.

  • They have rooms with tropical, pool, or ocean views. Depending on the room and the season, the nightly rate starts at $265.
  • The hotel has swimming pools, gardens, restaurants, bars, a gym, a kids/teens club, a theater, and a nightclub.
  • Check-in time is 3 p.m., while check-out is at noon.

VIK hotel Arena Blanca

Located on the Arena Gorda Beach and 30 minutes away from the airport, this hotel is all about sunshine from the get-go. The all-inclusive VIK hotel Arena Blanca is ideal for family getaways or solo travelers looking for fun.

  • They have suites and double/superior rooms with either ocean or garden views. The nightly rate starts from $70 with a minimum of a three-night stay.
  • They have an outdoor swimming pool, a wellness center, a gym, and an area for sports (tennis courts, billiards, volleyball, etc.)
  • Check-in time is 3 p.m., while check-out is at noon.

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Where To Eat

If tourists want to experience local cuisine beyond what’s on the menu of their hotel, they can choose from various dining options from the coast to the heart of Punta Cana. Here are three dining spots to consider when the tummy is craving something delish.

JellyFish Restaurant

Delicious seafood awaits guests at JellyFish, an eatery proud of its ocean-to-table dishes. They offer cuisines from various parts of the globe, incorporating it with some local touch – best enjoyed with the ocean as a companion. The restaurant is open daily from 10 a.m. to 11 p.m.

La Yola

La Yola offers a panoramic dining experience, thanks to the stunning view of the marina and the sea. The restaurant is built on a shipping boat so eating here is a unique experience on its own. The restaurant is open daily from 6:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m.

Imagine

For an authentic nightlife experience in Punta Cana, Imagine helps as the DJ initiates the energetic atmosphere that tourists can claim during the night with their friends and strangers.

  • The club is open every Saturday from 10 p.m. to 4 a.m.
  • Tickets start from $40, and guests can avail of a shuttle service.
  • Guests must present a complete COVID-19 vaccination card or a negative RT-PCR test result.

Places To Visit

With a beautiful white sand coastline, Punta Cana based in the Caribbean makes it the perfect destination for beach lovers. Tourists are assured of sunkissed memories in this Dominican refuge.

Bavaro Adventure Park

It’s not all about beaches in this seaside town because those who want to have some adrenaline-filled adventure can have their share at Bavaro Adventure Park. Guests can try ziplining, buggy rides, horseback riding, and a trip on the lazy river. The park is open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Cotubanamá National Park

This destination is riddled with caves, some with pools where tourists can have a splash. Visitors can also enjoy their day beachcombing, hiking along the meandering forest trail, checking out the mangrove area, and wildlife viewing. Depending on the tour operator, pricing ranges from $50-$100.

Diving Sites

Punta Cana’s various playas with pristine shores and crystal-clear waters are amazing on their own, so going underwater is another form of paradise. Beginners or pro divers will have a memorable time exploring under the waves.

  • Tourists can visit shipwrecks such as the 450-year-old Pewter Wreck, the giant El Astron, and the Enriquillo RM-22 (for advanced divers).
  • For beginners, they can explore the diving sites of Las Cuevitas and El Canal. The area might be shallow but won't disappoint.
  • Snorkelers can check out the 22 sculptures of the Igneri Caribe Taino Underwater Museum, serving as a habitat for fish the same time.

Whatever floats a tourist’s boat, Punta Cana has it. Be it water sports or land adventures, the place has the perfect mix of activities. This Dominican gem is world-famous, and it’s easy to understand why: from its white-sand beaches to the vibrant community, everything is worthy of praise and smiles.