African shop in Santo Domingo

African shop in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic; credit Paul Lowe

Punta Cana Travel Tips

Punta Cana Facts

Official Language: Spanish
Currency: Peso
Time Zone: Atlantic Time Zone
Est. Population: 55,000
Cruise Port City: Cap Cana Marina

Punta Cana Travel Tips

Passports are required for U.S. citizens.

The island’s tropical climate averages between 80-84 degrees Fahrenheit from October to April and 85-87 degrees during the summer with high humidity year round. As a result, the dress code is always Island casual.

When you touch down in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic, you are no longer mandated to pay a tourist entry fee. The price of your plane ticket includes the tourist entry fee.

Vacation rates are less during the fall rainy season from October through November. Brief showers can come at any time.

Hurricane season is from June to early November.

Tourist high-season runs between December and February.

Get a local phone card for the best rates or consider using WhatsApp on your smartphone.

Banks are open from 8:30am-4:30pm (Monday-Friday).

Most stores are open 9am-5pm (Monday-Saturday) and some stores close for afternoon siesta.

You should drink only bottled water or water that has been boiled.

Bring sunglasses, a wide-brim hat and plenty of biodegradable sunscreen.

Electricity is the same as the U.S. however some outlets may not accept a three prong plug, so bring a converter. If you plan to use a laptop, bring or purchase a surge protector. Electricity is powered mostly by wind and solar energy.

The major holidays in the Dominican Republic are New Year’s Day, Our Lady of Altagracia Day, Duarte’s Birthday, Independence Day, Good Friday, Easter Monday, Labor Day, Corpus Christi, Restoration Day, Our Lady of Las Mercedes Day, Constitution Day, and Christmas.

The crime rate in Punta Cana is lower than most large U.S. cities, but visitors should use common sense when out at night.

Don’t take photos of military or high security areas, unless you have their permission.

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