Punta Cana Holidays
Punta Cana is in the centre of the Dominican Republic’s beach holiday area and is a great choice for your next getaway. With beaches stretching in both directions, a wide range of All Inclusive hotels and so many activities you’ll have to flip a coin to choose, Punta Cana holidays have something for everyone. Palm trees and warm water make trips here a dream and first class hotels and facilities are just a step away.
With cooling winds from the east, Punta Cana stays at a comfortable temperature even when the thermometer hits 30°C. The winter averages are a blissful 24°C so winter sun holidays make for good deals.
Punta Cana International Airport: With its own popular airport, getting to Punta Cana couldn’t be easier and the airport is just a few miles from the hotels.
Book a cheap holiday to Punta Cana with Airtours and wake up to a tropical ocean view. From Catamaran tours and diving to Santo Domingo city outings and beachside bars, holiday deals in Punta Cana give you the freedom to do whatever you like.
Bavaro, Punta Cana
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Punta Cana is the heart of the beach scene in the Dominican Republic and has so much to do that you won’t know where to begin. Great if you love water sports, Punta Cana is also close to a national park to hike in, Santa Catalina for turtle hatching and boat tours, and is near the capital, Santo Domingo. Beach holidays in Punta Cana are varied, lively and fun for all the family.
With every water sport under the sun, you’ll be in the warm, Caribbean water within moments of putting your bags down. Dive ship wrecks, snorkel coral reefs, get your heart racing on a banana boat or make the most of the breeze while dinghy sailing. The action doesn’t just take place in the sea, though, as you can go horse riding, jungle exploring, waterfall jumping and… well, your imagination is the only limit.
The Dominican Republic was Europe’s first stronghold in the New World. The colonial Spanish architecture in Santo Domingo is incredible and as the city is only an hour away, it’s well worth a visit. With a large and ancient cathedral, and beautiful, crumbling buildings, history can be seen on every winding street.
Animal and plant life in the tropics are so different to what we’re used to that it can be hard to believe your own eyes sometimes. Punta Cana is close to so much nature you can reach out and touch it. With whale and dolphin watching, nesting turtles, pelicans and even native monkeys, this island is booming with life. Explore inland for tree frogs, terrapins and parrots or go coastal to see exotic seabirds, dolphins, jellyfish and stingrays.
Families: With endless activities, water parks and family friendly restaurants, Punta Cana is just as much for children as it is for adults. The beaches are clean with warm water and children will see animals and landscapes they’ve never seen before.
Nature lovers: Not far from the National Park of the East, Punta Cana is a great base if you want to get in touch with nature. Snorkel with fish, take dolphin spotting tours and head over to Saona island with its exotic pelicans, frigatebirds and turtles.
Divers: This part of the Dominican Republic offers fantastic diving and snorkelling, with lots of dive schools for you, even if you have no experience. With shipwrecks, coral reefs and loads of tropical fish, diving here will knock your fins off.
Currency: Dominican Peso.
Time zone: The Dominican Republic is four hours behind GMT on Eastern Standard Time.
Fly to: Punta Cana International Airport.
Flight time: It takes around 9 hours to fly to Punta Cana from London.
Drive on the: Right.
Location: Punta Cana is at the far eastern end of the Dominican Republic where the Caribbean Sea and the Atlantic Ocean mix.
Visa and Health: For information on visas, health and safety, take a look at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office’s website at https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel- advice/dominican-republic.
Temperature: It’s always hot and sunny in Punta Cana, making beach holidays great all year round. With averages of 24C to 28C and little monthly changes, the only difference between summer and winter is the odd bit of rain.
Best time to visit: Winter holidays stick to around 25C and this is the driest time to go. Summer gets hotter and more humid, with brief tropical downpours that dry out fast. Hurricanes can affect the Dominican Republic in the summer but aren’t very common.
By Taxi: The Dominican Republic isn’t the cheapest place to get a taxi but thanks to the airport’s proximity to Punta Cana hotels, the prices aren’t too bad. Taking a taxi long distance can get expensive and fares should be agreed beforehand.
By Hire Car: You can hire cars from airports and resorts and this is a fun and easy way to get around if you have a map. Be careful of poor road conditions though, especially on rural roads.
By Bus: Buses are cheap and friendly but take longer. You should be able to easily find buses to airports and to cities. Private vans also act as buses and they’re extremely cheap but can start and stop suddenly.
By Scooter: Hiring a scooter is a good way to see the local area or to explore more beaches. Scooters can be hired from resort areas and are generally cheaper than hiring cars.
For New Years lovers: If New Year’s Eve is your favourite event of the year then why not see in the coming year at Punta Cana? Every hotel, restaurant, club and bar has its own party and they’re all on the beach. This is a huge event in the wonderful, tropical heat of the Dominican Republic.
For wine aficionados: With world-class chefs, tastings, dining experiences and exotic food, the Punta Cana Wine and Food Festival is a tasty event held in June each year. It’s a lively festival that offers superb feasts for foodies and any wine lover will enjoy the local bottles.
For fans of culture: Nothing says the Dominican Republic more than carnival and this annual March festival shows the true colours of this happy nation. Parades fill the streets of Punta Cana and you’ll see extraordinary dancing, music and be part of this island’s heritage celebration.