Food! Drinks! Beach chairs in full recline! Although this the basic plan we all like to follow for a beachside holiday, it is always best to do some extra research and know a little bit more about the destination.  From its wonderful beaches to lavish all exclusive resorts like Barceló Bávaro Palace, there is a lot waiting for you at Punta Cana. If you are planning on a trip to this tropical paradise, then knowing a few tips will surely help you have a memorable holiday and also not miss out on any of the key attractions.

Here are a few things you should know before your first trip to Punta Cana.

Incredible beaches

Everything in Punta Cana revolves around its stunning white sand beaches. You can spend an eternity on these gorgeous beaches and still find them alluring. Among the many shorelines in Punta Cana, the most popular one is Playa Bávaro. With its blue waters, swaying palm leaves and plenty of recreational options, you will definitely find this place to be the perfect tropical getaway. Another popular beach is El Cortecito, which is surrounded by some of the finest restaurants, stores, and gift shops.

Sunny all the time

Weather in Punta Cana is calm and pleasant all year round. The constant sunshine, the gentle Caribbean breeze and the wonderful views of the ocean are sure to make your holiday truly one of a kind.  However, do keep in mind that there are chances of unexpected and strong showers. They will go away quickly without upsetting your holiday plans.

Bring cash

Although the official currency of the Domincian Republic is Dominican peso, you can use US dollars conveniently at Punta Cana. Credit cards are also accepted here, but it is better to bring some cash with you. There are many trusted money exchanges if you want to convert your currency into peso. One of the main expenses in Punta Cana is transportation, as taxis here are expensive. So, it is best for you to prearrange ground transportation. This will help you avoid a lot of stress and trouble from finding a proper transportation after landing. Whilst not strictly cash related, another way to reduce the stress of the travel portion of your vacation is to organise your documentation prior to arriving. Using a website such as is an effective way to sort out your legal entry into the country and means you can hit the ground running as soon as you arrive without added stress or additional costs. This means you can enjoy yourself more and save money to be used for the rest of your trip.

Discos and nightclubs are everything

When it comes to music and dance, Dominician Republic will surely rock your world. Being one of the most visited destinations in the Caribbean, it is of no doubt that they also have one of the best nightlife. When the sun goes down, Punta Cana becomes a true party town.  Almost all the resorts here have a disco. However, if you want to experience more than that, you can visit any of the bars, clubs, or discos located around the city. There are plenty of options for you to choose from based on your taste and budget.

Dominican food

Thinking about experiencing the local cuisine of Dominican Republic?! It is not going to be as easy as you think. Most resorts are likely to provide you with Asian, French, Italian, or American food. Recently some restaurants have special packages that include a Dominican night at the beach.  If you have chosen such a package, you will get to enjoy some of the most delicious, authentic local flavours. If you do get the chance don’t forget to try out sancocho de siete carne (seven-meat stew), roast suckling pig, and  tostones (fried plantains). There will also be some form of traditional music and dancing as entertainment.