|Planning Your Punta Cana Vacation
Punta Cana found in the region of the easternmost part of the Dominican Republic. Covering about 420,000 m2 (approximately 1,100 acres), with a coastline of sandy white beaches and a home “town” of the same name.
Punta Cana is located in the province of La Altagracia with an estimated population of about 100,000, the region borders the Atlantic Ocean to the east; with Bávaro and El Cortecito beaches to the north. It also limits with Cabeza de Toro, Cabo Engaño and further west with Juanillo.
Although the area is a bit deserted, Bávaro and Uvero Alto being the major resorts on the Island enhances the town creating placing it among the top destinations in the Caribbean.
The Peak season in Punta Cana runs from December to April. Note that Prices in both airfare and hotel accommodation increases , while dropping in the summer and early fall months.
Climate: Temperature on Average 26°C
Punta Cana has a tropical climate. Although it is mildly windy, the ocean in the area is mainly shallow, with several natural marine pools in which visitors can bathe. The weather is fairly constant, with an average . The hottest season lasts from April to November, and during the day temperatures might reach 32°C. From December to March, temperatures during the evening are around 20°C. Very little rain falls around the area, mostly because of the flat landscape. The summer months tend to be very warm and very humid. It is suggested to wear loose fitting, cotton clothing – so pack light.
Language: Spanish is the official language of the Dominican Republic and is widely spoken by the locals.
English and many other languages are spoken at the resorts and nearby restaurants, bars, discos, shopping centers, etc.
Brush up on your Spanish skills before visiting Punta Cana. Many of the locals know English, but some very little. It can become very frustrating when you can’t communicate with one of the locals or an employee of the resort.
Traveling By Plane
Several US carriers have scheduled flights to Punta Cana International Airport (PUJ)  including: Jet Blue, American Airlines, Spirit Airlines, Frontier Airlines, United, US Airways and Delta. Air Canada also offers flights to Toronto and Montreal. Westjet also offers scheduled service from Toronto. Aeroflot offers service from Moscow. Charter airlines include Air Transat, Sunwing, Thomas Cook (operated by AC Jazz), Skyservice and Canjet departing from many larger Canadian cities seasonally
Most people going to Punta Cana are staying at a resort. With a resort package most hotels will have airport pick up arranged for you at the Punta Cana Airport. You will find this area to the right as you depart the final customs check area. Just look for your hotel name on a sign that many guides will have, and they will direct you to your bus. Private taxis are also available at fixed prices.
In fact, Punta Cana has one of the busiest and best connected airports in the region, sometimes receiving more flights than the Aeropuerto Internacional de Las Américas, located in Santo Domingo (at about a three-hour drive).
The Punta Cana Airport has a beautiful thatched roof and is an open-air design, also meaning that few areas of the airport have air conditioning. Upon arriving at the Punta Cana airport, each passenger is required to purchase a $10 tourist card before entering immigration, often included in your documentaion upon departure or issued on the flight (unless you have a Dominican passport or a cedula residence card). After retrieving luggage and clearing customs, arriving passengers will be greeted by their tour company representative to the right and directed to board the correct bus for transfer to their resort. Do not venture out looking for your bus without first checking in at the counters. The buses are numbered, thus you will not know which one to get on to.
Boating is very attractive and common water sport activity in Punta Cana, activities like fishing, parasailing, snorkeling, and sailing can be on line reserve with reputable companies operating in the area.
Just recently, the Dominican Republic Government has built a new highway known as the “Autopisa Del Coral”. At 70 Kilometers or 43 Miles, The Highway starts from La Romana and Ends at Punta Cana. However, the Highway has now have the La Romana By-pass, allowing Drivers to save time if driving from Santo Domingo. The Highway’s speed limit is 110 Km/h or 70 MPH and it only takes less than an hour from La Romana and 2 Hours from Santo Domingo. There are tolls for the highway but it’s unopened.
Tour Operators: Most passengers arriving in Punta Cana International Airport have prearranged local transportation through a tour operator. These companies have representatives at the airport to guide guests to vehicles waiting to take them to the reserved resort. If you are traveling with a tour operator it is highly recommended that you attend any welcome meetings and orientations offered by your tour operator. In these meetings you’ll receive important information regarding your hotel and immediate area information, activity and excursion options, and departure information.
Taxis: If you are not traveling with a tour operator, a number of taxi drivers are available just outside the Customs area to provide you transportation to the place of your choice. All taxis operate with standard rates; most drivers carry a copy of these. The best thing to do when hiring a taxi is to clarify your destination and the price in advance. You pay upon arrival at your destination. Most hotels have taxi stations on or near their property; in most cases a bellman or front desk clerk can order a taxi for you. Taxi drivers accept dollars, pesos and euros.
Local Buses: For the more adventurous, the local bus lines operate on most of the roads of the area, for a minimal cost. The downside to public transportation in the Dominican Republic is irregular bus schedules, crowded vehicles, and potentially unsafe vehicles (689 casualties in 2007), drivers or passengers. Although for the most part it is a safe and effective means of transportation, it is generally recommended to use one of the more frequented means of getting around.
Rent-a-Car: A number of car rental agencies like Europcar, Budget, Prestige Car Rentals and Avis offer service in the area of Punta Cana and Bavaro. Many hotels have car rental concessionaries on their properties. Keep in mind that their driving laws, habits and conditions may be different from the ones you are used to. When renting a vehicle always take the maximum available insurance, keep a map of the area you intend to drive in, and make sure you are comfortable with the drive.
Airport Transfers Services When you travel to Punta Cana it is important to know what transport options you have to get from and to the airport. There are a variety of companies that actually offer the service. It is important that you select a reliable and dependable company.
· Amstar DMC, (toll free: 1 800 895 3000), . edi
· Best Day, (toll free: 1.800.593.6259). edit
· Discovery Mundo, (toll free: 1 (866) 238-1312). edit
Wheelchair Adapted Bus Transfers If you are a wheelchair user and looking for safe transportation in Punta Cana, now you have options. There are one company that offers vehicles, safe, clean and comfortable, with side door ramp, specially designed to help travelers with physical disabilities who arrive to Punta Cana. Getting a van for people with physical disabilities can be a difficult task in the Dominican Republic, and many wheelchair users can not enjoy their stay in the DR for this reason. You can now get a minivan with ramp for disabled access through the side door, to ensure a safe and comfortable transportation to your destination, while in Punta Cana.
Mobility Scooters Rental in Punta Cana Wish to go on vacation to Punta Cana but has mobility problems because of, overweight, elderly, or any physical disability that does not allow you to walk some distances? Now you have the solution for the handicap to enjoy the beach and everything your all inclusive Resort has to offer you during your holidays in Punta Cana. The Scooters Rental in Punta Cana is an option for elderly and overweight people, you can make arrangements in advance from the comfort of your home by booking and securing your scooter before arrival. The Scooter will be delivered and pick up free of charge directly to major hotels in Punta Cana.
· Santo Domingo:  This is the first European settlement of the Western Hemisphere. It has preserved its colonial heritage for more than five centuries, and is recognized by UNESCO as a world heritage site. Come to visit the first Cathedral of the Americas or the Alcazar de Colon, the palace of Diego, son of Christopher Columbus.
· Altos de Chavon: A modern-day artist’s village resembling a 16th century Mediterranean town. It is set upon a spectacular hillside cliff overlooking the winding Chavon River. It is home to a 5000 seat amphitheater, an archeological museum, craft workshops, artist’s studios and an assortment of galleries and restaurants.
· Bavaro Runners: A highly popular safari excursion in the area, experience the real people, scenery and life of the Dominican Republic. During your day, visit typical Dominican homes, authentic sugarcane plantations, and go horseback riding on a spectacular beach.
· Saona Island  Take a day trip to this spectacular island set in the natural reserve of The Parque Nacional del Este. Relax on powder white sands, where palm-studded beaches meet the soft surf of the Caribbean waters, and sometimes even dolphins swim alongside your catamaran!
· Manati Park: For the animal lovers this park features exotic fish, horses, parrots and the chance to swim with real dolphins! Stroll along the lush gardens, take pictures of the beautiful orchids and tropical plants, or buy some local crafts in the souvenir shops. The park is controversial, some claim that the park is mistreating its dolphins and want to close the park because of animal cruelty.
· Scape Park, ☎ 8094697484. edit: Scape Park is a natural theme park with numerous attractions ranging from adventurous and adrenaline-pumping activities to cultural and highly entertaining experiences, guaranteeing an unforgettable visit. Zip Line, Top Buggies, Cave Expedition, Eco Tour, Cenote Las Ondas, Countryside HorseBack Riding.
· Marinarium: In this unique water park you can experience some of the best snorkeling in the area, complete with nurse sharks and sting rays! Enjoy a Coco Loco as you cruise along the coast to your final stop, a waist deep natural pool in the sea.
· Aquatic Tours: Spectacular 2-passenger speed boats where you can cruise the coastline in style. Snorkel equipment and instructions included!
· Seaquarium: Scuba diving with a twist; Seaquarium is the unique tour that pairs you with a diving helmet and allows you to walk the bottom of the clear waters with an unforgettable view of reef and coral life- no certification required!
· Rafting: Situated near the town of Jarabacoa, come and visit the “Dominican Alps” where 18 different waterfalls cascade between chasms of rock to water the rich, fertile earth below. If you’re a whitewater fan, The Rio Yasque is the longest river in the Caribbean and offers challenging courses like the “Mike Tyson” which features a 12-foot vertical drop. Please keep in mind that there are no day trips to this area from Punta Cana, due to the distance.
· Helicopter Tours: Change perspective and take your pictures of the Punta Cana coastline from hundreds of feet in the air. Fly over lush palm-studded coastlines, golf courses, vast stretches of white sandy beaches, and an array of shipwrecks.
· Ocean Adventures, Playa Corales, ☎ +1 8492019480 (email@example.com), . Ocean Adventures Punta Cana offers 4 different kind of water excursions. The first, Bavaro Splash, combines driving a high performance boat, snorkeling and Snuba. The second, Dr. Fish Ocean Spa, is a three hour spa excursion offering gentle pilates/yoga and relaxing massages: a special massage on floating mattresses in the natural pool, detox foot treatments, and also the exclusive Dr. Fish pedicure: these tiny fish called Garra Rufa will gently exfoliate your feet by removing the dead skin creating the feeling of a gentle massage. The final option is the StingRay Bay, a trip by double floor catamaran toward a private and exclusive floating aquarium with nurse sharks and stingrays for a very safe interaction program. Price may vary depending on the excursion. edit
· HorsePlay Punta Cana, ☎ 905-834-2380 829-599-5898, . HorsePlay Punta Cana: Horseback riding, zip lining combo tour with local culture. Experience the beauty of the mountains in the Dominican Republic as you travel by horseback on a river ride, cattle drive or romantic picnic excursion. Pump up the adrenaline as you zip line across the river then relax with a Dominican feast. Horseback riding experience is not necessary and you are accompanied by bilingual guides. Packages include transportation, food, horseback riding and zip lines. edit
· SeavisTours (SeavisTours), ☎ (829) 714 4947, . 09AM-5PM. Best rated eco excursions to the islands of Saona and Catalina and to the National Park del Este, with a river cruise on the Rio Chavon. Jungle tours to own properties on the banks of the river. edit
· Big Marlin Charter (fishing charter Punta Cana), (Playa Bavaro Bibibjagua), ☎ +1 849-409-9977, . Private Fishing Charters Punta Cana. Exclusively beautiful modern motor yacht, 42′, Ocean Super Sport. Perfectly equipped with top class equipment for deep-sea fishing.Come and fish with us for trophy size Blue Marlin, Atlantic Sailfish, Yellowfin Tuna, Sailfish, Barracuda, Mahi Mahi, Wahoo, King Mackerel. Company’s private transfer van is available. edit
· iHeartDR Tours (iheartdr.com), ☎ +1 800-832-1622 (firstname.lastname@example.org), . iHeartDR offers a selection of handpicked tours, excursions and activities in Punta Cana all in one place and 100% online bookable. A team of Dominican Republic Loving locals does the homework to remove all the guesswork while choosing and booking tours in Punta Cana; from snorkeling, cave exploring, jeep safaris, zip lining and buggy driving to visiting the beautiful Samana on a private plane from Punta Cana there is an option for every kind of traveler. Prices vary depending on the excursion. edit
· Caribbean Buccaneers Night Show and Dinner Cruise, Los Corales (Bavaro – Punta Cana), ☎ +1 809-390-7418. 5:30pm. The only night excursion in Punta Cana: Pirate Show+Show Dinner Excursion. It starts at 5:30pm or at 9:00pm and lasts approximately 3 hours, It begins in the Buccaneers Village and moves on board of “La Hispaniola” a beautiful ship. Then it sails along the coast and reaches Shark Island, the platform located in the middle of the sea, where a dinner buffet will be offered and the pirate show will take place. 2 programs are available: with dinner (at 5:30pm) or without dinner (an more party time). Transportation available and complimentary from most hotels of Bavaro and Punta Cana edit
· Dominican Airport Transfers, Punta Cana, ☎ 3526935655, . We cater for our customers to provide any kind of tourist services. We offer all types of airport transfers, tours, hotel bookings, group bookings and Mobility Scooters Rentals for people unable to walk long distances. edit
The local currency is the Dominican Peso. Its value fluctuates between 30-40 pesos per US dollar and 48-53 pesos per Euro. Although any currency can be changed into pesos, it should be noted that in some situations it may be difficult to exchange pesos back into your original currency. We recommend exchanging only small amounts of money at a time to avoid any inconveniences. Most banks exchange Dollars, Euros, and Traveler’s cheques and can process cash advances on credit and debit cards. Don’t forget to bring proper identification, such as a driver’s license or passport. Please note that local ATM machines disburse only pesos, contact your bank for related service fees. If you are planning a day tour to Santo Domingo, you will find that everything is much cheaper than you would at the resort. Souvenirs, clothing, artwork, liquor, etc., will be about 1/4 to 1/3 the price at your resort. Also, in the area all shops, restaurants, bars, excursion companies accept US dollars, Euros, Canadian dollars, British pounds, but it is a bit cheaper to pay in Dominican pesos.
Do not exchange money outside a recognized bank or exchange house!
If you walk outside your resort to the city/area internet cafes will also be half the price (yet still pricey by ordinary Dominican standards. For example, $8 per hour in the resort, $4 per hour in town in Punta Cana or Bavaro. In other parts of the DR, internet cafes are $2 per hour or often less!)
Make sure you spend the remainder of your Dominican pesos. It is next to impossible to convert your pesos back to US dollars or Euros.
There are a variety of shops that are along the beachfront of each resort. These shops are owned and operated by the locals of the Dominican Republic. Shopping outside of the resort complex in Punta Cana/Bavaro can be kind of an adventure. In most shopping plazas, you can expect to be accosted by hoards of Dominicans all pulling you in a different direction. The people of the Dominican Republic love to barter for the price of items. You can expect that once in one of their stores you will definitely be taken for a ride. You will initially be quoted ridiculously outrageous prices. It is imperative that you get the item for as cheap as you can. This can become quite an ordeal as the shopkeeper fights with you, insults you for your frugality, etc. Often times, the locals will offer you a price for an item that is much more expensive the actual value of the product.
When walking along the beach also realize that the people at the shops will bother you to come buy something from them. It can often times become annoying because they will keep pestering you until you come and look at what they have to offer. Realize though that all you need to do is tell them that you are not interested and keep walking. The best way of letting the locals know that you are not interested is to tell them that you have no money and they will leave you alone. The people of the Dominican Republic are very friendly and become offended when you walk right past them without at least acknowledging their presence. A simple “no thank you” may sometimes work, but in most cases, they will not take no for an answer and will continue to chase and harass you.
Do not buy dried animals (turtle shells, sea shells…etc) because A.) It is illegal, so you will not be allowed to bring them through customs, and may get arrested trying; and B.) It encourages the locals to kill these creatures. Reef life should stay in the sea, so help to preserve these endangered animals by buying other types of souvenirs.
The all-inclusive resorts offer all kinds of great food. Make sure that you speak with your representative to book your preferred restaurant for dinner in advance. Many all-inclusive resorts have various types of restaurants. Make sure you take advantage of all their cuisines by reserving a date and time.
Keep in mind that the standards even at the five-star resorts are not the same standards as North America or Europe. Try to eat peeled fruits and vegetables. Stay away from food that may have been sitting for a long time.
There are also an ever increasing number of international restaurants located around Bavaro/Punta Cana that the residents and tourists alike visit quite often.
· Capitan Cook – Cortecito (809) 552-0645 If seafood is your favorite, try what locals have declared the best lobster in town. With a huge open grill and enormous platters, it is hard for sea food lovers not to enjoy this beach-side restaurant. It is located right on the main beach strip.
· La Yola – Punta Cana Resort & Club(809) 959-2262 Whether it is a special dinner for two or a business meeting, the formal setting and superb cuisine are tailored to satisfy the palate and style of the most demanding international connoisseurs. Set in the Punta Cana Resort Marina, the restaurant stretches out over the water, providing patrons with a truly unique view. Make sure to reserve your place well in advance.
· Las Lenas II – Plaza Friusa (809) 552-6776 Spanish style coffee shop and bakery with wireless internet access. Comfortable seating, urban clientele, and great food along with the rustic decoration give this place a welcoming character. The bakery provides hotels in the area with the choicest deserts and is the best place to have breakfast in Punta Cana.
· Bamboo Bar (Bamboo Bar), Los Corales Beach (Building Las Piratas), ☎ 809 503 5098, . Beachfront bar restaurant lounge, located in Los Corales, Bavaro. Enjoy the beach, relax music, and cocktails. edit
· Drinking from the faucet is not recommended. You should be okay using it to brush your teeth, but don’t swallow it. Most hotels provide bottled water in the rooms; restaurants and bars use purified water and ice for your food and beverages.
· All-inclusive resorts have an endless supply of liquor. You may also drink at neighboring resorts within your own property, but you may have to pay or let them know your room number and resort name at the very least.
· With the sun constantly beating down on you (much stronger since it is right next to the equator) and the endless supply of alcohol, dehydration is a constant danger. Be sure to make sure you hydrate yourself often with water or you may end up in a doctor’s office suffering from dehydration and a fever!
· Mamahuana is a local concoction of rum, wine, root, and other ingredients.
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Presidente is the most popular national brand of beer, and it is readily available anywhere. It is available in both regular and lite versions. For a beer with a bit more taste, you should try Bohemia, made by the same company, but with a fuller flavour…also available in a lite version.
They also specialize in many different types of rum:
· White Rums are generally light-bodied. They are clear and have a subtle flavor. These are primarily used as mixers and blend particularly well with fruit flavors.
· Golden Rums also known as Amber Rums are generally medium-bodied. Most have spent several years aging in casks, giving them a smooth palate.
· Dark Rums are traditionally full-bodies, rich, caramel-dominated rums. The richest of these rums are consumed straight up.
· Añejo and Age-Dated Rums are aged rums from different vintages or batches that are mixed together. The youngest rum in the blend contains a blend of rums that are at least 10 years old.
Most often, you will be offered Brugal or Barcelo products.
Highly recommended rums include Burmudez “Don Armando” and “Anniversario 1852” as well as Macorix “Eight Year”.
Though in most Latin and Central American countries coffee is produced primarily for export, most of the coffee grown in the Dominican Republic is savored within its borders. And Dominicans, like Europeans, enjoy their coffee strong and black. One useful phrase for tourists to learn when ordering coffee is “sin azucar” (no sugar) for the simple reason that the locals measure by tablespoon rather than teaspoon.
Most Punta Cana resorts are low-rise and beautiful. Their grounds are lush and tropical with foliage, lagoons and palm trees along with peacocks, flamingos, ducks, parrots and other wildlife that stroll the resorts’ grounds. The majority of the resorts are very large and spread out – like small cities. This means lot of walking. Some resorts have golf carts and trams to accommodate guests’ needs. Punta Cana has so many great resorts that will meet every expectation: Golf, Scuba, Fishing, Wind-sailing, Yachting, Fine dining, Relaxation, Spas, Children’s programs and more.
· Bavaro Hostel. Provides all you need on a budget at $20. $20. edit
· Stanza Mare, ☎ +1 829 213 1201, . Stanza Mare is a beachfront condo community located on one of the top 10 Caribbean beaches. Take a swim in the most beautiful stretch of Punta Cana/Bavaro Beach. edit
· Punta Cana Guesthouse, ☎ +1 8098892873, . The Guesthouse in Punta Cana (Bavaro) is operated by Florian and Lila, in their own house. Because you are staying in their home, you will be greeted with genuine friendliness and hospitality. The estate and the rooms have been built with great attention to detail. The guesthouse is a perfect place to stop over before or after flying in/out of Punta Cana airport, if you want to avoid the big resorts. It is not located close to the beach, but close to the guagua (bus) station. edit
· Gran Bahia Principe Featuring an outdoor pool, outdoor tennis courts and a Jacuzzi, the Gran Bahia Principe Punta Cana provides spacious rooms. Some of the popular facilities at this luxurious 5-star hotel include an all-inclusive meal plan, a fitness centre and a spa & wellness centre.
· Barcelo Bavaro Beach Resort A part of a spectacular 1921 room all inclusive resort, just 20 km from Punta Cana International Airport and 190 km from Las Americas International Airport. This hotel has 600 rooms. They are located on Bavaro Beach, with fine white sands stretching for 12 km, in the middle of shady coconut groves, with a coral reef that keeps the waters warm, calm and inviting. Is an All Inclusive Resort, offering outstanding accommodations, around the clock activities, and superb meals and beverages.
· Be Live Grand Punta Cana Located to the east of the Caribbean coast of Punta Cana on the beach front protected by the coral reef and surrounded by a large tropical garden. It is close to the Fishing Yacht Club, 7 minutes from the golf courses and just 20 minutes from Punta Cana International Airport. The hotel has 460 rooms, the majority with sea views, others with direct access to the pool. They are all equipped with King or Queen size beds, terrace or balcony, air conditioning, satellite TV, direct-dial telephone, minibar, coffee maker, safety deposit box… in short all the fittings appropriate for an establishment in this category.
· Excellence Resort Punta Cana Guests discover unprecedented all inclusive freedom at this resort that is built along 1 mile of endless white sandy beach surrounded by thousands of palm trees. Experience the most generous a la carte diner from a wide selection of menus and variety of 7 ala-carte restaurants and 9 friendly bars serving premium international brand beverage. The resort offers a full service, world class Spa, a seaside wedding gazebo and state of the art meeting facilities. A huge meandering swimming pool features bridges, waterfall and swim up palapa bars.
· Hard Rock Resort and Casino The largest resort in Punta Cana featuring 1,791 guest rooms, 45,000 square foot Las Vegas style Casino, a state of the art Spa and fitness center, 18-hole Jack Nicklaus designed Cana Bay Palace Golf Club, 13 large outdoor pools that offer scenic views and swim-up bars, 11 distinctive restaurants and 12 bars each featuring a different theme and top-shelf drinks, a theater with nightly performances, a lazy river that gently meanders throughout the resort, and a glittering nightclub where guests can dance until the wee hours of the morning.
· Club Med Punta Cana (Club Med Punta Cana). Discover the Dominican Republic in this all-inclusive family resort, designed over a long white-sand beach, considered to be the finest in the world. Travel to Club Med Punta Cana with your family and enjoy a carefree all-inclusive vacation in this resort which flourishes beside a lagoon surrounded by magnificent grove of coconut palms. edit
· Melia Caribe Tropical (Melia Caribe Tropical), Playa de Bávaro, ☎ (1) 809 221.1290. Situated in Punta Cana, the Melia Caribe Tropical is an easy drive from Veron. Golf course (on site) and the Jacuzzi available at this modern 4-star hotel make it an ideal place to stay. edit
· Barceló Punta Cana, Carretera Macao – Arena Gorda, s/n | 23301 Punta Cana, Higuey, ☎ +1 809 476 7777, . The Barceló Punta Cana hotel is an amazing all inclusive beachfront hotel located in Punta Cana (Dominican Republic). edit
· Barceló Bávaro Beach, Carretera Bávaro, Km. 1 | 23301 Bávaro, Higuey, ☎ +1 809 686 5797, . A part of a spectacular 1921 room all inclusive adults only resort, just 20 km from Punta Cana International Airport and 190 km from Las Americas International Airport. This hotel has 600 rooms. They are located on Bavaro Beach, with fine white sands stretching for 12 km, in the middle of shady coconut groves, with a coral reef that keeps the waters warm, calm and inviting. Is an All Inclusive Resort, offering outstanding accommodations, around the clock activities, and superb meals and beverages. edit
Travelers have been victimized at the airports in Santo Domingo and Punta Cana as they checked in their luggage and prepared to leave the country. Smugglers obtained an authentic airline baggage tag in a traveler’s name and placed it on baggage that contained drugs, presumably to be retrieved by an accomplice at the other end of the flight.
Departure Information and Tips
· It is highly recommended that you check with your representative a day in advance for updated flight information, amount of souvenirs you may bring back, weight and size allowances for baggage to your destination, and the time at which you will be picked up from the hotel.
· Most hotels have a check out-out time between 12 and 1PM. Show up early to sort out any problems.
· To get the best rate when exchanging pesos, do so before you pass the checkpoint at the airport
· Be sure to arrive in the lobby 15 minutes before your scheduled pick up. The bus will usually leave promptly 2-3 hours before you need to be at the airport so you have enough time to clear immigration and obtain your flight tickets.
· On arrival you had to fill out a tourist card. This will now need to be submitted at the airport; try not to lose this because you will have to buy another, paid in cash before you are allowed to leave.
· There is a $20 USD departure tax, per person
· 1.) Total of $800 of merchandise duty free
· 2.) 100 Cigars *(as of 2017, Cuban cigars now accepted for personal consumption only).
· 3.) 200 cigarettes (1 Carton)
· 4.) 2 liters of alcoholic beverages (must be over 21)
· 1.) Total of $750 of merchandise duty free
· 2.) 50 Cigars
· 3.) 1.14 liters of alcohol or 24 cans of beers
· 4.) 200 cigarettes
· 1.) 50 Cigars
· 2.) 2 liters of alcohol
· 3.) 200 cigarettes
· 1.) 50 cigars
· 2.) 5 liters of alcohol
· 3.) 400 cigarettes
· 1.) 50 cigars or 200 cigarettes
· 2.) 1 liter of strong alcohol (above 22%) or 2 liters of aperitives (max 22%) or sparkling wine
· 3.) 2 liters of wine
· 4.) 16 liters of beer
· 5.) Additionally, a total of 175€ of other merchandise duty free
The CDC in the United States has stated that the entire province of La Altagracia, including the resorts, is at some risk for malaria. Malaria risk is significantly higher for travelers who go on some of the excursions to the countryside offered by many resorts. Currently the recommended preventative is chloroquine. Use mosquito repellent containing DEET, especially at dawn and dusk.
Several cases of cholera have been reported in travelers returning from Punta Cana resorts. Cholera vaccine, available in many countries, but not in the U.S., is recommended for aid and refugee workers only. Extreme care in hygiene and food habits for travel to risk areas, including resort areas, is advised. Carry oral rehydration salts in case of severe watery diarrhea. Azithromycin is recommended for diarrhea self-treatment; the epidemic strain of Vibrio cholerae has reduced susceptibility to ciprofloxacin and other quinolones.
· Centro Medico Caribe Bavaro
(809) 552-1415 Located in Plaza Brisas de Bavaro, suite 207. It features a bilingual staff for out-patient medical attentions. Open 24/7 for emergencies
· Centro Medico Punta Cana
(809) 552-1506 Near Plaza Bavaro and the local bus terminal It features a multilingual staff and in-house pharmacy. Open until 9PM for visitors and 24/7 for emergencies
· Hospiten Bavaro
(809) 686-1414 Situated near the airport, Hospiten’s multilingual staff and fully equipped facility is available 24/7 for emergencies
· Dental SPA Clinic
(829) 354 2664 Dental clinic located in Shopping Mall Plaza Rivieras, 2nd floor, offers dental services. Call Dra. Cindy Korac at 809 552 1613 for more information and to make an appointment or visit the website Dentist Punta Cana 
· Pharma Cana
(809) 959-0025 Hours: 9AM-10PM This pharmacy is located near the airport and is the main pharmacy of the area of Punta Cana.
· Farmacia el Manglar
(809) 552-1533 Hours: 8AM-12PM This pharmacy near Plaza Bavaro offers delivery to many of the local hotels in the area.
· (809) 686-8227
· There are 8-hour stations next to the Sitrabapu bus terminal in Bavaro and at Galerias Punta Cana near the airport.
· Remember that the Emergency Phone Numbers are 112 or 911.