Punta Cana – Top 40 Frequently Asked Questions 2024 – Part 2

Undoubtedly, before a new trip, you always want to know more about the place you are going to, especially, if you plan a journey to a new country and do not know what to expect from the weather, climate, and possible activities. However, you do not have to worry about it being in Punta Cana because it is one of the best places to have a paradise holiday no matter the time of the year.

Punta Cana, the DR

Punta Cana, the DR

Despite the importance of knowing everything about your destination, sometimes it is difficult to find all the information, and you have to check all the Internet in search of what you need. That is why we have prepared the second part of the frequently asked question about Punta Cana.

The other parts of this series of articles are here: Punta Cana FAQ part 1 and Punta Cana FAQ part 3.

1. Is Punta Cana a good vacation spot?

In our opinion, Punta Cana is one of the best spots for an unforgettable vacation. Why do we think so? Stunning beaches with white sand and turquoise waters will leave no one indifferent. And the Caribbean islands will give you a breath of fresh air. This is a perfect opportunity to escape from your routine reality and plunge into the Dominican culture and its tropical vibe!

2. Is Punta Cana safe to travel?

Yes, Punta Cana is one of the safest places in the Dominican Republic. Moreover, the Dominican Republic is considered one of the safest countries in the whole Caribbean. Nevertheless, we always recommend that you keep your eyes open on your belongings. In addition, try to avoid walking alone in unknown areas.

3. What is the airport in Punta Cana?

There is Punta Cana International Airport (PUJ). It has a unique Dominican style, including roofs covered in palm fronds.

4. What is the average salary in Punta Cana?

Well, the average salary in Punta Cana is about US$450 (RD$ 25 000). For example:

  • an accountant earns about US$490
  • a waiter earns about US$ 285
  • a doctor gets about US$ 1155
  • a Spanish teacher gets about US$ 427
  • a software engineer earns approximately US$ 720

5. What is the weather like in Punta Cana in January?

If you want to go to Punta Cana in winter, that is a great time to spend your vacation there. Since it is warm in the Dominican Republic all year round, February is also a warm month. The average temperature is about 29 °C (84.2 °F). Nevertheless, we should mention that there are can be rainy days. The average rainfall in January is about 85 mm, and it continues for approximately 9 days.

6. What to do in Punta Cana in February?

Well, in February in Punta Cana, you can do exactly the same things as at any other time of the year. Warm Dominican weather allows you to enjoy all kinds of activities, including water sports, as the average water temperature is around 26.1 °C (79 °F).

7. When is seaweed season in Punta Cana?

Well, we cannot say that the seaweed problem is seasonal, but we noticed some increases. In general, the spring months have the highest incidence of algae. Nevertheless, we should mention that the amount of seaweed actually depends on the beaches of Punta Cana.

This is a periodic natural phenomenon that is a part of an ecosystem for fish and crabs. That is why ocean currents bring it to the Dominican coast. So, we have to say that some beaches do not have algae at all, and workers clean particular beach areas every day if there is seaweed. As you can see, you do not have to worry about it during your Punta Cana vacation, since it is not even noticeable for tourists.

8. Where to stay in Punta Cana for young adults?

In our opinion, the best option to spend your holidays with friends only is to rent a villa. It allows you to have freedom and your private space, which you do not have to share with strangers as in a hotel.  In addition, you can live together in the same house and not look for each other in a large hotel, since you were settled far from each other.

Also, you can be sure that there are many resorts and hotels for young adults in Punta Cana. So, here we have prepared a small list of the most popular hotels:

  • Be Live Collection – Adults Only.
  • Barceló Bávaro Beach – Adults Only All Inclusive.
  • Zoetry Agua.
  • Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, Punta Cana – All Inclusive.
  • Majestic Colonial Punta Cana – All Inclusive.
  • Meliá Caribe Beach Resort-All Inclusive.

9. Which resort in Punta Cana has the best food?

Well, it is really hard to tell. That is why we think that most 5-star all-inclusive Punta Cana resorts have good food offers. Nevertheless, we recommend that you go to the local restaurants or cafés and try Dominican cuisine. Of course, we think that not trying seafood while in the Dominican Republic is a kind of sin.

10. Can you get coke in Punta Cana?

Sure, you can get Coca-Cola in Punta Cana. And a small bottle will cost you about almost one United States Dollar (RD$ 55).

11. Do I need a passport to fly to Punta Cana?

Of course, you cannot go to the Dominican Republic without a passport. But you do not need a special passport, or visa to enter Punta Cana. But sometimes there is a need for a visa to enter the DR, depending on the country you come from.

Nevertheless, we should mention that not that many countries need it to enter because most foreign tourists need just a tourist card. And a tourist card is a visitor tax. In general, you have to pay US$ 10-20 for a Dominican tourist card. But, usually, those who travel by plane will receive it automatically when purchasing a ticket since the tourist card fee is already included. A tourist card allows tourists to enter the territory of the Dominican Republic without the need for a consular visa.

12. Do they have an Uber in Punta Cana?

Yes, there is an Uber service in Punta Cana.

13. Does it rain all day in Punta Cana?

No, it does not rain all day in Punta Cana. Since the climate is tropical in the Dominican Republic, it is hot there with the rainy seasons. In general, the rainy season is from August to October in Punta Cana.

14. Does Punta Cana have big waves?

No, there are no big and rough waves in Punta Cana. Usually, the water is calm and most beaches have Blue Flag. So, as we can see it is perfect for swimming and spending time with kids on beaches in Punta Cana.

Nevertheless, if you want to do sports activities with rough waves, we recommend that you visit Cabarete, which is one of the best kitesurfing and windsurfing spots in the Dominican Republic.

15. Have there been any shark attacks in Punta Cana?

There is no exact confirmation that it was a shark, but the only attack was recorded in 2016. The woman was bitten on the leg, and the doctor assumed that it could be a shark, stingray, or a scorpion fish. After, the woman underwent surgery, and she was fine.

But we should note, that it is safe to swim in the ocean if you take into account all the recommendations. Usually, you cannot randomly meet a shark in Punta Cana. Why? Because the coast is surrounded by a coral reef. That is why it makes a natural barrier for sharks. But in any case, it is necessary to keep your eyes open.

16. How far is Grand Memories Punta Cana from the beach?

Well, Grand Memories is not located directly on the beach. But there is a beach zone reserved for Memories guests next to the Royalton Resort. There is approximately a 15-minute drive to reach the beach. In addition, you can take a free shuttle to the neighboring Royalton Punta Cana hotel.

17. How far is Punta Cana airport from Puerto Plata?

So, it is about 254 miles (408 kilometers) to get from Punta Cana International Airport (PUJ) to Puerto Plata. Or it will take you approximately 5 hours 30 minutes to get there.

18. How far is Punta Cana from Florida?

Well, it is about 1050 miles (1690 kilometers) to get from Florida to Punta Cana. Usually, a flight takes 2 hours and a half.

19. How far is Punta Cana from Jamaica?

The distance from Jamaica to Punta Cana is about 586 miles (943 kilometers) or two hours flight.

20. How is Punta Cana after the hurricane?

In general, the Dominican Republic can be affected by the Atlantic hurricane season, which usually lasts from June to the end of November. Nevertheless, Punta Cana is considered a safe place during the hurricane season, since it is protected from the ocean by a mountain ridge. That is why the spray of these waves cannot reach Punta Cana that much. So, you can enjoy your unforgettable vacation even during this period.

21. How long is a flight to Punta Cana from Boston?

Well, it will take you about 4 hours flight and the distance between Boston to Punta Cana is approximately 1650 miles (2655 kilometers).

22. How long is a flight to Punta Cana from London?

So, if you go to Punta Cana from London, then a long flight awaits you. Probably it will take you about 12 hours by air. In addition to this, you can have several stops. The distance between Punta Cana and Boston is approximately 4300 miles (6920 kilometers).

23. How long is the flight to Punta Cana from LAX?

The flight from LAX to Punta Cana will take you about 8 hours and a half. And the distance between the two destinations is about 3240 miles (5215 kilometers).

24. Is Bavaro Beach in Punta Cana?

Yes, it is a part of Punta Cana town, and the Bávaro area is located in the easternmost La Altagracia province. Moreover, Bávaro remains the most recognizable and visited area of Punta Cana. It is also known for being one of the largest Caribbean beaches since it extends uninterruptedly along 30 miles (48 kilometers).

25. Is Hard Rock Punta Cana All Inclusive?

Yes, Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Punta Cana is a luxury all-inclusive resort. There are 17 bars, 13 pools, 2 tennis courts, a gym, a mini-golf course and much more.

26. Is Punta Cana expensive?

Without a doubt, Punta Cana is one of the most expensive areas in the Dominican Republic. It is known for being a newly built resort town, which allows you to spend your most luxurious vacation in this paradise. Nevertheless, Punta Cana is also the place where you can find cheap options. The number of hotels, villas, and apartments allows you to find a property for every budget.

27. Is Punta Cana safe for kids?

Well, it should be noted that Punta Cana is the safest place in the Dominican Republic and one of the safest places in the whole Caribbean. Probably, this is one of the reasons why it is the most visited destination in the Caribbean. Also, we should say that most of the territories and beaches are protected, and hotels and villas are located in safe areas. In addition, the water in Punta Cana is warm and calm, which is why parents can not be afraid of big waves.

28. Is Punta Cana US territory?

No, Punta Cana is a resort town in the Dominican Republic, which is located on the island of Hispaniola in the Greater Antilles archipelago of the Caribbean region.

29. Is Punta Cana worth it?

In our opinion, it is definitely worth it. The stunning beaches of Punta Cana with white sand and turquoise water look like a fairy tale. While staying there, it is difficult to believe that this is reality. The Dominican culture and tropical climate will give you the full dose of relaxation you deserve.

30. Is there good snorkeling in Punta Cana?

Yes, Punta Cana is a great snorkeling spot. Moreover, it is home to the largest reef in the Dominican Republic. The underwater world is mesmerizing, so do not forget about this water activity while staying in Punta Cana.

31. Are there sharks in Punta Cana?

Probably, it is almost impossible to meet sharks while swimming in Punta Cana. And the reason for it is that the coast is surrounded by a coral reef, which makes a natural barrier for sharks. Nevertheless, we recommend that you do not swim in the dark time of the day and keep your eyes open, as there are other aquatic predators besides sharks.

32. What currency does Punta Cana use?

Well, the official currency of the Dominican Republic and Punta Cana is the Dominican Peso (RD$).

33. What currency to take to Punta Cana?

As we have already noticed, the official currency in the Dominican Republic is the Dominican Peso. Nevertheless, United States Dollars are widely accepted in Punta Cana. So, mostly you can pay in US dollars or exchange money for Dominican Pesos at a bank or airport.

34. What does all inclusive mean in Punta Cana?

So, all-inclusive in Punta Cana means that all meals and all drinks are already included. It also allows you to use most of the amenities the hotel provides. Most five-star hotels have multiple pools, bars, restaurants, gyms, tennis courts, and even golf courses. Therefore, more often than not, the all-inclusive system is an advantageous offer for a vacation abroad.

35. What is the weather in Punta Cana in November?

Well, it is hot enough in Punta Cana in November. The average air temperature is about to 86° F (30 °C). And the average water temperature is approximately 82.4° F (28 °C). Moreover, November is considered a low season in the Dominican Republic, so the prices for hotels and villas will be lowered. Nevertheless, we should mention that November is also the last month of the hurricane season, which is affected by the Atlantic hurricane season, and usually lasts from June to the end of November.

36. What is the weather like in Punta Cana in August?

Well, since it is summer, the temperature is high enough in August. In general, the average air temperature is about 89.6° F (32° C). And the water temperature is approximately 84.4° F (29.1° C). Moreover, August has quite a lot of rainfall because it is also a hurricane season. And it is one of the stormiest months in Punta Cana. Despite this, the weather has never been a hindrance to the flow of tourists who come here at any time of the year.

37. Do I need a bug spray in Punta Cana?

Yes, we recommend that you take a bug spray in your baggage. Punta Cana has a tropical climate, and it means that it has its local mosquitos. Moreover, if it was a rainy day, then the mosquitoes are worse. Nevertheless, if you are staying at a hotel, then it should be noted that workers spray the particular areas with special mosquito avoidance products.

38. How far is Casa de Campo from Punta Cana Airport?

Well, the distance from Punta Cana International Airport (PUJ) to Casa de Campo is about 47 miles (76 kilometers) or a one-hour drive.

39. How far is Puerto Plata from Punta Cana airport?

So, it will take you approximately 243 miles (392 kilometers) or 5 hours and a half to get from Punta Cana International Airport (PUJ) to Puerto Plata by car.

40. How far is Punta Cana airport from La Romana?

Punta Cana is only about 48 miles (77 kilometers) away from La Romana. And it will take you less than an hour to get there.


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