Punta Cana – Top 20 Frequently Asked Questions 2023
Since the Dominican Republic has become the most popular destination in the Caribbean and Punta Cana the most popular resort town, many foreign tourists have questions before traveling. Every year this place attracts more and more tourists, that is why we decided to answer 20 frequently asked questions. Here is a link for the second and the third FAQ parts.
1. Where is Punta Cana?
Well, Punta Cana is a resort town in the easternmost region of the Dominican Republic. And the Dominican Republic together with Haiti forms Hispaniola Island, which is between the Atlantic Ocean and the Caribbean Sea. Moreover, Punta Cana is a small hamlet, where is the Punta Cana International airport located. Nevertheless, most people call the entire East Coast by this name, but in general, it is divided into small areas, which also have their own names.
2. Do you need a passport to go to Punta Cana?
Without a doubt, you need a valid passport with blank pages to go to the Dominican Republic. Also, citizens from some countries need a tourist card or a visa. If you would like to know more about the documents required for travel, we recommend that you read the answers to frequently asked questions about the visa.
3. How far is Punta Cana from Santo Domingo?
So, it will take you about 2 hours 30 minutes to get from Punta Cana to Santo Domingo, and the distance between these destinations is about 180 kilometers.
4. What country is Punta Cana in?
Well, Punta Cana is a resort town in the Dominican Republic. And the shores are washed by the Atlantic Ocean to the north and the Caribbean Sea to the south. Moreover, this beautiful place has become the most visited in the Caribbean.
5. Is Punta Cana safe in [year]?
First of all, we should say that the Dominican Republic is considered one of the safest countries in the Caribbean. Moreover, Punta Cana is the safest area in the country. Nevertheless, we recommend you keep your eyes open in remote areas or when you walk alone outside the resort. Also, you should avoid driving a car in the Dominican Republic, since locals have unique road rules that can be appropriate for us. So, we recommend you rent a car with a driver or take excursions with a transfer.
6. Is Punta Cana open?
Yes, Punta Cana is open for visitors. In 2021 (January – August), more than 1,297,644 foreign tourists have already visited the Dominican Republic. Moreover, the country has some of the most loyal requirements regarding precautionary measures due to covid. Most of the hotels have reopened and met the necessary requirements during the pandemic.
7. What province is Punta Cana in?
Punta Cana is located in the easternmost province of the Dominican Republic – La Altagracia, where is also Punta Cana International Airport located. Moreover, this is the leading province of the country in terms of tourism.
8. How long is the flight from Chicago to Punta Cana?
Well, we should say that it depends on your flight. So, if it is a direct flight, it usually takes about 4 hours. And if there are stops, it can take 5-6 hours (1988 miles or 3200 kilometers).
9. When is hurricane season in Punta Cana?
Since there are tourists in warm Punta Cana all year round, the change in weather is not a hindrance for them. But still, due to the tropical climate and the location of the Dominican Republic, it is experiencing the effects of the Atlantic hurricane season. Which most often happens from the beginning of June to the end of November. In addition, October is the wettest month.
10. How long is the flight from Miami to Punta Cana?
Well, the flight time is about 2 hours and a half (10 miles or 1465 kilometers).
11. What time zone is Punta Cana?
The whole Dominican Republic is in the Atlantic Standard Time zone.
12. How far is La Romana from Punta Cana?
La Romana is a city port, which is southeastern Dominican Republic, and Punta Cana lies on the eastern shore. So, the travel time by car from Punta Cana to La Romana is around 1 hour (78 kilometers or 48.4 miles).
13. How far is Puerto Plata from Punta Cana?
Well, Puerto Plata is one of the northern provinces of the Dominican Republic. And the distance from Puerto Plata to Punta Cana is about 402 kilometers or 250 miles. It will take you about 5 hours and a half to get there.
14. When is the best time to go to Punta Cana?
Since the Dominican Republic is warm all year round, tourists will feel comfortable in any month of the year. Despite this, the best period is considered when the high season goes away. So, probably the best time to visit Punta Cana is during spring.
15. Are there casinos in Punta Cana?
We should say that gambling is legal in the Dominican Republic, and Punta Cana is known for its casinos. You can gamble from the age of 18. Many five-star hotels have casinos. And one of the largest and most famous casino is located in the Barcelo Bavaro Palace Deluxe. In addition, you can read more information about casinos in our article.
16. Are there mosquitoes in Punta Cana?
Yes, there are mosquitos in Punta Cana. You can meet them more often when it is the rainy season. Nevertheless, we have to mention that Punta Cana is a resort area, so all hotels take care of their guests. That is why workers adopt measures. They disinfect and prevent mosquitoes in green areas and throughout the hotel.
17. Does it rain in Punta Cana?
Yes, since there is a tropical climate, there is a rainy season in Punta Cana. So, it is from May to November. And the rainiest month is October. In general, there are about 8 rainy days per month.
18. Does Punta Cana airport have free wifi?
Sure, Punta Cana International Airport (PUJ) has free WiFi.
19. How far is Boca Chica from Punta Cana?
Without a doubt, Boca Chica is known for being one of the best spots for scuba diving and snorkeling. So, if you want to get there, it will take you almost 2 hours (100 miles or 160 kilometers).
20. How to get to Saona Island from Punta Cana?
Saona Island is a stunning government-protected nature reserve. Since it is one of the most favorite excursions in the Dominican Republic, you can get to a genuine Caribbean paradise from La Romana. If you are staying in Punta Cana, you can easily get a transfer to your departure point. There are several options, you can book a regular excursion, private, or VIP trip to Saona Island.
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