Things to do in Punta Cana – Availability and restrictions during COVID-19 in 2024

With the advent of the pandemic in our lives, no doubt, a lot has changed. In addition, now we are deprived of many joys that were previously commonplace for us. So, now there are limited choices, such as where to go on vacation or which restaurant to dine in. And it all depends only on whether these countries and places are open to visitors.

This is why we could not be happier notifying you that the Dominican Republic is open to tourists now. The best resort town in the Caribbean is ready to welcome guests and help you escape from today’s reality. So, we have decided to write an article about things you can do in Punta Cana during COVID-19.

Bavaro, Punta Cana

Bavaro, Punta Cana

Current COVID-19 measures in Punta Cana

At the moment, Punta Cana is a clear example of how the tourism business is reviving. In addition, it should be noted that the Dominican government is one of the most loyal in this regard. But regardless, some restrictions must be adhered to. Therefore, let us take a look at some of them down below.

  • First of all,  it is important to mention that 100% of the tourism sector staff are vaccinated (the sector includes airports, hotels, restaurants, transportation, etc.). In addition, the third dose of vaccination is underway for all tourism workers. After the vaccine, everyone hopes that it will provide herd immunity for all travel service providers in the country.
  • The social distancing of at least 6.5 feet (2 meters) and the use of face masks in public are required for people indoors and in places where social distancing is not possible.
  • Well, we should say that facial masks are optional on the beach. But the use of face masks is compulsory in public places (supermarkets, malls, hospitals) throughout the country.
  • Hotels have resumed operations using contactless technology and strict protocols to ensure a safe environment and promote social distancing.

How do public places work during a pandemic?

  • The occupancy of the establishments should be up to 75% of the total capacity of the establishments for public use, always following sanitary protocols.
  • Visiting hours for protected areas and national parks will be Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and on Saturdays and Sundays from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. We should note that if you want to visit the protected areas, you have to enter with local guides who are certified by the Ministry of the Environment.
  • Private transport companies and shopping centers operate as usual, except for casinos. All businesses operating in enclosed spaces must maintain a distance of 1.5 meters between customers. In addition, they must wear face masks and comply with the new sanitary measures announced by the official health authorities.
  • Ports, marinas, and anchorages for yachts, and cruise ships are open, so you have the option of taking boat excursions.

What are the benefits of restrictions?

Even though the pandemic brings us some inconvenience to our freedom, there are advantages to restrictions. Most importantly, they are meant to keep you from getting sick. Further, one of the main advantages is that there is no crowd on the beaches right now. As you already know, Punta Cana is the most popular destination in the Caribbean, and there are always enough tourists here, but now you can also have your private space.

Undoubtedly, the best thing is that the prices for spending holidays in Punta Cana at this time also fell. That is why now you can rent a villa or an apartment for the most affordable price. Although, we should also say that by renting a villa, you will always have a lot of personal space, and you will not have to comply with restrictions on your territory.

Things to do in Punta Cana – what should you visit first

Despite some existing restrictions, tourism in Punta Cana is resuming, and there is still a lot to explore. That is why we have prepared a small list of what you should definitely visit while in the Dominican Republic.

  • Salto El Limón. This is an adventure that takes you on a 1.5-mile kilometer (2.5 kilometers) journey through thick forest, on horseback, or on foot down terrain. At the same time, you can enjoy flora and fauna along the way, there are many beautiful birds and unique native plants that grow in the wild. Moreover, you can take a Cayo Levantado & El Limon excursion program, where you also visit the dreamy Samana peninsula, which is famous for its striking bay, breathtaking waterfalls, and tropical forests.
  • Saltos de Jima Waterfalls, Bonao. During this excursion, you will see the Jima river, which is famous for its natural landmark – the Saltos Jima waterfalls. This stunning place refreshes your sight and your body from the high Dominican temperatures. It is open for visitors on Monday to Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m and on Saturdays and Sundays from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
  • Scape Park. Well, it is unbelievable how much you can see in just one excursion tour. So, do not even hesitate, it features the most exciting attractions in the area such as zip-line, transparent Hoyo Azul lagoon, Iguabonita Cave, Saltos Azules, and much more.

In addition, you always have the opportunity to take a huge number of water excursions such as diving, snorkeling, sailing, or cruising. Try to avoid unlicensed companies that offer you their excursions, because there can be a risk of not following the rules that are necessary for companies to prevent COVID-19. Such dubious companies usually do not care about the rules, they can gather many people, which is now unacceptable, and if unexpected situations arise, they simply leave you with all the problems. So, always choose a trusted company to ensure your comfort and stay safe!

1. Popular Excursions

2. Snorkeling & Diving

3. Local Excursions

4. Historical & Cultural Tours

5. Buggy and ATV tours

6. Nightlife and Clubs

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How to rent a house cheaper during COVID-19?

As we have already said, prices are way lower during the pandemic. That is why it would be a great solution to escape from reality to heaven for a week or more. In our opinion, villas or apartments are the best options for staying since there is no crowd as in a hotel, and it is very important during this COVID-19 time. So, that is why we have prepared the main ways how you can save your money renting a villa, or an apartment.

  • Firstly, if you read this, you already can save some money. Are you wondering how? Well, through our website, you can book directly with the owner and save up to 15% on commissions due to other booking platforms such as Airbnb charging a fee.
  • Secondly, our company has excellent options for long-term rentals. And most importantly, with such a rent, you can get a villa for almost half the price. Moreover, it is up to 35% off for long-term rentals. You can check out our best villas for a long-term here. Is there anything better than staying in the dreamy villa for a long period and paying less?

As you can see, tourism in Punta Cana is resuming and the Dominican Republic is ready to welcome guests. But the most important thing is to plan and book everything with a trusted company to avoid unpleasant situations during a pandemic. Book with us to get the best experience in this beautiful country!

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