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Punta Cana

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Punta Cana - Dominican Republic

Punta Cana - endless beaches

...the most visited tourist destination in the Caribbean...

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punta cana beach

Punta Cana, the number one vacation paradise in the Caribbean, is located in the extreme east of the Dominican Republic, an area made up of miles of beautiful beaches and resorts. The beaches stretch for more then 35 miles / 55 km. The coast of Punta Cana borders the Atlantic Ocean to the north; and the Caribbean Sea in the south.

Punta Canas' beaches are really beautiful and raved about by many tourists who come to spend their holidays. Miles of beaches with fine white sand, turquoise sea with warm waters, coconut palms and other exotic vegetation known to the Caribbean, make Punta Cana the most visited tourist destination in the Caribbean. Punta Cana has its own international airport to receive directly hundreds of thousands of tourists from all over the world, mainly from Europe and North America, although in recent years the area also is frequently visited by tourists from Latin America.


The Weather in Punta Cana

... is the biggest attraction ...

punta cana weather

The weather in Punta Cana is tropical and humid, the average temperature remains virtually constant throughout the year, about 28-29°C / 82-84°F.

Being located in the northern hemisphere, Punta Cana is hot during the summer months (June to September), but has a pleasant winter (December to March), the average temperature is always above 20°C / 68°F. To get an idea, January is the coldest month of Punta Cana; the minimum temperature can go down to 20°C / 68°F and the maximum is around 30°C / 86°F. As you see, it is always "summer" and you can enjoy the beaches any time of the year.

Punta Cana is a perfect destination for visiting and enjoying the sun and beach in any season. But, as almost all tourist destinations in the Caribbean, Punta Cana has a risk of hurricanes and storms. The hurricane season starts in Punta Cana in early June and ends in late October. August and September are the peak months. Logically, these months are low season in Punta Cana and hotels offer attractive prices and discounts. What you need to know is that even though the summer season has a higher risk, hurricanes hit the island very seldom (there were 3 hurricane hits in the past 35 years) and normally you will find extended periods of calm and good weather. You can enjoy the high summer period in Punta Cana at affordable prices.

Nobody can predict the weather far in advance, so if you have the choice, we recommend avoiding the peak hurricane season from end of August till mid October. Rain showers can form at any time of year, bringing heavy downpours with a duration of few minutes to one hour; they form almost without warning and disappear just as quickly.


What is the best time to visit Punta Cana?

... avoid hurricane season...

punta cana best period

The best time to travel to Punta Cana is after the hurricane and tropical storm season in the Caribbean. That is in the months from mid November to late April. In those months, the rains are less frequent and therefore there is less humidity, being more pleasant to be outdoors. Furthermore, the sun is not as strong as during the summer months, this makes it the ideal period to be on the beach enjoying the sun. Although Punta Cana has summer all year round, there are times of day when the temperature drops, especially in the early morning or evening in the winter seasons, reason why it should take some type of light jacket for the trip.

While, occasionally, thunderstorms may be predicted on a daily basis, this should not be a concern, as the weather stations generally issue warnings of rain regardless of where it happens. The weather is usually much better around the coasts than inland, and you rarely have to worry about these types of climate changes. Precipitation and humidity values are, in fact, very low even during the wetter summer months, which makes Punta Cana an excellent destination all year round.


Things to do in Punta Cana

... all watersports and a trip to Saona Island..

saona excursions

Apart from enjoying the beautiful beaches of Punta Cana, with the help of the extensive services provided by the various hotels and holiday resorts, you can also take part in numerous holiday activities, such as: water-skiing, parasailing, snorkeling, scuba diving and even golf.

Saona Island is a 'must do' when you visit Punta Cana.

Saona Island, being part of a national park, retains all the natural qualities typical of a tropical paradise: miles of beautiful beaches pristine, fine white sand with crystal clear waters, lush exotic vegetation of the area as palm and coconut trees, a variety of animal species from birds to reptiles, exotic vegetation, forests, mangroves, lagoons and natural pools. Near the shores of Isla Saona you can find abundant coral reefs and marine species like sea stars, sea turtles and exotic fish.

The excursion to Saona Island from Punta Cana is the most requested and most popular tourist attraction in the Dominican Republic. Day trips to Isla Saona start in the village of Bayahibe (40 minutes from Punta Cana), the port where the boats and catamarans leave for the island. The transfers from the hotel and back are included in the excursion.

There is no doubt about the fact that Punta Cana is one of the best locations you can find yourself in when you visit the Dominican Republic, and with the many interesting and delightful activities you can take part in, it is likely that you will thoroughly enjoy yourself here.


Best Resorts in Punta Cana

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1. Majestic Hotels

Majestic Hotels

The Majestic Colonial Punta Cana is located in Arena Gorda (Playa Bavaro) next to Macao and 30km's away from the Punta Cana International Airport ...

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2. Riu Hotels

Riu Hotels

Seeing is believing. And our all-inclusive Riu Punta Cana hotels boast an awe-inspring range of sights. Punta Cana is located at the south-eastern tip of the Dominican Republic....

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3. Hard Rock Hotel

Hard Rock Hotel

Thrilling gaming action in the biggest and best casino around, exhilarating nightlife, tantalizing culinary options, state-of-the-art meeting facilities..

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