Punta Cana, Dominican Republic

OVERVIEW: Blue water, white sand, so much sun

FLY

Flights to the Dominican Republic are reasonably priced. From NYC you can fly round trip into Punta Cana for about $330. I flew on JetBlue because they always offer great deals for nonstop flights to the Caribbean, not to mention exceptional customer service. I’m always down to spend my money on a nice airline.

SLEEP

All-inclusive resorts are typically the way to go in Punta Cana. This area of the Dominican Republic is a large spring break destination so the all- inclusive resorts to well. My top three all-inclusive picks are:

  • Paradisus Punta Cana; 4 stars, 12 restaurants, 8 bars, 2 pools and a spa. It’s situated not far from the airport and you’re greeted with a drink and cold towel to refresh yourself. There is an option to upgrade to VIP as well for additional butler services
  • Dreams Punta Cana Resort & Spa; 4 stars, 7 restaurants, a spa on site. This resort is family friend with a children only area and an adult-free teens’ area. 
  • Excellence Punta Cana; 4 1/2 stars, adults only, 10 bars and lounges, full-service spa, 2 large pools with 2 swim-up bars. Yoga and tennis classes are available as well. 

SEE

  • Saona Island or “Isla Saona” is located off the southern coast of the Dominican Republic and almost all resorts will be able to offer you a day excursion to the island. Notorious for its insanely clear water natural swimming pools and massive starfish, which you can snorkel to see!
  • Hoyo Azul, known as the blue hole is a large marine cavern 
  • Get a birds eye view of the coast line by parasailing or rent a yacht for the day and sail up and down the coast. 

EAT

All-inclusive resorts will offer an array of cuisines to chose from but if you’re looking for some authentic Dominican food, try these foods:

  • Sancocho is a traditional Dominican stew that takes hours to prepare and has many ingredients but is absolutely delicious
  • Tostones are twice fried plantain slices. So good to eat plain or with guac! 
  • Empanadas illed with beef and its dough is extra buttery and crispy. Dominicans also make a smaller, round version of an empanada-like treat they call pastelito

PARTY

Most resorts have clubs and bars located right on the property. These are honestly the easiest way to go and if partying is a main concern of yours make sure you chose a resort that has an active night life. If you’re looking to wander off into downtown Punta Cana check out: 

  • Coco Bongo is the main club in downtown Punta Cana. 

 

Check out my trip below!

IMG_0012

IMG_6892

IMG_6893

DCIM100GOPRO

IMG_7133

IMG_6882IMG_6880

DCIM100GOPRO

IMG_7113 IMG_7115

DCIM100GOPRO

 Pin this article!

Punta Cana

More From Chel Loves Wine

39 comments

  1. Oh I have always wanted to go on holiday there! We were very close to moving to the DR last Winter for my hubs job, however, we opted out last minute for Chicago! Anyway, still wanting to vacay there for sure! Thanks for sharing your holiday fun!

  2. My boyfriend and I took our first trip out of the country together to Punta Cana. While I probably would not return to our hotel, we both loved everything else! We’ve always said we’d go back and just find somewhere else to stay. Reading your post has me wanting to give one of your suggestions a try!

    1. That was my boyfriend and my first trip out of the country together too! It was a lot of fun and there is so much to do it makes it an easy first trip!

  3. Wow, it looks beautiful there and who doesn’t love all inclusive resorts in tropical locations? Pinning this for future dream travel 🙂

    1. Jet Blue is honestly the best domestic airline I’ve ever flown on. but I FEEL you right now. I need to get out of this cold NYC weather!