OVERVIEW: Blue water, white sand, so much sun
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.
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.
- 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.
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
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.
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