Practical Information in Punta Cana

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Before you get to enjoy the beaches and tourist attractions on Punta Cana, you must get into the Caribbean with a passport. Depending on your country of citizenship, you might even need a visa to visit the tropical paradise. Do some research while planning your trip. Knowing some practical information about Punta Cana will ensure a pleasantly memorable vacation.

Currency

The currency in Punta Cana is the Dominican Peso (RD$) and most banks and major hotels can exchange money for you. Most places will accept credit cards, but check with you hotel before booking to make sure first. You are pretty safe with Visa, MasterCard and American Express. Traveler’s cheques are accepted in euros, US, and Canadian dollars. Do not exchange money with anyone but a bank or reputable hotel as you can easily get ripped off.

Hotels

There is a plethora of hotel rooms available in Punta Cana. Most have different plans so before booking make sure what plan you are getting. Some have sports packages or family plans. Resorts will cost the most, but are all inclusive. Expect rooms to cost anywhere from US$200 and upwards for resorts.

Many of the resorts and hotels partner with others so guests can enjoy more options. Most hotels have restaurants and these can be included in your plan. Of course there are independent restaurants in Punta Cana with a variety of cuisines. Make sure reservations are not required if you are just planning to grab a bite. Costs for food will range anywhere from US$8 and upward. Street vendors are sometimes even cheaper.

Electricity Conversion

Watch the voltage for your hair driers and other electrical equipment. Most outlets support 110 volts but in some of the larger hotels they will have 220 volts. Ask the front desk before you use anything electrical that you brought from home.

Language

Spanish, of course is the official language in Punta Cana but because of being a premier tourist destination you will find that most people also speak English.

Medical Services

Large hotels usually have clinics on site and medical staff that can help with minor emergencies. There are several larger hospitals that can help in a major situations. Check with your health insurance company to be sure that your insurance will cover you while in Punta Cana.

Apparel

Dress on the island is casual. On the beaches bathing suits are appropriate but cover up when going shopping or to restaurants off beach. December through March it is suggestible to bring a light jacket or sweater as the evening temperatures dip into the low 60’s.

Gratuity

Taxes and tips are always included in hotel rates but if your service has been exceptional it is fine to tip extra.

Departing

There is a departure fee of $20 when leaving Punta Cana. Sometimes it is added into your ticket but sometimes it is not. Be sure you know if you will have to pay the price or not.

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