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Discover the sandy white beaches of Punta Cana

By Amy Adejokun Amy Adejokun Section editor

Our Editorial team's advice

Between the Caribbean Sea and the Atlantic Ocean, Punta Cana is the most famous resort in the Dominican Republic, and for good reason. People travel to Punta Cana for its beautiful beaches, stretching over 24 miles. Transparent waters, coconut trees, white sand, the magical combination is there for you to enjoy an excellent leisure holiday, in the sun or under the shade of a Cana straw hut, while sipping a mojito or a pinacolada. However, in order to discover the country, the customs and the lifestyle of local Dominicans, it is better to move to another destination. In Punta Cana, there is nothing but hotels.

To see

The commonly proposed trip in Punta Cana is to the Manati Park, an ecological park where you can, under reservation, have the opportunity to swim with dolphins. From Punta Cana, holidaymakers can engage in the great adventure and visit the island of Saona, as well as La Romana and Santo Domingo, the capital of the island.

To do

The hotels all offer high quality well-being services, with a wide range of spas in beautiful settings, as well as wide range of sports activities such as tennis, cycling and horse riding. The water sports (diving, water skiing, sailing, etc) are not to be missed! Fans of golf will also find beautiful golf courses.

pros

  • +  Beautiful beaches
  • +  A hotel industry of good or very good standing
  • +  Many sports activities

cons

  • -  No sites of cultural interest
  • -  Dominican lifestyle reduced to its simplest expression.

To think about

A suitcase for the summer: light clothing cotton, open shoes, shorts, shirts, T-shirts, without forgetting the bathing suit, as well as warm clothes and walking shoes for getaways in the mountains. A lightweight raincoat is useful during the rainy season (from May to July).

To avoid

Punta Cana is not an authentically Dominican location. Experiencing Dominican life here is limited unless you go on an excursion, but the excursions take time because this area is far away from everything. The only possible compromise is to opt for a two-week stay and to opt for a hotel near a market place, or a bus station, for your escapades.

To try

Rich and spicy, Dominican cuisine is the result of Creole, European and African influences. Starch foods (rice, sweet potatoes and plantain), fish and shell fish as well as tropical fruits are the key foods. The stews (mondogo, sancocho) are common, with goat meat or fish cooked in coconut milk being prime examples.

To bring back

Jewellery made from amber (brown solidified resin), larimar (blue stone), leather items, baskets, naive paintings, a legacy of Indian Taļnos, CDs of merengue and bachata, cigars, liquid vanilla, jam, rum and coffee are the main souvenirs that you can bring home. They can be found everywhere on beaches and especially in local markets.

Weather Punta Cana

These indicators are used as a set of criteria to predict overall weather conditions in Punta Cana . The different indicators are there to help you prepare for your trip to Punta Cana so you can make plans based on the weather forecast, whether it be a trip to the beach, walking, visiting attractions and museums or winter sports... Here you'll find a precise, overall weather score for each week in Punta Cana , which takes into account temperature indicators, bad weather predictions, sunshine levels and wind speeds.

Weather January
Overall rating 83/100
  • Temperature indicators 98% Hot / Optimal

    The maximum temperature is <24°, temperature felt between 30°C and 33°C.

  • Bad weather indicators 58% Showers

    Showers - averaging between 2.5mm and 3.5mm per day.

  • Sunbathing indicators 72% Good weather

    Mostly sunny (60% to 80% sunshine).

  • Swimming indicators 90% Very pleasant / Optimal

    High air temperature (>24°C), high sea temperature (>24°C), light to moderate winds (between 7 mph and 12 mph).

  • Wind indicators 80% Light breeze / Optimal

    Optimal comfort: optimal wind speed (between 7 mph and 12 mph) in a warm environment (>24°C).

  • Humidity indicators 68% Normal

    Slight feeling of discomfort due air humidity registering higher than 65%.

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