It’s almost as if Punta Cana was built to be the ideal holiday destination. Miles of white sand beaches, swaying palm trees, and turquoise Caribbean waters – and more world-class golf than you can shake a club at – are all part of what make this destination a tropical paradise. Pack your sunglasses and leave your stress at home: Punta Cana awaits.
Nestled away on the sunny eastern side of the Dominican Republic, Punta Cana is a holidaymaker’s paradise. Families looking to make the most of the sunshine can enrol in surf camp, snorkel coral reefs, zip line above the verdant canopies of a tropical rainforest, or get up close and personal with some of the Dominican Republic’s diverse wildlife, including dolphins, monkeys, or iguanas.
Adult travellers looking for a slightly more relaxing trip, may choose to take advantage of Punta Cana’s many golf courses, spas, or casinos. And, of course, anyone simply looking for the perfect place to lay down a beach towel and work on their tan won’t have any issues finding a space: Punta Cana has around 35 miles of pristine beach to choose from.
Regardless of whether you want to spend a stress-free week ocean side or you’d rather have an adventure under the Caribbean sun, Punta Cana has you covered – so book your SWISS flight from Zurich to Punta Cana today.
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When is the best time to visit Punta Cana?
Punta Cana’s tropical climate means that the weather is sunny and warm all year round, with temperatures averaging highs of 27-30°C from January to December. With that said, many travellers find that visiting during the off-season, between about March and May, means smaller crowds and more space on the beaches. Travellers should be mindful of the Atlantic region’s hurricane season, however, which occurs from approximately June to November and can adversely affect travel plans.
What is the best way to get around Punta Cana?
If you’re staying at an all-inclusive resort, the best means of navigating Punta Cana is simply to walk: plenty of destinations and attractions will be nearby. Keep in mind also that many attractions in Punta Cana offer shuttle service to and from the location as part of the entry fee - it is wise to confirm this in advance. Taxis are available and should adhere to a set of standard rates, best practice is to clarify your location and the fare before entering a cab – otherwise fares can be more expensive than expected. Taxis can easily be summoned by hotel or resort concierges should the need arise. Local buses are available, but their schedules are irregular and visitors may find them overwhelming, especially if they do not communicate comfortably in Spanish. For those travellers looking to explore outlying areas, renting a car is recommended.
Is it okay to haggle in Punta Cana?
Travellers interested in getting the best bang for their buck can try their hand at haggling with vendors. Street vendors will likely be especially amenable to haggling, and proposing an amount that is 25 to 40 percent lower than the original price will often yield positive results, so long as hagglers remain firm.
Attractions in Punta Cana: Golf and more
As resorts have begun to become more and more popular in Punta Cana, another amenity has started to take a central position in the region: golf courses. All along the coastline, the ocean waters are overlooked by fairways and golf greens – and there’s something special about knowing that tee times are available all year round. With almost 30 different courses in the country and more than 10 in Punta Cana itself, many experts agree that the best golf in the entire Caribbean is to be found in the Dominican Republic. Test that claim out for yourself at one of the many golf courses in Punta Cana:
- Teeth of the Dog
- The Hard Rock Golf Club
- Punta Espada
- The Links
Swim with the dolphins
And in between tee times? Punta Cana features plenty of other things to see and do, with a particular emphasis on ecotourism and interacting with the incredible natural world of the Dominican Republic. Dolphin Island Park, for example, gives visitors the chance to swim alongside dolphins, and Manatí Park is a sprawling ecological park that hosts over 150 different species of birds, reptiles, and mammals. Guided tours can be arranged to experience the full range of the region’s splendour, including caves, natural pools, coral reefs, and even helicopter tours of the region’s lush coastlines.
Get your heart rate up
And don’t worry, adrenaline junkies: Punta Cana is much more than just leisure and relaxation. Adventurous visitors can arrange to feel the rush of high-flying zip lines, white-water rafting, and even skydiving.
No matter what your travel style is, the Dominican Republic is calling your name: book your trip from Zurich to Punta Cana with SWISS today.
Local and international food in Punta Cana
Since the majority of travellers to Punta Cana stay in resorts, the fare offered tends towards international tastes, and visitors will have no shortage of options should they want to find food that is familiar. If travellers wish to sample local dishes, many independent restaurants and grocery stores are accessible by taxi. Dominican food tends to be healthy and straightforward, making frequent use of regional ingredients such as rice, beans, seafood, or bananas – many visitors will find it a refreshing alternative to dishes served on resort grounds.
Nightlife of Punta Cana
Between the nightclubs and the resort casinos, sleeping is practically optional in Punta Cana. The majority of the area’s resorts include casinos, and the facilities are bright, modern, and busy. Meanwhile, it isn’t uncommon for the drinks to flow until daybreak in the nightclubs. Travellers who unwind best with their dancing shoes on will be planning their next trip to Punta Cana before they’ve even returned to their hotel after a night on the town.
Shopping: Take a piece of Punta Cana home
Though Punta Cana is better known for its beaches than its shopping malls, the Dominican Republic still has plenty to offer visitors looking for a unique souvenir. Dominican rums, such as Don Ron or Brugal, are known for their quality - the country is also known for its beautiful amber jewellery, its fine coffee, and its excellent cigars. For an especially unique gift, consider bringing home a bottle of mamajuana, which contains red wine, tree bark, honey, and herbs, to which rum is added to create a unique spirit. Widely loved and said to be an aphrodisiac, mamajuana is distinctly Dominican.
Zurich - Punta CanaFlight duration: 10:15 hrs total, Frequency: Mon,Wed,Sat,Mon
Departure ZurichTerminal: 1 / 3Counter opening time: 24 h prior to departure
Airbus A330-300Height: 16.80 mLength: 63.70 mSeats: 236
Crew:Pilots: 2Cabin crew: 11
Arrival Punta CanaDistance to city centre: 4 km