Punta Cana
Why Visit Punta Cana

Its endless beaches and turquoise waters that bathe its coasts make travelling to Punta Cana a favourite option among the most highly sought-after Caribbean destinations. Its exclusivity and authenticity make it unique when compared to other neighbouring regions in the Caribbean, such as Puerto Rico or Havana. Punta Cana is warm all year round. The beaches of the resort area in the Dominican Republic are safe for vacationers. They are surrounded by a natural reef that, like a wall, protects tourists from dangerous ocean inhabitants. Resorts in the Dominican Republic offer different experiences for everyone, for every taste, for every audience and purpose of your trip. 

Cap Cana

Cap Cana, a private retreat inside Punta Cana. Cap Cana is made up of 30,000 acres of flawless beaches, and oceanfront roads. It is the ideal destination for any traveler, with a variety of things to do, such as, water sports and outdoor activities, and quality restaurants. This destination is also home to Punta Espada Golf Club, which is considered one of the best golf courses in the Caribbean. Cap Cana also holds one of the most spectacular Marinas in the world, famous and accredited by international journals for its fishing. All of these amenities combined with Cap Cana’s turquoise waters and white sand beaches make it one of the most beautiful and desirable vacation spots in the world.

Safety Information

Taking a trip to Punta Cana is like taking a trip anywhere. It is crucial to stay alert and use common sense to avoid trouble.

You can relax at the beach, snorkel or surf, enjoy the culture of the Dominican Republic, take zipline tours through the jungle and go on eco-adventures — as long as you keep your and your family’s well-being at the forefront of your mind.

Safety-conscious travelers should always consult the crime statistics for their destination before booking the trip. Compared to other cities, the violent crime rate is low.

As of May 2022, the crime index comes in at a moderate 49.69. Keep in mind that this statistic includes crimes that should not affect foreign travelers. Some of these crimes include drug use and sale, home break-ins, and car theft.

When it comes to physical attacks, the crime rate is moderate. The same goes for theft, assault, and armed robbery. Although, these crimes do not often occur in resort areas.

The city is highly safe to walk around in the daytime and moderately safe to explore at night time. With a safety index of 50.31, the city is safer than it is dangerous.

While “moderate” may seem uncomfortably high for some, it is pretty low for a vacation destination. Cancun, for example, has a higher index by over six points. Plenty of U.S. cities have higher crime indexes than either Caribbean location.

It is key to remember that the resorts will keep you safe. Beyond altruism, the tourism industry keeps Punta Cana on its feet. Resort hosts will be glad to have you and keep you safe.

Frequent travelers to the tropical town of Punta Cana recommend taking the following precautions against crime:

  • Always be aware of your surroundings
  • Travel with a group
  • Never walk alone
  • Stay away from secluded areas at night
  • Stay in resort areas for ultimate safety

The media has a lot to say about safety in the DR, but in most cases, it is severely overblown. Punta Cana is actually significantly safer than other Caribbean cities, so most of the concern is unwarranted.

Pick-pocketing is a common type of theft in the Dominican Republic. To avoid this, keep your items in a sealed bag close to your body. Do not wear any flashy jewelry, and keep your phone tucked away at all times.

If you carry cash, keep half in one purse or pocket, and the other half in another bag or pocket. Don't bring original copies of identification while exploring outside resorts. 

Other things to consider is weather, wildlife, and ocean safety. The ocean around Punta Cana has the possibility of having organisms such as sea urchins, Portuguese Man o’ War, Cassiopea, stingrays, and lionfish. These animals don’t actively target humans, but you can run the risk of stepping or coming into contact with one, which will most certainly result in a bit of pain. However, as long as you are wary, you should have no issue with these sea creatures.

Hurricanes, in particular, make travelers nervous. Hurricanes like David, Laura, and Georges caused such destruction that it makes sense for people to be nervous about the next big storm. Just keep track of storms before you go. 

A coral reef surrounds the coast of the Dominican Republic. The reef functions like a natural barrier to keep sharks away from shore. There is no reason to fear sharks in the Dominican Republic. HOWEVER, be cautious about high surf and don't swim and drink.

  • Never travel alone to a foreign place
  • Avoid locations with extreme weather advisories
  • Do not walk alone on the streets
  • Always tell someone your whereabouts
  • Never leave your bags with anyone
  • Allow friends to track your rideshare service rides
  • Keep cash in multiple pockets
  • Avoid public WiFi unless it’s an emergency
  • Make copies of your I.D. and other important documents
  • Lock your hotel room door
  • Bring all medication, including inhalers and Epinephrine
  • Avoid political conversation in unregulated spaces
  • Avoid wearing expensive jewelry
  • Immediately learn the emergency services phone number
  • Do not drink and swim
Important Information
Entry Requirements & Other Info

For entry you will need a passport, $10 tourist tax (paid at airport), and eTicket for entry. 

  • Passport will need to be valid for entire stay
  • $10 USD tourist tax, to be paid at
  • An eTicket to be filled out prior to travel 
  • A Visa is required for stays over 30 days.

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