When you envision a snapshot-worthy Dominican Republic beach, you’re likely thinking of Punta Cana, a stretch of beaches and resorts along the eastern coast known for its exceptional beauty. The white sand beaches consistently rank as some of the best in the world, while the lively villages and great amenities keep visitors returning. Water sports are plentiful, with catamaran excursions and surfing camps to keep guests busy on the beaches. Be sure to take a dip in Hoyo Azul, a chilly, neon-blue lagoon that’s perfect for diving into on a hot day.
Same-sex marriage is not currently recognized in the Dominican Republic. For more information about symbolic ceremonies, please contact your Certified Destination Wedding Specialist.
Travel Documents, Language & Currency
Passports are required for visitors entering the Dominican Republic. If you are a citizen of the US, visit travel.state.gov for more information on travel documents needed. For Canadian travelers, visit travel.gc.ca for relevant travel information.
Spanish is the official language of the Dominican Republic, though English is widely spoken and understood.
The Dominican peso is the currency of the Dominican Republic, but US dollars are often widely accepted in resort areas.
Climate & Beaches
Punta Cana weather is tropical and humid with year round sunshine. The temperature is steady around 86 degrees F, with colder temperatures from November to April and warmer temperatures in summer months. Historically most hurricane activity in the Dominican Republic's part of the Caribbean has taken place in the months of August and September.
Isla Catalina has beautiful, secluded beaches and eco tours through the underwater shipwreck museums. Macao beach is another local favorite, with ideal waves for surfing and kite boarding, and Bavaro Beach has beautiful, reef-protected surf.
Activities & Tourist Attractions
Aside from Punta Cana’s many beaches like Marcao and Bavaro Beach, there are a number of activities nearby. Hoyo Azul, a chilly, neon-blue lagoon has visitors diving 65 meter cliffs on hot days. Punta Cana is the Caribbean’s golf mecca, with celebrity-designed gems like Punta Espada and La Cana nestled along gorgeous beaches. For nature lovers, The Indigenous Eyes Ecological Park snakes along rivers, with guided tours to help you spot over 500 species of exotic plants and wildlife.
At night, merengue and salsa music fills the air and keeps travelers on their feet.
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