How do I get to Punta Cana?
The Punta Cana Airport is conveniently located 10 minutes from the Punta Cana Resort and Club and the Punta Cana Center for Sustainable Tourism. Taxis are available at the airport for approximately US $10.00 or transportation can be arranged through the Punta Cana Ecological Foundation for larger groups.

Americas International Airport in Santo Domingo is approximately 3.5 hours from the Punta Cana Center. The airport is outside of the capital city of Santo Domingo and taxis are available for approximately US $100.00 or the Punta Cana Ecological Foundation can arrange transportation for larger groups.
Public buses in the Dominican Republic are an inexpensive, but sometimes time-consuming way to travel within the country. They are generally safe for tourists and foreigners as well. There is a regular bus between Santo Domingo and Higuey, the closest city to Punta Cana, and then regular transport between Higuey and Punta Cana.

Visitors to Punta Cana rent private vehicles from recognized rental agencies such as Avis or National rental cars. They can also arrange for private bus transport through the Punta Cana Ecological Foundation.

What papers are required to enter the Dominican Republic ?

A passport or equivalent national identity document and a visa is required of foreigners traveling to the DR. Citizens of some countries do not need a visa, PLEASE CHECK WITH YOUR EMBASSY TO VERIFIY. All non-resident travelers need to show a round trip ticket as proof of their departure. The US$10 tourist card can be purchased at airports of entry. The card may be purchased prior to arrival at full-service consulates, embassies, tour operators or airlines abroad (the Admiral Club of American Airlines in San Juan may be able to sell you one, for example).

What currency should I bring?
US dollars are an easily exchangeable foreign currency. Credit cards, ATM cards and travelers checks are also suitable for the Dominican Republic.

Is it safe to drink the tap water at the hotels?
Tap water should be avoided unless it has been boiled. This means that it is perfectly safe to use for teas and coffees. You may brush your teeth in unboiled tap water but if you have a sensitive stomach it is not advisable. Bottled water can be bought almost everywhere.

Is it safe?
There are dangers in the DR as well as any other foreign country. The crime rate is relatively low when it comes to acts of violence, whereas acts of petty theft, such as pick pocketing in urban areas can be common. Don't wear jewels that attract attention and don't wave your $$ around for everyone to see. Avoid walking in areas where there are no people around, take a taxi instead.

Do I need to know Spanish. Will this be a problem?
Thousands of people visit the DR every year without knowing any Spanish at all. If you at least know English, you should be able to get along fine. If you are just coming on a holiday you will be surprised how far a smile and sign language and pointing will get you a long way. If you are coming for business, it is most probable your host will have someone who can communicate with you in your language, if he doesn't do so himself. As with traveling anywhere, picking up a key phrases in Spanish (like "por favor"-please, "gracias"-thank you, will bring many smiles and extra efforts to help you out. Most resorts will have someone speaking English. Many resorts have multi-lingual staff. If you are coming with a large group, there surely will be staff fluent in your language to assist you.


What kind of weather should I expect?
The weather changes only slightly from season to season in the DR. Average year round temperatures on the coasts range from 25-30C (77-85F). Chillier temperatures can be found in the Cordillera Central mountain range (Jarabacoa and Constanza), where temperatures below freezing point have been registered. Showers are shorter and more scattered in Punta Cana and La Romana than in Santo Domingo. It also rains more up north (Puerto Plata and Samana) than in the south and east. This is apparent in the lush greenery of these areas.

September-April: These are the "cooler" months, when the temperature may descend to 18C on February mornings. Noontime temperatures on those same days are usually up to 28C. Thus, you may want to bring a jacket or light sweater if you are traveling to the DR at that time of the year. During these months, expect windy evenings along the East Coast/Punta Cana area.

March-April: Throughout the country are the breezy months, time for flying kites. In fact, kites are sold on major thoroughfares during Easter holiday time.

May-June: Is historically the wettest time of the year. But the El Niño and La Niña phenomena's have altered these patterns. The most common weather forecast nationwide continues to be "partly cloudy, chance of short showers." Note it is more likely to rain in the afternoons than in the mornings. VI

This is the peak of the hurricane season (June 1-30 November) for the Caribbean. These are also the two hottest months of the year, with temperatures peaking at 32-34C.

October-November: Like May-June, these used to be the wettest months of the year, but weather patterns have shifted. So the forecast of "partly sunny, chance of short showers" is by far more likely than heavy rains.