With its white-sand beaches and warm Caribbean waters, Punta Cana in the Dominican Republic is ready-made for relaxation. Sun worshippers and water sports lovers travel to Punta Cana not only for its naturally idyllic setting but also for the luxury, all-inclusive “balnearios,” or seaside resorts, that dot its coastline. Check out Travel + Leisure’s Punta Cana travel guide for a look at the best of the best in the region.
Things Not to Miss in Punta Cana
• A walk along Playa Grande, one of the area’s most famed beaches
• A day spent on the nearby islands of Saona and Catalina
• A look at regional wildlife through a whale-watching tour
• An exhilarating treetop view via zipline
• A taste of local culture via the Mi Amor Pirate Rum Tour and Taino Museum
When to Go to Punta Cana
Punta Cana’s Caribbean-adjacent position near the Equator keeps its temperatures consistently high year round. The mercury spikes each July through September in the middle of its rainy season. Visitors can expect wet weather May through November. Travel to Punta Cana between December and April for warm weather and clear skies.