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Punta Cana and the nearby areas of Bávaro and La Romana are largely beach destinations, offering warm weather year-around and mild winds along the coastline. Many of the attractions involve water activities – such as catamaran cruises, deep sea fishing, scuba diving, snorkeling with stingrays, swimming with dolphins and sharks, and windsurfing. It doesn’t stop there – there are plenty of inland adventures too, from exploring the culture to celebrating the vibrant nightlife, golfing, horseback riding, safari tours, zip-lining and more.

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Located at the easternmost region of the Dominican Republic, Punta Cana is a resort town known for its long stretch – 12 miles to be exact – of white-sand beaches, turquoise waters and pristine vegetation. Although it might be one of the lesser-known golfing destinations, don’t let that fool you, it is home to some of the most impressive championship golf courses around. To the north is Bávaro – the most developed section of Punta Cana, offering an additional 30 miles of white-sand beaches, which rank it among the longest and most continuous beaches in the Caribbean. Together, Punta Cana and Bávaro make up what is known as the Coconut Coast – where the wide beaches are lined with resorts, palm trees and coral reefs that make the water calm. To the south is La Romana, famous for its sugar cane plantation, and of course the dreamy white-sand beaches. It is an interesting place to snorkel among tropical marine life and shipwrecks just off the coast of Catalina Island.

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Before You Go

Airport Check-In: It is recommended that you reconfirm your flight information and check in for your flights at the airline’s website 24 hours prior to your scheduled departure. Please bring all your final documents with you. It is important to arrive at the airport at least 90 minutes prior to departure for all domestic flights, and two to three hours prior to departure for international flights.

Required Documents: Passports are required for international travel. You will not be permitted to depart without the necessary documentation. There may be additional requirements for international travel, such as vaccinations or visas, and some countries require that passports be valid for six months or longer beyond your stay in the country. Passport and entry requirements are subject to change at any time without notice. For the most current information on passport and entry requirements, please visit the Government of Canada official Web site at Special travel documents are required for children traveling with or without their parents. If you are traveling with children, please check with the airline or cruise line prior to departure. If you are not a Canadian citizen, you must contact the consulate of the country you are visiting.

Newlywed Information: Tickets and other travel documents must exactly match your current passport and other identification. If not, you could be denied boarding and no refund will be forthcoming. For requirements and information regarding marriages performed in a foreign country, please visit the consulate of the particular country.

Honeymoon Packages: Some hotels require a marriage certificate or license for you to receive the honeymoon package. Please bring this information with you if you are traveling on a honeymoon package.

Luggage: Baggage allowances and fees vary by airline. For airline baggage fees and policies please visit If baggage fees do apply, this cost will be additional and must be paid directly to the airline.

Duty Free/Customs: When returning to Canada the duty-free allowance may vary by country. Please visit for more information.

Travel Health Information: For the most current worldwide health information, consult your family physician or for advice and advisories.

General Safety Tips: By taking a few simple security precautions before and during your vacation you can help ensure that you, your traveling companions, and your valuables are as safe and secure as possible.
  • To make it easier to replace your passport if it’s lost or stolen, in addition to your passport, take a photocopy of your passport information page (keeping it separate from your actual passport).
  • Carry only a limited amount of cash, just enough for gratuities and incidental purchases. Major credit cards are widely accepted and can be replaced if lost or stolen.
  • Always lock your hotel room door (including patio and balcony door on any level of the building) and use the peephole before opening the door.
  • Store your valuables (such as cash, credit cards and airline tickets) in the hotel’s in-room safe or front desk safety deposit box.
  • If you must carry valuables on your person, do so in a pouch or money belt concealed under your clothing. Purses and backpacks can be easy targets for thieves.
  • For complete and current safety and security information, including travelers' tips, public announcements, travel advisories and more, please visit the Government of Canada official Web site at

Average Fahrenheit Temperature:
May through September: 77° to 80°
October through April: 75° to 79°

Tropical Storm Season from June to November

Water Safety: Bottled water is recommended.

Tipping: A 15% tip is customary for service. At All-Inclusive hotels, gratuities are generally included in the vacation price.

Local Currency: Dominican Peso

Currency Information: The official currency is the Dominican peso. However, U.S. dollars are accepted at most tourist establishments and are often preferred. Major credit cards and traveler's checks also are accepted at most major tourist areas.

ATM Availability: While ATMs are found in cities and at most resorts, they aren't as readily available in the Dominican Republic as they are in the Canada.

Time Zone: Atlantic Standard Time. Dominican Republic does not observe daylight saving time.

Local Language: Spanish | English

Transportation: Public transportation and taxis are available.


Sargassum/Seaweed Advisory

Sargassum is a free-floating seaweed that is especially prolific in the Caribbean Sea and Gulf of Mexico. While beneficial to ocean life, these large free-floating seaweed mats often wash up on beaches. The amount of seaweed on the beaches fluctuates based on the time of year and ocean currents. While resorts do their best to maintain the beaches for their guests, you may experience some inconvenience during your stay.

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Top Experiences

  • Bávaro Beach : Stretching 30 miles, it is the most famous beach in Punta Cana and arguably one of the top beaches in the world with some sections as wide as 250 feet.

  • Golfing : There are 26 golf courses in the Dominican Republic, many of which reside within Punta Cana and the surrounding area, and come from the most acclaimed golf course architects, including Pete Dye, Jack Nicklaus and Tom Fazio just to name a few.

  • Nightlife : Enjoy the sights, tastes and sounds, and dance all night to multiple genres of music throughout the city at various bars, casinos, disco-clubs and restaurants.

  • Zip Line : Taking you high above the jungle and measuring 2,500 feet in length, Punta Cana offers the longest zip line in the Dominican Republic.

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Region: Punta Cana
Transfer Company: Destination Services
Telephone: 1-829-946-3825 (24 hours)

Edificio Gym 22, 2do Piso
Plaza Punta Cana Shopping Mall
Punta Cana
Dominican Republic
Instructions: Upon arrival at the airport, please claim your luggage and proceed through Immigration and Customs. Then, look for the Costco Travel sign at the Destination Services counter. There, you'll meet the representative who will confirm the pickup location and time for your departure transfer.

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