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What to Expect When Backpacking Punta Cana

Punta Cana - Dominican Republic

Punta Cana – Dominican Republic (photo: Ted Murphy)

Most of the time, when travelers choose to visit Punta Cana in the Dominican Republic, they’re seeking an all-inclusive vacation at a top-class resort. However, there are some that take an alternate route and instead, backpack through the area.

If you’re looking to do the same, there are a few things that you should know before heading off on your great adventure.

What is Punta Cana?

Punta Cana is a beautiful island town that lies in the Dominican Republic. This Caribbean oasis draws visitors from around the world, most of who decide to visit once a year.

Here you’ll find famed white sand beaches, zip lining, windsurfing, snorkeling, sailing and kayaking adventures. You’ll also find lots of great dining options with a range of prices. If you’re seeking a Punta Cana resort in a lower price range, you might be in luck.

Is Punta Cana conservative?

All in all, Punta Cana is pretty conservative. This means that you’ll want to make sure you dress a little nicer than you would out in the jungle. When traveling through the local streets, don’t stick to just bikinis and board shorts. It’s much better to wear a full outfit when off of the beach.

Are there good medical facilities in the area?

This is a crucial thing to consider when backpacking anywhere in the world. In Punta Cana, you’ll find that there are some good medical facilities to choose from. If seeking medical help within a resort, you’ll find that most of the staff is English speaking, making things a bit easier.

What are the typical costs of the area?

Because backpackers are usually on a budget, figuring out some of the costs before venturing somewhere can save you a lot of headache down the road.

The Dominican Republic, in general, is considered more expensive than some of its neighboring Caribbean islands. However, you can find a good deal if you know where to look.

This is why pre-trip planning is essential. When looking for something cheaper and more budget friendly, you’ll want to stay away from the main resort and tourist area as all you’ll find there are all-inclusive luxury resorts.

Also, you may want to skip some of the main tourist attractions and adventure tours as they can also add up in cost pretty quickly.

Your best route is to spend your days snorkeling and enjoying the free beaches with a drink in your hand.

If you want to, you can make Punta Cana a backpacking destination for the books. With a little pre-trip planning and a good sense of what you’re looking to get out of your trip, you’ll find that Punta Cana can quickly become one of your favorite island destinations.



This story was brought to you in partnership with Bahia Principe Hotels & Resorts.

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