Getting Around Punta Cana
The best way to get around Punta Cana is by foot if you're staying at an all-inclusive resort and by car if you're planning on exploring. Buses run along the main strip of hotels, but their irregular schedules make them a poor choice for getting around. Hotel concierges can easily summon taxis; most fares -- including those connecting to the Punta Cana Airport (PUJ) -- averaging around $25 USD for four passengers.
|On Foot||If you're staying at an all-inclusive resort and don't plan on going too far, walking in Punta Cana is your best bet. Most of the resorts are right on the beach, or at least self-contained enough that you won't need to go too far to plop down and relax. If you plan on going beyond the resort, have the concierge call a taxi for you. If you're feeling courageous, you could rent a car.|
|Car||To explore surrounding towns, we recommend renting a car through your hotel or at the airport. We don’t, however, recommend driving within Punta Cana because traffic is at a constant gridlock. And the Dominican driving style is different to say the least -- speed limits and stop signs are oftentimes ignored. Keep in mind that several resorts will charge you a parking fee, but you won't need to purchase an additional license; your U.S. license is acceptable for up to three months.|
|Buses||Taking a local bus is one of the cheapest ways to get around -- $.75 USD a ride -- but not if you have somewhere to go in a hurry. The schedules are irregular, and buses have been known to be more than an hour late. Also, stops aren't clearly marked, and buses are usually packed.|
|Taxi||Taxis are plentiful and fares are negotiable, so always agree to a price before you get in the vehicle. But they can get expensive: If you have the concierge call a taxi, expect to pay around $40 USD for a 20-minute ride. Try walking off your resort to one of the taxi stands down the street for a cheaper rate.|
|Motoconchos||These taxi motorcycles have cheap fares, starting around $3 USD. But with the high accident rate and lack of helmets for passengers, we recommend taking a taxicab instead.|
Entry & Exit Requirements
All United States citizens must travel with a valid passport to enter the Dominican Republic. In addition, you'll need to obtain a travel visa either before traveling (at the Dominican Embassy) or upon arrival (at the airport). This visa allows travelers to remain in the country for up to 60 days. For more information on entry and exit requirements, visit the U.S. Department of State's site.