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3 Important Things Travelers Should Do Before Their Punta Cana Trips This Summer

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Being one of the trendiest destinations of the year, millions of travelers are planning a vacation to Punta Cana this summer.

With its top-rated all-inclusives, excellent safety, and pleasant year-round weather, a trip to Punta Cana is generally hassle-free.

A white-sand beach in Punta Cana with palm trees and blue water

That said, there are several important things travelers should do before flying to Punta Cana.

We’ve created a handy pre-arrival checklist with three essential tips that will ensure smooth sailing for your next Dominican Republic getaway.

A white sand beach in Punta Cana with blue water

Make Sure Your Travel Insurance Includes Hurricane Cancellation 

With pleasantly warm weather, fewer crowds, and plenty of sunshine, summer is one of the best times to visit Punta Cana.

Despite generally being quieter than winter, many hotel representatives say this summer will be one of the busiest on record, with a handful of properties expecting high occupancy rates amid improved international connectivity.

But summer is also known for periods of occasionally turbulent weather, including tropical storms and even hurricanes. That’s why it’s a good idea to purchase a comprehensive travel insurance plan that includes cancellation for weather-related events.

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Travelers will want to seek out coverage that includes trip cancellation, interruption, and delay. Meteorologists say up to 6 hurricanes could strike the Dominican Republic this summer, as well as a handful of tropical storms, potentially upsetting travel plans.

By having the right insurance plan, travelers can claim a full refund in case bad weather leads to a canceled trip, which can be postponed for a later date. 

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Book These Trendy Excursions Prior To Arrival

Although summer is low season in Punta Cana, with fewer travelers than in the extremely busy winter months, it can still get hectic, especially when it comes to Punta Cana’s top-rated tours and excursions.

There are several advantages to booking activities well before your trip. Not only can travelers save money by booking in advance, they can also read reviews, choose a reputable company, and plan their vacation better.

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While many resorts offer on-site activities, many of Punta Cana’s most famous experiences take place outside of the comfort of all-inclusive resorts. Some of the must-visit sites include Scape Park, with its massive cenotes and action-packed zip lines, as well as a visit to one of the Dominican Republic’s stunning tropical islands.

Travelers are encouraged to use websites like Tripadvisor or Viator, which are extremely useful when it comes to reading reviews, checking inclusions, and of course, booking tours.

Arrange Airport Transfers For A Smooth Arrival

Getting from the airport to your all-inclusive resort can be a stressful experience. From navigating the massive arrivals hall at Punta Cana International Airport to finding a taxi, bus, or last-minute transfer, transportation is one of the biggest headaches faced by travelers.

Travelers at Punta Cana airport next to a massive plane

But it doesn’t have to be that way. By arranging your transfer prior to arrival, travelers can save time, money, and most importantly, avoid a stressful arrival experience. 

There are several options for conveniently reaching your resort from Punta Cana International Airport. Travelers can pre-book a private transfer through one of the many service providers, including this top-rated firm. Transfers to Bávaro and Cap Cana range from $25 to $30 for two adults, although travelers can expect to pay up to $50 for transfers to Uvero Alto or Macao

Travelers can also catch a taxi from the airport, and while typically safe, scams, especially overcharging, can be an issue. 

Large busses in Punta Cana airport

Most all-inclusives are within a 25 to 30-minute radius of Punta Cana airport, although some are as far as 45 minutes to an hour.

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