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3 Safety Warnings You Should Never Ignore In Punta Cana

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Punta Cana and the Dominican Republic welcome millions of travelers each year to enjoy the tropical island’s spectacular beaches, warm culture, and laid-back atmosphere.

Wind and palm trees on a Punta Cana beach

The Caribbean island has earned a reputation as a safe, reliable, and welcoming destination thanks to a highly professional tourism police body, as well as an abundance of all-inclusive resorts that offer both safety and comfort for travelers.

Even so, there are several important warning signs travelers should look out for on their next Punta Cana vacation.

Here are 3 of the most important ones travelers should never ignore:

Tourism police on the street with travelers

Look Out For These Signs Of Extreme Weather

While Punta Cana is famous for its year-round warm weather, with average temperatures rarely dropping below 68 degrees Fahrenheit (20 degrees Celsius), extreme weather phenomena occurs from time to time.

Hurricanes and tropical storms are two of the most severe cases of extreme weather that can affect – and at worst, ruin – your next Punta Cana trip.

Hurricanes occur during the Atlantic hurricane season, which runs from June to early November. Travelers are urged to keep an eye on the weather forecast and avoid venturing into remote locations such as islands, rainforests, or small towns during inclement weather.

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Tropical storm causing trees to fall

Hurricanes aren’t the only things travelers should keep an eye on. Severe weather, including heavy wind, rain, and lightning can also occur without prior notice, with flooding being a major concern in certain locations.

To stay safe, plan your visit carefully, and include alternative indoor activities on your itinerary in case of bad weather.

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Don’t Underestimate Punta Cana’s Tropical Heat

Lounging by the pool or enjoying Punta Cana’s award-winning white sand beaches are some of the most popular pastimes for travelers. However, the tropical heat can quickly become overwhelming, potentially causing a host of negative health effects.

That’s all the more so during the summer when Punta Cana experiences some of its hottest months. Temperatures can easily soar above 95 degrees Fahrenheit (35 degrees Celsius), and officials regularly warn residents and travelers to take certain precautions during heat waves.

A white sand beach with travelers in Punta Cana

Even though the heat may seem tempting initially, travelers should watch out for signs of heat stroke. Symptoms include excessive sweating, dizziness, and a high body temperature.

Take regular breaks to shade and avoid direct exposure to sunlight, and reapply sunscreen every two hours. It’s also essential to hydrate frequently, as sweating can quickly lead to dehydration.

Children, elderly individuals, and those with pre-existing conditions should be extra cautious. Travelers can also plan activities that are suitable for extreme heat, like visiting Punta Cana’s iconic Scape Park or one of the city’s many waterparks.

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Pay Attention To Your Surroundings When Discovering Urban Areas

Punta Cana is one of the safest destinations in the Caribbean, and its all-inclusive resorts are a haven of peace and tranquillity.

But many tourists enjoy going on small trips around town, sometimes even venturing all the way to other cities like Puerto Plata or Santo Domingo.

And while these destinations are generally safe, travelers should stick to well-known touristy areas with a strong law enforcement presence.

A street in Punta Cana with shops and street crossing

If you ever find yourself venturing off the beaten path, avoid spending time in remote, more crime-prone neighborhoods that are further from touristy locations. Look out for dimly-lit streets and a lack of other tourists.

To avoid potentially risky situations, plan your itinerary carefully. Although many of the Dominican Republic’s cities are excellent for urban exploration, it’s important to remember that petty crime and even organized crime groups are known to operate in large cities.

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