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5 Reasons Why Travelers Are Flocking To Punta Cana In Record Numbers In 2023

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Punta Cana and the Dominican Republic are attracting an unprecedented amount of tourists this year; in fact, the tropical island is on track to welcome a new record of more than 10 million visitors this year.

Beautiful view of punta cana beach with palm trees and blue sky

With its endless coastline of sun-kissed beaches and luxurious all-inclusives, the Dominican Republic is proving to be an irresistible destination, and new statistics show it’s only going to become even more popular.

As millions of people set their sights on this tropical paradise, here are 5 reasons why the Dominican Republic is soaring in popularity this year.

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Excellent International Connectivity

One of the main reasons behind Punta Cana’s skyrocketing popularity is the hotspot’s recent boom in international connectivity. With more flights – and, in some cases, cheaper fares – traveling to Punta Cana is a breeze.

This year, Canada and the Dominican Republic signed the much-awaited Open Skies Treaty, allowing airlines to negotiate new routes with Dominican airports directly. The agreement is expected to lead to an increase in new routes and more affordable airfare.

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Canadians can currently fly to Punta Cana from all major hubs, including Toronto, Quebec, and Montreal, among others. Meanwhile, JetBlue and American Airlines offer the largest number of connections from the United States, with new flights being announced from Charlotte and Dallas.

Booming Resort Scene

Punta Cana has been regarded as one of the world’s leading resort hotspots for decades; in 2023, the coastal destination is set to become even more luxurious with several new resort openings.

Among the more noteworthy properties is the brand new Falcon’s Resort by Meliá, a 5-star mega resort deliver combines traditional all-inclusive with a twist. Adjacent to the massive resort lies Katmandu Park, the first-ever theme park in the Caribbean.

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Meanwhile, other resorts, such as Secrets Cap Cana, have undergone renovations to spruce up already excellent amenities, offering travelers some of the best luxury experiences on earth.

World-Famous Hospitality 

Punta Cana is not only known for its world-class resorts but also for the friendly smiles that greet guests at every corner. And that openness and kindness also extend to Punta Cana’s locals, which are some of the friendliest in the Caribbean.

friendly locals in a punta cana street

From passionate tour guides to charismatic bartenders, travelers will have a blast interacting with Punta Cana’s locals. As a country that embraces tourism and visitors, 

More Than Just Beach And Sun

While beachfront all-inclusive resorts are undoubtedly Punta Cana’s biggest draw for most travelers, there’s no denying the striking variety of activities to be enjoyed outside the confines of its massive properties.

From the action-packed Scape Park – a stunning ecological reserve complete with azure cenotes, jungles, and zip lines – to day trips to some of the most picturesque Caribbean islands, Punta Cana is a haven for fun excursions and activities.

A cenote in the Caribbean with blue water

Some of the most popular choices for travelers this summer include these family-friendly excursions, including an unforgettable visit to Monkeyland – the perfect option for families with younger travelers. 

Great Reputation For Safety

Aside from being an open and welcoming destination, Punta Cana and the Dominican Republic have made great strides in protecting travelers from crime.

It’s thanks to those efforts that Punta Cana enjoys an excellent reputation as a safe destination where travelers can step into a tropical oasis of relaxation and beachside fun.

Dominican Republic Policeman maintaining the traffic order at a special occasion.

While petty crime does exist in public areas, serious crimes are extremely unlikely to affect travelers in Punta Cana. And recent investments in the country’s tourist police – as well as high-tech equipment – will ensure the city’s reputation for years to come.

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