The Dominican Republic and Punta Cana are considered the pioneers of the all-inclusive resort and nowadays boast some of the world’s best luxury properties.
And while many travelers continue to opt for more affordable options like online rentals or business hotels, a new report concludes that resorts in the sun-soaked destination are among the cheapest in the region.
With millions of Americans battling rising prices, here’s why an all-inclusive getaway in the Dominican Republic may not be as costly as you think.
All-Inclusives In The Dominican Republic Remain Competitive Despite Rising Prices
Punta Cana and countless other destinations in the Dominican Republic are synonymous with all-inclusive resorts. These massive accommodation complexes typically contain several hundred rooms, a handful of outdoor pools, and a myriad of other amenities.
And most importantly: food, drink, and entertainment are all included in one single package, providing travelers comfort and ease of mind while they enjoy the Caribbean’s plentiful sun and endless white-sand beaches.
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With a variety of services and amenities baked into the nightly rate, travelers typically spend anywhere between $150 to $350 per person per night. Thus, the price of a 4 or 5-night stay easily adds up, and that’s without the additional cost of excursions, tours, and downtown eateries.
But a newly-released report reveals that all-inclusives in the Dominican Republic remain far cheaper than elsewhere in the Caribbean. The study, published by STR, a business competitiveness consultancy firm, shows that the average nightly rate in the Dominican Republic was only $135 in 2021 and slightly higher in 2022 at $162.
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That’s a massive difference compared to the average rate in the most expensive destination, Turks and Caicos, where travelers spent a whopping $1,204 per night on an all-inclusive in 2022. The Dominican Republic also saw cheaper rates compared to hotspots like Cancun, Jamacia, or Puerto Rico, which all registered higher fares than their Caribbean counterpart.
The study shows that despite soaring arrival figures, the Dominican Republic remains one of the most competitive destinations for budget travelers, even when opting for one of the country’s dozens of all-inclusive resorts.
Here’s Why All-Inclusives Are Still King In Punta Cana
Although average rates in Punta Cana are on the rise, they’re still significantly cheaper than in other Caribbean resort hotspots. With a handful of new resorts slated for opening over the coming years, the coastal destination is expected to receive a major boost in supply, helping keep costs under control.
All-inclusive resorts have been the predominant accommodation type in Punta Cana for several decades. The tried and tested model will continue to outperform other types of accommodations, such as online rentals and hotels, owing to its multiple benefits.
From safety to comfort, all-inclusive resorts are an excellent way to ensure a hassle-free vacation. And with more travelers flocking to Punta Cana than ever before, resort chains are hard at work to ensure a steady flow of bookings in the future.
Punta Cana is seeing a resort boom, with Falcon’s Resort By Meliá introducing a completely new way to enjoy everything the Caribbean has to offer. Its brand-new state-of-the-art resort combines premium comfort with high-end entertainment to delight guests of all ages.
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Meanwhile, the massive 2000-room Moon Palace is set to open its doors to guests in 2024 and will become the country’s largest resort. With 16 restaurants, golf courses, and private beaches, the property confirms that resorts will continue to succeed in the coming years.
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