Punta Cana is famous for its world-class hospitality, soft white-sand beaches, and exciting nature and sailing tours.
While the resort destination is one of the safest destinations in the Caribbean, a lot of things can go wrong when enjoying one of the city’s action-packed excursions.
This week, a U.S. citizen drowned after apparently being forgotten by the tour operator, a shocking reminder of the importance of choosing reputable and safe excursion companies.
Here are 5 essential tips you can follow on your next Punta Cana trip for a safe and pleasant experience:
Book With A Trusted Tour Company
There have been several high-profile cases of tour companies failing to comply with regulatory standards and other safety procedures.
That’s why it’s essential for travelers to book with a reputable company that values safety above profits.
Travelers are urged to read reviews, check the news, and do some research prior to booking a tour. Punta Cana is home to hundreds of tour companies, many of which are newly founded, so it’s important to rely on other travelers’ past experiences.
Some of the best companies to book tours with include Tripadvisor and Viator, which offer travelers a wealth of information on which to make sound decisions.
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Maintain Situational Awareness
Although Punta Cana’s warm weather and laid-back atmosphere invites travelers to let loose and relax, it’s essential to maintain high situational awareness at all times.
This is especially important while receiving safety instructions, as well as during high-stake situations (getting in and out of water, swimming, etc.).
Travelers are also advised to keep an eye on their personal belongings at all times. Although unlikely, valuable items like phones, credit cards, and jewelry can go missing in the blink of an eye.
Opt For Tours That Match Your Skill Level
Punta Cana is one of the most exciting destinations for all sorts of outdoor tours. From snorkeling to jungle treks, there’s a little something for all preferences.
However, it’s important to choose a tour that suits your skillset; for example, if you’re not a confident swimmer, choose a land-based excursion, such as this full-day zipline and horseback riding tour.
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If you do opt for one of Punta Cana’s aquatic tours, make sure to indicate your skill level to the tour guide.
Many tours are tailored to travelers’ experience level, and most excursions will be able to accommodate beginners. Some tours also provide a short introductory session to brush up on essential safety skills.
Ensure Your Tour Company Has Safety Equipment
Not all tours will require safety equipment, but for those that do, they can mean the difference between life and death.
From boat excursions to buggy rides, safety equipment, such as lifejackets, first aid kits, and helmets, are one of the essential factors that can make or break your next Punta Cana tour.
Before embarking on your tour, make sure you can visibly identify safety equipment, and make sure that the tour leader properly explains where to find them and how to use them.
Use The Buddy System
One of the most effective ways to stay safe on your next Punta Cana excursion is to use the famous buddy system.
Travelers can find a trusted ‘buddy’; a partner, friend, or even a stranger, and look after one another during the course of the excursion.
It’s always good to have an extra pair of eyes to make sure everything goes to plan, and with the buddy system, you can be sure that someone will have your back.
If you’re a solo traveler, don’t be afraid to find other travelers with whom to ‘buddy up’. With many tours offering complimentary drinks, it’s important to consume in moderation to avoid dangerous situations.
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