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Top 5 Things To Do In Punta Cana When It Rains

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The Dominican Republic enjoys year-round warm tropical weather. However, it does rain now and then, but that shouldn’t stop visitors from making the most of their Caribbean vacation. Punta Cana can be a surprisingly versatile destination, where aside from stunning tropical beaches and pompous all-inclusive resorts, travelers can enjoy culture, history, and rich nature. We’ve looked for the best activities to do when it rains in Punta Cana.

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Go On A Safari Tour

Taking a safari tour through Punta Cana’s thick jungles and tropical beaches is both exhilarating and fun – no matter the weather. A little rain won’t stop visitors from having a blast on this 4-in-1 Jeep safari tour, where guests get to experience the best of the area’s nature. Voted the #1 Jeep safari tour in Punta Cana, this $139 per person day trip allows visitors to take control and drive across varied terrain, visit a ranch, and go horseback riding. 

DR beach and forest

Enjoy History & Cultural In Higuey

Higuey, the capital of the Altagracia province and home to a rich historical and cultural legacy, is a must-see for city lovers. Just half an hour from Punta Cana by bus or taxi, Higuey offers a more dynamic and urban atmosphere compared to Punta Cana’s packed beach and resort scene.

Higuey cathedral

One of the top attractions in the city is the Basilica Catedral Nuestra Senora de la Altagracia, the largest basilica in the area. It’s also one of the most visited religious temples in the whole Caribbean. The impressive 80-meter tall brutalist building is a beautiful contrast to the rest of the region’s architecture. Visitors can also enjoy the La Altagracia history museum. 

Explore Coral Reefs

Diving is an excellent activity for a rainy day. Although the clouds above may seem gloomy, visitors can discover the exciting and colorful coral reefs hidden across the Punta Cana shoreline. This $60 per person, 4-hr diving tour includes hotel pick-up in the Punta Cana – Bavaro area, as well as a professional guide. The tour uses a glass-bottom boat, but the adventure doesn’t end there, as guests get to dive into the area’s exotic marine life. 

Saona Island and boats

Acquaint Your Tastebuds With The Local Flavors

Food lovers can immerse themselves in a new world of flavors by touring Punta Cana’s growing food scene. Here, Caribbean flavors mix with international classics to create a unique combination not found elsewhere. Situated along the Costa del Coco, Punta Cana enjoys access to local ingredients and flavors. Some of the must-try foods include bandera dominicana – a mix of salty and sweet ingredients. For excellent local flavors, check out the top-rated La Yola Restaurant

Punta Cana food

There are also countless bars to choose from. Located in downtown Punta Cana, Drink Point Bavaro is known for its excellent drink menu, and in the evenings, the bar turns into a bustling nightclub. 

Check Out Punta Cana’s Famous Casino

Punta Cana’s Hard Rock & Casino has recently undergone a massive renovation to spruce up its extensive amenities, which include one of the country’s top casinos. The best part: it’s open to the public (age restrictions apply!), and anyone can enjoy a fun night out at its slots & tables. Visitors will also find bars & restaurants on the hotel’s premises. 

Hard Rock sign

Visit An Invigorating Spa

Punta Cana is home to some of the leading resorts in the Caribbean, and many of its resorts regularly feature among the best in the world. No 5-star resort is complete without a spa, where guests can kick back and pamper themselves with relaxing massages and facials. 

Spa area

Some of the best resorts with renowned spas include Puntacana Resort & Club’s Six Senses Spa as well as Sanctuary Cap Cana’s Sanctuary Spa. Both locations are known for their cutting-edge treatments that focus on the mind & body.

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