Luxurious Things To Do in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic

April 9, 2017

I wanted to go to the Caribbean not only to see some beautiful beaches, but also to take a vacation in a way Americans take a vacation. Checking into a five star all inclusive hotel and laying on the beach for a week and eating everything I can get my hands on. So we flew to Punta Cana, Dominican Republic and stayed in an all inclusive resort for a week. Now you will read about some of the best things to do in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic.

Best Things to Do in Punta Cana

We stayed at a fancy 5 star hotel Riu Palace. The hotel was one of the best all inclusive resorts in Punta Cana with a private beach and various restaurants, however it was like a fortress, because you were not allowed to leave the resort during the whole vacation. On the way from the airport, I noticed the incredible poverty the locals lived in and I saw that they were living in tents along the road. In the hotel you can really have anything you can ever ask for. In the all inclusive resort they supply you with plenty of food, cocktails and snacks all day long. They were serving about ten different types of juices for breakfast, which I really loved. Most people spend their days laying on the beach, eating and drinking. We were stuffing ourselves all the time with all sorts of stuff and we were drinking one sugary cocktail after the next at the bar. I must have gained at least 5 pounds on the trip. The island was lovely, the water was beautiful. Local dancers were performing some local Merengue for us after dinner. There were multiple pools in the hotel. The place was excellent, the hotel was first class in everything. So, if you are looking for the best all inclusive resorts in Punta Cana, I can certainly recommend you this place. day I started chatting with a Haitian guy who told me he had left his country to find work in the Dominican Republic and he found this job in the hotel, however he was not making more than a couple of dollars a day and he had to walk hours to come to work every morning and then to go back. I felt really bad for him, so I gave him some food from the hotel and some cash. I had the feeling when I saw the tents along the roads while we were driving from the airport that most local people live in a bad poverty on the island. It made me very sad to hear his story.

The Beach - Things to Do in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic

The Beach – Things to Do in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic

Swimming with Sharks

If you are wondering what to do in Punta Cana? There are plenty of excursions in Punta Cana. One day we went swimming with the manta rays and nurse sharks in the sea. They fenced around a small area in the sea and brought some nurse sharks and mantas to the area, where tourists could swim with them. Nurse sharks are vegetarians so they are harmless. It was my first encounter seeing a shark underwater, so it was a very exciting experience. Snorkeling in Punta Cana was also very rewarding. We could see small fish and corals underwater. The best excursions in Punta Cana are offered by the hotel. So ask your hotel receptionist about the best things to do in Punta Cana.

After a week in Punta Cana, we headed back to the local airport which was probably the smallest airport I had ever seen. We were seating at the airport and we promised each other to go on a week long diet after splurging on all the drinks and food at the all-inclusive resort.

The Beach - Things to Do in Punta Cana Republica Dominicana

The Beach – Things to Do in Punta Cana, Republica Dominicana

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About Barbara

Barbara is a London based luxury travel and lifestyle blogger. She started traveling through Paris, London, New York, Milan, Tokyo at the age of 17 to conquer the World as a model. Ever since, she has visited 67 countries. She writes about the most exclusive jet-set destinations such as Cannes, Venice Film Festivals, Monaco Grand Prix, Oscar Parties in LA, Fashion Weeks in Milan or Paris as well as yacht parties in St-Tropez, Miami Art Basel, Biennale in Venice, Frieze in London or the Royal Wedding in Monaco.

  • bc21578

    That’s the only Dominican town I’ve stayed in.

    • Barb

      Me too! It was a nice place. Isnt it?

  • Norma

    Sweetie, the fact that you saw a few tents does not indicate that everyone in the Dominican Republic lives in abject poverty. There IS poverty, yes, but there is also a thriving middle class and a lot of very wealthy people. You would have seen this if you had gone anywhere else. Focusing only on the poverty of the “poor natives” is to do the entire country a disservice. You can read more about that here:

    http://www.theplaidzebra.com/africans-are-fighting-media-poverty-porn-by-tweeting-beautiful-images-of-their-real-lives/

    And here:

    http://www.one.org/us/2014/04/09/5-reasons-poverty-porn-empowers-the-wrong-person/

    • First of all I am not your Sweetie…. Poverty is apparent to anyone who goes to DR, so it is not something the country can hide away from the tourists. I m sure there is a middle class, every country has a middle class, however, I havent met anyone from the middle class, so it is hard to judge a country based on a middle class that one has never met….

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