No matter the time of year, a trip to the beaches of Punta Cana, Dominican Republic can be a welcome respite from everyday life. We’ve partnered with Keryn Means of Walking On Travels to show off why the resorts in Punta Cana are a fabulous spot to book your next vacation with kids or without them in tow.
Sometimes you just have to get away and not worry about life. Am I right? Punta Cana in the Dominican Republic is just a short flight from most cities on the East Coast. It has often provided a little breathing space for busy families and couples, and here is why– all-inclusive Punta Cana resorts are ready to take care of your every need. Whether you are looking for high-end accommodations or need to stick to a smaller budget, you will find it at one of the many resorts in Punta Cana.
Resorts in Punta Cana
All-inclusive resorts and hotels run the gambit when it comes to food, accommodations, activities and price. In 2016, there were 37,000 hotel rooms in the region. Prices vary depending on season, but most will run you about $150-$500 per night/per person. It just depends on what you are looking for. Do you need a kids club? Four-star suites? Adults only? Five-star dining? We’ve got a few favorites to fit your needs.
When you are looking for something for adults and for kids, head to the Hard Rock Punta Cana. The resort features 13 pools; some are for adults only, some for kids, and at least one for those looking for a topless option to sunbathe. The food is fabulous and your kids won’t be able to get enough of the rock and roll fun they will find throughout the property.
If you aren’t traveling with kids, check out CHIC Punta Cana. This adults-only resort in Punta Cana has a fabulous swim-up bar, concert stage and DJ spinning tunes all day long. If you can swing it, splurge for the Diamond Club status to get extra amenities, like premium liquor, snacks in the lounge and access to the Mermaid Pool.
One of our favorite luxury all-inclusive properties to visit in Punta Cana with kids is the Nickelodeon Hotels and Resorts Punta Cana. This property opened in 2016 to much excitement from parents and kids alike. It is part of the Karisma family of properties, so the food is spectacular. Better yet, it is not over-the-top Nickelodeon. The actual property is very low key and uses subtle colors to show off the Nickelodeon spirit. Guests access Nickelodeon Place via an underpass (yes, there are golf carts to bring you over). This is where you will find your favorite Nickelodeon characters, Aqua Nick (the waterpark) and the kids clubs.
Activities and Excursions
Although you may just want to sit by the pool all day and work on your tan at the beach, there are quite a few activities to enjoy around Punta Cana. There are several shopping centers offering luxury goods. You can also pop into the small towns to pick up local crafts to take home.
If you are looking for more adventure while staying at resorts in Punta Cana, you can head into the sky with Dominican Balloons. This company offers hot air balloon rides high above the sugar cane fields of the Dominican Republic. The champagne toast (for the adults in your group) at the end of the ride might be enough to get even nervous travelers into the basket. For those looking for something closer to the ground, Punta Cana has several adventure parks that include rope courses and zip lining for children and adults.
The one activity no one should miss outside of the resort is a snorkeling excursion. The reefs off of Punta Cana and the east side of the country are teeming with tropical fish you have only seen in an aquarium. Pack your water camera or just take in the natural, quiet beauty around you. Check out snorkel excursions for families versus the party boat snorkel adventures for adults. Both are a blast, but your may want something a little more low key with your kids.
Punta Cana Beaches
Now let’s get serious for a moment– the best part about Punta Cana is the beach. The water stays bathtub warm most of the year. This is perfect for families with young kids and even those looking for a few boogie-boarding waves. Most resorts do have lifeguards on property, but please remember to keep an eye on the surf. Even calm looking waters can have a strong undertow that can pull children and novice swimming out to sea.
There is nothing like a trip to the beach or the resorts in Punta Cana. Bring your kids. Don’t bring the kids. Either way, pick the all-inclusive resort that will fit your needs and give you the relaxing break you need. Soak up the sun (don’t forget your sunscreen!) and enjoy. We know we will on our next adventure down to the Dominican Republic!
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