Travel Tips for Punta Cana

Apple Rep., Santos

I’ve been on a variety of trips while working here at Apple Vacations. And to be honest, they’ve all been great vacations. Recently, my husband and I went to Dreams Punta Cana Resort & Spa for seven nights and it was amazing! Here is my experience and personal recommendations for anyone traveling to Punta Cana in the near future.

First off, the flight was smooth and on time. When we arrived at the hotel and were greeted by the staff with a cool towel and a delicious beverage, which was so refreshing. After check-in, we just relaxed on the beautiful sunny beach at Dreams Punta Cana overlooking the aqua sea and surrounded by mountains. The weather was around the low to mid 80’s every day and just perfect. It was heaven.

My husband, Ted, with a star fish on the Saona Island excursion.

The next day, we went to a briefing on different types of excursions offered in Punta Cana. Our Apple Rep, Santos, was very informative and explained in great detail about the available excursions. He informed us about the hotel, the country and its people.  What to do and what not to do. And most importantly, he made everyone feel at home. Santos really was a “friendly face from a faraway place.” Thanks Santos for the Welcome.

We decided on the Saona Island and the Outback Safari excursions, both are full day excursions. The catamaran to the island was lots of fun and stopped in this natural swimming pool in the middle of the sea where you could snorkel, and pick up the huge star fish and the sea was an amazing turquoise color. We arrived at Saona Island for a delicious barbecue, merengue lessons and swimming.

Outback Safari Tour

The next tour we took was the Outback Safari Tour, which I enjoyed thoroughly! This is where you truly see the countryside, the mountainside, and how the people live, their homes, their life style, and taste the fresh home-made Dominican food. They are very proud people and so enthusiastic to share their lives with us. From the tobacco rollers, to the rum distillery, sugar cane fields, coffee trees and the school visit where the children were so happy to give us a warm welcome, we loved every minute of this tour. If you like to try different flavors, try their local drink, a Manna Wanna which is a mixture of wine, rum and honey (made only in Punta Cana). They claim it to have medicinal cures and after a taste of it, it will make you forget any ailments for sure. The excursion ended on a white powdery beach at Macao Beach, where the waves were aplenty and perfect for surfing. I was fascinated by this tour and definitely recommend it!

There are other adventure tours, cultural tours, historical tours, golfing, shopping tours, and much more! There is something for everyone, whether you like to keep busy or prefer to relax on the beautiful beaches. If you are feeling lucky, there are also numerous casinos to play games and are located at most hotels. The resorts have daily and evening activities as well. From the dancing shows, the magic show and the circus shows, the entertainment staff at our hotel was truly awesome. They also had children’s shows every night and the kids were having lots of fun!

So is 7 nights too long? No way – with so much to do and explore, I say stay longer!

Dreams Punta Cana — A Favorite

On the way to Dreams Punta Cana, guests will enjoy a transfer through the countryside with a gorgeous view of the mountains in the distance.  REMEMBER — when booking ANY Zoëtry, Secrets, Dreams or NOW Resort through Apple Vacations, clients receive complimentary NON-STOP Transfers!

First impression — the pool, the pool, the pool! The resort offers one of the LARGEST free-form pools on the island. The resort also features 6 a la carte restaurants and 1 buffet (no dining restrictions or reservations required).  And, guests can stay in and order 24-hour room service!

Kids 3–12 years old can play the day away in the Explorer’s Club with pirate theme water park from 9am to 10pm while parents are only a “beep” away with the provided pager. Continue reading