When it comes to enjoying a vacation in Punta Cana, it's important to be aware of the potential risks associated with drinking and eating in the area. Hotels use purified water for cooking, ice making, coffee, and washing vegetables, but it's best to avoid ice cubes in bars outside the resort. Coconut-based drinks can be a natural laxative, so it's best to enjoy them in moderation. Fortunately, the ice machines in Punta Cana are safe to use and filtered water is used for food preparation and ice cubes.
During my stay, I ate and drank all the drinks and fruits and vegetables without any stomach problems. It's also important to be aware of what not to eat or drink in Punta Cana. The most relevant precaution is getting the hepatitis A vaccine, as this liver disease is often transmitted through contaminated food or water. It's also best to visit during cooler months, as summer can be very hot and humid.
To stay safe from intestinal bugs while enjoying your vacation, it's best to stick to bottled water and avoid consuming ice, water, or other water-based beverages outside of hotels and resorts. If you're out at night, stick to nightclubs located on the territory of hotel complexes like Oro at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino. When ordering drinks at a bar or restaurant, you can request that they don't put ice in your drink. My favorite drink is “baileys” which doesn't require any preparation - I always make sure to ask for it without ice and the waiters are happy to oblige.
Taxi rides in Punta Cana can vary greatly depending on the distance of your trip. My hotel room at Iberostar Punta Cana had a three-prong outlet which I used for my computer. To ensure a safe and enjoyable stay in Punta Cana, it's best to adhere to our list of things not to do.