With some of the most beautiful white sandy beaches in the Caribbean, a year-round warm climate and friendly staff, Punta Cana is a popular destination in the Dominican Republic. The town is mainly made up of large resorts where tourists retreat and spend their days lounging and drinking (this is especially easy to do at the many all-inclusive properties). Prices are reasonable across the board, so travellers can easily find a hotel to suit their budget. If you prefer to explore Punta Cana individually, take a look at my guide on how to travel to Punta Cana on a budget.
However, Punta Cana is still one of the cheapest destinations to holiday in the Caribbean, so it's worth taking a look at the prices in Punta Cana. Of course, groceries are still considerably cheaper than in the United States, but compared to some European countries where prices are quite low, shopping in Punta Cana and the Dominican Republic is not as cheap as you might expect. Prices will be approximate and give you an idea of what to expect in Punta Cana, so don't fight me for 5 pesos. Although all-inclusive resorts are predominant in Punta Cana and account for over 90 percent of all hotel accommodation, there are all sorts of other accommodations in the Bávaro area, Macao and beyond as well.
And if you're thinking of staying in a guesthouse, AirBnB (check out the best Airbnbs in Punta Cana here) or hostel and want some money-saving tips, I have some specific recommendations here, incl. Punta Cana is not the cheapest place to go on holiday in the Dominican Republic, as it's one of the most expensive places in the country. Although taxis are the easiest way to get around Punta Cana, their prices are quite high, while public transport is quite uncomfortable but super cheap. Excursion prices also depend on where you book them, I highly recommend checking Viator* for the largest selection of excursions and checking back here on the Punta Cana Travel Blog for authentic experiences and recommendations on this specific type of excursion.
Punta Cana is my home base here in the country and I would love to tell you more about how to experience Punta Cana out of the ordinary and give you all the tips you want to know for your Punta Cana holiday. Please note that I will list all prices in the currency in which they are normally quoted here in Punta Cana, which is the Dominican Peso (DOP) for all local goods and services and the US Dollar (USD) for most tourism related services. Although most people stay at an all-inclusive resort in Punta Cana, there are many options for eating out. You may also want to consider renting a car, as this gives you greater flexibility and the ability to take some amazing day trips from Punta Cana.