With a reliable waterproof case, you'll never again have to leave your smartphone unattended on the beach and risk it getting stolen or covered in sand. This case is amazing because it not only protects your phone from the elements, but also allows you to take photos and videos while you're in the water. A neck wallet will protect you from pickpockets and petty theft during your trip to Mexico. Large enough to hold your passport, phone, wallet and other valuables, this neck wallet can be worn around your neck and tucked discreetly under your clothes to keep your belongings organised and safe.
Don't forget to pack a fashionable swimming costume to protect your skin from 11am to 2pm, when the sun is at its strongest. Opting for a delicate, breathable fabric like this one will keep you cool and your skin will thank you for it. Don't fall victim to pickpockets and petty theft during your holiday in Cozumel. Especially in the more touristy areas, you'll want to avoid becoming a target.
Keep your phone, passport, wallet and keys safe and out of sight in this handy neck wallet that you can wear under your clothes. Temperatures don't vary much throughout the year in the Dominican Republic, and in winter they're still quite warm. In spring, the thermometer only rises a few degrees, from an average of 28 (8 in February to an average of 31 (8 in April. Technically, hurricane season begins in May.
Although it's good to keep an eye out for inclement weather, conditions remain fairly clear until August. June and July are the most pleasant months of the year. The average sea temperature in Punta Cana is 32°C (8 - the same as in June). Although this temperature is great for swimming and sailing, with the tropical winds at your back, be aware that the sunshine index is quite strong.
It is not uncommon for temperatures to be much higher to begin with. Also, with the strong sunshine index and longer days, you will need to take extra precautions to avoid sunburn. September remains hot, with average temperatures hovering around 28 degrees Celsius. In October, it starts to cool down by a narrow margin, with temperatures reaching 29 or 30 (86 to 8 and steadily in December.
The sunshine index weakens somewhat, so those coming from more temperate climates, such as New York or London, will find autumn a welcome change of pace. With temperatures hovering around 84 degrees Celsius (2 , who can say no to such pleasant conditions? January coincides with the dry season, so you can expect perfect conditions for exploring the island's natural beauty. Punta Cana is a small town that offers over 32 kilometres of beach, golf courses and a few places to sample the local cuisine. That said, the country is a small island nation, so it never hurts to spend a day or two in the capital, Santo Domingo, or explore historic cities such as La Vega or Santiago.
It's customary and polite to leave a 10% tip if you've enjoyed the services. Some restaurants add a 10 e tip to the bill, so be sure to look at the bill before leaving extra. You will know if it has been added if you see "tip included" on the bill. This website is hosted on the Google Cloud, which is a 100 carbonneutral platform powered by renewable energy.
When you're not in the water, putting on a swimming costume that covers you for a walk on the beach or browsing the markets is really useful. Also, most restaurants in southern resorts won't let you in wearing just a bikini or swimming costume. The easiest thing to do is to put on a beach shirt and take it off as soon as you've finished eating and get back into the pool or the sea. Before going to the Dominican Republic in June, we looked at the excursion options at the resort and decided in advance which ones we wanted to do.
One of them included a land buggy tour that took us through farmland, to Macau beach, to a diving cave and to a cocoa farm. Because of the dryness of the country at that time of year, the dirt roads were DUST roads and going down these bumpy roads in an open buggy was like inhaling a bag of sand. I felt bad for all those people who arrived without sunglasses to protect their eyes from the scratches of the sand and without a spare T-shirt or scarf to wrap around their nose and mouth to avoid covering the inside of their body with a layer of dirt. Yes, I would say that would ruin their exciting adventure.
However, in defence of the resort, they specified on their website recommendations on what to wear. Also, wear a pair of sandals or dressier shoes for dinner and shows. You're going to get your hair done, you're going to wear your little summer dress and you're not going to want to wear your beach flip-flops for the dinner reservation. Airports and planes tend to be cold, so be prepared for that too.
Obviously, it's going to be hot wherever you decide to go on a beach holiday, but sunstroke is no fun, and a hat will help prevent it. Depending on where you're going, you may need a plug adapter and voltage converter for your phone chargers, hair straighteners, hairdryers and anything else you're going to plug in. Find out what type of plugs and voltage the country you're visiting uses. Work out how much you want to spend on souvenirs, shopping, etc.
Bear in mind that you're staying at an all-inclusive resort, so all meals and drinks are already covered. You'll only need extra money for shopping and additional activities or excursions. You should also find out what the main currency is in the area you are visiting. When we went to Punta Cana, we assumed that the main currency was the Dominican peso, but most locals prefer American money.
It's worth doing some research beforehand. One of the advantages of going to the Dominican Republic with American money is that it would have been easier for us to find out if local market owners were trying to overcharge us. It would have cost us a lot more to fall for the incredible deal we got on my Punta Cana mug, which I wanted so badly to add to my mug collection. No matter what you have planned for your Punta Cana adventure, these luggage options are ideal for a short or long stay.
We've also included a guide on what to bring in Punta Cana, what NOT to bring, the seasons and some frequently asked questions to help you plan the best trip possible. Whether you're out exploring Punta Cana or spending the day relaxing on the beach, the last thing you'll want to do is stop somewhere to recharge your phone or camera. For a long weekend in Punta Cana, you can't go wrong with Paravel's Main Line Duffle, an attractive and discreet weekender in zipped canvas lined with leather detailing. Tap water in Punta Cana isn't safe to drink, but instead of using endless single-use plastic water bottles, opt for a more eco-friendly option.
Punta Cana's mild temperatures and year-round warm breezes mean you can leave all the heavy outerwear and boots at home, leaving room for light, quick-drying, sweat-wicking fabrics. Some resorts may have sections of the beach where swimming costumes can be worn, but there are no official nude beaches in Punta Cana, and topless or nude bathing is frowned upon. If you plan to go out at night to Punta Cana's many nightclubs and bars, bring appropriate clothing. You may decide to try kayaking, bodyboarding or any of the many water sports available in Punta Cana.
A trip to Punta Cana is not just about endless blue waters and white sands, although these too are beautiful. Most of the larger resorts in Punta Cana serve bottled or filtered water (free of charge), and provide bottled water in the bathrooms for brushing your teeth.