It is true that Punta Cana is a cheap destination, but most of that is due to the large number of All Inclusive Resorts, which I don't like at all, because although you will have a lot of things and drinks at a cheap price, the quality of the food and drinks will not be really good or great and I love the Gran Cena just as much as you do. Crime in Punta Cana is significantly lower than in the rest of the Dominican Republic. However, that doesn't mean that Punta Cana doesn't have its own dangers, although you shouldn't let Punta Cana warnings stop you from going to its beautiful beaches and resorts. Here are the Punta Cana safety tips you should know.
And while Punta Cana is indeed more expensive than the rest of the Dominican Republic, most things are still a bargain. 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. Punta Cana is my base here in the country and I would love to tell you more about how to experience Punta Cana off the beaten track and give you all the tips you want to know for your Punta Cana holiday. And if you're planning to stay in a guesthouse, AirBnB (check out the best Airbnbs in Punta Cana here) or a hostel and want some money-saving tips, I have some specific recommendations here, incl.
Luckily, you have all these options in Punta Cana, so eating out isn't necessarily expensive if you stick to the very local options. The international airport opened in 1984 and since then Punta Cana has introduced over 100 all-inclusive resorts. If there were a popularity contest for sunny holiday spots offering a seemingly endless number of all-inclusive resorts to choose from, Cancun in Mexico and Punta Cana in the Dominican Republic would certainly be at the top of the list. Even when most people stay at an all-inclusive resort in Punta Cana, there are plenty of options for dining out.
Punta Cana is located on the eastern tip of the Dominican Republic, next to the Caribbean Sea and the Atlantic Ocean. It should be noted that Punta Cana International Airport was the world's first privately owned international airport (owned by Frank Rainieri), and receives some six million arrivals a year. Despite the deaths in Punta Cana, which have received much media attention, the crime rate in Punta Cana's main tourist area is low; its beaches and other attractions are guarded by a police force called CESTUR which is specifically dedicated to protecting travellers, resorts and attractions.