Why We Chose Punta Cana
Punta Cana was definitely a trip of a lifetime. It was sort of a last minute booking, about 2 months in advance. We haven’t really gone on any personal trips since our honeymoon, so our two year anniversary was the perfect time to go. Since it’s already getting cold in Boston around November, we knew we wanted to go somewhere warm and be able to relax. Punta Cana has many options for all-inclusive resorts which was a big plus for us. Also, it is somewhere we haven’t been yet. The best time to visit is November-February because there will be less rain and much less seaweed on the beaches. It was almost 85 degrees every day but very humid. Our anniversary usually falls in the same week as Thanksgiving so we had something extra to be thankful for 🙂
Things To Do
Some of the best parts of the trip were the things we go to experience. Since we stayed for almost a week, we did three tours total on the trip. the first was the Runner’s Adventure Monkeyland and Cocoa Plantation tour. If you only do one tour, choose this one! Feeding the monkeys was so much fun and I guess we came at a time when there were lots of baby monkeys. It was also interesting to see how they make various cocoa products like chocolate, coconut oil, and butter. One of the things you can’t go to the Dominican without hearing about is mamajuana. It’s their version of medicinal juice filled with rum, honey, wine, and herbs.The other two tours, we booked together but it was split into half the day was the ATV adventure and catamaran cruise. For both of these, don’t worry about dressing cute. I would suggest wearing a swimsuit with a coverup that you don’t mind getting dusty and you will be able to go into the swimming hole. Also, bring your own bandana sunglasses and dustproof phone cover for the ATV to prevent dust from getting everywhere. Both of the tours had transportation included and we booked through Trip Advisor. Whenever you go out of the hotel, bring a little cash in case they offer some extra experiences or you want to get some souvenirs.
Our Hotel: Excellence Punta Cana
We stayed at the Excellence Punta Cana Resort and really enjoyed it! The first thing we noticed was how peaceful it was. It is an adults-only resort and was very secluded from any neighboring resorts or busy areas. One thing to keep in mind is that to our resort and the surrounding ones, it is about a 45-minute drive from the airport. We ended up getting a taxi both ways. It had a really good variety of restaurants to choose from and every night they had a new entertainment in the main lobby. For dinner, they do expect you to dress up and guys have to wear long pants. The resort itself is very nice to walk through. In the front, there is an ecological park with wild turkeys, flamingos, and lots of different birds. The beginning part of our recap video above is from that part of the resort. My favorite part was the beautiful beaches and they had unlimited coconuts that they cut fresh for you!
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