How much does it cost to travel to Punta Cana, and is it only 5-star resorts? That was the question we set out to answer upon making our way up to Punta Cana for several nights during our visit around the island of the Dominican Republic. My friend Cristina and I wanted to experience both sides to Punta Cana: the all-inclusive resort side, and the budget-friendly side. Here’s what we found!
If you’re going to travel to the Dominican Republic for a true vacation, chances are you’re looking at Punta Cana. If you’re considering an all-inclusive in Punta Cana, read on for my experience at Catalonia in Punta Cana.
The exhaustion from my red eye flight to New York from California and 4-hour flight to Santo Domingo seemed to diminish the second I laid eyes on the turquoise water outside the window of my Uber. Even after a long travel day, flight delays, and a language barrier mishap at the airport (I ordered a Diet Coke in Spanish and was given a beer, which shows just how good my Spanish is), the aquamarine, navy, and cobalt shades of blue faded into each other and danced before my eyes. Driving from the airport into the capital is a friendly welcome to the Caribbean, as the palm tree-lined road follows the south coast of the island.
If you’re in for a chilled out, small beach town in Costa Rica with Caribbean vibes, then Puerto Viejo may need to be your next destination.
Expect reggae, Costa Rica-Caribbean fusion food, lots of palm trees and a beautiful stretch of beaches on this part of Southeastern Costa Rica. Grab some rum, rent a bike and get ready for slow “island” life (without, you know, having to get in a boat to go to a real island).
Here are a few things you can do in Puerto Viejo: