Caribbean

Punta Cana: Comparing Luxury Travel With Budget Travel

Punta Cana: Comparing Luxury Travel With Budget Travel

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!

Dominican Republic 2-Week Itinerary

Dominican Republic 2-Week Itinerary

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.