Myths About Punta Cana Safety
Punta Cana consists of nearly 50 all-inclusive resorts along a near 30 mile stretch of the most beautiful soft white sandy beaches, lots of swaying palm trees, a near constant gentle breeze, and some of the most vivid turquoise blue waters you’ll ever see anywhere.
How Safe is Punta Cana?
Don’t believe what some of the resort people tell you regarding safety. Punta Cana is one of the safest vacation spots in the Caribbean, and tourists should feel comfortable traveling outside of the hotel zone.
Since 2006 Punta Cana has been reported as having one of the lowest crime rates in the world, mostly because of the low drug crime here. However, petty theft (especially of cell phones, according to some) does sometimes occur, so you should be careful when carrying valuables with you.
Hotel security is good, and there’s even a special branch of the police department devoted to tourist safety, known as Politur. Police officers are often stationed in the hotels. There are many POLITUR (police just for tourist) who do nothing else but scope the area making sure tourist are safe and having fun.
Drugs in Punta Cana
Don’t be tempted to engage in illegal activities such as purchasing or using narcotics in Punta Cana. Under Dominican Republic law, possession of marijuana, cocaine, hallucinogens, or any other narcotic drug is a punishable offense that could lead to prison. All offenders must stand trial, and the judicial process could take a year or more. During this time, defendants remain incarcerated.
Are you Wondering how safe leaving your resort could be?
There is a whole amazing world outside the entrance of your resort. Punta Cana is quite safe and the local people are very friendly and helpful. Of course, no matter where you travel in the world, you can’t get “Confuse”.
Getting around can be challenging because there are only a few directional signs and actual street signs and nobody really uses them. Several streets weave around different communities and resorts, and many do not follow the beach… so it’s important to know in advance how to maneuver around so you can find all the cool places like: Beach bars, restaurants (on and off the beach), excursion companies, Casino’s, Discos (a couple of them are in caves), golf courses, big grocery stores, new and modern shopping malls, bakeries, ATM machines, IMAX Cinema movie theatres (where you can buy popcorn and a beer), Hard Rock Cafe Punta Cana, a huge and very nice mall, cash exchange places, tons of other beautiful beaches, shipwrecks, adventure tours … and other places off the tourist strip where prices are better… the list is endless. It’s highly recommended you check out either Saona Island or Catalina Island (full day tours).
Tip: Plan to travel in a group if you leave your resort, and women should be aware that men in Punta Cana can be overly flirtatious.
What’re the People like in Punta Cana?
There are now many people from all over the world that live, work or have retired to Punta Cana/ El Cortecito/ Bavaro; hence, English is now heard almost everywhere. These people, called “expats” are mostly from Canada, Spain, France, Italy, United States, Germany, and recently from various places in South America and Russia. In addition to the many Dominicans and Haitians, it’s truly amazing to see how many people from all over the world live and work harmoniously together here in Punta Cana.
Also remember, the locals will approach you in regard to selling their souvenirs. Keep in mind, they also have families to feed, and will try to sell you stuff for more than you should pay. But if you’re happy with your negotiated price, and they’re happy… then everyone is happy. If you don’t want to be bothered, kindly say “Not today thank you”… or, if you want to impress them with Spanish just say “No hoy Gracias” (the “h” in hoy is silent).
If you’re planning a vacation to Punta Cana, especially if you think you may want to venture beyond your resort, you need to read this safety tips