When you envision a snapshot-worthy Dominican Republic beach, you’re likely thinking of Punta Cana, a stretch of beaches and resorts along the eastern coast known for its exceptional beauty. Consistently ranking as some of the best in the world, beach weddings in Punta Cana are always popular. Meanwhile the lively villages and great amenities keep visitors returning again and again.
For marriage, couples planning Punta Cana weddings must present an original passport, copy and translation of original birth certificates, and sworn declaration before a notary public. Divorce and death decrees are also required if applicable. Check with your Certified Destination Wedding Specialist for more details.
Travel Documents, Language & Currency
For non-residents, passports and tourist cards are required upon entry into the Dominican Republic. If you are a citizen of the US, visit travel.state.gov for more information on travel documents needed. For Canadian travelers, visit travel.gc.ca for relevant travel information.
Spanish is the official language of the Dominican Republic, though English is widely spoken and understood.
The Dominican peso is the currency of the Dominican Republic, but US dollars are often widely accepted in resort areas.
Climate & Beaches
Punta Cana weather is tropical and humid with year round sunshine. The temperature is steady around 86 degrees F, with colder temperatures from November to April and warmer temperatures in summer months. Historically most hurricane activity in the Dominican Republic's part of the Caribbean has taken place in the months of August and September.
Isla Catalina has beautiful, secluded beaches and eco tours through the underwater shipwreck museums. Macao beach is another local favorite, with ideal waves for surfing and kite boarding, and Bavaro Beach has beautiful, reef-protected surf.
Activities & Tourist Attractions
Aside from Punta Cana’s many beaches like Marcao and Bavaro Beach, there are a number of activities nearby. Hoyo Azul, a chilly, neon-blue lagoon has visitors diving 65 meter cliffs on hot days. Punta Cana is the Caribbean’s golf mecca, with celebrity-designed gems like Punta Espada and La Cana nestled along gorgeous beaches. For nature lovers, The Indigenous Eyes Ecological Park snakes along rivers, with guided tours to help you spot over 500 species of exotic plants and wildlife.
At night, merengue and salsa music fills the air and keeps travelers on their feet.