Traditional dish made with rice, beans, meat, and fried bananas.
"Guineos" or bananas, are the base for many dishes in this destination; they are commonly served fried or smashed and as a complement.
Exquisite typical fast-food dish made with fried and breaded chicken, served with fried bananas or French fries.
Typical beverage prepared with many ingredients mixed with rum.
Habichuelas con dulce
Typical sweet prepared with beans, evaporated milk, sugar, and cinnamon. You can accompany it with vanilla biscuits.
Sweet made with grated coconut and molasses or fudge.
Typical food of Punta Cana, Dominican Republic
The simple ingredients of the gastronomy in this destination will allow you to merge your senses with the delicious taste of its dishes.
The typical cuisine of Punta Cana is an exquisite blend of European, Indian, and Asian customs, in which the use of coconut and bananas is common in many dishes, eaten at any time of day. Among the main dishes that you can enjoy in this beautiful Caribbean destination, you can find "Bandera", which is made with rice, beans, meat, salad, and fried bananas; the popular "Guineos", as they call the bananas, often prepared boiled or fried, although the most traditional way is in puree. "Mangu" is another typical delicious dish, prepared with green bananas and in the same way as the "guineos". Another very important traditional dish is "Mofongo", also made with green plantains and pork. "Picapollo" is another famous dish, prepared with fried and breaded chicken, accompanied with slices of fried bananas or potatoes. As in most coastal destinations, fish and seafood are an essential part in the cuisine of the city, including fish fillets, usually grouper or red snapper -"chillo" as it is locally known-, served with garlic or coconut, in a Creole style with a delicious tomato sauce or with a spicy tomato sauce; and seafood such as crab, octopus, shrimp, and winkle. Other typical dishes are "Moro", a mixture of beans, rice, and meat, sometimes accompanied with cod; "Sancocho", which is made with seven varieties of meat and a mixture of cassava, potato, banana, coriander, and other ingredients. "El Asopao", a delicious soup of rice, chicken, and tomato, with coriander, and in some places, with seafood; this dish is ideal to be enjoyed after a heavy night out.
In Punta Cana you can enjoy a wide variety of traditional beverages, including the popular shakes made with pineapple, papaya, sapota, mixed with water or milk, sugar, and ice. The refreshing fruit juices or soft drinks, which are freshly prepared with "chinola" (passion fruit), pineapple, and tamarind. "Mabi" is another popular beverage that is made from the bark of tropical vines. "Mamajuana" is a drink with rum that can be combined with different ingredients such as cinnamon and fresh clove, as well as seafood like octopus, squid, and shrimp, ideal for adventurous palates. Another of the most refreshing beverages is the famous "Morir soñando", which is made with sugar, evaporated milk, and orange juice.
After enjoying any of these delicious popular dishes, you cannot miss typical delicious sweets as "habichuelas con dulce", which are prepared with beans, milk, sugar, and raisins, very traditional for Easter. Another delicious dessert is "Majarete", creamed corn with cinnamon; "Jalao", a coconut sweet with molasses shaped into a ball; and milk caramel paste, that can be enjoyed by itself or with fruit fillings as orange and guava.
There is a variety of restaurants for every taste, you can enjoy exquisite specialties while watching the beautiful scenery, such as Captain Cook, which serves different dishes based on fish and seafood.
Punta Cana has a warm and humid climate; you should pack light clothing, preferably made of natural fibers as cotton or linen that breathe naturally, keeping you cool.
Remember to pack your swimsuit, sunscreen, and sunglasses to enjoy the warm climate of Punta Cana.
There is plenty of sunshine in Punta Cana throughout the year, you should always use sunscreen and drink plenty of water to stay hydrated.
The weather in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic
Punta Cana has a tropical climate with stable temperatures throughout the year. The annual average temperature is 26 °C (78 °F) and the annual average rainfall is 1,102 mm (43 in). There is a rainier season which can also have tropical storms and hurricanes, but usually with low impact due to the natural barriers that form the islands and its surrounding canals.
What to bring by season
Warm season (May to November): these are the warmest and rainiest months in Punta Cana, but it does not mean that it rains all the time. There are occasional brief showers or minor tropical storms, which can help to lower the temperature. The average temperature of the season is 27 °C (81 °F). The average high temperature is 31 °C (88 °F) during the day, but the high humidity can increase the felt air temperature. You should bring light and loose clothing made of natural fibers to keep you cool, sunglasses, a hat, and always use sunscreen. It is also recommendable to bring a portable umbrella or a rain jacket.
Cool season (December to April): it is believed that this is the best time to travel to Punta Cana. During these months, the temperature drops a bit, which combined with lower humidity, make the sun more enjoyable. The average temperature is 25 °C (77 °F) with an average low of 22 °C (72 °F) and an average high of 28 °C (82 °F). Rains are less common, but may occur. During this season you should also wear light and comfortable clothing, as well as sunscreen, sunglasses, and a hat. We suggest you to bring a light sweater for the cooler evenings.
Hispaniola Island, containing the Dominican Republic and Haiti, was one of the first lands discovered by Christopher Columbus. Currently, its eastern tip is home to prestigious hotels, receiving thousands of visitors each year.
Punta Cana houses numerous golf courses designed by renowned world architects and golfers. Some of the most popular beaches in this destination are Arena Gorda, El Cortecito, and Bavaro, the latter considered a Dominican National Treasure.
In the surroundings you can visit Reserva Ecológica Punta Cana, Dolphin Island, and the Manati Park, a water park with a protected area featuring endemic flora and fauna, as well as Museo Taino, a tribute to the ancient inhabitants of the Dominican Republic.
***The official currency of the Dominican Republic is the Dominican Peso (DOP).