With its seemingly endless white-sand beaches, the Dominican Republic is a popular getaway for tourists in search of an idyllic vacation with plenty of outdoor adventure. From its jaw-dropping cliffs to peaceful mangrove lagoons, it’s easy to fall in love with the Dominican Republic’s natural beauty.
So, if you’re wondering whether the Dominican Republic is safe to travel, or if you want to know some travel safety tips, you are in the right place, we’ve got you covered. Keep reading.
So, is it safe to travel to Punta Cana?
Well, what is considered safe nowadays? No country is immune from violence. Some places are going to be more dangerous than others, that’s a fact. But you can always take precautions and help prevent these by doing some research before your trip.
Yes, the Dominican Republic can be dangerous, but so can anywhere else.
The Dominican Republic is one of the most visited Caribbean islands. It’s well established for tourists, people are very, very used to foreigners, and a lot of locals speak English. All-in-all, Punta Cana is a pretty safe place to travel to. Dominicans are nothing but kind, generous, and contagiously happy people. It’s definitely a country you shouldn’t neglect traveling to.
At the end of the day, it’s all about how you travel, and we’d recommend you to do it in a smart way. You should avoid looking flashy and giving people more reason to rob you… Showing any money or a wallet, wearing expensive jewelry, carrying designer bags, looking lost, etc.
Millions of people travel to Punta Cana every year. At Canabay Hotels we think it’s so important that people challenge the things that they hear in the media and experience the places for themselves.
It’s always good to be cautious and we wish more people would explore Punta Cana and its surroundings instead of limiting themselves to the resorts. There’s so much more to see than just the commercialized places. In our blog you can find, for example, the top 5 best Punta Cana beaches or the most instagrammable places in Dominican Republic.
Here are 10 general travel safety tips to decrease any chances of mishaps:
1. Change your money at banks or official money exchange places – anything else is not recommended at all.
2. Leave valuables at the hotel.
3. Ladies (and men), wear cross-body purses with zippers to prevent robbers from pickpocketing.
4. Keep your belongings close.
5. Avoid walking in public areas by yourself at night. If possible, travel with a group.
6. Don’t resist if you get robbed – this can unfortunately happen. If it DOES happen, hand over your valuables.
7. Don’t give out too many details about yourself or where you’re staying with strangers.
8. When using an ATM, guard the keypad when entering your pin and be aware of your surroundings.
9. Walk confidently – anything you can do to look less like a tourist is going to lessen the risk to your safety.
10. Don’t accept drinks from strangers, know where they come from.
So whilst there is a lot to keep in mind when you travel to the Dominican Republic, most visits to here are trouble-free. Plenty of tourists love it for good reasons.
Follow your gut and avoid getting into bad situations. Knowing what to do in a natural disaster will help, too. Do these and you will have a great time without worrying!