Punta Cana

Punta Cana isn’t really a city : it is the name of the area on the Island’s eastern tip where all the international hotels and resorts are located. It has its own airport, and most of the surrounding villages are dedicated to tourism. Because safety is a major concern for hotels, the area is generally safe. Hotels and resorts are very well guarded, as well as the beach area.

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Is Punta Cana a Safe or Dangerous city?

Punta Cana isn’t really a city : it is the name of the area on the Island’s eastern tip where all the international hotels and resorts are located. It has its own airport, and most of the surrounding villages are dedicated to tourism. Because safety is a major concern for hotels, the area is generally safe. Hotels and resorts are very well guarded, as well as the beach area. The major risks are health hazards : sunburns (the Dominican Republic is close to the equator and thus has high UV radiation levels), turistas from tapped water (and some rare cases of Cholera), mosquito-borne diseases, chances of hurricanes or earthquakes. Problems can arise if you leave the resort area,  solo women should be particularly careful and do not go anywhere unaccompanied. For more details, read the World Nomads Article

Warnings & Dangers

Mid Priority-96 OVERALL RISK : MEDIUM

The Dominican Republic is an overall safe country. It is ranked 76th out of 162 on the ranking of the safest and most dangerous countries.

Mid Priority-96 PICKPOCKETS RISK : MEDIUM

There is a medium pickpocket-related risk in the Dominican Republic (DR), in public transport and crowds. Keep an eye on your belongings, and a few simple precautions will minimize your chances of being pickpocketed.

Mid Priority-96 MUGGING RISK : MEDIUM

Dominican Republic is an averagely safe country regarding the chances of being mugged or kidnapped. Be aware of dangerous zones by asking local advice. There have been reports of kidnappings against US tourists in these cities Santo Domingo, María Trinidad Sánchez, Santiago, Santo Domingo Province and Valverde.

Mid Priority-96 SCAMS RISK : MEDIUM

There are a some  scammers and con-artists trying to take advantage of tourists, particularly in large cities and around major landmarks in the Dominican Republic. Beware of weird people around ATMs, groups of teenagers acting strangely or trying to distract you; and people offering help with your luggage.

Mid Priority-96 TRANSPORT & TAXIS RISK : MEDIUM

Public transport should be avoided for solo travelers at night, prefer hiring a driver or a cab.

Mid Priority-96 NATURAL DISASTERS RISK : MEDIUM

There can be some occasional natural hazards in the Dominican Republic. Beware of wild animals and protect yourself against mosquitoes which can infect you with the Zika Virus.

Mid Priority-96 TERRORISM RISK : LOW

DR is a very safe country in respect to terrorist threats.

Mid Priority-96 WOMEN TRAVELERS RISK : MEDIUM

There has been several reports of attacks and shaming of women travelers. Do not venture alone in shady neighborhoods of large cities, or isolated villages.

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