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Guidebook for Punta Cana

Stephen

Guidebook for Punta Cana

Food Scene
Good food including steak at decent prices. 1/2 price appetizers including Wings and happy hour from 5-8 on Saturdays is a great low cost meal.
Applebee's Neighborhood Grill & Bar
Good food including steak at decent prices. 1/2 price appetizers including Wings and happy hour from 5-8 on Saturdays is a great low cost meal.
Interesting memorabilia. Food & drink wise the only thing memorable was the large bill and awful food.
Hardrock Bluemall
Interesting memorabilia. Food & drink wise the only thing memorable was the large bill and awful food.
Cool covered patio outdoor atmosphere with real brick pizza oven. Great food at decent prices. Great Seafood platter. Inside tables with AC but not as nice an atmosphere. Deli food for restaurant eating or to take home. Great owners/management.
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locals recommend
Punto Italia
9
locals recommend
Cool covered patio outdoor atmosphere with real brick pizza oven. Great food at decent prices. Great Seafood platter. Inside tables with AC but not as nice an atmosphere. Deli food for restaurant eating or to take home. Great owners/management.
Great unique and authentic Mexican food & drinks at decent prices. Decent covered outdoor atmosphere. Great friendly owner/management.
11
locals recommend
Pastrata Mexican Restaurant
11
locals recommend
Great unique and authentic Mexican food & drinks at decent prices. Decent covered outdoor atmosphere. Great friendly owner/management.
Beautiful unique restaurant in sheltered bay & marina. Great 1/2 price happy hour from 5-7 with generous drinks and snacks. Very good food and amazing view and ambiance but prices range from slightly more expensive to much more. Many high end customers and large groups. Located in exclusive multi million dollar property marina district. Free regularly scheduled ~hourly shuttle available from Four Points Sheraton 2 minutes from apartment
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locals recommend
La Yola
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locals recommend
Beautiful unique restaurant in sheltered bay & marina. Great 1/2 price happy hour from 5-7 with generous drinks and snacks. Very good food and amazing view and ambiance but prices range from slightly more expensive to much more. Many high end customers and large groups. Located in exclusive multi million dollar property marina district. Free regularly scheduled ~hourly shuttle available from Four Points Sheraton 2 minutes from apartment
Beautiful view on calm water reef protected beach with loungers and shade and beach food and drink service or beachside restaurant. A little higher priced but beautiful scenery and first class atmosphere. We made arrangements for our friend from Sweden to propose to his girlfriend there with a really beautiful setting staged by the hotel for a reasonable cost. Free regularly scheduled ~hourly shuttle available from Four Points Sheraton 2 minutes from apartment
The Westin Punta Cana
Beautiful view on calm water reef protected beach with loungers and shade and beach food and drink service or beachside restaurant. A little higher priced but beautiful scenery and first class atmosphere. We made arrangements for our friend from Sweden to propose to his girlfriend there with a really beautiful setting staged by the hotel for a reasonable cost. Free regularly scheduled ~hourly shuttle available from Four Points Sheraton 2 minutes from apartment
Fast food restaurant with best tasting Wendy's burgers I've ever had. A couple unique choices not available in North America. Best price for ice cream (frosty) you'll find in the region. 2 minute walk from apartment.
Wendy's
Fast food restaurant with best tasting Wendy's burgers I've ever had. A couple unique choices not available in North America. Best price for ice cream (frosty) you'll find in the region. 2 minute walk from apartment.
Beautiful view on calm water reef protected Playa (Beach) Blanca (White) with loungers and shade and beach food and drink service or beachside restaurant. A little higher priced but beautiful scenery and first class atmosphere. This is a 500 foot walk along the beach from the Westin Hotel. There are numerous on site water excursions and lessons incl kite surfing, scuba, snorkle, paddle board, yacht departure. Free regularly scheduled ~hourly shuttle available from Four Points Sheraton 2 minutes from apartment
39
locals recommend
Playa Blanca
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locals recommend
Beautiful view on calm water reef protected Playa (Beach) Blanca (White) with loungers and shade and beach food and drink service or beachside restaurant. A little higher priced but beautiful scenery and first class atmosphere. This is a 500 foot walk along the beach from the Westin Hotel. There are numerous on site water excursions and lessons incl kite surfing, scuba, snorkle, paddle board, yacht departure. Free regularly scheduled ~hourly shuttle available from Four Points Sheraton 2 minutes from apartment
Beautiful view on calm water reef protected white sand beach with loungers, shade, food and drink service or beachside restaurant. A little higher priced but beautiful scenery and first class atmosphere. World class golf club and Six Senses Spa. Free regularly scheduled ~hourly shuttle available from Four Points Sheraton 2 minutes from apartment. It is 5 minutes by car from the apartment, 15 minutes by shuttle after preceding stops.
La Cana Golf Club
Beautiful view on calm water reef protected white sand beach with loungers, shade, food and drink service or beachside restaurant. A little higher priced but beautiful scenery and first class atmosphere. World class golf club and Six Senses Spa. Free regularly scheduled ~hourly shuttle available from Four Points Sheraton 2 minutes from apartment. It is 5 minutes by car from the apartment, 15 minutes by shuttle after preceding stops.
Beautiful view on calm water reef protected beach with loungers, shade (Palms), beach food/drink service and beachside restaurant. A little higher priced but beautiful scenery and first class atmosphere. ~15 minutes by car from apartment with registration/check in required at office to right of main gate. I believe public transport is available on a very limited, non dependable basis.
22
locals recommend
Juanillo
22
locals recommend
Beautiful view on calm water reef protected beach with loungers, shade (Palms), beach food/drink service and beachside restaurant. A little higher priced but beautiful scenery and first class atmosphere. ~15 minutes by car from apartment with registration/check in required at office to right of main gate. I believe public transport is available on a very limited, non dependable basis.
Apparently world class dishes at relatively reasonable cost but we have not personally experienced. Atmoshpere and ambiance is apparently superb. ~15 minutes by car from apartment with registration/check in required at office to right of main gate. I believe public transport is available on a very limited, non dependable basis.
Eden Roc Cap Cana
Apparently world class dishes at relatively reasonable cost but we have not personally experienced. Atmoshpere and ambiance is apparently superb. ~15 minutes by car from apartment with registration/check in required at office to right of main gate. I believe public transport is available on a very limited, non dependable basis.
Drinks & Nightlife
We've never been. Not our scene. As with most nightclubs there can be fun but always possibility of danger. 20-40 minute low cost public bus (guagua) ride from public stop across from Four Points Sheraton or wave then down anywhere around that area. Note: Don't expect your standard North American type public transit bus. It could be a mini to mid sized bus in any state of repair and may take any number of routes. You will likely need to get off at the "Cruze" (crossroads) in Veron by the Total Gas Station and catch another bus to San Juan (Shopping Centre). Most will understand where you want to go when you say San Juan.
97
locals recommend
Coco Bongo Punta Cana
97
locals recommend
We've never been. Not our scene. As with most nightclubs there can be fun but always possibility of danger. 20-40 minute low cost public bus (guagua) ride from public stop across from Four Points Sheraton or wave then down anywhere around that area. Note: Don't expect your standard North American type public transit bus. It could be a mini to mid sized bus in any state of repair and may take any number of routes. You will likely need to get off at the "Cruze" (crossroads) in Veron by the Total Gas Station and catch another bus to San Juan (Shopping Centre). Most will understand where you want to go when you say San Juan.
Parks & Nature
Crystal clear freshwater swimming lagoons with dive platforms and decks. Some non swimming lagoons. All have fish and turtles. Really beautiful and cool spot. For swimming is best between 10:30 - 3:00 for sunshine on lagoons instead of shade from forest trees. Entrance fee is a little expensive but I believe that is to prevent over use. Free regularly scheduled ~hourly shuttle available from Four Points Sheraton 2 minutes from apartment
6
locals recommend
Punta Cana Ecological Reserve
6
locals recommend
Crystal clear freshwater swimming lagoons with dive platforms and decks. Some non swimming lagoons. All have fish and turtles. Really beautiful and cool spot. For swimming is best between 10:30 - 3:00 for sunshine on lagoons instead of shade from forest trees. Entrance fee is a little expensive but I believe that is to prevent over use. Free regularly scheduled ~hourly shuttle available from Four Points Sheraton 2 minutes from apartment
Shopping
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locals recommend
BlueMall Puntacana
37
locals recommend
Groceries and essentials in downtown Punta Cana with numerous malls, shops, stores, pharmacies, banks, restaurants and bars. 20-40 minute low cost public bus (guagua) ride from public stop across from Four Points Sheraton or wave then down anywhere around that area. Note: Don't expect your standard North American type public transit bus. It could be a mini to mid sized bus/van in any state of repair and may take any number of routes. You will likely need to get off at the "Cruze" (crossroads) in Veron by the Total Gas Station and catch another bus to San Juan (Shopping Centre). Most will understand where you want to go when you say San Juan. San Juan is 10 minutes by car from the apartment.
41
locals recommend
Plaza San Juan Shopping Center
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locals recommend
Groceries and essentials in downtown Punta Cana with numerous malls, shops, stores, pharmacies, banks, restaurants and bars. 20-40 minute low cost public bus (guagua) ride from public stop across from Four Points Sheraton or wave then down anywhere around that area. Note: Don't expect your standard North American type public transit bus. It could be a mini to mid sized bus/van in any state of repair and may take any number of routes. You will likely need to get off at the "Cruze" (crossroads) in Veron by the Total Gas Station and catch another bus to San Juan (Shopping Centre). Most will understand where you want to go when you say San Juan. San Juan is 10 minutes by car from the apartment.
Beachside tourist souveneir shopping stall plaza including beachside restaurant and access to the beach. Fair prices can be negotiated but be fair please. Note: Lounger use is restricted to resort guests so bring your own chairs, sit on towels or buy from the restaurant and use their tables and chairs or loungers. Decent food and drink at decent prices. Many excursions nearby including parasailing. Questionable safety. 2 party/snorkle boats/pirate ships. Smaller one was a blast. Never been on larger one. 10 minute bus ride from San Juan. 20 minutes by car from apartment.
Plaza Bibijagua
Beachside tourist souveneir shopping stall plaza including beachside restaurant and access to the beach. Fair prices can be negotiated but be fair please. Note: Lounger use is restricted to resort guests so bring your own chairs, sit on towels or buy from the restaurant and use their tables and chairs or loungers. Decent food and drink at decent prices. Many excursions nearby including parasailing. Questionable safety. 2 party/snorkle boats/pirate ships. Smaller one was a blast. Never been on larger one. 10 minute bus ride from San Juan. 20 minutes by car from apartment.
Sightseeing
Huge inland marina with intersecting canals, bridges and walkways, amazing yachts, sail and fishing boats. Expansive, impressive, high end Trump associated development with many restaurants and shops but a little bit sparse on people. Beach sand is a little coarse and hard packed but still decent. Non owners are limited to the area directly around the Api Beach restaurant that has decent food and drink. A little higher priced but with spacious semi private shade structures and loungers. Beautiful views, relatively calm man made bays. Note: There are shrubs in the area that produce a very hard nut like thorn with very sharp and painful barbs with a few on the beach. Walk gently or wear shoes
14
locals recommend
Cap Cana Marina
14
locals recommend
Huge inland marina with intersecting canals, bridges and walkways, amazing yachts, sail and fishing boats. Expansive, impressive, high end Trump associated development with many restaurants and shops but a little bit sparse on people. Beach sand is a little coarse and hard packed but still decent. Non owners are limited to the area directly around the Api Beach restaurant that has decent food and drink. A little higher priced but with spacious semi private shade structures and loungers. Beautiful views, relatively calm man made bays. Note: There are shrubs in the area that produce a very hard nut like thorn with very sharp and painful barbs with a few on the beach. Walk gently or wear shoes
32
locals recommend
Scape Park
32
locals recommend
Essentials
Groceries and essentials in downtown Punta Cana with numerous malls, shops, stores, pharmacies, banks, restaurants and bars. 20-40 minute low cost public bus (guagua) ride from public stop across from Four Points Sheraton or wave then down anywhere around that area. Note: Don't expect your standard North American type public transit bus. It could be a mini to mid sized bus in any state of repair and may take any number of routes. You will likely need to get off at the "Cruze" (crossroads) in Veron by the Total Gas Station and catch another bus to San Juan (Shopping Centre). Most will understand where you want to go when you say San Juan. San Juan is 10 minutes by car from the apartment.
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locals recommend
Jumbo
19
locals recommend
Groceries and essentials in downtown Punta Cana with numerous malls, shops, stores, pharmacies, banks, restaurants and bars. 20-40 minute low cost public bus (guagua) ride from public stop across from Four Points Sheraton or wave then down anywhere around that area. Note: Don't expect your standard North American type public transit bus. It could be a mini to mid sized bus in any state of repair and may take any number of routes. You will likely need to get off at the "Cruze" (crossroads) in Veron by the Total Gas Station and catch another bus to San Juan (Shopping Centre). Most will understand where you want to go when you say San Juan. San Juan is 10 minutes by car from the apartment.
5 minute walk from the apartment. Best meat in local groceries.. Wednesdays are vegetable and fruit sale prices. Large selection of wines, beer and spirits. Other household essentials. Water. Carry out boys will push cart to vehicle or apartment. Tips are expected from 25 pesos to 300 pesos depending how far they accompany you. You may push cart yourself if you prefer.
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locals recommend
Supermercado Nacional
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locals recommend
5 minute walk from the apartment. Best meat in local groceries.. Wednesdays are vegetable and fruit sale prices. Large selection of wines, beer and spirits. Other household essentials. Water. Carry out boys will push cart to vehicle or apartment. Tips are expected from 25 pesos to 300 pesos depending how far they accompany you. You may push cart yourself if you prefer.