So You’re Going On Spring Break To The Dominican Republic
Punta Cana

US Embassy website:

Emergency Info:

  • Centro Medico Caribe Bavaro: (809) 552-1415 Located in Plaza Brisas de Bavaro, suite 207. It features a bilingual staff for out-patient medical attentions. Open 24/7 for emergencies
  • Centro Medico Punta Cana: (809) 552-1506 Near Plaza Bavaro and the local bus terminal It features a multilingual staff and in-house pharmacy. Open until 9pm for visitors and 24/7 for emergencies
  • Hospiten Bavaro: (809) 686-1414 Situated near the airport, Hospiten’s multilingual staff and fully equipped facility is available 24/7 for emergencies
  • Police: (809) 686-8227, but the emergency number is still 911

Hotel Info:

  • Barcelo Punta Cana

Phone no.:(809) 221-9898  | Fax: 1 809 412 2288 | E-mail: | Cerretera Macao Km 1, Punta Cana

  • Hard Rock

Front Desk: 1.809.731.0000 | Blvd. Turístico del Este, km 28 #74, Macao. Municipio de Higüey, Punta Cana, Dominican Republic


  • Women should always avoid walking alone on deserted sections (unpatrolled) of beach. No matter the level of safety in Punta Cana, err on the side of caution.
  • Only bring the amount of money that you need when going shopping
  • If you’re going somewhere at night – traveling in groups or with a guide is recommended.
  • Salespeople can be very aggressive, don’t be rude to them! The best way to avoid looking at their goods is to tell them you didn’t bring any money and promise to go back later.
  • Leave all your valuables in the safety deposit box in your room – not on the beach while you’re swimming.
  • Teach your family about how to get out of a riptide – they probably won’t ever need it but it could save their life.
  • Wear water shoes if swimming out to the reef.
  • Taxis or tour buses are the safest way to get around; “gua-guas” the local buses are a great way to check out local culture but are not quite as safe (seasoned travelers only)



Go back | Date: 03 Mar 2011
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