Punta Cana is coconuts and sea shells.
Approximate flight time: 8 hour 50 minutes (total distance 4234 miles)
Number of flights per week: 2
Airlines that fly direct: TUI
No. of airports in Punta Cana: Punta Cana Airport
Seasons: High: December - July: Low: August - November
Currency: Dominican peso(DOP)
Departing from Birmingham Airport
Located in the Midlands and boasting great transport links, Birmingham Airport is easy to get to from all over the UK. If you want to travel by public transport, you will find bus and coach services running directly to the airport. Trains will take you to Birmingham International train station, which is connected to the terminal by the free and frequent Air-Rail link with a travel time of just minutes.
Those driving to the airport will find a choice of seven car parks, which are all easily accessible from the terminal by foot or via the courtesy shuttle bus. Book a parking space online in advance and save up to 70%. While you’re there, you could also pre-book entry into one of our five airport lounges, which offer complimentary food and drinks and unlimited WiFi.
Need currency for your trip abroad? It's easy to pick up before your long-haul flight at one of our Travelex stores. You'll find them conveniently located in the Arrivals area of the terminal building and Departures Lounge. Travelex specialise in 50+ currencies and knowledgeable staff can advise you on the most suitable currency. If you prefer, you can pre-order your currency and get next day collection if you order before 3pm at Birmingham Airport.
If you want to eat before you board, choose from our great range of cafés, bars and restaurants. Kick off your holiday with a sit down meal at Factory Bar and Kitchen. Frankie & Benny’s and Giraffe are great if you’re travelling with kids, or Burger King will keep everyone happy. There are plenty of coffee shops and grab and go options like Wrapchic, should you prefer.
Once you’ve eaten, why not browse the shops? Make sure you walk around Punta Cana in style in a new pair of heels from Kurt Geiger or sunglasses from Sunglass Hut. Browse World Duty Free for deals on all your favourite products, from perfume to liquor. If you need any health and beauty essentials for your holiday, you will find Boots and electrical items at InMotion.
Need currency for your trip abroad? Head over to our Travelex stores conveniently located in the Arrivals area of the terminal building and Departures Lounge. If you prefer, you can pre-order your currency and get next day collection if you order before 3pm at Birmingham Airport.
For more information on the other services available, see our guide to terminal facilities.
Arriving at Punta Cana Airport
Punta Cana Airport is the main airport to travel to Punta Cana and the Dominican Republic in general, there are several means of transportation available for onwards travel. The airport has five terminals and International flights will arrive at Terminal A or B.
Taking a taxi is probably the most convenient way to get to your final destination, as you get a door-to-door service from outside the Customs area of the airport to your hotel. A trip to downtown Punta Cana should take around 20-25 minutes, it is advised that you agree a price with the driver before you travel.
For those looking to spend less, the local bus lines operate at a minimal cost. You will spend less but be warned that transfer time can take over an hour as the buses stop many times en route. Buses (or guaguas, as they are known locally) are located outside the Arrivals Hall of both terminals and tickets are purchased on board.
Pre-book your transfer with HolidayTaxis and avoid the queues when you arrive.
What to expect in Punta Cana
Punta Cana, the easternmost tip of the Dominican Republic, borders the Caribbean Sea and the Atlantic Ocean. The beaches along the coastline from Punta Cana to Uvero Alto rival those anywhere in the Caribbean, with soft, white sand, and warm aquamarine waters, not forgetting, of course, the bordering coconut palms.
The official language of Punta Cana is Spanish. However, with tourism being such a large industry, most locals speak English very well. You will also find that although the official currency is the Dominican peso, many Punta Cana resorts accept US dollars.
One of the best things about Punta Cana are the year-round high temperatures. June is the hottest month with an average temperature of 28°C and the coldest is January at 25°C. The wettest month is September.
Culture in Punta Cana
The Dominican Republic has a multicultural past that is, today, reflected by strong European, African, and native Taino Indian influences. This mixture of cultures has produced the current social identity of Dominicans, showing up in their food, music, art, sports and religion.
For an opportunity to explore an untouched portion of the Dominican Republic, head over to Indigenous Eyes Ecological Park, a private protected nature reserve. Activities include cultural exhibits, a petting zoo, a sugarcane exhibit, five different swimming holes and an iguana habitat. Learn how chocolate is produced at ChocoMuseo Punta Cana and whilst you’re there, pop into Don Lucas’ Cigar Factory.
Punta Cana enjoys a unique cuisine, blending Latin American ingredients like rice, beans, meat and, seafood with traditional Taino dishes that feature yucca, plantains, and potatoes. Adding to that mix are African recipes using similar native ingredients. You can’t leave without trying casaba, a deliciously crispy flatbread made from indigenous cassava (yucca) plant. Sometimes it is topped with meat and other tasty toppings or it may be simply sprinkled with salt, spices, and fresh lime.