About Me

The author Chris in the Dominican Republic

Hey, I am Chris, welcome to (my) Punta Cana Travel Blog. Based in Punta Cana, I am here to give you all the information you need to know about this wonderful paradise before heading off to your Punta Cana vacation. Off-the-beaten track adventures, insider tips, important rules, the most beautiful beaches, local attractions and the best excursions – that is what I would like to share with you on my Punta Cana Travel Blog. 

Why I am doing that? Well, there are a couple of reasons:

 First of all, I am absolutely passionate about traveling and exploring the world. I have traveled to over 70 countries and I am still an adventurous soul but I am calling Punta Cana my home-base now. For 5 years I am living in the Dominican Republic, an incredibly awe-inspiring, beautiful and underrated country with so many gorgeous hidden gems. I have blogged about a lot of these amazing spots in my German travel blog My Travelworld*, but as Punta Cana gets more and more popular and considering the lack of authentic, non-entrepreneurial information (you know all these “company blogs” out there) about Punta Cana (which are not just treating about the best resort to stay at), I have decided to dedicate some time into this project. I am hoping to create a small community of independent and slightly adventurous traveling souls who’d like to see the genuine Punta Cana.

 As mentioned, I have another travel blog in German for more than 9 years now, so you can assume that I love writing. Venturing out into our beautiful world and sharing my impressions with my fellow readership is one of my biggest pleasures I can have. Please bear with me for any verbal inaccuracies as I am not a native speaker, I hope this makes my Punta Cana Travel Blog even more personal and authentic. 🙂

 Furthermore, I am also a travel professional. After studying tourism in Germany and my first job at a German tour-operator, I packed my stuff and hit the road (or the sea) to the Caribbean. Grenada was my first foreign place to live (for 3 years) with the Dominican Republic to follow. In both countries, I was working for local tour operators organizing marvelous, off-the-beaten-track and highly customized holidays for people around the world. This also means that I know the other side of the industry, which is why you can book me as a travel coach. If you are in need for the cheapest flights, a resort recommendation from someone who has stayed at dozens of resorts, an off-the-beaten-track adventure during your stay in Punta Cana or a full travel itinerary for your vacation in the Dominican Republic (road-trip style, self-drive tour or with a private driver), I can help you out and give you independent advice and recommendation for your holiday in Punta Cana and beyond. 

 Last but not least, I simply love traveling and the Dominican Republic, so if you can’t find me here, probably I am out there in the bushes to explore new hikes, waterfalls or just beautiful beaches in Punta Cana and the surrounding regions. If you have any questions, feel free to leave me a comment or send me an email and please do not forget to sign-up for my newsletter and follow me on Facebook* and/or Instagram*. 

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The face behind Punta Cana Travel Blog: Chris

CHRIS

Author, Travel Coach & Punta Cana based digital nomad

Hey, I am Chris, a born and raised German, travel-addictive and Caribbean Soul. Since 2011 I have been living in the Caribbean, among them 5 years in the Dominican Republic. Punta Cana is my home-base here in the country and I’d love to tell you more about how to experience Punta Cana off-the-beaten-track and give you all the advice you want to know for your vacation in Punta Cana.

30 thoughts on “About Me”

  1. Thanks Chris for an awesome blog about Punta Cana. We will be there for one week, December 14-21, but looks like we have to come back again, so much to see and to do.
    Have a great day,

    Alex

    1. Hey Alex,
      no problem, you are welcome. Make sure to check back here when looking for the best excursion recommendations and most recent insider tips about Punta Cana. And yeah, after your first trip you will definitely want to come back.
      Enjoy your vacation and let me know if you have any questions.
      Chris

  2. Alland Enrique Rodriguez

    Hello Chris… Thanks to the information you shared in your blog, it helped me to complete the travel documents required…. I was on a dead end but you showed me how to do it right… Thanks for taking the time to do all you do!!!

  3. domenico capurso

    Hello there my name is domenico capurso back in the 204 we were in punta cana at the iberostar resort 3 times in 5 years and now we have decided to come back
    and stay on the better place Iberostar grand Bavaro all inclusive.
    i am pretty good on getting things organized regarding the immigration for the entry in Punta Cana.
    and i tried to fill out the entry form when you get to the airport so that i can expedite the waiting at the airport
    but to no vail the web site and the form information are very poor and if you cannot get the right answer it will n to let you finish
    there is got to be a better form to fill out. perhaps maybe there is another way to download the form.
    please let me know if you can help me.
    thank you so much

  4. Timothy J Faust

    There are 12 of us coming in about 3 weeks we’d like to talk and meet with you or use your service

  5. Hi Chris –

    We are traveling to Punta Cana in July and think booking private transportation would be best. I am unsure when to schedule the pick up due to getting through customs. If our flight arrives at 2:30 what would you recommend for a pick up time? Thank you so much for any help with this.
    Cheers! Joe

    1. Hi Joe,

      great that you are going to visit Punta Cana.
      Usually, you don’t have to worry about this as you just give your flight number and arrival time to the transportation company and they will do the rest for you. They know when your flight is arriving and how much time you need to pass immigration and customs.
      You can find my airport transfer recommendations here: https://www.puntacanatravelblog.com/general-information-faq/airport-transfers-in-punta-cana/

      However, if you really need a certain pick-up time, 3:15 seems reasonable with a 2:30pm arrival, considering that your flight is on time. Immigration is usually pretty quick since the new e-ticket form with the QR code was implemented.

      Enjoy your trip to Punta Cana and make sure to check back here if you need any advice on what to do in Punta Cana
      Cheers, Chris

  6. Hi Chris, your blog has so much information, thank you for sharing. I am curious about traveling off resort, in regards to crime. I have read that the Dominican Republic has the highest crime rate in the Caribbean. How safe is one to take a road trip? We are interested in seeing the national park and doing some hiking, as well as staying at an all inclusive resort.
    Thanks again! Beth

    1. Hi Beth,

      thanks for your comment.

      Yes, crime is existing in the Dominican Republic as in any other (Latin American) country in the world. However, it is also safe to travel, considering you are traveling respectfully and using common sense.
      Most crime in the Dominican Republic happens in the cities and usually in areas where people are not traveling to (barrios etc.). The countryside, the fishing villages, the spectacular nature and everything else are usually perfectly safe. Of course, still something can happen, but nowhere in the world you are 100% safe.
      And compared to the other small Caribbean islands, which are super safe, yes, the Dominican Republic might be the most dangerous country. It is always a question of perspective …

      In general, you can without a problem venture off the resort, go hiking, explore off-the-beaten-track, etc.
      I have done this all on my own as you can see here in the blog and I wouldn’t have done so if it were dangerous …

      For further information on the topics you are interested in, you can read the following articles:
      Road trips – https://www.puntacanatravelblog.com/adventures-road-trips/dominican-republic-1-week-itinerary-punta-cana/
      Hiking – https://www.puntacanatravelblog.com/adventures-road-trips/hiking-in-punta-cana/
      National Park – https://www.puntacanatravelblog.com/excursions-tours/los-haitises-national-park/

      Let me know if you have any further questions.

      Cheers from Punta Cana
      Chris

  7. Thanks so much for the detailed information. Before reading your reviews on everything, I was leaning towards The Hideaway Royalton, but now I’m thinking the Iberostar Grand. As far as food, wine, entertainment, beach and pools go, do you think I am making a good choice with the Iberostar Grande? Also, would you suggest a swim-up or an ocean view room? They have Lake view listed as an option, is that a pool view? We are in our mid 40’s and would like some entertainment, do you know of any of the shows that are available?

    Is the seaweed bad right now? (we’ll be there in 2 weeks)

    Are there any really fun or cool things we must do? We don’t like super structured activities so excursions are hit or miss with us. We love to explore the culture, but just don’t want to feel like herded animals and it to eat up a huge amount of our beach time.

    Any suggestions on Resorts, Restaurants, Entertainment, etc… would be helpful. Thanks so much!

    1. Hi Paige,

      thanks for your comment, great that Punta Cana Travel Blog is helpful for you.

      Regarding the all-inclusive resort, Hideaway at Royalton and Iberostar Grand are completely different levels, Iberostar Grand is at least one or two steps up from Royalton and one of the best luxury resorts in Punta Cana.
      If you can afford it, I would definitely go with Iberostar Grand.

      Iberostar is more on the quiet side, so don’t expect too much entertainment. But you can always change over to the neighboring Iberostars for more activities and entertainment.

      However, if the beach is important, you might consider another all-inclusive resort in Punta Cana for the moment. On my beach walk 2 weeks ago (6 miles along Bavaro), Iberostar Grand had the worst beach (concerning seaweed) of all the hotels. It is probably because Iberostar takes a more sustainable approach to the seaweed (which means they leave it there, which is theoretically good for nature), but the beach was horrible. At the neighboring Iberostars, where you have access to from Iberostar Grand, it was a bit better.
      Just note that the seaweed situation can change every day.

      Most high-end resorts in Punta Cana currently have some seaweed problems. Good resorts with a good beach with not too much seaweed I know about are Secrets Royal Beach (book the Preferred Club) and Barcelo Bavaro Palace, both not super high-end, but quality-wise somewhere between Hideaway and Iberostar Grand.
      Secrets Royal Beach: https://www.puntacanatravelblog.com/accommodation-resorts/secrets-royal-beach-punta-cana-all-inclusive-resort/
      Barcelo Bavaro Palace: https://www.puntacanatravelblog.com/recommendation/accommodation-barcelo-bavaro-palace/
      Again, the seaweed situation can change from day to day.

      A high-end resort with hardly any seaweed + top-notch services + an absolutely stunning and unique location in nature and on a pristine beach is Club Med Miches: https://www.puntacanatravelblog.com/recommendation/accommodation-club-med-miches/

      With regard to the things to do in Punta Cana, you can check out the following post: https://www.puntacanatravelblog.com/general-information-faq/things-to-do-in-punta-cana/
      If you are looking for some kind of VIP experience that doesn’t take too much time, I would propose the following excursions:
      Isla Saona by helicopter (half-day): https://www.puntacanatravelblog.com/recommendation/isla-saona-by-helicopter/
      Samana by plane: https://www.puntacanatravelblog.com/recommendation/samana-by-plane-from-punta-cana/ (it is still a full-day excursion though, but you see a lot)
      Private culture tour (half-day): https://www.puntacanatravelblog.com/recommendation/private-countryside-and-culture-tour/

      Hope this helps, let me know if you have any further questions.

      Cheers from Punta Cana
      Chris

  8. Hi Chris
    I am traveling Punta Cana in December and already filled out my eticket and received a code, but from what I am reading 72 hours prior is being recommended for filling out the form, will I have to do it again?
    Thank you
    Debbie

  9. Hi Chris:

    thank you for the beautiful blog. when is this eticket form required – i think i read 72 hours before or is it up to 72 hours before.

    I could not clearly see that info

    angela

  10. Hello Chris

    Here is Joachim from germany.
    I have a little problem and I will ask you about it.
    I will arrive in Punta Cana (14;35/4. November 2021) and I need a transfer to Las Galeras.
    But all what I find are very expansive. (250 Euro) and more.
    For 150 Euro I will do it (one way of course).
    Or with public tansport.(But I think it´s to slow.)
    Do you konw a safe driver. Or do you have a idea.
    Thank you for an answer
    Joachim

    1. Hi Joachim,
      thanks for your comment.
      Well, it is a 5-hour trip from Punta Cana to Las Galeras, so it makes sense that it is not too cheap especially as the gas prices are rising and rising in the Dominican Republic … (same as in Germany).

      Here you have a very cheap offer which might be suitable for you and which is close to your budget: https://www.puntacanatravelblog.com/recommendation/airport-transfer-punta-cana-to-samana/
      However, I don’t have experience with this certain provider, I just know the booking platform (which is very good).

      Alternatively, if you want to go by bus from Punta Cana to Samaná, that’s also possible.
      In this case, I would recommend you booking an accommodation for the night in Punta Cana (ideally close to Friusa or Verón and take an express bus to Santo Domingo). Tell the driver’s assistant that you want to get out at the Samaná bus station. From here, take another bus to Samaná or Las Galeras.
      Information on the busses from Punta Cana to Santo Domingo: https://www.puntacanatravelblog.com/general-information-faq/transportation-between-santo-domingo-and-punta-cana/
      Affordable accommodation in Punta Cana: https://www.puntacanatravelblog.com/recommendation/cheap-recommendable-hotels-punta-cana/ (just filter according to your desired price level)

      Cheers from Punta Cana
      Chris

  11. Just found out about your blog. Very interesting! Did you ever write an article about best Airbnbs or best non-all-inclusive hotels in Bayahibe area by any chance?
    Thank you!
    Aude

  12. Hi Chris,

    My partner and want to visit Santo Domingo. We are currently staying at Ocean El Faro and have been told we can ride a guagua which we can take outside the resort and ask the driver to drop us off at “parada de Santo Domingo” in Higuey and from there we can take the Apra bus to Santo Domingo. So, I just wanted to reach out to you to ask for your advise. I see you have posted a different option on how to get there. Which one do you think is better considering the fact that we would have to be back on the same day. Also, Do you know what time does the last bus leaves Santo Domingo to Punta Cana?

    I hope to hear from you soon Chris.

    Danke,

    Priscilla

    1. Hi Priscilla,

      from Ocean El Faro there are two ways of visiting Santo Domingo:
      1) take the local bus from Uvero Alto to Higuey and change into the APTPRA Express bus to Santo Domingo there (as you said)
      2) take a taxi to Bavaro/Friusa and take the express bus Bavaro Express to Santo Domingo from there

      For coming back, the last Bavaro Express leaves around 4pm from Santo Domingo
      The last APTPRA bus leaves late, around 8pm, but you should leave at latest 4.30pm to catch the last bus Hiuey-Uvero Altos.

      The APTPRA connection via Higuey is cheaper, but the Bavaro Express option is usually smoother.
      I think both options are viable, you can pick the one which suits you most.

      Chris

  13. hi chris OUTSTANDING blog question what is the best way to get from the punta cana airport to ART villa dominicana hotel without getting scammed. i read im looking at about 35 us dollar…… its only 15 mins from airport WHAT A RIPOFF!!!!!!!!! please let me know i will be way too tired to take a bus

    thank you

    philip

    1. Hi Philip,

      thanks for your comment. Great that Punta Cana Travel Blog is helpful for you.

      You can find all the ways of getting from the Punta Cana Airport to the hotels, including Art Villa Bavaro, in this article: https://www.puntacanatravelblog.com/general-information-faq/airport-transfers-in-punta-cana/

      If you want to get a cheap transfer from the airport to your hotel in Bavaro, I would recommend the following two options:
      Shared transfer – https://www.puntacanatravelblog.com/recommendation/shared-shuttle-punta-cana-airport/
      Private transfer – https://www.puntacanatravelblog.com/recommendation/punta-cana-private-airport-transfer-recommendation/

      If you need any information on the best things to do from Art Villa Dominicana, you can check out this post: https://www.puntacanatravelblog.com/general-information-faq/things-to-do-in-punta-cana/

      Enjoy your trip to the Dominican Republic!
      Chris

    1. Hi Julie,
      thanks for your comment, great that Punta Cana Travel Blog is helpful for you.
      First of all, it depends how old are your kids, as different Punta Cana resorts have different policies.
      Second, only because they can stay for free doesn’t mean that it is a bargain (because the adult rate might be higher than in other comparable resorts where the children have to pay).
      However, you can check the following options for some recommendable family hotels:
      – Hard Rock Hotel (depending on the season, kids stay free until the age of 17): https://www.puntacanatravelblog.com/accommodation-resorts/hard-rock-hotel-casino-punta-cana-all-inclusive-resort/
      – Dreams Macao (depending on the season, kids stay free until the age of 12): https://www.puntacanatravelblog.com/accommodation-resorts/dreams-macao-beach-punta-cana-all-inclusive-resort/
      – Grand Sirenis (perfect price-value ratio and a great family resort with a water park): https://www.puntacanatravelblog.com/accommodation-resorts/grand-sirenis-punta-cana-all-inclusive-resort/
      – Princess Family Club (another family resort with great family suites and tons of amenities): https://www.puntacanatravelblog.com/accommodation-resorts/princess-family-club-bavaro-all-inclusive-resort/
      Hope this helps.
      Let me know if you have any further questions.
      Cheers from Punta Cana
      Chris

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