June 1, 2020
Due to travel restrictions, plans are only available with travel dates on or after
Due to travel restrictions, plans are only available with effective start dates on or after
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Fifty years ago, the eastern coast of the Dominican Republic was a quiet, remote stretch of sand and jungle. Today, it’s a wildly popular vacation spot, with dozens of all-inclusive resorts rising on golden beaches. The weather’s almost always perfect, the nightlife is lively, and active travelers will find plenty to do.
Compared to other Caribbean destinations, the Dominican Republic has few COVID-19 restrictions for tourists. As of November 2021, a negative test is not required for entry. However, a vaccination card or proof of a negative PCR test may be necessary in order to leave the resort and enter certain restaurants or attractions.1
Many American travelers wonder, “Do I really need travel insurance for the Dominican Republic?” The answer is always yes — here’s why.
What’s the best travel insurance plan for the Dominican Republic? OneTrip Prime is a good choice for families, because it covers kids 17 and under for free when traveling with a parent or grandparent (not available on policies issued to Pennsylvania residents). If you’re planning more than two getaways this year, you could save money with an AllTrips annual travel insurance plan.
Most of our plans include the Epidemic Coverage Endorsement, which adds covered reasons to select benefits for certain losses related to COVID-19 and any future epidemic. (Benefits vary by plan and are not available in all jurisdictions)
Punta Cana is known for an abundance of all-inclusive resorts, from affordable to luxury. The Grand Palladium Punta Cana Resort & Spa on Bávaro Beach is a family favorite, with surprisingly reasonable rates and a wide array of amenities. Shared with the neighboring properties, there are eight à la carte restaurants, five show cooking restaurants, 25 bars and six freshwater pools.
The Iberostar Grand Bávaro is a super-luxe, adults-only resort. Enjoy butler and concierge service, sip cocktails at a bar shaped like a Spanish galleon, and have a nightly nosh at the 14-hour gourmet station. The resort promotes sustainable practices: it has an on-site coral nursery and sources its food responsibly.
At the highest end is the Tortuga Bay Puntacana Resort and Club. The only AAA Five Diamond resort in Punta Cana, Tortuga Bay’s suites and villas were designed by Oscar de la Renta. You’ll be picked up in a private car, pampered at the Six Senses Spa, and served fine meals at the onsite Mediterranean and Dominican restaurants.
For creative fine dining, try Jellyfish Restaurant. You’ll be charmed by the unusual architecture and attentive service. Fresh, locally sourced and Caribbean-inflected cuisine includes seafood paella, coconut shrimp and grilled lobster.
La Cava Kitchen and Bar is consistently acclaimed as one of the best restaurants in Punta Cana — better than most resort fare, diners say. You’ll find Peruvian-style ceviche, sushi, pasta and steak. A standout is the peje macao, fried red snapper with Dominican coconut sauce.
While many Punta Cana restaurants cater to tourists’ tastes, we recommend seeking out some that serve authentic comida criolla, traditional Dominican dishes. One favorite is Platanitos, which claims to have the best mofongo (a fried plantain-and-garlic mash) and sancocho (beef stew).
Remember: the best time to buy travel protection is right after you book your vacation! See affordable plan options from Allianz Travel Insurance.