Just got back from a trip down to Punta Cana. I don’t have much to say since my trip was just straight beach time and I did not get a proper exposure to the culture there, but man is Punta Cana beautiful. Cheap to get to, cheap to stay in, completely worth it. We chose to not do the resort route, but instead to get an Airbnb to save some money. Punta Cana is very safe and tourist friendly, so deviating a little bit does no harm. Don’t be afraid to try the seafood, and make sure you buy a lot of drinking water to keep yourself hydrated! Also, be aware that there is a problem with coastal seaweed there. Beaches must be cleaned daily.