Punta Cana – Dominican Republic

Although we have travelled across the pond from the UK a number of times to visit Florida and New York, this was our first to a Caribbean island

We had a number of places in mind that we really really wanted to go to! We have looked at Mexico, Cuba, Bahamas and many more, but eventually decided on the Dominican Republic.

It appeared to have everything we could want. We wanted a place where we could kick back and relax. After all, we’d had a busy year so far and it was more of a treat for Gavin’s birthday. I wont say how old he is!

Its a relatively simple process for this trip. As we usually do, because its close to home, we flew from London Gatwick. The flight with British Airways was a comfortable 8hrs, so plenty of time to watch a few movies and dine on some delicious food.

If you are staying in the south part of the island such as Punta Cana like we did, then you fly directly to Punta Cana International. When staying in the northern areas then you are more likely to arrive at Veradero.

Transfers are generally short. Our hotel was 25min away so we booked a private transfer to get us swiftly to Now Onyx, this is where we stayed.

Now Onyx is a fantastic 5 star resort slightly North of Bavaro in Uvero Alta. Set right on the beach, it boasts some fantastic facilities such as the Preferred club offering an extra touch of luxury, infinity pool, swimup rooms, adults only pool, fine dining and much more. We could go on and on about the top facilities, so you have to see them for yourself.

The climate is very similar to that of Florida only being 2hrs south. Its warm most of the year round with temperatures around 28 to 32 degrees. Our trip was in October which was just at the end of hurricane season.

Despite having a few downpours that disappeared as quickly as they began, most days were bright and hot. Its all too easy to forget that you still burn if there is cloud about, so put that sunscreen on.

The beach donkey

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