Dominican Republic

white sandy beach Punta Cana, Dominican Republic

Besides enjoying the natural beauty of the hacienda, Arrecife 11 offers proximity to a wide variety of activities and day excursions, ranging from indulgent to adventurous. Take a stroll down to Punta Cana Village to peruse the shops, and at night, enjoy world-class dining and bars. Then there’s sailing, whale watching, and horseback riding, while for the more adventurous, there’s kite surfing, kayaking, and zip-lining. The kids will enjoy swimming with the dolphins, or going on a day trip to see the magnificent Port of Spain Coral Reef.

With all of this, there’s enough to do for everyone in the family— if you ever feel like leaving the poolside. Simply talk to your villa manager, who can make all of the arrangements for you.

The Island

Punta Cana is located in the La Altagracia Province of the Dominican Republic, and has an estimated population of around 100,000. The province’s 100 kilometers of coastline feature several natural marine pools in which visitors can safely bathe, and has made Punta Cana a popular retreat for discerning travelers since the 1970s.

With its neighbor Haiti to the west, the Dominican Republic shares the island of Hispaniola, part of the Greater Antilles archipelago in the Caribbean. Columbus landed here in 1492, establishing it as the site of the first permanent European settlement of the Americas, with Santo Domingo as the first Spanish capital of the New World. After three centuries of Spanish rule, the country gained independence in 1821.

The Punta Cana Resort & Club began development over 40 years ago with a mandate to respect and preserve the natural beauty of the Dominican Republic. As part of its sustainable development ethos, the resort founded the Punta Cana Ecological Foundation in 1994, dedicated to the conservation of the area’s natural resources.


Below are some frequently asked questions about staying at Arrecife. We’ve tried to think of everything but please do not hesitate to contact is if we have missed something.

  • What is the currency?

    The local currency is Dominican Pesos. However US$ are accepted in all the island boutiques and outlets.

  • Is there a bank?

    Yes, there are several banks in Punta Cana Village.

  • Can I bring my dog?

    Cats and dogs will need a health certificate from your country of origin, which is valid for at least 30 days and will also need a rabies vaccination certificate. Birds will need to be quarantined for ten days. For other animals, an import permit will be required from the National Department of Agriculture and Zoology. 

  • Do I need a Visa?

    Citizens and residents of the United States, Canada and the majority of European countries can enter the country with a 30 day tourist card, which can be bought when you enter the country for US $10. Any person, no matter what their nationality, may come into the Dominican Republic with a tourist card if they have any of the following valid visas in their passport: United States, Canada, United Kingdom or the European Union (Schengen). If you wish to extend your tourist card to 90 days, you will need to pay UD$20 (RD$800) to immigration when you leave the country. The exit tax is US$20.00, but this is usually included in the airline ticket.To see a list of the countries which require a visa to enter the Dominican Republic, visit any of these Web sites:

  • Is there a Doctor on the island?

    Full medical and emergency care, including the arrangement of emergency evacuation, is available.

  • Can I drink the Tap Water?

    No, it is not safe, as the tap water has not been purified. It is recommended that you always drink bottled water.

  • Do I need any special vaccinations prior to visiting Punta Cana?

    In order to travel to the Dominican Republic, you will not need any vaccination outside of those normally required for Europe and North America

  • Babysitters?

    Babysitting and Nannies can be arranged through the Villa Manager. For rates and availability please contact us.

  • Newspapers?

    There are only local newspapers available.

  • Gratuities: What should we tip the staff?

    You are welcome to tip the staff, if you feel inclined.

  • Dress: What do we wear?

    The Dominican people like to dress elegantly, and they love to wear en vogue pieces. Depending on the occasion, they tend to dress either casually or formally. Around hotels and resorts, it is suitable to wear light clothing such as shirts, t-shirts, shorts, swimwear or dresses. In December and January, when the nights are cooler, you may need a light jacket or coat as the temperature drops at night and into the early hours of the morning.

  • Can I practice topless sunbathing?

    Only on the privacy of the villa. Nudity is not allowed in public in Punta Cana. When walking around the property in bathing suits, please also wear cover ups such as T-shirts or pareos.

  • Do we need a driving license to drive a golf cart?

    No, it’s not required.

  • How old do you need to be to drive a golf cart?

    Kids under 15 years old are not allowed to drive golf cars, teenagers from 15 to 17 years old can drive with an adult sitting next to them.

  • Which side of the road do you drive on in the Dominican Republic?

    Right hand side.

  • Can I go to Church in Punta Cana?

    There is a Catholic Church is located at the Punta Cana Village and Sunday service begins at 11:00a.m.

  • Can I get Married on the island?

    Yes, it is possible to do it.
    For non-religious ceremonies, make sure to bring the following documents:
    1. Photocopies of your passports.
    2. Photocopies of your birth certificates.
    3. Sworn statement that you are unmarried.
    4. In the event that either of the spouses is divorced, a copy of the divorce decree must be submitted.
    5. Two adult witnesses with valid passports.
    6. All these documents must be legalized by the Dominican Consulate in the country of residence and translated into Spanish.
    For religious ceremonies:
    1. An authorization from an archbishop in the couple’s country of residence to the local archdiocese, if the couple wishes to marry in the Roman Catholic Church.
    2. Pre-marriage Certificate.
    3. Civil marriage certificate legalized by the Dominican Consulate, if the couple has already contracted a civil marriage in their country.
    4. Baptismal certificates for both bride and groom.
    5. Confirmation certificates for the couple and church certificate of annulment (if applicable).

  • Electricity

    In the Dominican Republic, electric plugs are 110 volts, like those in the United States and Canada. Because of this, Europeans and visitors from some countries in South America will have to bring a power adapter.

  • Can I order flowers?

    Tropical flowers and bouquets can be ordered from florists in Punta Cana through the Villa Manager. Please make sure to request them in advance.

  • Is there a hairdresser on the island?

    Yes there is a qualified resident hairdresser.  Please make sure to request them in advance.

  • Mail/Postage/Fax

    Postcards and stamps may be bought and mailed from Punta Cana Hotel. Faxes may also be sent from the villa office. You will be advised of any incoming mail. Courier service (DHL/Federal Express) is available through Dominican Republic.

  • Can we get movies on the island?

    There is a movie rental place at the Palma Real Shopping Center with a full selection of DVDs.

  • Is there a cinema on the island?

    Yes, there are two malls with cinemas available. San Juan Shopping Center has Caribbean Cinemas with 7 cinemas, including a 3D cinema. Also Palma Real Shopping Center has 3 cinemas available.

  • Are there Safety Deposit Boxes?

    Each room has its own safety deposit box.

  • Computer Services

    Arrecife 11 features Wifi coverage across the property. The main villa also features a full home office.

  • How do I make International Calls?

    International Direct Dial is available. An itemized bill of calls will be attached to your account. You will be invoiced for all calls out of Punta Cana, from your extension. The on-island calls are complimentary. For international dial “01” plus the number for North America and the Caribbean. For all other countries dial “011” plus the country code plus the number.

  • What is the Mobile/Cellular coverage?

    Punta Cana has GSM cellular coverage compatible with multi-band handsets. Your cellular service must have roaming capabilities. Non-GSM handsets (Verizon/NEXTEL) will not work in Punta Cana.

  • What television channels do you broadcast?

    AA variety of channels broadcasting News, Weather, Sports and Movies is available. HD, Satellite and cable channels are available.

  • Can we light bonfires on the beach?

    It is prohibited to light fires anywhere on the island.

  • Is there any crime on the island?

    Whilst we are fortunate enough to enjoy a virtually crime free environment and benefit from excellent security in Punta Cana, it is important not to tempt people to petty crime by leaving cameras, radios etc. lying around in public places or handling large amounts of money in public.

  • Smokings

    Smoking is only allowed on the outsides.