Is El Cortecito safe for tourists?

by Joe
(Dearborn, Mi. USA)

Me and my wife will be traveling to Punta Cana in October 2011. We are staying at the Iberostar Bavaro and thought it would be nice to take a water taxi up to El Cortecito for some shopping. In your opinion, would this be a safe option for us to do alone without a tour guide?


Hello Joe,

Going to El Cortecito with your wife is a great way to have your own shopping trip plus you will have the chance to experience some of the best cuisine of the area. Captain cook and Huracan café are some the places where you can enjoy a high quality meal with the most relaxing atmosphere. If you love gift shops; there are plenty to choose from plus the rhythms of the Caribbean are going to make your shopping way more enjoyable.

There is no real need to worry about heading there without a tour guide as many other tourists go there as well. El Cortecito is not an isolated spot; many locals also enjoy taking a day without stress at the location.

Remember to be sure about the cost of the water taxi trip since they normally are willing to make an arrangement on the prices and you want to be able to get a decent charge, for example, no more than 25 to 30 USD per person; which is relative to the distance and if you find a couple of other travelers that are using the water taxi, then all of you could take advantage of a lower price.

In regards to the safety both of you should follow the general guidelines just as you would in any other country. Some people have the misconception that every place outside of the resort is very dangerous; that is not true. You can explore the area; of course, but it must be done with the proper precautions. Traveling around Punta Cana is no different than adventuring in any other foreign country where you must use common sense as you step into an unknown area for you.

If you want to be extra safe go there early preferably in the morning instead of the afternoon. Another simple precaution step that you can take is to wear as little jewelry as possible and don't walk around with big amounts of cash.

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