While Punta Cana is best-known for its white-sand beaches and turquoise Caribbean waters, this resort destination in the Dominican Republic is also an excellent place to sample local cuisine. Treat your tastebuds to the flavors of the Caribbean with these foods and activities.
Dominican cuisine displays cultural influences from Spain, Africa, and the indigenous Taino people. Fuel your day with Los Tres Golpes, a hearty breakfast of fried eggs, salami, cheese, and mangú (boiled plantains). La Bandera, perhaps the most popular dish in the Dominican Republic, is made from rice, stewed beans, stewed or roasted meat, and a side salad. If you’re looking to warm up after a dip in the sea, opt for a bowl of sancocho, a hearty meat-and-vegetable stew. Another popular dish, mofongo, hails from Puerto Rico and includes fried plantains, garlic, and chicharróns (fried pork skins).
- Get a hands-on introduction to Dominican cuisine during a cooking class led by a local chef.
- Taste your way through Punta Cana during a culinary tour to some of the city’s local foodie hot spots.
- Sample locally made rum and cigars while learning more about the island’s economic exports.
- Try Dominican coffee, chocolate, and spirits during a guided shopping excursion.
- Treat your tastebuds to traditional Dominican dishes while spending a day on Saona Island.