Barcelo Punta Cana Reviews
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Barcelo Punta Cana is a Mediterranean-style resort located in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic and is an option for cheap Punta Cana vacations and cheap all inclusive family vacations with lots of kids activities available.  It is a 25 minute drive from the Punta Cana International Airport and 40 miles (65 km) from Higuey, the nearest city. 

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Barcelo Punta Cana Amenities include:

Barcelo Punta Cana's is a large resort whose Spanish-influenced buildings house 798 guest rooms. The rooms themselves fall into three categories: Superior, Deluxe, Premium, and Presidential. (Superior and Deluxe rooms come with views of the garden or pool; rooms with an ocean view are classified as Deluxe Sea View or Superior Sea View. The Premium and Presidential Suites have garden or pool views.)

Barcelo Punta Cana vacation packages include the following amenities:
  • Meals(with restrictions), and beverages (including hot drinks, soft drinks, wine, beer, and local cocktails and liquors)
  • Access to onsite entertainment, sports, and facilities
  • Diving class (in the pool)
  • Towels and chairs on the beach and poolside
  • 11 restaurants and snack bars, featuring a buffet , seafood- and barbeque-themed eateries, and Dominican, American, Japanese, French, Tex-Mex and Italian cuisines. (A dress code is required for some of the restaurants.)
  • 8 bars, including 2 in the lobby, 1 in the theatre, 1 in the disco, and 1 swim-up bar.
  • Sports and activities including tennis, beach and water volleyball, bocce, kayaking, windsurfing, water basketball, water park, climbing wall, aerobics, skating rink, ping-pong, water polo, kid's club, and a playground.
  • Additional services available with an extra charge include scuba diving, sailing classes, transfer from the airport, and wi-fi access.
  • Punta Cana Golf Courses near the resort include White Sands (15 minutes), Coctal (20 minutes), and Punta Blanca (5 minutes). 


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Barcelo Punta Cana Resort Reviews

64% of Barcelo Punta Cana resort reviews recommend staying at this Punta Cana all inclusive resort.  So, what did travellers love? What did they hate? And what do they recommend for a more enjoyable experience?

Travelers loved:

  • The beautiful Punta Cana beach with lots of shade options.
  • The ocean views
  • In the renovated sections, the rooms were fairly clean and the beds were comfortable. 
  • The lovely pool areas were divided into party, quiet, and children’s sections. 
  • Guests who upgraded advised it as the ticket to an enjoyable stay, and the LCD TVs were appreciated.
  • Good selection of food
  • The market is just a 10 minute walk from the resort
  • Casino in the resort
  • Plenty of activities for kids including trapeze, rock climbing, water park, and kids club (with toys, video games, etc).
  • Great entertainment
  • Wedding guests raved about the Punta Cana wedding service and said the resort did an excellent job of both ceremony and a private dinner after.
  • Kid's menus at the a la carte restaurants.

Travelers disliked:

  • The older buildings were described as unpleasant, dilapidated, and even moldy. 
  • The service was understaffed for such a large resort, and check–ins could be very slow. 
  • Standing in line to make dinner reservations.
  • Food-borne illnesses were reported on some occasions.

To read individual reviews of the Barcelo Punta Cana check out this TripAdvisor page.

Punta Cana Travel Tips for the Barcelo:

  • There is a $10 surcharge per person upon entering the Dominican Republic. A $20 departure tax is assessed upon exiting the country.
  • Be very careful about eating raw food. Do not drink the water – even ice cubes can cause a reaction.
  • A dress code (long pants, no sleeveless shirts, etc.) is required for some areas so come prepared.
  • For the most enjoyable vacation try to make sure your rooms are located in buildings that have recently been renovated.
  • A basic knowledge of Spanish is helpful in communicating with the staff.
  • Recommended Punta Cana things to do include:  zip lining, great snorkeling trips, swim with the sharks and sting rays, 
  • Don't miss the beach party


Barcelo Punta Cana is a great vacation spot on a fantastic white sand beach and could be an option for cheap Punta Cana vacations if you know what to expect - a good basic all inclusive in a third world country.  Previous guests also recommended Barcelo Punta Cana as an option for cheap all inclusive family vacations. 

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