I recently returned from a site inspection of Punta Cana in the Dominican Republic, and found it to be a great destination for incentive groups. It has beautiful beaches, abundant activities, and a solid infrastructure of transportation and resort properties to cater to groups of all sizes. With direct flights from several mainland hubs, and a modern airport, getting there is pretty easy. We landed and went through the customs and immigration process in less than 30 minutes, and found our transportation outside baggage claim without a hitch. We partnered with Amstar DMC to show us around, and they were very knowledgeable and professional.
Although there are a few high end European plan hotels in the area, most of the resorts fall into the “all-inclusive” category. And many of the properties are huge, requiring golf carts or shuttle trains to move people around the property. But this is not necessarily a negative, as the large properties also have a lot of diversity in their restaurants, pool areas, and on-site activities. And there are also some smaller properties for those groups that want a more intimate feel.
During the time we were there we had tours of the following properties: Club Med Punta Cana, Paradisus Punta Cana, Dreams Punta Cana, Secrets Royal Beach, Melia Caribe Tropical, Barcelo Palace Deluxe, Barcelo Barvaro Beach, Dreams La Romana, and Dreams Palm Beach. Rather than go into detail on each property, feel free to contact me (email@example.com) if you’d like to learn more.
As far as activities, there are a lot of options to choose from. Those who are drawn to the water will find snorkeling, sailing, deep sea fishing, kite boarding, speedboats, snuba, dolphin encounters, and sunset sails. Those who prefer to keep their feet on land will find some of the world’s most picturesque golf courses, zip lines, jeep safaris, Santo Domingo city tour, dune buggies, Bavaro shopping, and amazing Spas.
If your group has “done” Mexico and Central America and is looking for a tropical destination with “all-inclusive” resorts, the Dominican Republic could be a good choice.