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PACKING TIPS FOR NICKELODEON RESORT PUNTA CANA
When figuring out what to pack for Punta Cana, you need to consider a few things. I’ll quickly run through a short list of what I think you need to remember to bring for your vacation.
Sunscreen – you’re approaching the equator and the sun can get hot. The resort does have sunscreen available at their gift shops, but you’ll pay a premium price on site. Best to pack plenty, and don’t be scared to reapply often!
Flip Flops – whether you’re walking around the resort, or along the beach, flip flops are a must. Another great reason to pack flip flops is in case of a tropical rain, you can still walk around and not worry about your shoes getting wet.
Swimsuits & Swim Gear (goggles, etc) – this is a given.
Sun Hat – the sun is strong in the DR, so packing a hat to keep the rays off your face is always a good idea.
Clothing – the dress code for the resort specialty restaurants is resort casual, or what they term “casual elegant”. Nickelodeon gives these directives; ladies: Capri pants, dresses, skirts, long pants, shoes, dress sandals; gentlemen: Long pants, collared shirts, dress sandals, casual shoes, dressy or formal Bermuda shorts. Overall the resort has a very casual feel and we dressed in the kind of attire we’d feel comfortable wearing to a simple church service.
Waterproof Camera / Waterproof Case – the Aqua Nick waterpark will certainly offer up some great family fun photo ops, so be sure to bring a waterproof camera or case. This also works well if you have a swim up suite.
Low Denomination Cash – beyond remembering to pack the $10 USD per person for your country entry fee, also be sure to pack some cash for tipping. While the resort is all-inclusive, there is a “at your discretion” tipping policy. You’ll be given personalized service at check in and check out, plus perhaps other times, so you want to be equipped to tip. You can exchange your USD into Dominican Pesos at the resort check in desk, but you might prefer instead to just have some singles or fives available for easy tipping.
Worried about Zika?
I will say that I was a bit concerned about Zika when we were planning our trip to the Dominican Republic, but a few considerations put me at ease. We’re at a stage where we’re not planning additional pregnancies. The largest threat of Zika is for women and men who are reproducing.
Zika is a virus, like a cold, so my research led me to believe that even if Mia or myself got it, we’d be just fine (neither of us have immunosuppression issues). That didn’t mean I wasn’t prepared to limit and try to prevent mosquito bites, so I packed plenty of bug spray.
However, we barely even used it. I suspect the resort is enacting their own unseen measures to curb the mosquitos. I can HONESTLY say that I don’t think either of us received even one mosquito bite. And trust me, I’m a target for mosquitos normally. I’m sharing all of this as a mom because I was initially worried, but can say that I would return in a heartbeat. If you’re worried, you can always talk to your doctor about what would be best for you and your family.
Travel Tips for the Nickelodeon Resort Punta Cana
Language – Spanish is the spoken language in the DR, however many tourist operators and resort staff speak some English. I highly recommend using this trip as an opportunity to work on learning a bit of Spanish on your own, and with your kids. Duolingo is one of the favorite apps our family uses to help learn some foreign language words.
You can also see about getting some great Spanish books and tv shows from Amazon or your library.
Health – It is NOT safe to drink the water in the Dominican Republic. This is true for the Nickelodeon Resort as well. Your room will be regularly stocked with bottled water, and bottles of water are left at the sink for you to use for brushing your teeth.
Weather – The Dominican Republic is a destination that experiences year-round warmth. It’s pretty much always in the 70s-80s (F). We visited in November, and I will say that we had some good rain storms while visiting. If you want to avoid the rain, look at staying around February to May. Peak season for visitors is December through April, so expect some higher pricing during that time.
The Dominican Republic is affected by the Atlantic hurricane season. So, if you’re booking a stay from June to November, you might consider adding trip insurance in case you need to cancel for an approaching hurricane. But, that also is a time when you can get some better prices and deals for your vacation. Just be ready for some tropical rain storms.
Our time spent at the Nickelodeon Resort Punta Cana was fabulous, and I highly recommend it for families. For more information about the resort, visit the Karisma Nickelodeon Punta Cana website.
Please feel free to ask me any questions you might have about this resort. Hopefully this extensive hotel review has answered most of your questions and given you some great tips! Thanks for reading.
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