Did you know that Punta Cana is the most visited destination in the Dominican Republic? With so much to do around this little slice of paradise, including a wide variety of adventure activities, it's no wonder so many foreign tourists flock here each year!
If you're planning on a Punta Cana vacation, there's no better way to explore the area than by ATV trail riding. Getting up close and personal with local scenery is as exhilarating as it is fascinating. But before you can make the most of your journey to this semi-tropical paradise, there are a few things you'll need to know.
If you want to find out about all the things you'll need to do to enjoy ATV trail riding in Punta Canta, you've come to the right place. We've put this article together to help you learn all about what to do to stay safe and have a good time.
Getting to Punta Cana
Before you can plan all the fun activities on your vacation, you'll need to make some plans to get there!
As a popular tourist destination, Punta Cana is easily accessible. The local airport is sometimes said to be the biggest in the Caribbean and receives flights from most major destinations, including many big American cities.
Once you've arrived at the airport, you'll need transport to your hotel or resort. Taking a taxi from directly outside may not be the best idea, since you may be overcharged, or struggle to communicate with a non-English speaking driver.
That's why it's a good idea to hire private transportation. You can arrange this shuttle service in advance, so you don't have to worry about finding a way to get around once you land.
Getting to the Tour
Arriving at the starting point for the ATV tour couldn't be easier! Transport from your hotel or resort to the tour is included in the price. You'll benefit from our service known for its reliability and professionalism.
How to Ride ATVs
Before our buggy tour begins, we'll run you through the basics of riding an ATV. Even if you've got plenty of riding experience, pay close attention to what the tour leader has to say. This specific ATV could be different from others you've ridden, so it's important to understand the differences.
If you're unsure of anything, ask to see a manual or for some extra instructions before driving. All reliable ATVs should come with owner's manuals featuring instructions in a range of languages, including English. This will give you an idea of the basic controls, like the throttle, steering, and brakes.
ATV Riding Safety
Before you begin riding, be sure to give your ATV a once-over. Check the tires to ensure they have enough air and seem to be in good condition. Take a look at the fluid levels (like coolant, oil, and gas) and ensure the vehicle isn't covered in rust or otherwise in visibly poor condition.
Be sure to adjust your position before you begin your ride. You need to be well-positioned so that you're comfortable and have good maneuverability and visibility.
Follow the common sense procedures you would in any other situation. Stay in line with other tour participants and speak up if you're worried about something.
Above all, follow your guide's instructions. Remember, it's their job to keep you safe and they'll likely have years of experience in leading tour groups. They know best, so listen to what they have to say!
You might notice attitudes to safety are a little laxer in the Caribbean. For example, motorbike riders are often seen without helmets and many locals will drive quite recklessly.
Don't let this attitude rub off on an ATV ride! You should be fully equipped with safety equipment including a helmet and pads.
We provide all the equipment you need to stay safe on an ATV tour. Safety is our number one priority, so we're dedicated to ensuring you have the right equipment.
We also keep all our buggies in great condition and give them regular safety inspections. Take a look at your ATV before you begin the tour and feel free to ask your guide any questions about the vehicle.
Punta Cana Terrain
One of the reasons so many people love Punta Cana is its unspoiled nature. There's so much unspoiled jungle and thick vegetation around the region, that it can sometimes be difficult to get around. But that's what makes riding ATVs so fun!
Like the rest of the Dominican Republic, Punta Cana has extremely diverse landscapes.
Expect to cross jungle trails, sand, gravel paths, and small streams. Your guide will instruct you on the best ways to manage this difficult terrain, but it's important to be prepared for anything and to wear appropriate clothing for all kinds of landscapes.
If you're not used to riding in these kinds of environments, be sure to take it slow. Take some time to get used to driving on these new terrains and you'll soon get the hang of things.
Stops Along the Way
ATV riding can be as tiring as it is fun. That's why our tour offers plenty of stops along the way, allowing you to experience the best of Punta Cana culture.
First, we'll stop at one of the beautiful Punta Cana beaches. There, you can make the most of golden sands and sapphire blue waters. Take a swim, go boogie boarding, or just soak in some rays.
Next, we'll offer you the chance to tour an organic farm. Here, you can learn all about the production of chocolate, rum, coffee, coconut oil, and other products.
We'll also give you the chance to visit a traditional Dominican home. It's a great way to learn more about traditional culture and ways of life.
Our final stop will be at an Indian cave, or Cenote, where a spring flows freely. You can even take a bath in the water. It's the perfect way to relax after your day of adventure.
At all of these locations, you'll get the opportunity to take plenty of photos. Be sure to bring your camera along and store it in a secure, watertight container so it doesn't get damaged along the way.
Enjoying a Drink
Want to try some authentic Caribbean drinks on your tour? You're in luck! Rum and mamajuana are included in the price.
When you're relaxing by the beach or exploring a traditional Dominican home, enjoying some of these traditional beverages is the perfect way to enhance your enjoyment of the tour.
Be sure to drink plenty of water at each stop too. It's important to keep hydrated in the hot Caribbean sun.
Supplies to Bring When ATV Trail Riding
There are a few simple things you should bring with you when enjoying an ATV tour.
- Bug spray
- Swimsuit (you'll have plenty of opportunities to get in the water)
While your tour guide will have everything needed to keep you safe, bringing some of these items can help to keep you comfortable and happy.
Before You Leave
All good things must come to an end! It's a fact of life and things are no different with your vacation. Once you finish your ATV excursion you will have a chance to shower and purchase some pictures before boarding your included transportation back to your resort.
Plan Your Vacation Today
When you take your time and plan in advance, you're bound to enjoy the vacation of your dreams. Do as much research as you can to make the most of your ATV trail riding.
Book today and find out how we can help you enjoy a buggy tour, airport transfer, and a range of other excursions.