Dominican Republic,  Reviews

Punta Cana Rentals: Five Reasons to Pick an Apartment Over a Resort

Punta Cana, fondly referred to as the land of all-inclusives, is known for its massive ocean front property estates, where tourists are shuttled around in golf carts between the beach and the all-you-can-eat buffet. So, what is the alternative for travelers who want to enjoy those same pristine beaches and turquoise sea without having to hop on the all-inclusive train?

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View from our balcony towards the inviting Caribbean Sea!!

Go Punta Cana Real Estate- Best Bet for Punta Cana Rentals

This was exactly the question I asked myself when making arrangements for an extra night in Punta Cana. I won a three night stay at an all-inclusive Melia resort, and planned on staying one more night in PC.  After a simple Google search for rental properties in the area, I discovered a few options, and the first company to get back to me was Go Punta Cana Real Estate.

With 40 rental properties (and growing) in various condominium developments, Go Punta Cana Real Estate offers a great alternative for people seeking safety and private beach access who also want to have more personal freedom to explore on their own.

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A palm fringed street in the community


When talking with owner Scott Medina, he explained that a lot of his clientele are visitors who discovered Punta Cana while staying at one of the all-inclusive resorts. Some become “regulars,” wanting to return to the area repeatedly and stay longer. It makes more sense financially for these visitors to rent an apartment for weeks or months at a time, potentially saving over $100 a night.

It’s also nice for those committing to longer stays to have more of a home away from home. An apartment that has a dining room and kitchen can be stocked with groceries. Laundry facilities also enable lighter packing for extended stays.

Playa Turquesa

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The open-air office.

The condo we stayed in was located in the Playa Turquesa community. The 16 three and four-level apartment buildings are nestled against beautiful Bavaro Beach and surrounded by a plaza with restaurants, food stands and a super market. You can pretty much find anything you need within a short walk. The community also has a guard gate and is under constant security.

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One of the 3 level apartment buildings at Playa Turquesa

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BAM! The grocery store on the premises, across from the realty office.

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On the other side of Bam, a plaza of restaurants and other retail spaces awaits.

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A lovely little fruit juice stand right outside the complex.

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A delectable French bakery

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Our 875 square food condo rents for $105 a night, a steal when you consider most of the all-inclusive resorts in the area cost around $250 or higher a night. Sure, that may include all of your food and drinks, but if you’re stocking up at the grocery, there are ways to keep costs down. Additionally, it’s not nearly as economical to stay in one of the resorts for 7+ nights, when you’re looking at a difference in over $1000 to rent an apartment!

Our one-bedroom apartment had two full bathrooms (although the shower in the second bathroom was half the size of the master bath, so we just used the master bath).

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A small dining area is all you really need.

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The living room with TV conects to the massive balcony, which has a dining table, grill and two lounge chairs.

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Bright Caribbean decor

To me, the privacy alone was worth the stay. There weren’t many people around (I’m sure it’s more crowded in the higher season). We had the pool and beach pretty much all to ourselves.

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No one at the swim-up bar…

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The Caribbean is calling…

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Bavaro Beach

Not too many people on the beach!


Why rent an apartment?

  1. Security
  2. Ideal for longer stays
  3. Cost-efficient
  4. Privacy
  5. Ability to explore the local community more freely (than if you were in a resort compound)

Why Go Punta Cana Real Estate?

Firstly, they were featured on HGTV’s House Hunter’s International and more recently on a new show, Caribbean Life! I thought that was pretty impressive, but there were also many practicalities that made their company stand out.

For me, the choice was easy. Scott and his staff responded to my inquiry almost immediately and remained responsive and helpful leading up to and throughout our stay. Communication is key, and the folks at Go Punta Cana Real Estate were on top of their game from the get-go.

Working with Scott was great; smooth and easy. Originally from New York, Scott grew up in Puerto Rico and later attended Florida State University. He obtained his real estate license in Florida and lived and worked in Miami for many years. After relocating to the Dominican Republic, he founded Go Punta Cana Real Estate. His local knowledge coupled with American business experience made him a dream to work with. He provided us with maps and showed us where to go for all of our wants and needs.

Checking in and out was breeze. Scott met us at the property office and drove us to our apartment, bringing our luggage up three flights of stairs. Such concierge service!

The small Go Punta Cana Real Estate staff were friendly and efficient. They manage and rent properties in about ten different communities. In addition to renting these apartments to visitors, Scott sells and manages investment property in the area. If you’re like me, once you get down there, you’ll start asking about numbers. Wouldn’t it be nice to own a condo on Bavaro Beach in such a safe and beautiful community?

Check out Go Punta Cana Real Estate’s new video to lean more about the company and what they offer.

Here are some shots that I took walking around town one morning.  I love all the palms and colorful bougainvillea.

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Fancy a pizza in the jungle?

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So, how do I rent one of these lovely apartments from Go Punta Cana Real Estate?

Easy. Book directly from their website or from a site like Flip Key or Home Away. If you talk to Scott, tell him I sent ya! 😉

Disclosure: Go Punta Cana Real Estate provided me with a complimentary stay at the condominium in Playa Turquesa. All opinions written here are entirely my own.

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