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Celebrating New Year's Eve in Punta Cana

A different kind of Christmas in the Caribbean
This New Year's Eve throw the rule book out the window. The Dominican Republic, and more specifically Punta Cana, is one of the most fun places to celebrate New Year's Eve. During New Year's Eve in Punta Cana, you'll find exciting nightlife, fantastic food, friendly people and much more.

Of course, the city is also next to some of the Caribbean's most beautiful natural attractions, expansive golf courses and world-class resorts.

The hottest New Year's Eve celebration is at sea, and all the better if we're talking about the Caribbean Sea!

Why should you celebrate New Year's Eve in Punta Cana?

Punta Cana is the epicenter of the action, where the celebrations officially start around 8:00 p.m., when the live music shows and the huge buffet dinner in upscale and mid-range restaurants take place.

In Punta Cana you can go to some resorts if you want to participate in a special New Year's Eve gala dinner. There are some resorts that have a spectacular buffet and others that have a pre-set dinner with two courses to choose from and others that publish only a specific menu.

This city enjoys an unbeatable location next to some of the most beautiful beaches in the Caribbean, surrounded by a natural park, great golf courses and world-class hotels; as if all this were not enough, the city celebrates New Year's Eve parties in its bars, nightclubs and, what is better, along Punta Cana, Bávaro and Cap Cana, attracting tourists from all over the world every year.

Punta Cana will give you a unique atmosphere this December 31, and it's something you won't want to miss.

Winter weather is very similar to summer weather

Put away the snow boots and grab the beach towel and sunscreen. The Dominican Republic's climate is mild and tropical year-round, making a beach getaway a sunny and balmy experience any time you visit.

But it's especially pleasant in winter, when you can leave the frigid temperatures at home behind for a Punta Cana getaway. Average temperatures in December in Punta Cana tend to hover around 24 degrees Celsius. An added bonus, winter weather in Punta Cana tends to be less rainy and humid than at other times of the year.

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Punta Cana's nightlife is the best, and it gets even better on New Year's Eve

Punta Cana's nightlife, from the wildest to the most relaxed, will not disappoint. And that's especially true in this case. Here are some of the best options for New Year's Eve in Punta Cana.

Dance the night away at Coco Bongo this New Year's Eve. This spacious Punta Cana nightclub is the perfect place for the last party of the year, with a glitzy and glamorous celebration that lasts until 4 am.

Enjoy unlimited premium drinks at the bar, while dancing to world-class DJs and live music ranging from rock and roll to salsa. Coco Bongo pulls out all the stops for New Year's Eve, creating an incredible spectacle for revelers. Among a state-of-the-art light show, balloons and confetti, you'll see acrobats, dancers, entertainers and more. Put on your best costume and get ready to party, Punta Cana style!

One of the best beachfront venues in Punta Cana, Pearl Beach Club, is another great place to spend New Year's Eve in the Dominican Republic. You'll enjoy a luxurious atmosphere just steps from the sand, with the Caribbean breeze in your hair and a handcrafted cocktail in your hand.

Enjoy the thrills of high stakes New Year's Eve. The Bávaro Casino, located at the Barceló Bávaro Grand Resort, is a 24-hour adult gaming venue. Here you can enjoy American Roulette, Blackjack, Caribbean Stud Poker, Texas Hold 'Em and much more.

Another option at the Barceló Bávaro Grand Resort for New Year's Eve is the Las Vegas-style Grand Bávaro Theater. Here you'll find dazzling dancers accompanied by live music performed by an excellent orchestra. There are bars on both levels and attentive waiters to make sure you don't miss any part of the fabulous shows. You can also have fun on New Year's Eve at the Bavarian nightclub, a glamorous place with cocktails, DJs and dancing.

The New Year's Eve traditions of the Dominican Republic are unique and fun

In the Dominican Republic, the color of the clothes you wear on New Year's Eve and New Year's Eve can have a big effect on the year ahead. Wear green if you want to improve your economic situation. Red clothes mean that you hope for a bright future. Yellow clothes can help you if you want to get a promotion at work. And it is believed that wearing white will help you have good health in the new year.

Cleaning the house is a Dominican New Year's tradition. It is believed that having a clean house brings good luck in the coming months. Every corner of the house is cleaned and every inch of dirt is dusted before New Year's Day. No one touches the broom on New Year's Day, as sweeping anything on that special day could sweep away their luck. 

Some Dominicans also go so far as to paint their houses to make them look perfect and welcome the lucky spirits. Most Dominicans burn incense sticks to give the house a divine look.

The Dominican New Year's dinner is one of the biggest feasts of the year, with empanadas, roast pork, Russian salad and authentic Dominican rum, of course.

When the clock strikes midnight on New Year's Eve, it is known as "Cañonazo" in the Dominican Republic. Hugs and toasts are exchanged to start the year in a friendly way.

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Now you know why you should escape to the Dominican Republic this New Year's Eve. Celebrating New Year's Eve in Punta Cana can be an experience you will never forget.

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