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Punta Cana, Dominican Republic: The Caribbean's Crown Jewel
Punta Cana, which sits on the eastern tip of the Dominican Republic, is known for its white, sandy beaches and the resorts that line them. The area has been popular with visitors since the 1970s, due to the warm weather and abundance of beaches, and the majority of the five million people who fly into the country each year spend at least some time in the Punta Cana area.
The coastline in Punta Cana is 100 kilometres long, leaving visitors with unparalleled opportunities, as it is easy to find a quiet and secluded spot on which to relax. Alternatively, many of the resorts provide a livelier atmosphere for those looking for a party. Punta Cana is the most popular destination in the entire Caribbean because of the wonderful environment and the sheer number of things to do whilst staying in this beautiful part of the country.
Hit the Beach
Most of the resorts in Punta Cana have their own private stretches of beach, providing visitors with a relaxing place to spend the day. At the same time, those who are looking for a real Dominican experience might want to venture off the resort to a public beach. Bavaro Beach is the most famous beach in the area and although it is lined with resorts, there are private areas where guests can escape the crowds and public areas where it is possible to find local crowds.
Other popular beaches in Punta Cana include Macao Beach and Juanillo Beach. Macao Beach is a public beach on a small bay that is a little bit away from the resorts in the area. It is also one of the only beaches in the entire country where surfing is possible. Juanillo Beach is close to some resorts, but is less saturated than Bavaro Beach and, therefore, a quiet place to spend a few hours in the sun.
Do Some Snorkelling
Punta Cana has some of the world's best snorkelling thanks to the coral reef that surrounds it. The presence of this reef keeps the water calm and, therefore, makes it easy to float on the surface and see the fish below. It also keeps larger fish and mammals from entering the area, ensuring that it is safe to snorkel throughout this part of the ocean.
Many of the hotels in this area have guides that can be hired to take visitors out into the ocean to do some snorkelling. Simply ask at the front desk if this is an option through your resort, as this is the easiest way to get out there and see some of the native species in Punta Cana. For an upgraded experience, it is possible to book a tour to Catalina Island, which has crystal clear waters and provides an outstanding place to snorkel.
Visit an Adventure Park
When wandering around their hotels, visitors are sure to see all kinds of advertisements for the various adventure parks throughout Punta Cana. These parks have different themes, depending on who wants to visit and how much activity they want to get during the day. Perhaps the most popular is Scape Park, which is a natural theme park that features horseback riding, zip lines, a cave expedition, and an eco-tour. Hoyo Azul, Indigenous Eyes Ecological Park & Reserve, and La Hacienda Park are other parks in Punta Cana area that are well worth a visit.
Another popular park in the region is the Marinarium. This is an area in the ocean where guests can swim with nurse sharks in their natural habitat. There are stingrays around, as well, providing those who visit this park with a great deal of excitement. The Seaquarium provides visitors with scuba diving equipment, but rather than doing a deep-sea dive, guests walk along the bottom of the ocean in the midst of a coral reef. This is a unique experience, as sealife swims above the swimmers.
Play Some Golf
Punta Cana has a very impressive golf scene, as there are championship level courses at many of the hotel complexes. Punta Espada Golf Course sits right along the ocean and is one of the most scenic courses in the entire Caribbean region. The course has hosted a PGA Champions Tour event in the past and is a long, challenging play. Iberostate Bavaro Golf & Club isn't quite as scenic, but it features both tropical and desert like features, ensuring that every hole is different.
La Cana Golf Course is another course that is close to the ocean and provides outstanding views. In fact, 14 of its holes are along the ocean, so the course stands out from the rest. Other high-end golf courses in Punta Cana include the Hard Rock Golf Club, Barcelo Lakes Golf Course, Punta Blanca Golf Course, and the Cocotal Golf & Country Club.
Restaurants and Nightlife
Although many visitors to Punta Cana stay at all-inclusive resorts that have their own bars and restaurants, many choose to explore outside of the hotel. Local seafood restaurants can be found on the beach in Punta Cana and provide something a little different each night. Restaurants can be found on the small islands off the coast, as well, and are only accessible by boat. While the nightlife in the area isn't outstanding, larger resorts will allow outside guests into their nightclubs for a surcharge.
Price rangefrom AU$27to AU$4,936
Hotel Meliá Caribe Beach Resort Playa Bavaro
Meliá Caribe Beach is a 5 star hotel located on the spectacular Bávaro beach. It has the superior service "The Level". The Hotel has 6 swimming pools. It offers a rich gastronomic offer with international and themed restaurants. With a total of 13 restaurants we guarantee the best culinary experience. Complete program of activities, workshops, parties, musicals, night shows for children and adults and live music. Experience the YHI Spa sensation, beauty, wellness and health treatments. Convention Center of 6,405 m2 with 13 meeting rooms and with a maximum capacity to accommodate up to 1,000 people. A magical wedding with the best service and a dream location. Fun children's area where children can perform sports and artistic activities. In the winter of 2019, the "Splash" water park will open. more
Hotel Occidental Punta Cana Playa Bavaro
Hotel Occidental Grand Punta Cana is located on the east coast of the Dominican Republic. The hotel complex is situated to the beach Playa Bavaro. Surrounded by tropical palms, white sand and crystal clear turquoise blue waters. Airport Punta Cana is only a few minutes from the hotel. The hotel offers its guests 877 rooms spread over 3 floors, 42 of them are apartments type suites. All of the rooms are equipped with air conditioning, fan, safe, cable TV, telephone, refrigerator, bathroom with shower or bathtub, minibar and balcony. There is also wireless Internet access. The four-star hotel has a several restaurants and bars and disco club. At Hotel Occidental Grand Punta Cana there are some swimming pools for adults and children. The guests also may use free sunbeds, umbrellas and towels around the pools. For hotel’s guests various sports and excursions are offered. Other services, which may benefit guests are rent a car, scooters, beauty center, Spa, jacuzzi, kids club from 4 to 12 years, babysitting, childrens playground, laundry, exchange bureau, 24-hour medical care. Near the hotel there is also the opportunity for entertainment and shopping. more
Hotel Occidental Caribe Playa Bavaro
The all-inclusive Barcelo Punta Cana Hotel is convenient to both the Cana Bay Golf Club and Punta Blanca Golf Course. It is also about 14 miles to the Faldo Legacy Course at Roco Ki and Macao Beach. The rooms are all air conditioned, and equipped with refrigerators, CD players and cable TV. Every room also has a mini-bar and a balcony. Private bathrooms feature free toiletries and a hairdryer. Wi-Fi is available in rooms for an additional surcharge. From children's facilities to those for people with disabilities, the hotel can serve a wide range of needs and requirements. The facility also features a pool, on-site laundry, car hire, shops and many sporting activities. The hotel also offers free round trip airport shuttle service. The hotel has seven restaurants on site as well as lounges and a swim-up pool bar. Guests have access to the on-site casino, disco and full service spa. This accommodation is also known as All Inclusive Barcelo, All Inclusive Barcelo Punta Cana, All Inclusive Punta Cana Barcelo, and Barcelo All Inclusive. more
Hotel Riu Naiboa Playa Bavaro
Hotel Riu Naiboa is a 4 star located in Playa Bavaro which is situated on the south-eastern tip of the Dominican Republic. It is an all inclusive hotel set amongst tropical vegetation, boasting a 500m2 outdoor pool and is a short walk (300 metres) from the white sandy beach front. Higüey is 50 km away and Punta Cana International airport is 30 kilometres from the resort. The resort has 362 guestrooms over 4 floors with standard equipment such as air conditioning, satellite TV, an inroom safe (for a fee) and a balcony or terrace. Suites have hairdryers and an integrated lounge area. Internet is free of charge in the wireless LAN zones but can be used in the guestrooms for an extra fee. Several dining options are available. Breakfast is either American or continental and can be taken using the "on the spot cooking stations" (as for lunch and dinners). Lunch consists of buffet or snacks (available 24 hours a day) and dinner is taken in one of the three restaurants, two of which require reservation. Unlimited local beverages are served 24 hours a day and the mini-bar is regularly restocked. The all-inclusive includes casino and nightclub entrance and an array of sports activities. more
Hotel Grand Palladium Punta Cana Resort & Spa Playa Bavaro
Grand Palladium Punta Cana Resort & Spa is a Punta Cana, Dominican Republic resort featuring 451 rooms. Each room at this resort offers a ceiling fan, air conditioning, a king or queen bed, view of the pool, gardens, or beach, private bathroom with hairdresser, shower, hydromassage bathtub, satellite television, and minibar. Complimentary private parking is available on-site at this hotel. Other services and amenities include room service, car rental, 24-hour front desk, shuttle service (extra fee), concierge service, dry cleaning and laundry, a business center, meeting facilities, solarium, spa, hot tub, tennis court, mini-golf, and a private beach area. Grand Palladium Punta Cana Resort & Spa features ten on-site restaurants and bars that provide Spanish, Brazilian, Japanese, Italian, Mediterranean, Asian, and Tex Mex food varieties. Nearby attractions include Ocean Adventures Punta Cana - Dr Fish Ocean Spa and Ocean Adventures - Caribbean Buccaneers Dinner Show. more
Hotel Bahia Principe Fantasia Punta Cana Playa Bavaro
Luxury Bahia Principe Fantasia is located in the east coast of the Dominican Republic at 20km from Punta Cana Airport, in the province of Altagracia. The hotel is situated on a white sand beach, of about 500 metres. It has numerous tropical gardens that serve as a frame to small streets in which our guest can take a stroll and at the same time feel the ocean breeze and the coolness of the natural surroundings. more
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