Punta Cana Vacations
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Punta Cana Beaches
Punta Cana is a region of the Dominican Republic most loved for its beaches that face both Caribbean and Atlantic waters. It's a prime vacation resort spot. Most people come here to spend a week at one of the mega-resorts that line the palm fringed beaches. Most of these resorts are owned by Spanish hotel chains. Punta Cana boasts sixty-two miles of coastline with shallow ocean waters perfect for sun-bathing. The international airport here is one of the busiest in the Caribbean, connecting travelers to more far-flung Caribbean islands.
Punta Cana Activities
All the typical water activities are up for grabs in the mildly windy region. Whale watching, party-boating, deep sea fishing, swimming with sharks and sea rays, catamaran sailing, swimming with dolphins, snorkeling cruises, and much more. The beaches here are truly some of the best in the Caribbean because they are powdery soft, perfect for all the bathing beauties of the world to unite in one land of aquamarine sea and clear blue sky.
In Punta Cana there is such a thing as a floating spa. One of these tour operators is the Dr. Fish Ocean Spa. A double decker boat whisks you out to sea for a three-hour tour that focuses on your relaxation and well-being. Massage treatments, a pilates class, and the infamous fish foot exfoliation. The Garra Rufa fish removes dead skin from your feet while creating a gentle massage effect. It's a spa treatment not to be missed.
Punta Cana Hotels
With over 30,000 hotel rooms here, how does one choose? It comes down to your budget. There are several 3-star hotels in the region for around $50 per night. If this sounds about right for your budget, a few options are The Mt Hotel, located 2.5 kilometers from Playa del Cortecito and 12 miles from the center of Bavaro. The Hotel Flamboyan is a twenty-five minute walk from El Cortecito and Los Corales beaches. It's another $50 a night hotel with all the modern amenities. For something a bit more upscale, check into Los Corales Villas & Aparts Ocean View near Bavaro beach. For around $130 a night you'll be closer to the beach as well as the Palma Real Shopping Village and the Cocotal Golf and Country Club.
Then there are the ultra-pricey resorts and spas. If money is no issue, rest your sun-drenched head at The Reserve Paradisus Punta Cana. This is an all-inclusive resort that runs around $400 per night. This luxurious resort in paradise is near Bavaro Beach. In fact, most of the hotels are in Bavaro, which is next to Punta Cana. On the opposite end of the spectrum, youth hostels exist and you can still pay $12-$15 per night to stay in one of them. The Bavaro Hostel is a mere two-minute walk to Bavaro Beach and a five-minute one to all sorts of bars, shops and restaurants. The Punta Cana Hostel has its own swimming pool. There's a wide range of accommodation at this hostel, ranging from family studios to apartments to shared rooms.
Punta Cana Golf
Golfing is big here, with many of the fancier resorts having gorgeous courses overlooking the turquoise sea. La Cana Golf Course is the best in Punta Cana. It's an eighteen-hole course with several long par fives that have stunning views of the ocean. If you're not into golf, the Indigenous Eyes Ecological Park and Reserve is one of the few swaths of land in Punta Cana still undeveloped. Belonging to the Puntacana Resort and Club, this reserve spans six kilometers of protected land, consisting of mangrove swamps and coastal plains that house over one hundred species of birds and five hundred plant species. There's even a botanical and tropical fruit park as well as an iguana farm.
Punta Cana Restaurants
For a beautiful dining experience in Punta Cana, visit the Restaurante Playa Blanca. Also within the Puntacana Resort, you can dine alfresco as the island breezes pass atmospherically by. The menu is cutting-edge surf and turf. Try the seafood rice or criolla-style guinea fowl. Pair your dish with a chilled white wine and you're all set for a little Dominican romance. For lunch you can even eat on the sand. Que bueno!
Diving & Snorkeling
For a guided boat tour, the Punta Cana Snorkel and Caribbean Dance Cruise is a real treat. It's a half-day tour for kids and adults alike. Snorkel in the morning, then practice your salsa dancing skills with non-alcoholic drinks and snacks upon return. Another popular guided tour is called Cueva Fun Fun. This uniquely adventurous tour features a horseback ride and spelunking through one of the largest cave networks in the Caribbean. The Marinarium is an offshore pool near Cabeza de Toro. Snorkeling tours here are perfect for the entire family. Expect to view nurse sharks, sea rays and tropical fish.
A visit to Punta Cana and Bavaro is one long dream of sea and sand. Come here to relax along one of the longest and most beautiful stretches of powdery shoreline in the Caribbean.
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