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The Dominican Republic offers an exquisite variety of traditional dishes and beverages. During your next visit to Punta Cana, you must try some of the delicious Dominican specialties on offer at the restaurants and bars.
The country's traditional Creole cuisine is an interesting mixture of Spanish, Taino, and African cooking styles. The Dominican cuisine has exquisite flavors and each dish uses lots of interesting ingredients. Some of the most representative ingredients are the semi-sweet native vegetables and fruits, such as yucca, sweet potatoes, yams, yautias, plantains, and pigeon pea. When visiting the Greater Antilles, you have to try the most traditional and delicious specialties of the island, including sancocho (vegetable and meat stew), mofongo (a type of banana puree), and asopao (rice soup with tomato and chicken). There are also lots of delicious desserts, such as milk or coconut candy, and a type of custard made of corn and coconut, called majarete.
Among the most popular beverages are coffee and rum, drunk by many of the adults on the island. Mamajuanam is another local beverage, made of rum, honey, and leaves. There are also ''frias'' (cold ones), which is the way the islanders call beers. A good selection of restaurants is available in Punta Cana, where you can savor traditional dishes from the Dominican Republic as well as other countries. The vast majority of the best restaurants in the area are located inside the large resorts. So, it is very common that most, if not all, of the hotels feature Italian, French, Mexican, and Dominican specialties at their restaurants.