Punta Cana, Dominican Republic
Attractions in Punta Cana Dominican Republic: What to Do and Where to Go
The main attraction in Punta Cana, without a doubt, is the beautiful white sandy beaches and the crystal clear water that bathes them. Punta Cana also offers lots of other attractions for the entire family, including water activities such as snorkeling, diving, fishing, sailing, and windsurfing. You could also go golfing at one of the ten golf courses in the region, each with magnificent views of the area, or perhaps take a tour around the exotic areas of the Dominican Republic.
Imagine relaxing on a fine sandy beach with a refreshing ocean breeze, working on your tan under the Caribbean sun. It is a fact that the majority of people, when thinking about vacations, visualize the beach, the sea and the radiant sun. Punta Cana and its famous Coconut Coast is the perfect place for all those dreams to come true.
The stunning beaches of the Coconut Coast can be divided into several areas, although without a clear beginning and end to them. Some of the most magnificent beaches are Punta Cana, Cabeza de Toro, El Cortecito, and Bavaro.
The white sandy beaches of Punta Cana are located just five miles from the airport, where the very popular Coconut Coast begins. The turquoise waters bathe these unspoiled beaches, that don't have many hotels on them. Cabeza de Toro, north of Punta Cana beach, is an amazing site full of palm trees and small palapas (thatched roof sunshades). El Cortecito is another attractive beach lined with small stores, where for sure you will find a great souvenir to take back home. This beach also features several small restaurants.
Bavaro, an area with many resorts and thousands of palm trees, also has a splendid beach, even more so than in Punta Cana. Enjoy the many water activities and breathtaking landscape at any of the Coconut Coast's beaches.
The extraordinary beaches of the Dominican Republic's east coast feature an excellent variety of activities for the whole family. Relax in this tropical region of the Greater Antilles where the waters of the Caribbean Sea and the Atlantic Ocean converge. The length of the Punta Cana/Bavaro coastline, you can swim in crystal clear waters and snorkel on the longest reef in the country (approximately 19 miles long). Diving is fairly good since there is a good variety of fish, coral reef, and calmer areas for divers with limited experience.
Fishing in this region is outstanding, in particular deep-sea fishing. From March to September you can catch blue or white marlin, mahi-mahi, sailfish, tuna and barracuda, among other species. Throughout the year many renowned fishing tournaments take place in the Punta Cana area.
Even though the Punta Cana/Bavaro region is very small (just a few dozen square miles), it has many terrific golf courses designed by golf's celebrities, such as Jack Nicklaus, Tom Fazio, Nick Faldo, Jose "Pepe" Gancedo, P. B. Dye, Nick Price, and Alberto Sola. So, if golf is your sport, do not miss the opportunity to play on one of the ten golf courses in the area:
- Barcelo Bavaro Beach Golf & Casino Resort
- Cabeza de Toro
- Catalonia Caribe Golf Club
- Cocotal Golf & Country Club
- Corales Golf Course
- La Cana Golf Club
- Punta Blanca Golf Course
- Punta Espada Golf Course
- Faldo Legacy Golf Course
- White Sands Golf Course
If you want to explore the exuberant surroundings of Punta Cana and the Dominican Republic, then take a tour of the different nearby attractions. There are numerous tours to incredible places near Punta Cana, departing from your hotel. Some of the places that you should not miss are the fascinating islands of Saona and Catalina, located at the southern end of the East Coast. Visit the country's capital, Santo Domingo, founded in 1496, a historic city full of culture. You can also take a trip to Altos de Chavon, which is situated near La Romana, a town known also as ''Artist City''.
From December through April enjoy one of the most amazing tours in the region: the humpback whales sanctuary in Samana Bay and Banco de Plata, located north of Punta Cana. There are also horseback riding tours, jeep jungle tours, and much more.
Gambling is legal in the Dominican Republic and many Punta Cana resorts feature their own casinos. If you enjoy gambling or just want to have some fun, these casinos offer Las Vegas style entertainment. Play cards, roll the dice, or try your luck on the slot machines at the Gran Palladium Palace Resort Spa & Casino, Catalonia Bavaro Beach Casino & Golf Resort, Sirenis Cocotal Beach Resort Casino & Spa, or the Barcelo Bavaro Casino.
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