Punta Cana, Dominican Republic – The Coconut Coast
In Punta Cana, you could awaken as the sun rises to the sounds of the Caribbean Sea and the Atlantic Ocean gently kissing the white sandy beaches. And if you look through your window you will see the coco palms gently swaying in the breeze.
Punta Cana and the Bávaro area is located at the easternmost tip of the Dominican Republic where it touches the Caribbean Sea and the Atlantic Ocean. The Coconut Coast is renowned for its long stretches of beach and crystal clear waters. Along this coast, you will find fantastic hotels and all-inclusive resorts. The resorts based in stunning positions provide excellent facilities and offer first-rate activities for families and couples including golf, health spas, weddings and honeymoons, and water sports. Indeed this coast is perfect for zip-lining, windsurfing, kayaking and sailing
There are almost 1000 miles of coastline in the Dominican Republic, and 35 miles of beaches along the Punta Cana coast. You may be forgiven for not wanting to do anything but lay on the brilliant white sand in the shade of the tall coco palms, with occasional dips into the water at a constant 28-30 degrees Celsius throughout the year. Here are some of the beaches:-
Playa Punta Cana
Coconut palms shade this beach with its beautiful white sand. The waters are calm, with coral reefs close enough to walk or swim from the shore which makes it ideal for snorkelling. This best is good for Best for kitesurfing; snorkelling; swimming; walking; windsurfing.
Bávaro is the most developed stretch of the 35 miles (56 km) of white-sand beach in the Punta Cana area, so this is where the action is. There are a number of all-inclusive resorts and small towns lined along this stretch of coast. So you can enjoy sunbathing or just enjoy watching the boats and water sports taking place. Here you will find the iconic restaurant Capitán Cook’s on the Playa El Cortecito. Apart from watching the world go by, this beach is suitable for walking, swimming, and windsurfing.
Playa Uvero Alto
Many areas of this beach are unspoiled for long stretches, it is suitable for walking and swimming, but if you want solitude and lovely sunsets, this beach is for you.
Activities around Punta Cana
As you would expect, much of the action revolves around the water. You can choose from scuba diving, snorkeling, kayaking, speedboats, windsurfing, and deep-sea fishing. If you are more of a party person and love to enjoy your leisure time as part of a group, you have banana boat rides, party boats, and swimming with the dolphins and sharks.
If you are someone who prefers land to sea, there are safari tours and horse-riding, dune buggy, go-karting and mountain bike riding. These activities are a great way to explore the Dominican Republic’s magnificent countryside.
Day Trips from Punta Cana
Soana and Catalina
A short boat ride from Punta Cana will take you to the paradise islands of Soana and Catalina.
The capital city of the Dominican Republic, just a couple of hours away, has a Trampoline Museum, the Children's Library, the National Aquarium, the National Zoo, the National Botanical Gardens, the Waterslide Park and the Las Canquiñas Children's Park to give you a great family day out
Basilica de Higüey Nuestra Señora de la Altagracia
Visit the magnificent Catholic cathedral built in 1962 and designed by two French architects, is in nearby Higüey, the 500-year-old capital of the Province.
Parque Nacional Cotubanamá
The Cotubanamá National Park spreads over 300 sq km and includes the islands of Catalina and Soana. The park is home a great variety of wildlife much of it unique to this park.
Dolphin Island and Seaquarium Manati Park
A short boat ride from Bávaro will give you an opportunity to swim with the dolphins or sea lions. The day trip includes a stop at the tropical garden of Manati Park and an underwater experience snorkelling with the tropical fish and coral reefs.
Punta Cana Nightlife
Many of the all-inclusive hotels have excellent entertainment with shows, casinos, and discos.
If you like it loud and vibrant, this popular Mexican club offers Latin Club music and short acts that include impersonators and samba demonstrations.
For those who like it crazy, you can dance the night away to the Top 40 in caves with stalactites and stalagmites.
La Mona is a beach bar that will suit a wide age range with fine dining, great cocktails and different entertainment each night.
If your like dancing style is more merengue and bachata, and you want a chance to meet the locals, then Pacha would fit the bill. Contemporary music and occasional live bands.
Pearl Beach Club
A classy beach bar and restaurant by day that transforms into a dancing venue after dark. If you like clubbing on the beach, this is the place for you.
The Dominican Republic has something for everyone. So if you want a holiday just to chill out, or you want non-stop action, you can find it here. Also, much of this beautiful country is protected by National Parks. A break here can help you to wind down from the daily grind at home or inspire you with grand vistas of unspoiled landscape.
A holiday Punta Cana is a good base for idyllic beaches with coconut palms and azure seas, and within easy reach of forest covered mountains. So if you want to be at one with yourself or at one with nature, Punta Cana, in the Dominican Republic will work for you.
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