One of DR’s great destinations, Punta Cana is a bustling, vibrant coastal metropolis that effortlessly pairs sun, sand, adventure with contemporary style.
The sophisticated East Coast of Dominican Republic attracts vacationers from around the world who come to explore and savor the luxuries of Punta Cana. Nestled across 100 miles (160 kilometers) of the world’s top beaches lapped by turquoise waters and dotted with swaying palm trees, Punta Cana is Dominican Republic’s most lavish and popular destination.
Your inspiration begins at touchdown, where the picture-perfect coastline beckons with a seemingly endless strip of frost-white sand shelving into reef-protected lagoons of irresistible peacock blues and greens. These silvery sands stretch virtually unbroken for 40 miles (64 kilometers) and are the reason for Dominican Republic’s astonishing assemblage of all-inclusive hotels and convention centers.
Despite its growth, Punta Cana has not yet reached the tipping point where the pace and size of construction begin to impinge on the holiday experience. With such an abundance of coast to play on, it has been possible to make sure that no hotel intrudes too greatly on any other. And you can still find, with a little exploration, glorious stretches of relatively uninterrupted sand, particularly in the north at El Macao and Uvero Alto.
You have many options for seeing what makes the region what it is…and what it was! Organized tours, both based on mass travel and small group travel are available and highly recommended for those visiting for the first time. Independent travel is best left to those vacationers with a few trips here under their belts. A good representation of car rental facilities now exist, but again….UNLESS you understand Dominican driving…best try another option.
At points where resorts have cropped up, you’ll find the requisite concentration of umbrellas, watersports outfitters and beach bars, with occasional souvenir shacks set up in between. Aside from the glass-bottom-boat operators trying to drum up business here and there, though, there’s relatively little hassle – and the all-inclusives here are the nicest on the island.