Punta Cana is a name of the place situated in the easternmost tip of the Dominican Republic. It is spread over an area of 1100 acres and is home to some beautiful white sand beaches and a town with the same name. It is situated in the province of La Altagracia and the region borders the Atlantic Ocean on the east. On the north side it borders Bavaro and El Cortecito beaches. It is pretty deserted an area but its proximity to other major resort areas like Bavaro and Uvero Alto make it one of the top Caribbean destinations. Punta Cana is one of the most beautiful places not only of the Dominican Republic but of the whole Caribbean. It is one of the fastest growing tourist destination in the Caribbean and also a very famous holiday destination among people from throughout the world.
There are many flights reaching Punta Cana. It has its own airport called the Punta Cana International airport. It is one of the busiest and a very well connected airport in the region. It receives more flights at times as compared to the capital city Santo Domingo. Most people visiting this place stay at resorts and so the travel from the airport is generally provided by the resorts. You can also travel to Punta Cana by road via the recently built highway called Autopisa Del Coral. The highway starts from La Romana and ends at Punta Cana. It takes less than an hour from La Romana and about two hours from Santo Domingo.
BEST TIME TO VISIT
The best time to visit Punta Cana is from December to April. It is also the peak season so the prices of airfare and hotels are pretty high. The weather is pleasant during these months however during the summer months from May to October it is very hot and the temperature rises to 35 degrees at times making it difficult to visit due to the immense heat. So the winter season is the best time to visit this place.
THINGS TO SEE
Playa Punta Cana
This long stretch of sandy coastline is the place where tourism first began in Punta Cana. The beach is covered with white sand and has clear blue water. You can also see coconut palms everywhere along the beach. Much of the beach still remains virgin as there are not many hotels built as they are towards the north in Bavaro. This beach is best for snorkelling, swimming and windsurfing.
This is just two hours away from Punta Cana and is an UNESCO World Heritage Site. This city is the first European settlement of the Western Hemisphere and has preserved its colonial heritage for over five centuries now. You can also visit the first Cathedral of the Americas as well as Alcazar de Colon the palace of Diego who was the son of Christopher Columbus.
Altos de Chavon
This is a small village which is a recreation of the Mediterranean town. It is located on a spectacular hillside cliff which overlooks the Chavon River. It is very famous for its 5000 seat amphitheatre. You can also visit the archaeological museum and art galleries.
This is a very famous safari excursion in this area. You get a chance to experience the scenery and life of the Dominican Republic. You can also visit the typical Dominican Houses, sugarcane plantations and also go horseback riding on the beach.
This is a very good place to visit for all the animal lovers. There are many exotic fishes, parrots horses found here. You can also swim with the dolphins here. You can take a walk along the beautiful gardens and take pictures of the orchids and tropical plants.
This place offers some of the best water sport activities. There are racing speedboats, party boats, discovery cruises and floating spas here. You can also rent a private yacht. A short boat ride takes you to a floating platform where tourists can take a swim along with the trained dolphins. There are also many two passenger speedboats with which you can cruise along the coastline and there are snorkelling instructions and equipments included with it. Seaquarium is a unique tour which is scuba diving with a twist. It gives you diving helmets and allows you to walk at the bottom of the clear waters with a beautiful view of the coral reefs. This is definitely the best experience. There are many whale watching tours too. There is also rafting available for the adventure lovers and there are some of the most challenging courses too. There are also many helicopter tours to give you the view from the top of how Punta Cana looks. You can fly over the palm studded coastline with beautiful white sand beaches.
Just as the sun rises in the Dominican Republic, Punta Cana awakes to the lapping ocean which is clear and unspoiled with clear blue water and has gorgeous white sand beaches with swaying coconut palms in the background. And thus, with so many beautiful sights and numerous water sport activities, Punta Cana is a must visit for everyone who wants to relax and spend a peaceful vacation.