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Punta Cana, a tropical escape
Punta Cana is the gateway to the Dominican Republic. Sitting on the eastern coast, it's the number one tourist destination in the Caribbean. The hot and sunny weather all year round means holidaymakers flock here for winter sun and summer activity holidays. Have a go at swimming with dolphins, or just relax on the beach and soak up the rays.
The 'tip of the white cane palms' has sand stretching for nearly 20 miles, and the coastline covers almost 62 miles altogether. Beaches face out onto the Caribbean or the Atlantic, depending on which side of the area you stay on. Macao Beach is perfect for surfing, with a Surf Club next to the beach to hire equipment and give you handy tips.
Sightseeing in Punta Cana
Flights to Punta Cana International Airport bring you straight into tropical scenery, with palm trees lining the airport grounds. Bávaro is the main tourist area, with several playas and golf courses. You'll also find the most souvenir shops on the Plaza Bávaro.
Take a day trip out to Catalina Island - there are regular tours from Punta Cana. You can go snorkelling near the beautiful coral reefs and spot shoals of tropical fish. 'The Wall' is the main drop-off point by the island for diving. The island is also a national park and nature reserve where you can spend a casual afternoon exploring.
Food and drink
Food in the Dominican Republic often covers every food group in one meal. The local dishes are influenced by Spanish and African cuisine, and lunch is usually the biggest and most important meal of the day. Los Tres Golpes is a traditional breakfast made from eggs, cheese, fried salami and avocado. Rice and grains are staple ingredients, typically cooked with beans and potatoes.
Sample some of the local mamajuana, an alcoholic drink made from rum and red wine. The alcohol is mixed with honey, herbs and tree bark and left to infuse.
Whether you want to sit and sip cocktails or party on the dance floor until the early hours, Punta Cana has plenty of clubs and bars to choose from. Join the Punta Cana Bar Crawl for a guided tour of some of the most popular - you need to be at least 18 years old to legally drink alcohol.