Found at the easternmost point of the Dominican Republic, in the province of La Altagracia, Punta Cana has been welcoming tourists since the 1970s. With 32km of sparkling coastline, which meets both the Caribbean and the Atlantic, inviting resorts, great sports facilities and fascinating sights, Punta Cana holidays offer plenty of fantastic ways to relax.
Flying into Punta Cana is a breeze, as the area’s airport is one of Caribbean’s most well-connected. However, despite the bustling airport, much of the region remains undeveloped – the nearest city Punta Cana sits almost 30 miles away, and instead the region is largely made up of forests, traditional towns and modern beachfront resorts, which offer gourmet dining and exciting nightlife.
Nicknamed La Costa del Coco, “The Coconut Coast”, Punta Cana’s miles of sparkling sands include some of the best beaches in the world. With a warm tropical climate, and a year-round average temperature of 30 degrees centigrade, Punta Cana holidays are ideal for both sunseekers and water sports enthusiasts, with fantastic surfing, sailing and diving to be found in the area. The beaches around the town of Bayahibe are popular starting points for boat and diving trips, with three fascinating shipwrecks to explore, while Macao Beach is a favourite of both locals and visitors. Head inland and you’ll find the beautiful Hoyo Azul lagoon, which sits at the bottom of a cliff and features incredibly blue waters.
In the evening, the seafront towns, known as Balneiros, offer some exciting nightlife, with bars, clubs, lounges, restaurants and casinos to be found in many of Punta Cana’s resorts.
Holidays in Punta Cana are also a great way to explore some of the fascinating culture of the Dominican Republic. The nearest city to the region, and capital of La Altagracia, Higüey dates back 500 years and features some incredible architecture, particularly the Basiliica Nuestra senora de la Altagracia. The largest cathedral in the Caribbean, it was constructed in the 1970s, to mark a visit by Pope John Paul II to the region, but houses a fine collection of 18th century paintings and jewellery. The Dominican Republic’s capital, Santo Domingo, is also possible to visit during a Punta Cana holiday, and, being one of the oldest cities in the whole of the Caribbean, is filled with historic sights to explore.
You can also find fascinating culture in the heart of Punta Cana itself, at the Bibijagua arts and crafts market, right by Bavaro beach, and in the nearby Altos de Chavon, a Mediterranean-style town that’s houses a vibrant artistic community.
Punta Cana holidays also offer plenty of opportunities for a more active holiday. Jeep safaris are popular ways to explore the region’s forests, and you can try skydiving, zorbing, ziplining and all sorts of other thrilling activities at the Scape and Bavaro Adventure Parks. But if that sounds a bit too much, how about playing a round on one of the region’s 11 golf courses, including the Punta Espada and Corales golf clubs, which sit right by the breathtaking coastline.
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