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Punta Cana is the eastern most tip of the Dominican Republic in the province of La Altagracia covering an area of 745 square kilometer, surrounded by Atlantic Ocean and Caribbean Sea. It has a tropical climate which fairly remains same with a temperature around 26 °C. The place is mainly known for its beautiful beaches, crystal clear water and lavish all-inclusive resorts like the all inclusive Resort Barcelo in Punta Cana. Tourists can experience activities like canopy adventure, adventurous buggies ride, horse ridings, surfing, snorkeling, speed boat rides, spa, cave expeditions, safari, reef exploration and swimming with dolphins, sharks and stingrays.
Here are some major destinations in Punta Cana,
A tourist area located in the eastern most part of Dominican Republic, which is famous for is 1000 acre adventure park surrounded by mountains and forests. All sorts of activities like bungee jumping from 32 feet off the ground, mountain biking on forest trails, horse riding through the open fields, zip lining through forests, wall climbing, exciting rope challenges, rolling down the hill under cushioned plastic ball and experiencing animatronic dinosaurs. Tourist can also visit the sugar cane fields to witness the old traditional making of rum and find out how famous Dominican Cigars are made. Not only this Bavaro beach is also very famous around the world and it comes under 10 best beaches in the world.
Bayahibe situated around 28 miles from Punta Cana, which is initially a fishing village founded in 1874 later transformed into major tourist destination. This place is famous for its scuba diving; it is one of the best locations in Dominican Republic for scuba diving. There are around 20 diving sites in Bayahibe which is easily accessible by boats. Apart from scuba diving, this place is also offers other water sports like snorkeling, stand up peddle boarding, speed boat rides, and deep sea fishing .
“Cabeza de Toro Nature Reserve”
Cabeza de Toro Nature Reserve is a coral reef nature reserve, just right off the coast of Punta Cana. This reserve is the best place for tourist to closely experience the marine life. Tourists can enjoy swimming and snorkeling with dolphins, sharks, sting rays, fur seals, tropical fish and star fish in the crystal clear water of Cabeza de toro coral reef. After a brief sea life experience, you can still have fun, dance, relax and enjoy drinks on the returning trip to ashore on the catamaran.
Anamuya is a monkey reserve, which is situated in the mountainous Anamuya region around 25 miles from Punta Cana. In this safari tourists get a chance to closely observe the squirrel monkeys in the safari. It’s a half day trip which starts with visit to the botanical garden where you get the chance to learn about tropical and medical plants of the area. Then a guided tour to the monkey reserve, where you get the chance to meet the squirrel monkeys who are very familiar with the human contact. This tour also include visit to a local village, where you can taste local coffee, chocolate and tropical fruits.
“Scape Park Adventure”
Scape Park is natural theme park located in the Cap Can Resort, on the east coast of Dominican Republic. It is just 15 minutes from Punta Cana International Airport. This park offers you adventurous activities, cultural and entertaining experiences all under one roof. You can start with flying on the zip line; cool down in Hoyo Azul, a fresh water natural lagoon. Then you can enjoy the hiking on the cliffs of El Farallon jungle, learning about the indigenous people “Taino”, their rituals, lifestyle, flora and fauna of the area. And then you will reach the mouth of the cave Iguabonita, where you can go through underground networks of chambers and tunnels. Another major attraction is “Las Ondas” which is a mystical and beautiful cenote. Horse riding through the Scape Park and sunshine cruise is some of the other activities you can go for.
Tourists can also try ORO Nightclub, which is one of the top ranked night clubs in the Dominican Republic, located inside Hard Rock Hotel and Casino, Ocean Spa with Dr. Fish where you can rest and relax on a luxurious yacht-turned spa and helicopter and hot air balloon tours for shoreline sight-seeing.
“Barcelo Bavaro Beach Resort”
Apart from best destinations and tons of recreational activities, Punta Cana is also very famous for its all-inclusive resorts and hotels, which offers you all kind of facilities from lavish rooms, suites and villas to restaurants with exquisite cuisine, bars, sports & fitness centers, shopping malls etc. to fulfill your every single need. Your vacation is incomplete if you do not plan to stay in one of these top class resorts.
One of the finest and top most all-inclusive resorts in Punta Cana is Barcelo Bavaro Beach Resort. This boutique hotel is set in an area of 2 kilometers alongside sea-side beach, which consist of 11 restaurants, 5 swimming pools, a shopping center, a gym, U-spa Bavaro, 18-hole golf course, a bar thatched roof and a mini club. There are around 600 rooms in this resort which offers you amazing scenic view of the Bavaro beach with all the other facilities like air conditioning, 24 hour room service, motion-sensor lighting sensor, LCD TV’s, Wi-Fi internet connection, Minibar with daily refills, fully equipped bathroom etc. Here are some more famous hotels and resorts in Punta Cana, Excellence Resort Punta Cana, Hard Rock Resort and Casino, Club Med Punta Cana and Melia Caribe Tropical.