Destination guide: Punta Cana, Dominican Republic
Punta Cana is a beautiful beach resort on the coast of the Dominican Republic, in the Caribbean and near to Bayahibe and La Romana. Each year, hundreds of tourists visit this paradise, drawn by its tropical beaches, palm trees full of coconuts and coral reefs. In Punta Cana, you will find a wide choice of hotels and resorts that guarantee you a wonderful stay, as well as waterparks and natural reserves where you can find dolphins, parakeets, iguanas and sealions.
The epicenter of the all-inclusive resort. Where buffet items seem to outnumber grains of sand. If you were to tell a Dominican anywhere in the world that you visited their country, this is where they would assume you came. Deservedly popular because its beaches do rival those anywhere else in the Caribbean, both in terms of their soft, white texture and their warm aquamarine waters, a trip here nevertheless involves as much a love for swim-up pool bars and rubbing sun-tanned elbows with likeminded people. Over 24,000 hotel rooms from Punta Cana to El Macao, with more on the way, are crowding out the impressively tall coconut trees that fringe the shoreline. Punta Cana, shorthand for the region as a whole, is actually somewhat of a misnomer. The majority of resorts are scattered around the beaches of Bavaro, really nothing more than a series of small commercial plazas, and Cortecito, a short strip of shops along a town beach. Punta Cana (Grey-Haired Point), the easternmost tip of the country and where the airport is located, has some of the more luxurious resorts and Caribbean-hugging golf courses.
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