A Hot Destination – Dominican Republic Punta Cana

Punta Cana is located on the East Side of a Caribbean Island, home to the Dominican Republic and Haiti.  It is located at the crossroads of the Atlantic Ocean and the Caribbean Sea (see map at the bottom).  Because of its location, the water is turquoise blue and it is home to some of the most beautiful and swimmable beaches in the Caribbean.  Juanillo and Bavaro’s beaches were just voted 2 of the top 50 beaches in the Caribbean by Caribbean Journal.

These pictures tell the story better than 1000 words!

Bavaro beach in Punta Cana

Bavaro beach in Punta Cana

*Insider tip – many airlines fly non-stop to the Dominican Republic Punta Cana. 

The easy accessibility of the Punta Cana airport and the amazing beaches make this a convenient location for some of the most iconic resort brands.  You’ll find the Hard Rock, Iberostar, Secrets, Dreams, Riu, Excellence, Barcelo, and Karisma Nickelodeon many featuring all-inclusive packages with all drinks and food at the resort and free non-motorized water sports. Some of the luxury all-inclusive resorts include butler service, golf, scuba, and boating.

Lobster at the Jellyfish

Lobster at the Jellyfish Restaurant in Punta Cana

Speaking of Food

If you are a Foodie, then this is the place for you.  Many of the resorts offer world-class specialty restaurants in their all-inclusive option.  In addition, there are wonderful independent restaurants located up and down the beach area.  Many of them offer the famous “FULL MOON” parties which are held several times per year.  While the local Dominican cuisine can be expected to be found, you will also encounter French, Italian, American, and Mexican options to be explored.

*Insider tip – check out Jellyfish for Seafood, Soles Chill Out for Caribbean food, and Onno’s for Caribbean and Mexican.

Ok, so, you are tired of looking at beautiful water, hanging out on amazing beaches, and eating incredible food (yeah, right…), what to do next to stave off the boredom?

How About Trying Your Luck 

How about spending time at some high stakes Roulette or some nickel slot machines? Either way, you are in luck.  Some of the best Casinos in the Caribbean are located in Punta Cana. These include Hard Rock, Dreams, Iberostar, and Melia (as seen on The Bachelorette).

Some of them have even been featured in movies and on TV Shows (did we mention The Bachelorette?). Luck be a lady tonight!

*Insider tip – the largest casino in the whole country is located at the Hard Rock with 45,000 square feet of gaming space.

Nightlife in Punta Cana

Nightlife in Punta Cana

Then there is the Nightlife 

Where to begin? How about 09 September 2017, when Maroon 5 performs at the Hard Rock?  Yes, you heard that correctly….Maroon 5 will be presenting their new album “V” at the Hard Rock. This is only one example of how sophisticated and eclectic the nightlife can be in the Dominican Republic Punta Cana.

You may also be interested in Coco Bongo which is rated as the number 1 Club on Trip Advisor, Mangu Disco, or ORO Hard Rock to dance the night away.

*Insider tipImagine Disco is located in a converted castle where you descend into 3 underground caverns to party.

Let’s Talk About Sightseeing in the Dominican Republic Punta Cana 

There are canopy and zip lines to enjoy, cenotes to visit, and history to explore along with a host of water activities, like Catalina Island for scuba and snorkeling.

  • Zip lining offers you the thrill of flying plus the scenic beauty of the area.
  • Historic churches – many of the churches on the island are some of the first in the Caribbean.

  • Cenotes – think cave diving plus swimming and lazy river drifting.  All in one place.

  • Snorkeling and diving – the area offers many sites to visit shipwrecks, caves, and coral fields.

This list only scratches the surface of the great sightseeing and fun to be had in the Punta Cana area.  For a more in-depth look at the many options of the area check out this link of things to do in the Dominican Republic Punta Cana.

Let the pictures do some of the talking…

If you enjoyed this blog, here is the link to our first one Punta Cana Resorts – Fly Direct From Houston.

*Insider tip – You can make your tips after an incredible stay in this lush playground.

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