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Punta Cana Hotels

If your perfect vacation involves swimming in the clearest blue water, lazing on a white sandy beach, and relaxing under the shade of a swaying palm tree, then Punta Cana could be your idea of heaven on earth. It has the kind of beauty usually only seen in travel agent’s brochures, and resorts offering services that ensure you don’t have to leave your sunbed. However, there’s plenty of adventure for you to seek, from paragliding to snorkeling, the sparkling waters are all you need to be entertained.

Things to see

With turquoise water and white powdered sand, Bavaro Beach is one of the most popular spots for sunbathing and watersports. Enjoy the sizzling sun on your face, or take shelter under one of the beach umbrellas that the resorts have put out. It’s also a great place to take a stroll, with winding routes shaded by palm trees. Bayahibe Beach is quieter, slightly more rugged beach, stretching out for miles and surrounded by lush greenery, making it feel like your own private paradise. Many large resorts are located alongside Playa Dominicus, and with bars on the beach and waiters to tend to your every need, it’s a popular yet relaxing spot. Arena Gorda Beach is popular with families, as the calm shallow waters are great for kids to splash around in while you relax on the gently sloping sand. If swimming with dolphins is on your bucket list, then a day trip to Dolphin Island is essential. Glide over the calm waters by speedboat, before snorkeling in a specially designed area full of dolphins, stingrays, and other friendly marine life.

Hotels in Punta Cana

When staying somewhere as beautiful as Punta Cana, luxury is essential, and there are plenty of all-inclusive resorts, most of them just a few steps from the beach. Enjoy private beaches, spas, Turkish baths, a la carte and buffet dining options, swim-up bars, casinos, and even golf courses. Rooms are usually spacious and air-conditioned, with extras such as jetted tubs, room service, and flat screen televisions. There are also many three star options, often smaller resorts that still manage to offer great pools, restaurants, and evening entertainment. Rooms are basic, clean and comfortable, with rollaway or sofa beds for those bringing children.

Where to stay

Bavaro Beach is the perfect spot for honeymooners and couples taking a romantic trip. The sunrise over the white powdery beach makes the whole trip worthwhile, and you can stroll hand in hand for miles along the water’s edge. Cap Cana is a sleek, modern development with luxury hotels and a marina where private yachts often come to dock. However, the natural beauty of the area has been preserved, with palm tree lined beaches and rocks sheltering marine life. El Macao is a popular area for surfing, with choppier waters than the surrounding areas, and many tourists enjoy the feeling of being off the beaten track, sitting on the sand and eating seafood from a locally owned shack.

How to get to Punta Cana

Punta Cana International Airport welcomes tourists from around the world, and many of them have their transport arranged in advance by their travel agent. It’s only about half an hour drive to many of the major resorts, but the timing will depend on how many stops are made along the way. Independent travelers can pick up a rental car, or grab one of the waiting taxis outside the terminal. Smaller La Romana (LRM-La Romana Intl.) airport is less than an hour’s drive from Punta Cana on the highways. Taxis are available for a fixed fee, but most will only accept cash.

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