When Christopher Columbus described the Dominican Republic as “the most beautiful place on earth”, probably never expected it to become one of the most popular tourist destinations in the Caribbean.
Located on the southeastern coast of the Dominican Republic, Punta Cana is a paradise for exotic nature lovers, with over 30 kilometers of beaches, white sand and plenty of palm trees and coconut trees. What makes this amazing Caribbean island so popular among tourists is its warm climate, with summer temperatures throughout the year (the average temperature is 30 degrees Celsius, and the water temperature is 23 degrees).
Moreover, the coast of the island is protected by law, the authorities ensuring that no artificial structure will destroy the beauty of nature. The calm, quiet beaches, with their warm tropical breeze, are perfect for those who love the sun and water sports. Water sports are extremely diverse in Punta Cana. Whether it is diving, snorkeling, kitesurfing, kayaking or rafting, this area of the Dominican Republic has something for everyone.
In addition to beaches that appear to have emerged right out of paradise, Punta Cana has an 8,000 square kilometer natural forest reserve maintained by the Punta Cana Ecological Foundation and 14 kilometers of protected coral reefs that can be found near the coast. Punta Cana also has a number of unique natural features, such as freshwater lagoons and coastal mangroves, which are a real delight for both visitors and environmentalists.
Here are the tourist attractions to check out on a vacation in Punta Cana:
Saona Island. Located near the coast of Cana Bridge, Saona Island is famous for its mesmerizing beaches, with their captivating beauty. The whole island is a nature reserve protected by the government, so you won’t find any souvenir shops or luxurious hotels here, just stretches of white sand and tall palm trees swaying in the wind.
Bavaro beach. Initially developed as a city for resort workers, the city of Bávaro has become a popular tourist destination for both locals and foreign visitors. Although it is quite crowded, the Bávaro Beach is worth a visit thanks to the many facilities it offers and the proximity to Punta Cana itself.
Scape Park. The lime surface and lush jungle of this natural park outline breathtaking views, hosting several historic attractions worth seeing.
Take a stroll along the Farallon cliff, which stretches 800 meters along the coast and explore the hidden caves! In the park you will also find replicas of houses of the ancient Taino Indians, known for having occupied this land before the arrival of the conquerors. Therefore, the purpose of the park is not only for fun and pleasure, but also to teach visitors about the culture and traditions of Latin America, especially the Caribbean.
Hoyo Azul. As we mentioned above, Punta Cana is famous for its spectacular natural landscapes. One of the places where you will find such beauty is Hoyo Azul (in translation, Blue Hole), which is a natural pool created after the collapse of a cave ceiling. The beautiful pool is located in Scape Park and can be explored in two ways: taking a tour of the Hoyo Azul Cave Explorer agency, which involves hiking through the virgin forests of Punta Cana, or taking a tour of the Hoyo Azul Zip Lane agency, with a series of zipline routes over the jungle. Whichever you choose, you will certainly have an incredible experience!
Los Haitises National Park. Hosting so many fascinating caves, it would be a shame to leave Punta Cana without exploring even one of them. Among the most sought-after caves is Fun Cave, located in Los Haitises National Park. Nature has shaped it from limestone rocks developed by the remains of marine corals and other organisms. This cave certainly has a stunning look, which seems to be right out of a fairy tale. Located in the middle of the rainforests, the cave will amaze you with its spectacular mineral formations, and several petroglyphs specific to the Hispanic culture.
There are many other places worth visiting in Punta Cana. But for that you’ll need a few weeks or more. The travel itinerary we’ve provided you with will guarantee you a perfect holiday in Punta Cana!