A typical day in Punta Cana? That’s entirely up to you. Picture this: Swimming in transparent blue waters. Relaxing on white sand beaches. Feeling the cool soothing breezes. Enjoying breathtaking mountains and romantic coves. As evening approaches, your skin tingles from a day in the sun while you dine at one of the many restaurants. Take time out to enjoy a cool drink, a little dancing and a romantic walk in the moonlight to let it all soak in.
Nestled between Puerto Rico and Cuba, occupying the eastern two-thirds of the island of Hispaniola, the Dominican Republic offers travellers the best that the Caribbean has to offer, with a unique personality rooted deeply in its Latino heritage. In recent years, this hospitable and beautiful country has become a favourite destination for winter-weary North Americans. With countless white-sand beaches next to warm, clear waters, it is home to many all-inclusive resorts. The country also has the Caribbean’s highest mountain (1,191 metre Pico Duarte), plenty of hilly terrain, rainforests and even deserts.
Located on the far eastern point of the Dominican Republic, Punta Cana is one of the country’s most popular destinations; its airport is the best-connected in the Caribbean, with flights to and from over two dozen countries. The area features many resorts along a 32-kilometre stretch of sun-splashed beachfront facing both the Atlantic and the Caribbean, with soft sand and rustling palm trees. No wonder it attracts over two million visitors every year.
Bávaro Beach, where the Paradisus Palma Real Resort is located, is undeniably gorgeous; both UNESCO and TripAdvisor readers have ranked it among the ten best beaches in the world. The water is clear, calm and very warm, so it’s an ideal place to swim and take part in water sports from stand-up paddling to jet-skiing.
Tourists come to Punta Cana to relax and enjoy the warm climate and the area offers a variety of activities for everyone; from typical resort activities like golf and tennis to hiking and mountain biking on steep mountains in the national parks.
Typical Dominican cuisine is centred around brown beans (habichuelas) and rice, accompanied by chicken, beef, pork or goat, cooked with only very mild spices (most Dominicans will not eat hot, spicy dishes).
Tropical Punta Cana is warm and humid all year round. In October, the sun shines more than nine hours a day and the average daily high temperature is 27°C (the sea is a lovely 29°C at this time of year).