Day Trips in Punta Cana

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While in one of the loveliest places in the Dominican Republic, make sure you go on these Punta Cana day trips that are just one to two hours away.

La Romana & Altos de Chavón

Vast expanses of sugar cane fields characterize La Romana, a city built and sustained by the sugar industry. In fact, a large sugar company called Gulf & Western developed Casa de Campo, a 7,000-acre property of rolling hills with two 18-hole golf courses, beaches, equestrian stables, polo grounds, swimming pools, tennis centers, shooting stations and exclusive private villas.

Lying east of the resort is Altos de Chavón, a 16th century replica of a Mediterranean village overlooking the Chavón River. As a center of culture for the Dominican people, the village features the St. Stanislaus Church, a Taino artifacts museum, a 5,000 seat amphitheater, boutiques, restaurants and the Altos de Chavón School of Design, which is affiliated with New York's Parsons The New School for Design.

A well-liked excursion in this area is a trip to Isla Catalina via shuttle boat. The small island, a mere 2 km away, offers a beautiful coral reef and opportunities for diving and snorkeling.

Isla Saona

A tropical island off the southeast tip of the Dominican Republic near La Altagracia province, Isla Saona is a government protected nature reserve and a famous tourist destination. Tourists can snorkel, swim with the dolphins and enjoy fields of starfish endemic to the area. To go there, tourists must take either a catamaran or a small motor boat that leave from Bayahibe.

Los Haitises National Park

Situated northeast of the city of Santo Domingo, Los Haitises National Park is a protected area that will appeal to those who love exploring the great outdoors. It has a wet forest, a subtropical rainforest, mangrove swamps, see grass beds and underground rivers that flow through caves with petroglyphs and pictographs made by aborigines called Tainos.

You can go on excursions to Cueva de la Linea and Cueva de Las Arenas; go bird watching at Cayo Los Pajaros or Trepada Alta where you can see the Hispaniola Hawk; hike through the trails of Caňo Hondo; see humpback whales of Samana sanctuary from January to March; climb walls in a natural mogote; and go kayaking inside the park's Mangrove Reserve.

December 24, 2009 new by rootee

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Cueva Fun Fun

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This adventure goes beyond the limits of what we know, taking us back to the Stone Age. There, your dreams and reality will be combined to lead you down to Fun-Fun Cave.

Climb down, fully equipped, to one of the largest Caves in the world and discover the beauty of darkness, the cave´s colored tunnels, its gigantic corridors, its cave painting art and the enchanted trickling sounds produced by its underground rivers. All of this, in the hands of our expert professional guides.

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