Family Travel Ideas in Punta Cana

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Punta Cana is located in the Dominican Republic, just north of South America and in the beautiful Caribbean Ocean. As a family travel destination, Punta Cana has some great advantages. Punta Cana is really a resort town, with the main draw for the region being the picturesque weather, sand and surf. Punta Cana is filled with beach resorts, allowing you to pick one that provides the amenities which you want on your vacation, as well as remain safer than you would be if lodging in the city. Disadvantages include the relatively high cost of lodging, although it is comparable to most other beach resorts in the area.

Where to Stay

One of the most important things that you will do in planning your trip to Punta Cana is to decide where to stay. Because you will most likely be spending the vast majority of your vacation at your resort, you want to make sure that it is geared towards families and the kind of activities that you are interested in. For instance, on the surface the Riu Bambu may seem like a good choice, but upon closer examination you will find that it is geared more towards the adult tourist, with mini-bars, nightclubs and an on-sight casino. On the other hand, Dreams Palm Beach, another resort, is geared towards family travel. Without giving up the amenities geared towards adults, you add a large kid's club, a kids only swimming pool, and a lounge specifically designed for teenagers. Because there are so many resorts in and around Punta Cana, you should spend your time and make sure you find the one that is right for you and your family.

What to Do

There are a number of things to do in Punta Cana. Not surprisingly, a great deal of them revolve around the ocean and out-door activities, so if you have an active family, this is a huge plus. One of the advantages of staying on a resort is that you can frequently book activities and tours directly through the resort, which increases the ease and safety of outdoor activities. One great place to visit is the Seaquarium, where you can scuba dive in a large enclosed section of the ocean in safety: there is no scuba certification required and Seaquarium can be enjoyed by children from 8 years and up, making it a great family outing. If you have a dolphin lover in the family, you should visit Dolphin Island, a park built right onto the ocean where you can swim with trained dolphins.

January 09, 2010 new by cjr236

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