Sights in Punta CanaEdit This
Nestled on the east coast of the Dominican Republic, Punta Cana offers tourists a veritable array of activities. This tropical paradise is home to some of the most beautiful beaches in the Caribbean. The popular tourist beaches of Playa Bonita and Dominicus are located closest to the hotel zone, making them favorites of tourists who frequent their bustling restaurants and bars located right on the beach. However for those who like remote beaches, try Madama and Frontón, which provide a great place to snorkel.
There are plenty of activities to keep you busy on your visit, like by visiting one of the many parks in the area. Manati Park provides a great glimpse into the flora and fauna in the area, while offering different shows to keep visitors entertained. Other options in the area include whale watching, horseback riding, water sports, a helicopter tour of the island, scuba, snorkeling, Jeep safaris, and cave exploration. For the avid golfers there are great courses in the area that provide club and cart rental for your convenience.
The food in Dominican Republic is simple and fresh. For breakfast try one of the many tropical fruits grown locally, helping support the local agriculture while providing you fresh off-the-vine flavor. Tourists often frequent one of the many beach restaurants for lunch where you can try the fresh seafood, lightly flavored to keep the true ocean flavor. For dinner, choose one of the many downtown restaurants and try some of the Spanish-African fusion cuisine.
At night you can try one of the many discotheques on the strip, or get involved in part of the Dominican culture by going to one of the various Merengue bars. Merengue is fun both to watch and try! The live bands will get you on the dance floor, and don't worry if you don't know the steps, the Dominican culture is very friendly and there is almost always someone on hand to teach you the steps. The dancing becomes easier after 1 or 2 Pina Coladas, which are often made from fresh coconut and pineapple.
The culture of the city will definitely keep you busy on your vacation between the excursions, meals, and shopping. While your shopping, don't miss the opportunity to pick up one of the many handmade souvenirs available from local artisans.
Enjoy exploring the many sides of Punta Cana!
Contributor: Robin Wilding
Punta Cana faces the Caribbean Sea which makes it a very popular tourist area. Resorts in the area have a Spanish flair and are quite beautiful and usually have a beautiful beach included.
There are many golf courses in the area on which to sharpen your skills and of course you can soak up the sun on one of the many beaches in the area. In the evening the plazas and clubs open up to both visitors and locals alike. You can shop at the Plaza Bolera Punta Cana (also a bowling alley) and eat at exotic restaurants. If you want a little more excitement than sitting on a beach all day you can go and see some of the sights around the area.
The Marinarium offers snorkeling around the reefs and swimming with stingrays and nurse sharks. Be advised that you are on your own if you go snorkeling. There is no guide and no instruction. You have to know how to use the equipment yourself.
Indigenous Eyes Ecological Park
Indigenous Eyes Ecological Park has twelve lagoons, given the name because the Taino Indians thought the lagoons looked like eyes. Many believe them to have medicinal properties and you can swim in some of them. In order to see this sight you have to be a guest at Punta Cana Resort & Club or contact the Punta Cana Ecological Foundation.
This is a private forest reserve where research and environmental education programs are created. A freshwater river called Yauya runs into the lagoons and eventually goes out to the ocean on the beach in front of the reserve entrance near the mangrove trees. You can see all kinds of fossils in the ground here as this area is made up of limestone coral. There are over 500 plant species that cannot be found anywhere else but this area.
Take your family to Manati Park where you will see all kinds of exotic animals. They have an exhibition of Taino artifacts and modern ancestors of the indigenous tribe dress in their tribal regalia and dance. They also feature a traditional smudge (burning of tobacco).
Altos del Chavon
Near by in La Romana is Altos del Chavon, a reconstruction of a 16th century Mediterranean village which contains a church, marvelous restaurants, art galleries, a museum of Taino artifacts, shopping opportunities and a great night life with clubs and discotheques. There is a tour that offers lunch and a guide.
Enjoy all this area has to offer in an exotic Caribbean atmosphere.
February 02, 2010 change by schitti