Top 5 Must Do's in Punta CanaEdit This
Punta Cana must do's include a whirlwind of adventures, sand and sun. You can explore ecological parks, beaches, 16th century villages and more in this Dominican Republic paradise. So when you're ready to plan your itinerary for Punta Cana, don't forget these five must do's.
Indigenous Eyes Egological Park
This park's name comes from the local Indians' predilection for referring to the lagoons as "eyes," thanks to their shape resembling this human feature. The eleven lagoons are sheltered within the tropical forest, and is only open to guests of the Punta Cana Resort and Club, or to members of the Punta Cana Ecological Foundation. You can become a member of the foundation through their website at www.puntacana.org. It's definitely worth it for a chance to swim in the inviting pools.
Altos de Chavon
The 16th century village of Altos de Chavon is a beautiful excursion from Punta Cana with a lot to offer. You can tour the church in the center of town or visit the local art gallery. There are plenty of studios around for the many artists, not to mention scores of boutiques that sell the artists' wares as well as many other great souvenirs. The Taino Museum is a good way to pass a few hours, and you can stop to build up your energy with a meal at any of the numerous restaurants. This Punta Cana must do is just a short jaunt from the many resorts.
You can't visit Punta Cana without spending some time on the glorious beaches. Head to Dominicus with its clear waters and reefs if you're into scuba diving, or to Bavaro if you prefer the less rigorous underwater exploration method of snorkeling. Juanillo's white sands make it popular, as do its fantastic sunrises. You can visit Arena Gorda if you prefer swimming in more shallow waters.
It's always fun to see the local wild and plant life of a new place, and Manati Park is a great place to do that in Punta Cana. Must do's should always include local animals, after all. Here you can see the tropical birds, lizards, crocodiles and sea life that live in abundance throughout the area. There are also regular Taino dance presentations, and you can go for a swim with the dolphins if it tickles your fancy.
From January to March you can head to the Bay of Samana and the humpback whale sanctuary. During this three month period more than 4000 whales will venture to the area for mating and birthing. You're sure to see some "flirting" or a few mothers playing with their children. It's a sight you definitely will not want to miss out on!