5 day 4 nights All-Inclusive stay in Punta Cana, DR Starting at $249 per personDESTINATION: Punta Cana
The larger area known as Punta Cana encompasses Juanillo (home of the Cap Cana development), Bávaro, and continues all the way around the peninsula to Uvero Alto. Development continues in Galerias Punta-Cana Village, a shopping center that is a draw for visitors from around the area. A Four Points by Sheraton has opened across from the area and is the only “airport” hotel in the region. Five minutes from the village on a gorgeous stretch of beach within the Punta Cana Group’s domain is the Westin Punta Cana Resort & Club. Characteristic of this American chain, it is an upscale, non–all inclusive property.
As the sun rises in the Dominican Republic, Punta Cana awakens to the lapping ocean—clear, unspoiled blue brushing up against the pristine stretches of sugar-white sand, with swaying coco palms in the backdrop. A thriving tourism industry fuels the region, and with such plentiful ingredients as sun, sand, and sea, it’s no wonder.
This stretch between Club Med, the Westin, and the Puntacana Resort & Club is one of the most beautiful. Farther up the coast to the Playa El Cortecito section of Bávaro is more how life used to be, with fishermen bringing in their catch, and it is where the wild and crazy restaurant Capitán Cook’s is located. Farther north along the coast is a stretch of beach known as Arena Gorda, literally “fat sand,” and Playa Bávaro itself. About 20 miles (32 km) from Punta Cana International Airport, it’s an area brimming with coconut groves and the location of many resorts. Each has its own strip of sand with rows of chaises longues, and most of these hotels will grant outsiders day passes for a fee. Macao is a pastoral village, but its public beach is no longer a good option, having first been taken over by four-wheeler excursions and now dominated by the huge Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Punta Cana. At the northern end of the peninsula is Uvero Alto.
Things Not to Miss in Punta Cana
• A walk along Playa Grande, one of the area’s most famed beaches
• A day spent on the nearby islands of Saona and Catalina
• A look at regional wildlife through a whale-watching tour
• An exhilarating treetop view via zipline
• A taste of local culture via the Mi Amor Pirate Rum Tour and Taino Museum
When to Go to Punta Cana
Punta Cana’s Caribbean-adjacent position near the Equator keeps its temperatures consistently high year round. The mercury spikes each July through September in the middle of its rainy season. Visitors can expect wet weather May through November. Travel to Punta Cana between December and April for warm weather and clear skies.