Trips to Punta Cana bring you closer to a tantalizing, magical destination, full of wonderful plans to enjoy. Plans that include touring around the Dominican island on horseback, sailing through the turquoise waters on a catamaran or enjoying numerous water sports. Trips to Punta Cana bring you closer to a tantalizing, magical destination, full of wonderful plans to experience. Sports, watching the sunrise in the most beautiful spots, dancing meringue, salsa and bachata, taking a break on the delightful sandy beaches, and immersing yourself in the cultural richness are just a few. It’s so simple to enjoy the authentic flavor of the Dominican Caribbean with the Natura Park Eco Beach Resort & Spa in Punta Cana.
Punta Cana, Experiences 100% Made in the Caribbean
Punta Cana is a destination for all the family, offering some of the best things to do in the Dominican Republic, all with a touch of the exotic flavors of the Caribbean. Punta Cana boasts famous beaches with fine white sand where you can discover numerous coconut trees that are dotted around the beaches where you can take the perfect picture and walk until you get bored. You can also find the Dominicans, who are very talkative people who take great pride in their hospitality. In addition, the turquoise waters allow you explore a long list of water sports such as diving, windsurfing, snorkeling… It’s certainly very difficult to get bored in Punta Cana.
If you enjoy excursions, Punta Cana is probably the most suitable starting point in the Dominican Republic in which you can do them. Here are a few of excursions to highlight in your travel plans:
Saona Island, which is part of the National Park to the East, is perfect for a day trip in an excellent environment. Here you can bathe in the completely crystalline waters of Saona Island which you can reach via a catamaran. On land you will find genuinely untouched beaches as it is protected for the conservation of Dominican wildlife, will also enjoying the possibility of admiring a variety of animals including dolphins, starfish, the hawksbill turtle, manatees and many more that you just have to discover for yourself.
The Altos de Chavón, a colonial town in the middle of the country that was featured in the film Apocalypse Now and is a very attractive proposal for discovering the exchanges and cultural development of the artists who meet there. The Villa de Chavón complex contains several civil buildings which can be discovered, including the Church of San Estanislao, the Regional Museum of Archeology and the School of Design. It’s possible to buy jewelry, ceramics and other local crafts in the charming shops that exist in the Villa de Chavón, and you can even attend events of up to 5,000 people in their amphitheater which features shows held by famous names including Carlos Santana, Julio Iglesias, Frank Sinatra , Sting and Gloria Estefan.
The waters of Catalina Island are perfect for diving amongst the coral reefs and starfish, whilst also being an excellent choice to spend a day immersed in the Dominican nature. Catalina Island has a lot of international recognition for being part of The Living Museums of the Sea, due to the shipwreck that took place at Catalina Island of the famous Cara Merchant ship of Captain Kidd in 1699, whose luck as a pirate ran out in 1701 when he was hung for his lifestyle choices. The site of the wreck remained hidden for centuries until the cannons were casually discovered by a diver in 2007, who notified the National Office of Underwater Cultural Heritage who in collaboration with the University of Indiana confirmed the finding. Catalina Island maintains all kinds of secrets and you can also discover them along with the truly beautiful sea and beach environment.
Samaná, an island with waterfalls and mangroves, in which is the ideal location to admire humpback whales, amongst a range of other things. The Samaná Island is a territory in which the presence of mankind is completely overshadowed by the overwhelming beauty of its mangroves and languid coconut trees that kiss against the sea, as well as other attractions, including indulging on the fresh seafood served at the stalls and restaurants along the beach.
And if you seeking an authentic cultural experience in Punta Cana, you can also reach the colonial city of Santo Domingo in about two and a half hours by bus. Declared a World Heritage Site by Unesco, the old town within the capital of the Dominican Republic is an insight into the history of the country which can be admired in this peaceful setting that oozes tradition. It was in Santo Domingo that Columbus’ New World began. His legacy is still visible in the Alcazar de Colón, the Atarazanas Reales, the Dominican Convent, the National Pantheon, the Jesuit House and the palaces that belonged to Nicolás de Ovando and Hernán Cortés, the Museum of the Royal Houses, the Cathedral of Santa María de la Encarnación, Primada de América, the Ozama Fortress and the old street of Las Damas. All of which can be found when touring the Old Town of Santo Domingo, allowing you to soak up the great cultural, heritage and artistic legacy of life during the colonial era.
Beaches in Punta Cana: choose the beach that you want
Beaches with coral reefs and coconut trees, private and popular beaches, beaches right next to the hotel and untouched beaches… Punta Cana has a wealth of magnificent beaches, a repertoire of incredible settings to experience unforgettable moments as a couple and with family, with the Caribbean Sea as the protagonist for your picture perfect photos.
The vast sandy paradises of Punta Cana are the main attraction of this destination. They’re embellished with spots that offer diverse opportunities and possibilities to visitors of the island.
The highest recommended beaches in Punta Cana are the Arena Gorda beaches, whose name is contrary to the spanish translation since here you will find probably the finest sands of the entire Dominican Republic with strong waves and winds; Bávaro, which is the most famous and touristic in the whole area; Uvero Alto, which without doubt is an excellent option if you are traveling to Punta Cana with family and children; Macao, which is located to the north and is ideal for surfing and other water sports due to the waves you can find; Juanillo, a very quiet beach, perfect for families seeking a truly peaceful setting, featuring fine sand and water with smaller waves; the beach of Cabeza de Toro, which is known for its sunrises in Punta Cana and is also the location of our Natura Park Eco Beach Resort & Spa in Punta Cana; Playa Blanca, located near the Punta Cana Airport and boasts a coral reef that is ideal diving; and finally El Cortecito Beach, which has two different areas, one of which brings you closer to a small fishing village. All these beaches are located within close proximity of the hotel and are easily accessible from our accommodation.
Oh, you must also remember that in addition to these beaches, you can access various islands such as Samana, Catalina or Saona from Punta Cana, which boast the legends and secrets of pirates and fishermen and require a full day trip. One more small recommendation: if you travel to Punta Cana, it could be considered a sin not explore at least one of these island paradises. It’s a must to allow at least a day of your trip to get closer to these genuine Dominican oases.
The perfect way to enjoy the beaches of Punta Cana are in the hammock, mojito in hand, embellished by some time on the sea with diving goggles nearby. We also advise you to check out our Dominican Republic travel tips to ensure your vacation is as smooth as possible. So start working on your tan and get ready to decide how to you want to experience Punta Cana!