Punta Cana, Dominican Republic

Punta Cana is the jewel in the crown of the Dominican Republic. The beaches are spectacular and the seafood is great. The resorts are top notch with idyllic pools and palm lined properties. Relaxation is the theme in the DR and If you dare escape the allure of the all inclusive resorts then you can experience what the rest of the island has to offer as well.

Punta Cana is a strip of beaches on the east coast of the Domincan Republic that is very affordable to the average person with all inclusive deals being the norm. So you get overweight package junkies from all over America and Europe soaking up rays in little bathing suits, peeing in the pool and sucking down Presidente beer until they can’t see anymore. If you’re like me and hate all inclusives and package deals in general then you might dislike Punta Cana. However, you would have to look beyond the annoyances of that type of thing and realize just how calm and breathtaking the beaches actually are. This will get you through some of the other visual horrors that can otherwise ruin a beach stay.
The beaches at Punta Cana are some of the best I’ve seen in the Caribbean. Granted, I don’t claim to be an expert on the Caribbean beaches as I have only been to a handful of Caribbean Islands (I always figured I’d save them until I was old-but now with this record pursuit-they will have to be seen sooner). But of what I have seen, Punta Cana ranks right up there with any of them.

Again, if you’re like me, then you’ll have a tough time just sitting at a resort for a week so you’ll want to rent a car and drive around the island and do some exploring. Thats exactly what I did. I drove from Punta Cana to Santo Domingo and back in the same day while stopping in a few places in between, La Romana and San Pedro de Macoris-home of several star Major League Baseball players here in the United States. For me that was cool for whatever reason because I am such a big sports fan.

All in all, I enjoyed my time in Punta Cana and the DR in general but for future reference, I can do without package tourism unless absolutely necessary.

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  1. I am from Dominican Republic. There are many good places to see than Punta Cana. It is all tourists there and there are very few Dominicans. It is very expensive for Domincans to go there because of all the tourists.

  2. Im going to Punta Cana at the end of the month. I am also a tourist. How long does it take to get around the whole island if you rent a car?

  3. It will take about 4 hours or so to drive from Santo Domingo to Punta Cana one way and if you decide to totally circle the DR it would take at least an entire day, probably more

  4. This is wonderful, seriously. i love punta cana! Its beautiful there

  5. Paradisus Palma Real has to be the best Punta Cana Hotel

  6. fantasiosa says

    going to santo domingo next month want to know if it legal to have sex on the beach or is there a private beach or something that one can have sex out doors

  7. That’s a tremendous question that I have no idea about-unfortunately! Perhaps you should email the DR tourism bureau and ask them or call the embassy, I’m sure they’ll love to discuss!

  8. Hi, my daughter,husband and myself are going to santo domingo next month via el ferry and was wondering where would be a nice affordable economic hostel to stay in, that will not be too far from the port (to catch the ferry again)
    Please advise asap
    thanks !

  9. Marlene says

    hahaha oh Lee your funny!

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