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The name Punta Cana immediatly conjures images of endless white sand beaches, swaying palm trees, seaside sundowner cocktails, and all the rest and respite of the stunning Caribbean. Most folks don't realize that most of the hustle and bustle of the region occurs in nearby Bavaro, while the original Puntacana, home to The Westin, Tortuga Bay, La Cana Golf Course and the Indigenous Eyes Ecological Preserve, is an incredible community unto itself, one that demands to be explored by guests.
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Punta Cana, Dominican Republic
Zip-lining is a thrilling adventure. Canopy Adventures Zip Line Tours strings adventurous folks up above Anamuya Bavaro Punta Cana and zips them across eight double lines and 15 platforms. Safety is a top priority with the Canopy Adventures crew:...
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Punta Cana 23000, Dominican Republic
Few presidents are this accessible, though that shouldn’t come as much of a surprise for those with knowledge of the Dominican Republic; this Presidente was brewed to party. Presidente is the archetypal island beer; a light, easy drinking Pilsner,...
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Take a deep breath and get up close and personal with some of the most unique art in Punta Cana when you visit the Ecological Preserve’s underwater museum. You’ll find nearly a dozen massive statues all designed in honor of—and dedicated to—...
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Arrecife 55, Punta Cana, 23000, Punta Cana 23000, Dominican Republic
Each room and suite at The Westin Puntacana Resort & Club features an ocean view, while some are so close to the sea that at night it sounds as though the waves are splashing up against the windows. The rooms are defined by a casual elegance that’...
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Even if your green thumb is crooked, you’ll love getting under the sea to serve as a coral gardener with the marine biologists, divers, and naturalists of the Indigenous Eyes Ecological Park and Reserve. The Coral First Aid Speciality PADI program...
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Boulevard Fishing Lodge, Punta Cana 23000, Dominican Republic
The Dominican Republic features some of the most pristine reef systems in the Caribbean, and the reef just off the shore of the Puntacana Resort & Club can be explored even by beginner snorkelers and scuba divers (though currents can be strong...
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Punta Cana, Dominican Republic
Paddleboarding is considered one of the fastest growing leisure sports in the world, and is an accessible, easy-to-learn activity that the entire family can enjoy. It's perfect for folks who want to chill out and take it easy just off the beach,...
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Punta Cana, Dominican Republic
Saddle up at the Centro Ecuestra Punta Cana and take a tour on one of their even-tempered steeds. Trot through tropical forest, across the ecological preserve, down to the beach, and out into the backwoods of the Puntacana Resort & Club on a...
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Playa Blanca at Puntacana Resort & Club, Punta Cana 23300, Dominican Republic
Brassa Grill’s seaside setting alone is enough to qualify the restaurant as among the Caribbean’s most beautiful, but it’s the food—a mix of casual Caribbean and fine dining—that makes any meal at this Westin restaurant a memorable experience. The...
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Playa Juanillo, Punta Cana 23000, Dominican Republic
The Dominican Republic is one of the Caribbean’s premier golfing destinations, and La Cana, with its incredible sea views, championship pedigree (the 27-hole course was designed by P.B. Dye), rolling fairways, and cinematic greens, is undoubtedly...
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Puntacana Resort & Club, Punta Cana 23000, Dominican Republic
Most of the year, Punta Cana’s white, sandy stretches of sand are blessed with gently lapping surf, which means that night swimming isn’t as dangerous or daunting an exercise as it can be on other Caribbean islands. Slip into the water near the...
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Punta Cana 23000, Dominican Republic
Kiteboarding has become one of the most popular adventure sports in the Caribbean, and Punta Cana is one of the best places in the world to get in on the action. From November through April, strong, predictable trade winds churn up just enough air...
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106, Punta Cana 23000, Dominican Republic
El Burrito is a casual little Mexican cantina that serves excellent fajitas, tacos, and burritos, and legendary coconut margaritas that might make it difficult for you to find your way back to your hotel. But hey, you’re on vacation, and deserve...
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Punta Cana 23000, Dominican Republic
Sea kayaking is always an adventure, and in Punta Cana, where the currents can sometimes be strong, kayaking is a serious thrill. Beginners and casual kayakers can stick close to shore and paddle as far and as long as they like, while the truly...
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Puntacana Resort & Club, Punta Cana 23000, Dominican Republic
You’ll have to time your visit around the earth’s gravitational steward for this one (unless the full moon rises more than once a month these days), but if you do happen to be visiting the Dominican during a full moon, don’t miss your chance to...
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Playa Blanca at Puntacana Resort & Club, Punta Cana 23300, Dominican Republic
Since you're on vacation, there is a chance you went overboard at dinner, or at lunch, or even while chilling at the beach—which is, of course, perfectly ok. But if your trip begins to weigh you down, and your shorts are getting a little tighter...
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The lionfish is one of the most beautiful species of fish in the world, but it is also one of the most destructive – and invasive species throughout the Caribbean, the lionfish feeds on a wide array of local fish, and has pushed some Dominican...
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Boulevard Fishing Lodge, Punta Cana 23000, Dominican Republic
Each fall, as trade winds shift, the ocean carries seaweed and kelp toward Punta Cana, where landscapers snatch it up and cart it off to compost stations. The seaweed, which comes in shades of crimson, copper, and rust, adds a peculiar, beautiful...
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Punta Cana 23000, Dominican Republic
The Indigenous Eyes Ecological Park and Reserve's Ridgway's hawk restoration program is one of the great Dominican Republic conservation success stories: Since the program’s introduction, conservationists have reintroduced numerous Ridgway's hawks...
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Punta Cana, Dominican Republic
Getting your hands dirty isn’t exactly the first thing you sign up for when you’re planning a vacation, but perhaps it should be – especially when you have the opportunity to tour and explore the Indigenous Eyes Ecological Park and Reserve. For...
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Punta Cana, Dominican Republic
The Westin Puntacana is one of the Dominican’s newest and most luxurious properties; the hotel itself is a grand work of architectural inspiration, with beautifully designed outdoor restaurants, an incredible pool (or series of pools, depending on...
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Parque Nacional del Este (National Park of the East) is located in the La Romana Bayahibe area, which makes it easy to explore from Punta Cana. The park has been a national nature reserve since 1975, and features postcard-perfect beaches, lush...
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Puntacana Resort & Club, Punta Cana 23000, Dominican Republic
The Puntacana Resort & Club is a quiet place, but if you really do want to feel like the beach and the Caribbean sea belong to you and to you alone, wake up early, pour yourself a cup of Irish coffee, and head on down to the beach, where you’ll...
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They don't serve drinks at this bar, but festive libations are not the draw to this part of the sea. Not far from the beach at the Westin Puntacana Resort & Club—we’re talking maybe 200 feet—rests a massive sand bar surrounded by beautiful coral...
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Playa Blanca at Puntacana Resort & Club, Punta Cana 23300, Dominican Republic
The Westin’s lobby bar is a fantastic gathering place, and a beautifully designed bar in its own right. The bar crew takes great pride in crafting everything from local coco loco ("crazy coconut") cocktails to Irish coffees, and offer specialty...
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Playa Blanca at Puntacana Resort & Club, Punta Cana 23300, Dominican Republic
For a true taste of what this incredible Caribbean island has to offer, book a table at the beautiful Anani Restaurant at the Westin Puntacana. The baby rock lobster is a stroke of grilling perfection, while the ceviche has earned rave reviews...
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The birds and the bees and the flowers and the trees – they’re all connected, and they’re all working in perfect harmony at the Indigenous Eyes Ecological Park and Reserve. One of the most unique installations at the park is the bee keeping...
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La Cana Club House, Puntacana Resort & Club 23301, Dominican Republic
If a better seaside dining option exists in Punta Cana, then it’s hidden in a coral garden somewhere, guarded by a shark. Dinner at Playa Blanca is that spectacular, and that special, whether you’re feasting on portions of house paella (both meat...
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One of the more entertaining aspects of the Indigenous Eyes Ecological Park and Reserve is the animal refuge, which pulls double duty as a petting zoo. On a short walking circuit, which takes no more than 30 minutes to complete, you’ll have...
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Punta Cana, Dominican Republic
The Puntacana Farmers' Market at the Puntacana Village is open for business each Saturday from 9:00 a.m. to noon, and features local producers and artisans selling goods ranging from fresh fruits and veggies to award-winning local honey to organic...
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Segway Eco-Tours Punta Cana offers excellent guided Segway excursions that take guests through the Indigenous Eyes Ecological Park and Reserve, making stops at the hawk sanctuary, iguana habitat, 12 lagoons, the beach, and more. Tours can even be...
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Boulevard Fishing Lodge, Punta Cana 23000, Dominican Republic
The Westin Puntacana’s most striking beach feature (besides the white sand and crystal clear water) is the wedding gazebo, which doubles as the perfect sundowner location for those looking for a bit of privacy. The gazebo is a lovely spot from...
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Punta Cana 23000, Dominican Republic
You probably wouldn’t like coming upon one of these fearsome fellows while hiking through the tropical forest. You certainly wouldn’t want one to walk across your belly while relaxing on the beach—or would you? Iguanas pose virtually no threat to...
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A trip to the Indigenous Eyes Ecological Park and Reserve is a highlight of any visit to the Dominican Republic. The network of trails leads through beautiful tropical forest and delivers visitors to 12 freshwater lagoons, some of which are open...
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Guéret 23000, France
Punta Cana is more than surf and sand and palm trees—and the best way to see this is to get 500 feet off the ground on a helicopter tour with Helidosa Aviation Group. Helidosa helicopter tours last from 10 to 40 minutes, and guests will fly above...
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Punta Cana 23000, Dominican Republic
If you’ve been anywhere in the Caribbean previously, you know that johnnycakes, in all their infinite varieties, are a staple across the islands. In Anguilla they’re light and fluffy like a pastry, in Jamaica they often appear as a pancake, and in...
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Calle Gri Gri, Punta Cana 23000, Dominican Republic
Puntacana Village is a neat little collection of shops, boutiques, restaurants, and cafes that is never more than a 15-minute shuttle ride from anywhere on the Puntacana Resort & Spa compound. Shopping here is perhaps the most laid-back retail...
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Dolphin Island is a curious collection of sea pens not far from the beach at Bavaro, where visitors have the opportunity to swim with dolphins, sea lions, sharks, rays, and more. The animals here seem well cared for, though you should decide for...
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Punta Cana, Dominican Republic
Punta Cava is the Puntacana Village’s local watering hole, an excellent place to meet up with friends for wine, cocktails, or tapas. On Friday and Saturday nights the joint is surprisingly busy, while during the week the atmosphere is a bit more...
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Puntacana is home to the Americas' only Six Senses Spa, a globally recognized purveyor of pampering. The Six Senses Spa, located at La Cana Golf & Beach Club, features peaceful treatment rooms for both solo and couple's experiences, numerous baths...
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The Dominican Republic isn't quite as hot a cocktail destination as places like Cuba or Aruba, which makes a Playa Blanca margarita an even more exciting experience. Top shelf tequila, fresh mix, and just the right amount of ice make this the...
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La Cana Club House, Puntacana Resort & Club 23301, Dominican Republic
I love goat curry. Love. It. It's probably my favorite dish to have in the Caribbean. I love the texture, the aroma, and I generally love the presentation—what looks more wholesome than a stew? Nothing! It's a shame that some folk turn up their...
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Punta Cana, Dominican Republic
Crafto Punta Cana is a beautiful home décor and design shop located at the heart of the Puntacana Village. Crafto caters mainly to property owners at the Puntacana Resort & Club, which means that products are high-end and often one-of-a-kind. They...
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Punta Cana, Dominican Republic
Musa de Coral is a Puntacana Village design shop with a verve and vigor that is wholly Dominican. Products at this small, intimate shop are all handmade and local, and include one-of-a-kind clothing and coral jewelry of excellent quality—half a...
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Punta Cana 23000, Dominican Republic
If you're looking for a unique island souvenir to take home with you, consider buying a stuffed lionfish from the gift shop at the Indigenous Eyes Ecological Park and Preserve. The lionfish has a reputation as one of the prettiest fish in the sea,...