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The Essential Guide to Punta Cana

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With white-sand beaches, warm Atlantic water, and nearly perfect weather year-round, it’s easy to see why Punta Cana attracts nearly two thirds of all visitors to the Dominican Republic. Guests flock to the region for its exclusive resorts, world-class shopping, lively clubs, and Vegas-style shows—as well as its relative convenience. You can fly non-stop from several U.S. cities to Punta Cana International and most hotels are a quick drive from the airport.
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Punta Cana 23000, Dominican Republic
Since 2009, the Grupo Puntacana Foundation and the Peregrine Fund have been working together to save the endangered Ridgway hawk, which is native to Hispaniola. The population numbered around 350 in 2000, but is now up to about 550, with 19...
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Fundacion Grupo Puntacana, Puntacana Resort & Club, Punta Cana 23302, Dominican Republic
Stop by Grupo Puntacana’s Sustainability Center to learn more about the foundation’s environmental efforts, from a coral restoration project to recycling, lombricomposting, and aquaponics programs. The center holds tours every Saturday...
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Punta Cana Village Olivo 14, Punta Cana 23000, Dominican Republic
Inside Punta Cana’s Indigenous Eyes Ecological Park and Reserve, underground rivers that run toward the sea feed 12 crystal-clear freshwater pools, five of which are swimmable. Dive off a wooden platform into the largest one—the...
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Punta Cana 23000, Dominican Republic
This three-mile stretch of white sand is the only public beach at the gated Puntacana Resort & Club. Still, non-guests can only reach the beach after dining at the resort’s oceanfront Playa Blanca Restaurant. It’s worth it though,...
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Macao Beach, Punta Cana 23000, Dominican Republic
One of the world’s best beaches according to UNESCO, this beautiful, palm-lined stretch of golden sand 40 minutes north of Punta Cana is known for its top-rated surf school and its oceanfront restaurants that serve delicious, Dominican-style...
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Playa Blanca at Puntacana Resort & Club, Punta Cana 23300, Dominican Republic
Located at The Westin Puntacana Resort & Club, this open-air restaurant specializes in grilled meats and seafood but also offers several delicious pastas. The executive chef hails from Peru, which explains why the menu includes a traditional...
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Punta Cana 23000, Dominican Republic
Named for a Dominican-style fishing boat, this open-air restaurant and bar in Punta Cana’s elegant Marina Estates sits on a wooden deck built over the water. Whether you’re seated under the thatched palm roof or the open sky,...
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Punta Cana 23000, Dominican Republic
This American-style grill offers breathtaking views of La Cana Golf Club’s manicured greens, palm-fringed swimming pool, white-sand beach, and turquoise water. Start your meal here with an appetizer like grilled octopus or one of the salads,...
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Cap Cana, Punta Cana, Provincia La Altagracia, Punta Cana 23000, Dominican Republic
Fifteen minutes south of Puntacana Resort & Club, Eden Roc at Cap Cana is the most exclusive of the six hotels in the gated Cap Cana Reserve. At this Relais & Châteaux property, guests have their choice of beachfront suites with...
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Playa Blanca at Puntacana Resort & Club, Punta Cana 23300, Dominican Republic
From the porte-cochère entry at The Westin Puntacana Resort & Club, you’ll catch an inviting first glimpse of coconut palms, manicured grass, and a long swimming pool that seems to end at the sea. The view only gets better...
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Punta Cana 23000, Dominican Republic
Designed by Oscar de la Renta, who was also a guiding force in the original vision for Puntacana Resort, Tortuga Bay Hotel has 13 freestanding villas comprised of 30 suites, each featuring Frette linens, a kitchenette, and a balcony or terrace...