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Exquisite fine white sand beaches stretching into the distance, lush tropical rain forests, and spectacularly beautiful mountains jutting toward the sky:  this is Punta Cana, the Dominican Republic’s foremost resort area.  Punta Cana is synonymous with championship golf, world-class casinos, exciting nightlife, and elegant spas. 

 

40 miles of unspoiled beach line the coast.  Visitors revel in tropical warmth year round as they enjoy the finest accommodations at spectacular,  all-inclusive resorts offering value-added vacations at an affordable price.  Punta Cana is a traveler’s dream.

 

The origin of the Punta Cana resort complexes can be traced back some 15 years to the time when a dawning realization by investors from Spain and other parts of Europe occurred.  The idea came to them that the many acres planted in sugar cane at the tip of the island of the Dominican Republic could be converted into a superb resort area with sun and sandy beaches available year round. 

 

During the 1990s, as development began, many Europeans rushed to take advantage of Punta Cana's desirable climate where it is consistently sunny and warm and rarely rains during daylight hours. Capitalizing on the low cost of the land and the desire for sunny holidays in the depths of winter, a half-dozen European hotel chains acquired large tracts of sugar-cane plantations and pastureland on which they erected more than a dozen resorts, most with no fewer than 500 rooms, some with even more, that  attract visitors from around the world.  The hotel designs range from the modest to low-rise mega complexes designed by the most prominent Spanish architects.

 

The resorts come complete with the most lavish beach and pool facilities in the Caribbean, spectacular gardens, and relatively new concepts in architecture, focusing on postmodern interplays between indoor and outdoor spaces.  There is no town, though the resorts use tiny, nondescript Higüey (Ee-Gway), 40 minutes away, as a mailing address.  Don’t expect native culture and crafts exhibited along dusty streets in quaint villages.  Look rather,  for large, all-inclusive resort properties  that are self-contained to meet the visitor’s every need for rest, recreation, and relaxation. 


This area is made up almost completely of large all-inclusive resorts populated by couples or by families. Some resorts in the area cater to sports-minded people. Most of the resorts focus on family entertainment. The exception is at spring break time when groups of university students fly down from Canada and the US. The hotels preferred by spring breakers are the larger complexes, where nighttime entertainment is the liveliest. 

The Punta Cana area caters to those looking for the type of vacation where the resort has everything and one never has to go outside the gates. The nearest city, Higuey (Ee-Gway), is about a 40 minute drive away. Beyond the resorts, there is mostly unpopulated countryside. You can literally walk for miles along the beach without seeing anything but an occasional unfinished construction project or the next hotel.

 

Off the beach, just a day trip away, is Santa Domingo, the oldest European city in the New World Even after five centuries have passed, the palace of the Columbus family can still be found here, as well as the city's sixteenth-century cathedral, the oldest in the New World.

Besides historical sites, rugged mountains, and beautiful beaches, Punta Cana has a wider range of sports than any other Caribbean Island. Fishing, wind sailing, parasailing, snorkeling, scuba diving, water skiing, horseback riding, and golf are a few of the many offerings.  The resorts provide programs to keep children happily occupied during part of each day. 

 

Experience the spectacular sunrises and sunsets; revel in the beauty and enjoyment of each sun-filled day; and at night, swing to the rhythms of the Caribbean.  For an unforgettable resort vacation, take a break in the tropical splendor of Punta Cana. 


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