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Punta Cana Travel Guide


Punta Cana Introduction


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Located about 100 mi/160 km east of Santo Domingo, Punta Cana and its neighbor, Bavaro, are ground zero in the ongoing all-inclusive resort explosion under way in the Dominican Republic (affectionately known as just "DR"). They're located along a beautiful 30-mi/48-km stretch of white-sand beach lined with coconut palms that was once nicknamed the Costa del Coco for marketing purposes; the Dominican Tourist Board, however, no longer favors the moniker. This lovely strip of shore looks like it was taken straight off a travel poster and has perhaps the finest (and certainly the longest and whitest) beaches and most beautiful turquoise and jade seas in the country.   Click here to see the full Punta Cana travel guide on Travel42 »

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Punta Cana Geography


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Located in the province of La Altagracia on the eastern-most tip of the country, the Punta Cana area's most distinct feature is the sandy white beachfront known as the Coconut Coast that runs from Punta Cana through Bavaro and up to Playa Macao in Uvero Alto. The warm Caribbean Sea harbors one of the longest coral reefs (19 mi/31 km) in the world, and the area also enjoys year-round sun and a warm climate.   Click here to see the full Punta Cana travel guide on Travel42 »

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Punta Cana History


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A secluded stretch of jungle inhabited only by a handful of fishermen, this coastline on the Dominican Republic's east coast was virtually forgotten until American businessman and lawyer Theodore Kheel stumbled upon the 30-mi-/48-km-long area when a photographer presented him with aerial photographs of the area at a convention in Miami in 1969.   Click here to see the full Punta Cana travel guide on Travel42 »

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Punta Cana Sightseeing & Things to Do


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Although Punta Cana's claim to fame is its beaches, more tour operators are popping up with various excursions that involve beach activities such as ATVs, Segways, horseback riding or island excursions to nearby Isla Saona. Check with your hotel activities desk or concierge about booking a tour.  Click here to see the full Punta Cana travel guide on Travel42 »

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Punta Cana Nightlife


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Caribbean nights kick into high gear at the numerous all-inclusive properties, which offer cabaret-style shows, discos and lounges for cigar-toting patrons who like to end the day with a nightcap. Check with the hotel concierge for closing times at local venues outside the hotels.  Click here to see the full Punta Cana travel guide on Travel42 »

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Punta Cana Restaurants & Dining


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The array of cuisines available at the all-inclusive resorts is astounding, with the upscale properties offering a la carte menus that deserve applause.   Click here to see the full Punta Cana travel guide on Travel42 »

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