While many of your friends or family might be talking about Cancun, Riviera Maya and Cuba, there is a specific spot in the Caribeann which should at least be in the mix this year when choosing the best vacation in the Caribeann. Tropical, scenic, diverse and reasonably prices, Punta Cana in the Domincan Republic is simply an awe inspiring destination infused with a wide variety of things to do.
Here are five reasons why you need to take a Punta Cana vacation as soon as possible:
Although Punta Cana and the resorts themselves are extremely relaxing, nothing is quite like a scenic cruise to the Isla Saona. Isolated and unspoiled, the island is actually a National Park which means there are no lavish hotels or concrete buildings ruining the view. Expect a serene two hour sailing trip to the island, encounters with natural pools, starfish and colorful coral. Many tours to Isla Saona will include food and drinks but the highlight is no doubt the island itself, and the wonderful catamarans which take you there.
As seen in Costa Rica, the Dominican is developing a fine reputation for adventure activities and ventures into the wild. In this sense you can expect many watersports, hiking and rafting but for the ultimate shot of adrenaline and spectacular views of the rural areas outside Punta Cana, you have got to spend an afternoon Zip lining.
Fast, fun and priced on the low end in terms of the tours, the Zip lining is organized by experienced operators with perfect safety records and offers a great insight into the jungles below, given that you get to see them from an entirely unique vantage point.
There are several “Blue Holes” around the world, most notably in the Red Sea Egypt, but Hoyo Azul is most certainly up there with the most stunning. Incredible cave systems surround this idyllic blue natural pool and it makes for a lovely escape from the resorts for a few hours or even the day.
While organized tours can take you to Hoyo Azul, it is quite easy to self drive there yourself or rent a private cab. With the above in mind, it is always nice to avoid the afternoon when most tour buses arrive to explore.
Bavaro and Horseback riding
While in Punta Cana, it would be a shame to miss out on the local culture and for this reason a trip to Bavaro is always a nice way to see the country. Passing sugar cane fields and towering palm trees, you will arrive on beautiful rolling landscapes which are best explored on horseback.
Visit a local ranch, taste the local food and see how little the life of these people has changed over the centuries. You can also see how cigars are made on a trip to Bavaro, feel refreshed as you experience a home-stay in the area and taste the fruits or coffee for which the area is so famous.
Caribe Eco Tour
And then there is this fun tour organized by the locals on which you can delve even further into locals lifestyle and the mountain landscapes of the Dominican Republic. With lively music enhancing the fun atmosphere, the locals will take you on a day tour of Higüey to learn about the local culture, myths and legends. Stopping in a public school and the Voodoo House Museum are particular highlights, while the town tour of Higüey is an intriguing visit to a less touristy part of the country.