Punta Cana’s got a lot more to offer than just its beaches
What to visit in Punta Cana? Naturally the beaches. This is the first and foremost reason to spend a holiday in this part of the Dominican Republic. Because Punta Cana is a true paradise, with beautiful beaches, turquoise waters, coconut palms and lovely temperatures. The coastline stretches for over 40 kilometers: there are private beaches equipped with all comforts and well-equipped thanks to the many services provided by adjacent hotels. But the beaches are not everything. There are some interesting excursions that are worth doing and some interesting places to visit. Here are my suggestions:
Just one hour by boat from Punta Cana you reach the island of Saona, where the movie The Blue Lagoon was filmed. The island is a charm: coconut palms, sandy beaches and a large cliff overlooking the sea at 40 meters high. One meter deep natural pools are located along the road to reach this island: usually there are many tourists here to enjoy a bath or simply to admire the starfish and shells that are visible in this magical place.
Altos de Chavón
It is a town of great charm, considered the City of Arts thanks of its cultural center, the National Archaeological Museum, the famous amphitheater that hosted international singers such as Julio Iglesias and who made the set for very successful movies such as Apocalypse Now. Its cobblestone streets and retro-style houses lend themselves to easy mistake: the city seems to emanate its ancient history. Nothing is farther from reality: Altos de Chavón was built in 1976 with stones from a mountain erupted because of a dynamite. Legend has it that Altos de Chavón was actually a city donated by Carlo Bluhdorn to his daughter for her birthday. Given the beauty of the area it is not surprising that it was chosen as a second home for many celebrities. Many events were then celebrated in the local church. Among these we remember the marriage of Michael Jackson.
Manatí Park and Cueva Fun Fun
Dancers at Manatí Park
Two other places to visit are the Manati park and the Fun-Fun cueva. The first is a theme park that offers shows of parrots, dances and several kinds of entertainment. It will also allow you to come into direct contact with some of the most widespread exotic animals in this country and admire some of the typically Dominican art exhibited in a special museum. The second place, Cueva Fun-Fun was one of the largest caves in the world, a natural place of immense charm.
Another of the beautiful places of the Dominican Republic is represented by this peninsula, surrounded by beaches and located in the north-east of the country, one of the favorite places for those who want to see the humpback whales, typical cetaceans in the area.
El Limón Waterfalls
It is an excursion worthy of Indiana Jones, it is located in the heart of the tropical forest and is about fifty meters high. It offers a panoramic view that leaves literally speechless. Small caves are hidden under the water jets.
Where to stay
The Tortuga Bay Puntacana Resort & Club comprises a total of 30 luxury beachfront rooms and villas decorated by the world-famous designer Oscar de la Renta. Discretion and privacy combine with the exclusivity and comfort of this hotel, offering guests the opportunity to relax and have fun in a true luxury paradise with ambiences of great natural beauty. The floor, walls and fabrics used are absolutely luxe and some wood furniture are of absolute value.
Tortuga Bay Puntacana Resort & Club offers guests personal service and is ideal for families, golfers and honeymooners. Moreover the Tortuga Bay offers a Six Senses spa, 4 restaurants and 6 bars. For each villa is assigned a manager who is always available to their guests to help them in their requests and needs. Inside the hotel, in addition to a 24-hour reception service, there is a mini supermarket and also a hairdresser.