Thanks to its beautiful, palm-fringed beaches and many all-inclusive resorts, Punta Cana has a well-earned reputation as a serene, laid back tropical getaway.
Punta Cana, located in the Dominican Republic, is especially popular with honeymooners. Worn out from the overload choosing between purple and lavender, many newlyweds are ready sit back with a drink in their hand (from the perfect all-inclusive resort), while the ocean tickles their toes.
While it is perfect for romance and relaxation, Punta Cana isn’t just for newlyweds, though you’ll find plenty of adult-only resort options. Most Punta Cana’s all-inclusive resorts offer activities for all age groups making it popular with families as well.
The beauty of an all-inclusive resort in a foreign country is the easy travel. No worries about currency or language and they love keeping you just as busy as you want to be.
Feel like being a beach bum? Perfect, they have a beach side chair waiting for you to soak up the rays. Slather on the sunscreen and forget about checking your social media, here it’s time to disconnect and rejuvenate.
Ready to burn off that second or third dessert? There are a slew of activities, including beach sports, tennis, clubs for children, casinos, live entertainment and golfing. In fact, you mig
ht find for the first time you love water aerobics thanks to the hilarious instructors and DJ’s.
Interested in memories to last a lifetime? There are tons interesting and exciting options to truly see what the island has to offer and most often, your all-inclusive resort will have someone on staff to help recommend excursions. It also means you won’t need to worry about driving anywhere because they include pick up and drop off at the resort.
RIDING THE WAVES ON HORSEBACK
You’ve seen it in the movies at least once, horses galloping along the beach, the sun setting, people laughing and hair blowing in the breeze. Now is your chance to make it happen. In fact, you’ll find many of the rides actually have you wading quite a ways in to the water with your trusty steed.
Or if you prefer to stay dry, participate in a cattle drive for something truly original. There are a number of horseback riding operations on Punta Cana, including HorsePlay, which offers the cattle drive as well as a ziplining and horseback riding package.OFF-ROADING EXCURSIONS
Of course you could rent a car to explore, but why would you when something so much more fun is available? In the Punta Cana area, you can choose from a variety of different types of off-road vehicle tours, including ones that use dune buggies, ATVs or Jeeps.
Be prepared to get a little dusty or muddy depending on the weather, but you won’t find a more immersive way to see the country than this! You’ll always have a guide helping to keep you on track and providing some great history about the area, along with tips on locals’ only places to shop.
FLYING THROUGH THE TREES
If soaring through the air to get a bird’s eye view of the rainforest canopy sounds enticing, then Punta Cana has you covered with some incredible zip line options. You might even glimpse iguanas, huitas, parrots and other wildlife as you fly over the tropical landscape.
GET OUT AND ABOUT IN SANTO DOMINGO
You could spend your entire vacation in your all-inclusive resort, but it would be a shame to miss out on learning more about the Dominican Republic. One of the best ways to get to know this country is on a tour of its capital, Santo Domingo.
As you stroll the streets, you’ll quickly discover Santo Domingo is full of surprises. Did you know, for example, that it’s home to the first cathedral and the first university in the New World? And that the remains of Christopher Columbus can be found in this city in the Columbus Lighthouse? Santo Domingo is also a good place to search for authentic Dominican Republic fare, such as sancocho, a seven-meat stew or mangu, which is made from mashed, boiled green plantains.