Punta Cana is part of the easternmost area of the Dominican Republic, known for its pristine beaches, over 60 miles of coastline and has been welcoming tourists since the 1970’s. Most hotel chains are owned by Europeans, especially entrepreneurs from Spain. The name Punta Cana was derived from the indigenous cane palm, and means, literally, “tip of the white cane palm”.
With an estimated population of 100,000, Punta Cana is known to be mildly windy, but consistent with an average temperature of 86 degrees, and with shallow marine pools for the not so experienced swimmer. The summer can get hot and humid, reaching up to 95 degrees, but very little rainfall is measured.
The capital city is Santo Domingo, and the second major town in the district is Veron, named after a French proprietor of a timberline business in the early 1930’s.
Favorite activities for vacationers include speedboat racing, sailing, deep sea sport fishing, snorkeling, and swimming with the sharks. Land activities like tennis and golf are highly sought after by guests due to the exclusive and dramatic 18-hole course with six Caribbean Oceanside holes. Designed along the natural cliffs, the golf course is one of the world’s finest.
Punta Cana Village offers an assortment of exceptional shops, restaurants, bars, markets and art galleries. The Punta Cana Resort & Club offers various outings and tours that allow you to make the most of everything the island has to offer.
For nature lovers Punta Cana features the Indigenous Eyes Ecological Park and Reserve, a 1,500-acre private reserve owned and maintained by the Ecological Foundation. Even though the park serves for scientific research, it is also offered for recreational purposes to the guests. The reserve has a network of trails leading to twelve freshwater lagoons, creating a wonderful habitat for birds, reptiles, local flora and fauna.