As one of the most popular vacation destinations in the Dominican Republic, Punta Cana offers white sand beaches and plenty of sunshine. The beach is a good place to begin a vacation, as it is Punta Cana's most famous attraction. If this somehow gets tiring, visitors should check out some of the activities in the nearby area. They still guarantee plenty of sun, just in a slightly different form of fun.
Visit the Parque Nacional del Este
Parque Nacional del Este is located 20 miles south of Punta Cana. The park is perfect for bird-watching as it is home to 112 bird species. Visitors can find some of the best scuba diving and snorkeling in the Dominican Republic in the surrounding waters and the nearby Saono Island. Tropical fish fill the coral reefs in the crystal clear water. Divers have been known to spot dolphins and manatee near this area. Many outfitters organize tours to take people from Punta Cana to the national park and island.
With near-perfect weather for much of the year, the Punta Cana area is quickly becoming famous worldwide as one of the best golf spots in the entire Caribbean. The immediate area is home to 10 world-class golf courses designed by golf legends Tom Fazio and Jack Nicklaus, to name a few, and more are being built seemingly every day. Most of the golf courses of Punta Cana offer some of the area's best, unobstructed panoramic views of the beach and the sea.
Visit the Marinarium
The Marinarium Marine Park & Aquarium gives visitors a unique snorkeling experience that mixes conservation and eco-education with real-life fun. Visitors can take a half-day snorkeling cruise where they can observe the ocean through a glass bottom and then swim in semi-fenced-off coral reef; the brave can cross the fishnet and swim with wild stingrays and nurse sharks. The tour ends at a waist-deep natural pool where visitors can snack and sip on cocktails.
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Article Written By Patrick M. Lind
Patrick M. Lind has been freelance writing since 2007 and has worked as an editor and journalist for ChicagoSporting.com. He received a Master of Arts in history from the University of Amsterdam in the Netherlands and has traveled extensively throughout the United States, Europe, Asia and Middle East.