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Punta Cana, Dominican Republic

Punta Cana, Dominican Republic

Punta Cana is part of the Punta Cana-Bávaro-Veron-Macao municipal district in La Altagracia, the easternmost province of the Dominican Republic. The area is best known for its 20 miles of white-sand beaches and clear waters, which face both the Caribbean and Atlantic, and it has been a popular tourist destination since the 1970s. Set against a backdrop of swaying palm trees, these beaches are unrivaled in the Caribbean. Punta Cana and Bávaro have been recognized throughout Europe and the Americas for their climate. The name Punta Cana refers to the cane palms in the region, and literally means "Tip of the White Cane Palms”.

Punta Cana International Airport (PUJ) is the best-connected airport in the Caribbean and Central America, with flights from 26 countries. Now its brand new highway puts tourists less than an hour away from the attractions of La Romana, and two and a half hours from Santo Domingo.

MAIN TOURIST ATTRACTIONS

  • Punta Cana is a golfer’s destination, with 11 courses located all along the strip.
  • Indigenous Eyes Ecological Park & Reserve, 6 sq km of protected coastal and inland habitat home to some 100 bird species, 27 of which are indigenous species native only to the DR, 160 insect species and 500 plant species
  • Basilica de Nuestra Señora de la Altagracia, one of the most famous cathedrals in the country because of the glass-encased image of the Virgin of Altagracia housed inside
  • Parque Nacional del Este, a long easy-to-follow road hugs the coast for many kilometers and involves some hiking up a moderately steep slope to make it to the top of the rugged bluffs with beautiful views of the ocean.
  • Cueva de Berna, a large cave with scattered Taíno pictograms (and graffiti) and stalactite and stalagmite formations. To find the cave, follow the paved road that runs along the ocean wall west (away from the mouth of the river).

ACTIVITIES

The area offers water attractions, such as racing speedboats, catamaran sailing, party boats, deep sea sport fishing, discovery cruises, floating spas, private yachts, swimming with dolphins, snorkeling cruises, swimming with sharks and stingrays, whale watching, reef exploring and visiting small islands like Catalina and Saona.

The capital city is Santo Domingo, and Los Haitises National Park, Samana, are nearby. The Basilica Catholic Monument, built in 1962 and designed by two French architects, is in nearby Higüey, the 500-year-old capital of the Province.

HISTORY

Punta Cana is a popular resort area in the Dominican Republic, which is located on the Caribbean island of Hispaniola. The Dominican Republic shares the island with the country of Haiti. Punta Cana is located on the far eastern point of the Dominican Republic in the province of Altagracia. Before the coming of the Spanish, the island was populated by Taino Indians who had called it home for hundreds of years. Eastern Hispaniola became a springboard for the Spanish to conquer much of the Americas after Columbus discovered and claimed the area on his first voyage in 1492. The Spanish conceded the western portion of Hispaniola to the French, the territory which is now Haiti.

In the early 19th Century, The Dominican Republic, then known as Santo Domingo, fought to win its independence from Spain but was instead conquered and ruled by Haiti for over 20 years. The country's government was finally able to declare independence in 1844, only to voluntarily return to the fold of the Spanish Empire 20 years later, and then become independent again two years after that. For a brief time the country was ruled by a United States-led military government, from 1916 to 1924. In the early 1930's the country was then taken over by the brutal dictator, Raphael Trujillo, who was assassinated in 1961. There are many Dominican immigrants living the United States today. The country is also known for its baseball players, many of whom play in the US Major Leagues.

 

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