There are a lot of factors involved when choosing a vacation destination in the Caribbean. There are so many beautiful islands and cities to choose from, so how do you decide? One of the most beautiful and affordable islands in the Caribbean is the Dominican Republic, which is located about 950 miles off the coast of Florida, just southeast of Cuba. The island which is home to the Dominican Republic also contains the country of Haiti to the west.
The most popular city for vacationers in the Dominican Republic is Punta Cana. With its beautiful white sand and turquoise waters, it is sure to make your vacation the ultimate in relaxation. Punta Cana is also the home to many different resorts, from All-Inclusive to European style, family-friendly to adults only, and 2 stars to five stars, there is something for everyone. It is also easily accessible from a number of U.S. airline hubs and is one flight connection away from most cities on the East coast.
If you’re a budget-friendly traveler and are looking to get the most bang for your buck, you should definitely check out the Occidental Grand Punta Cana. A beach-front resort, the Occidental is family-friendly three-and-a-half star property that even has a kid’s club. Being all-inclusive, the price you pay not only includes your room, but all of your non-motorized water sports and activities, and all food and beverages (including alcohol!). There is a disco on-site, as well as a spa, and golf located nearby, so you don’t have to worry about being bored.
Occidental Grand Punta Cana
The Excellence Punta Cana is a gorgeous five star adults-only resort. Its romantic feel is perfect for honeymooners, those celebrating their anniversary, or perhaps a couple just looking to get away and spend some quality time relaxing together on the beach. Special honeymoon and anniversary packages are available at no extra cost – just let the booking agent know when you book your room that you are celebrating! There are nine restaurants on-site, each offering a different culinary experience, so you can eat at a different restaurant every night. Resort activities offered are superb and include scuba diving lessons, snorkeling, a variety of lawn games, and bicycles. Enjoy an adult beverage at one of ten different bars, including one at the pool and one at the beach! Or, if you’d prefer not to leave your chaise lounge, there are waiters available to cater to your every need – at no additional cost to you.
The Barcelo Punta Cana Bavarois arguably the best of all Punta Cana resorts in terms of location, accommodations, activities, and price. It’s surrounded by tropical gardens and white sand beaches. There are also seven restaurants to choose from, a spa, a gym, a casino, a theatre, tennis courts, and many activities for children. It’s a top destination for families and groups of all ages.
Island Activities and Excursions
If you would like to venture off your resort, there are a number of different excursions and activities that you can book on the island of the Dominican Republic. If you are a history buff, the capitol city of Santo Domingo is a must-see. This historic city was the first settlement of Christopher Columbus after he discovered the New World, and eventually was passed down to his son, Diego.
If you are looking to stay closer to your resort, you can choose from many other activities, including swimming with the dolphins and horseback riding on the beach. You can choose to swim with the dolphins in either deep or shallow water depending on your preference and swimming capabilities. Horseback rides often take place towards the bottom of the beach where the water splashes onto the sand. These are especially popular at sunset, and can be very romantic for the couple in love.
Horseback riding on the beach
Whatever you choose to do while on vacation, Punta Cana will cater to you. Whether it is relaxation, exploration or a little bit of fun, Punta Cana has it all.
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