Visitando Punta Cana
"Disfrutando nuestras playas"
Bavaro, Punta Cana. Un paraiso de playas interminables. La mayor variedad en resorts, en donde es posible alcanzar magnificas experiencias. Para los que interesan practicar deportes acuaticos, disfrutar masajes en la playa, deleitar unas deliciosas comidas, con bebidas incluidas. Para los turitas o amantes del ecoturismo, se ofrecen interesantes tours historicos, y aventuras en fourwheel. Hay una gran vida nocturna con discotecas atractivas, espectaculos musicales, casinos, y mucho mas. Un lugar con muchas opciones para pasarla bien.
Punta Cana, named after a local cape, is a region in the easternmost tip of the Dominican Republic. Covering about 4,200,000 m2 (approximately 1,100 acres), the region is home to a coastline of sandy white beaches and to a town of the same name. A region once named Punta de Borrachón was merged with Punta Cana by the founding investors in 1969.Located in the province of La Altagracia and population estimated at 100,023, the region borders the Atlantic Ocean to the east. To the north, it borders the village of Bávaro and El Cortecito beaches. The nearest town, Higuey, is 28 miles away, and it takes about an hour to drive there. Europeans, particularly the Spanish, tend to own the resorts of Punta Cana. Resort architects have been likely to make some nod to Spain or colonial Mexico. Areas bordering Punta Cana include Cabeza de Toro, Cabo Engaño and, further west, Juanillo. The coastline tends to be mildly windy. The ocean waters are mainly shallows, with several natural marine pools in which visitors can bathe.
North to South the main beaches are: Playa de Arena Gorda, Playa Bavaro, Playa Ubero Alto, Playa Macao, Playa de El Cortecito - all north of the cape - and Cabeza de Toro, Cabo Engaño, Punta Cana, Juanillo - south of the cape.Bávaro is a village developed in cooperation with the resorts of Punta Cana, as a town for workers. As the hotels started to rise along the East coast, Bavaro itself became a center of services.
Punta Cana has one of the busiest and best connected airports in the region (the Punta Cana International Airport), serving about two million tourists per year and sometimes receiving more flights than the Santo Domingo airport, Las Américas International Airport.
The entire Bávaro-Punta Cana region entered a fast-paced growth phase in early 2004. With the establishment and initiation of foreign investment projects such as CapCana and The Westin Roco Ki Beach & Golf Resort, the development of new marinas, resorts, and housing complexes have been developed. With 37,000 hotel rooms counted in 2005, it is expected that the region doubles its capacity in the upcoming years.
The weather is fairly constant, with an average temperature of 26°C. The hottest season lasts from April to November, and during the day temperatures might reach 32°C. From December to March, temperatures during the evening are around 20°C. Very little rain falls around the area, mostly because of the flat landscapers.
Driving the south coast Dominican Republic
Before our trip we had booked only the first 3 nights and airport transfer.It was very nice to see someone waiting for us when we landed in Las Americas airport after 12 hours flights (from Greece).The guy who came to meet us was very kind , he came with a cabrio car-so we could have a nice first view of Boca chica as he said.
The hotel was in Boca chica 'Recidence Los Pinos" and i found it in www.bocachicabeach.net" ,30 $ for a double room,ac,tv,hot water,kitchen and refrigerator.Very nice place,with friendly staff , not on the beach,but cose enough by foot.
Outside the hotel there were motoconchos (taxi motorsycles) for short rides if you felt tired.
We spend the first 2 days around Boca chica,the beach was nice,music everywhere,and there were Dominicanos talking to us-always kindly-if we wanted to drink or a sunbed.Vendors that sell everything , from manicures , fake amber jewellery to hair-braiding in every language.A "no grasias" is enough and they leave you alone.
There are nice restaurants and open air bars on the beach where you can have lunch or a drink with your feet buried in the sand.We liked especially a small italian restaurant which served great pasta and pizza.
The beach is protected by a reef and looks like a huge bath tub.The atmosphere is relaxed and there are friendly faces everywhere..
The third day we rent a car from a local company (25$ per day) for one day..My husband and i both work in the car industry so we noticed that there was a problem with that car and we wouldn't go too far with it.
So we went to the airport and looked for another car.The cheapest and better i found was "Honda rent a car" a Honda civic with ac for 30 $ per day.
We asked them to bring it to our hotel the next morning.We had payed for one day the local rent a car and we decided to go somewhere close.
Sando Domingo is about 20 minutes by car.
Driving was very easy,(that's a Greek's oppinion),like in Athens but less cars and more motorsycles.
Ok,sometimes they stop without warning or pass the red traffic light,but any of this could happen here soi t was very easy for us, we were ready for everything.
We parked the car near the colonial zone and explored by foot.We liked it a lot.
We were lost driving over the bridges of the Osama river , through colorful open air markets , poor neighborhoods and big plazas,palaces and museums.
On the way back,we passed by Boca chica and stopped at Guayacanes beach.The water was azure ant the tall cocopalms provided nice shade from the midday sun.
It was Sunday and it was full of Dominicanos,dancing,very loud music from a local's car and vendors selling food and beer.
We liked it so much that we stayed till late at night we ate from the vendors nice food and very cheap-although i don't know what it was,i tasted all-i hope it wasn't fried snake (ha,ha).
The next morning our Honda rent a car,brought the car to our hotel like they said and we could go to....Punta Cana!!
Although the weather was cloudy , the beauty of the beach was obvious.
Miles and miles of white sand,azure water and tall cocopalms dotting the beach. But Punta Cana is the capital of the All Inclusive resorts , no local bars and restaurants , so your only alternatives are your hotel's facilities.
There are only a couple of budget hotels near El Cortecito area where there is also public access to the beach.
So Punta cana is a heaven for both beach bums and sports enthusiasts , but for the more adventurous travellers it seems to be like wasted time in an isolated golden cage.
On the way back we went to Bayahibe for dinner and see what time the boats leave in the morning for Saona.
Bayahibe is a charming laid back fish village only 30minutes drive away from La Romana and the jump of point to Isla Saona.
There are some budget hotels here and only several fish tavernas on the beach.The locals are renting their homes as guesthouses for a little $ making it popular with backpackers.
English is not spoken here , so learn some spanish.We wouldn't have dinner if there wasn't a guy who spoke english/spanish , helped us order and also taught me some food names in spanish for the next time.
The next day would be the best till then.SAONA or PARADISE.
Many days i sit here at work and dream of the perfect place,white sand,azure water,cocopalms.Well Saona was much better than my perfect dream.
The day trip (40 $ food incl) was on a catamaran,a Dominicano dressed like pirate and taking pictures with him,everybody drinking rum and dancing merengue.On the island we enjoyed the crystal clear sea , the white sand and a great bbq.There were woden benches with palapa roofs where you could sit with your company and have lunch.
I still look at the fotos and i can't believe that this place was real.
On the way back we stoped at "pisina" for a quick dive.The sea is waist deep and the seabed full of starfish.Here is the place where all the boats stop and so it was crowded.
On our way back to Boca chica we made a detour before Cumayasa and drove south the dirt road to La Boca de Cumayasa and had a romantic dinner in Juan Dolio.
The next day we would start out trip to Samana.The best part of our trip was just starting!
Cheap Hotel in Punta Cana
We need hotel for 1 night in Punta Cana. We don`t want spend $100 per person for just sleep a night.
Could You advise no Expensive place to stay in Punta Cana?
RE: Cheap Hotel in Punta Cana
There are a couple of budget hotels near El Cortecito area: Allisios Bavaro and La posada de piedra.
Punta Cana: 1) Inexpensive restaurants in Punta Cana. 2) Supermarkets 3) Car rent
1) We are going to stay in El Cortecito, Hotel Cortecito Inn in the second half of February which is inexpensive comparing to the all-inclusive hotels (55 USD per double room per night for the family). Does anyone know some inexpensive restaurants in Cortecito or in Punta Cana? What is the price range for the dinner? (We do not have special requirements to the food. Not excellent, but more-less good).
2) Are there some groceries or supermarkets in Punta Cana?
3) Does anyone know what can be the price range for car rental for 3-5 days in Punta Cana or neighborhoods?