Daytrips, Punta Cana
Higuey is a city situated somewhat near Punta Caña, and it is the capital of La Altagracia Province. We ventured on a public bus and visited Higuey for an afternoon. Visiting this city by ourselves, we managed to have a real feel of authentic Dominican lifestyle, and not only the idyllic beaches and landscapes that the guides showed us before. Looks like that “real life” is so different from the things we had seen so far on the island.
Markets are a place I like to visit, as I enjoy seeing food and habits. The market I visited here left quite a “big” impression on me, mainly the smell, as it wasn’t pleasant at all. Habits are undoubtedly different, and butchers, for example, hang the raw meat on front of the shops leaving I hanging there the whole day, … The main reason for the smell, is that there isn’t a sewer system and water and garbage run on the street.
There is also a part of the city that is tourist oriented – a lot of souvenir shops, mainly hand crafts and cigars.
When in Higuey be sure not to miss the Cathedral, in my opinion, the city’s main must see.
One major economic activity in the inner island is the sugar cane plantations. You can see huge plantations (farms) where the green sugar cane fields extend for kilometres and kilometres.
The owners of these farms have installations for their workers, mainly Haitians. Haitian men come to Dominican Republic in search of work and bring wife and children.
Farms are opened for guided visits, where you will be able to see how they harvest the sugar cane and load it into the ware houses. Also they will give you some sugar cane to taste, as well as rum, one of the main products made on the island from the sugar cane.
We are usually the type of people that like to explore the world outside the hotel and see how the people live so we became friends with one of the hotel workers and he took us on a private tour of the area. The town he took us to, about an hour outside Punta Cana, was typical rural DR with small homes, some dirt roads, lots of friendly people. We found some souviner shops that gave us way better bargins than the resort.
We also visited Mi Amor Rum Factory, and a cigar factory.
This area is made up almost completely of large all-inclusive resorts populated mostly by couples or families.so obviously i spent my vacation in one of the resorts at bavaro beach.
Found some websites for entertainment and shopping off the resorts in Punta Cana
Also the official tourism site is www.godominicanrepublic.com
hope this tip helped...
People wil tell you to never leave the resort, it unsafe. Thats a bunch of bull. They will try to sell you something and they are persistent but I had no problem walking around the town.