Punta Cana is one of the most remarkable Real Estate developments in the Caribbean, it is located on the East Coast of the Dominican Republic and it has some of the best beaches in the world.
Bavaro beach and Punta Cana are located on the eastern tip of the island about 125 miles from Santo Domingo, in the Province of La Altagracia; in what is known as the Coconut Coast (Costa del Coco).
Set against a backdrop of swaying palm trees, the grounds are 20 miles from Bavaro to Punta-Cana. The coconut coast receives more than one million visitors a year and it is well known for it's all inclusive hotels and resorts.
This coast is the major competitor to the Amber coast on the north side.
The climate is as near perfect as you can find, during the day it almost never rains and the year-round sunshine is complemented by the shade of the coconut trees.
Weather patterns are very desirable for many of the world's beach lovers.
Most visitors to this area arrive via Punta-Cana International Airport, and are immediately overwhelmed with it's magnificent landscape and beautiful weather.
Especially popular with this stretch of real estate are the Europeans, they are thought to be the first to discover this hidden treasure, the resorts do a great job distinguishing between their North American and European guests.
Many arrive at the all inclusive resorts, hotels or villas and leave the resort grounds only when it is time to fly home. This is a world unto itself each resort provides enough amenities to keep visitors on site for the duration of their visit.
They are self contained communities, some of these resorts are so large and lavish that guests of the hotel and even many of the staff never visit the competing resorts or villas.
They have their own Drug-store, food market, laundry facility, and anything else you can think of.
Go elsewhere if you want to explore the country, the individual resorts tend to be cities within themselves.
However if you want to surround yourself by a tropical paradise then come visit one of these all inclusive resorts, hotels or villas.
The east coast does not have any other real attractions therefore the resorts created plenty of attractions.
Note: Point of reference... the further east of the city of Santo Domingo the less "local hassle" you will have.
Despite the "local hassle" Santo Domingo has many historical treasures, and an authentic "Dominican feel" which attracts many tourists from around the world.
Many of the eastern coast hotels and resorts are among the finest in the world.
You will find all sorts of facilities and activities to keep you occupied around the clock: tennis courts, golf courses, Jacuzzi, saunas, gyms, horseback riding, parasailing, kayaking as well as other water sports, choice of night clubs, restaurants and lounges with live entertainment, just to name a few.
If you are renting a car you should try arriving before it gets dark some of the roads are tough to steer after dark, and due to security measures many resorts also lock their gates after dark, so remember when visiting make sure to time your arrival before nightfall, upon arrival, in the daylight, you can enjoy the beauty of the Dominican Republic.
If you are a citizen from one of the worlds big cities you will appreciate arriving before nightfall as it can be very dark.
If you are not renting a car and arrive at Punta Cana International Airport, then you will be met by a hotel representative with a van and escorted to your hotel or resort.
Flights mainly from European and North America countries fly to this Dominican Republic airport at a rate of about 100 a week in the summer and about 200-250 in the winter.
This International airport is privately owned and it is thought to be the first privately owned international airport.
The hotels rely on this airport to run efficiently and they have individual vans representing the various resorts, shuttle vans will take visitors to and from their respective hotels.
When you go to the Dominican Republic, and are visiting Punta Cana, this is the Dominican Airport to fly to.
All inclusive Punta Cana vacation packages usually include two way airfare.
Although the mailing address for most hotels in this area is Higuey, very few guest actually visit this town.
Other than the Basilica de Nuestra Senora de Altagracia, there is really nothing else of interest in this town of more than 120,000 people.
Higuey is mostly noted for a place of worship called the Basilica de Nuestra Senora de Altagracia, the country's most important religious site.
The basilica contains a much venerated, 16-century portrait of the virgin of Altagracia, some believe that it can bring miraculous cures.
You can't fail to spot the huge cathedral from anywhere in town-it has the tallest carillon in the Americas.
Each January 21, thousands of religious pilgrims make their way to the Basilica to celebrate the procession of our lady of Altagracia, the holiday recognizes the country's patron saint. It is one of the largest annual religious processions in the country.
The town was founded in 1494 by conquistador Juan de Esquivel and some of it's citizens date their heritage to the earliest Spanish settlers.
The town was governed by the famous Ponce-De-Leon from 1502-1508.
Cortecito, is a seaside village located between Punta Cana and Bavaro (north of Punta Cana) on occasion some of the guest to the all inclusive resorts visit this village.
This area is one of the few stretches of sand that is not owned by the all inclusive giants, Cortecito has an authentic Dominican feel and as the only village left along the resort-dominated stretch, Cortecito has a flavor all it's own.
Usually you will find free spirited Europeans as well as other world travelers hanging out here.
Vendors have setup shop along the public beach to cater to independent foreign travelers.
So if you feel adventurous, for a couple of hours, leave your Punta Cana all inclusive Resort and join the crowd at the quaint village of Cortecito.
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