Reviews Punta Cana
... More /> Outside of the resorts, the natural beauty of the Dominican Republic takes over, as coconut palms give way to the white sand of the beaches. Some of the original fishing villages remain fairly undeveloped. One of the most picturesque is El Macao, a fishing village that looks out to the Playa Bonita with its adjacent rocky hill. From atop this hill, one can look out across the sea and catch glimpses of an old shipwreck, one of the attractions for divers in the area.
The cit of Higüey was founded in 1494, and today it serves as a living example of the traditional Dominican way of life, with small streets 5 centuries old. On the road from Higüey to La Romana, you will find the two towns of San Rafael de Yuma and Boca de Yuma. In San Rafael de Yuma, stop and take a look at the Ponce de Leon House, where, in the early 1500s, the commander of this eastern part of the country lived with his family. In Boca de Yuma, opportunities abound to sample the fresh local fish and the traditional dances of bachata and salsa.
Punta Cana also boasts a nature reserve, the Manati Park Bavaro, where colourful birds, reptiles, and fish share their home with dolphins that are more than willing to put on a performance. Just off the southeast coast of the mainland, Sanoa Island is a popular spot for daytrips. The island’s small fishing village is the only settlement, and visitors here can enjoy the delicious local catches under the shade of the coconut palms.
There have been settlements on this eastern tip of the Dominican Republic since Spanish colonial times, mainly little fishing villages where people lived off the bounty of the sea. It was only about 30 years ago that the area began to be developed for tourism. ... More Today, this is one of the Caribbean’s fastest-growing resort areas. The hotels and resorts are concentrated in a few towns along the coast, such as Bávaro, with its shopping complexes, restaurants and nightclubs; El Cotecito, a small fishing village with numerous private hotels and apartments; Cabeza de Toro, with a number of top-quality hotels; and Cap Cana, a complex stretching 4 kilometres along the coast.
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