Punta Cana is the most popular destination within the Dominican Republic, and there is no shortage of reasons why. While Puerto Plata in the north was the birthplace of tourism in the country, it is Punta Cana that really transformed this nation into the unrivaled Caribbean destination that it now is.
Furthermore, not only is Punta Cana the most popular spot, but it is the only destination in the Dominican Republic that was built especially for tourists. The only downside is this area of the country doesn’t have the colonial architecture that is present throughout the rest of the land. But what it lacks in history, Punta Cana more than makes up for with everything it does have to offer.
Here are the 7 reasons Punta Cana is the best beach destination for Americans.
Punta Cana has a modern and well-connected airport with an impressive amount of direct US flights. These include many major U.S. airports on the eastern seaboard, as well as destinations as far west as Austin, Texas. There are currently 21 total direct flights from the U.S. The shortest of these flights is from Miami to Punta Cana, which takes just 2 hours and 25 minutes.
There are no fewer than 11 beautiful and, most importantly, swimmable beaches in Punta Cana. And visitors here quickly see why Punta Cana was chosen as a purpose-built tourist destination. The water is crystal-clear and a heart-stopping turquoise blue in many areas, while the sand is soft, white, and impressively clean, considering its popularity. The pick of the bunch is definitely Bavaro beach, which is famed as being one of the best beaches in the world
Activities For All To Enjoy
There really is something for everyone in Punta Cana, whether looking for adventure or something more relaxed. Scape Park fills the on-land adventure itch with activities such as zip-lining and cave swimming. As well as animal attractions like monkeys and parrots. While those who enjoy the water can take part in every watersport imaginable. In fact, two of Punta Cana’s beaches are world-renowned surf spots, and the area has many safe and respected dive schools.
Luxury At A Fair Price
It’s not often travelers can find luxury at a fair price so close to the U.S. Many regional rivals, such as Los Cabos, carry hefty price tags for all-inclusive vacations in the sun. Meanwhile, Punta Cana has a huge choice of luxurious all-inclusive resorts at a fair price. And like their regional rivals, many of the resorts here offer high-end luxuries like on-site spas and golf courses.
Friendly And Welcoming Locals
The people of the Dominican Republic are famous for being friendly and warm to visitors. Furthermore, this welcoming nature is experienced firsthand in the resorts, restaurants, and activities of Punta Cana. The service staff here are very attentive, and you are almost guaranteed service with a smile.
A Year-Round Climate For Vacation
Not everyone can get time off for a vacation in the summer months, during the traditional vacation season. Thankfully Punta Cana has a pleasant climate all year round, with the coldest month being January, and still seeing average daily temperatures of 77°F (25°C). And with the fantastic connections to the U.S. mentioned before, this makes Punta Cana the perfect year-round destination for Americans.
Safety Of Tourists Is Taken Seriously
The Dominican Republic does have issues with crime, although these mostly affect the local population and areas away from tourism. Certainly, safety is always a concern when picking a vacation destination, especially for families.
Thankfully, Punta Cana is one of the safest areas in the whole country. This is thanks to impressive efforts by the government to protect tourists and the tourism industry from issues seen elsewhere. Safety is taken so seriously that there is a whole separate department of the national police that deals exclusively with tourist protection and service. The Politur (Tourism Police) can be seen throughout Punta Cana, with officers speaking English to a good level and having a reputation for being trustworthy and helpful.
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