A focal point for luxurious resorts with expansive private beaches, Punta Cana features long stretches of white sandy coastline and is often favoured by families. Many international flights land in Punta Cana airport, making this a good jumping-off point for a holiday in the Dominican Republic. While it’s considered a hub for water sports like windsurfing, kayaking and sailing, the modern beachfront also offers ten world-class golf courses and some of the Dominican Republic’s top spas.
Facing both Caribbean and Atlantic waters, Punta Cana’s 32km of dramatic sparkling shoreline attracts many visitors each year. As such, there’s a boisterous nightlife with plenty of restaurants and bars to choose from. But for those seeking a quieter getaway, there are also lesser-known areas to explore. Set out at a leisurely pace on horseback, riding along golden bays fringed with tangled mangroves until you reach the Ojos Indigenas Natural Reserve. Here, you’ll discover a secluded cenote (freshwater sinkhole) that was once home to the native Taínos. While you head back home, stop off at the local farmsteads of Punta Cana along the way. You’ll have the chance to sample fresh produce and learn the secrets to making top-quality coffee and chocolate.