Hotel at a Glance: Presidential Suites Punta Cana
The white-sand, palm-tree-dotted beach directly in front of Presidential Suites Punta Cana is so stunning, staffers nicknamed it "Nirvana Beach." It's outfitted with plenty of lounge chairs as well as two beach bars serving up refreshing cocktails. Three all-inclusive restaurants are located on the beach as well, overlooking panoramic views of the Caribbean Sea.
- Spacious accommodations: The resort's one-bedroom suites include a living area, a fully equipped kitchen, a dining area, and a private balcony or terrace with a view of the gardens, pool, or ocean.
- Go swimming in a pair of large freeform pools.
- Dining choices: Asian, Italian, and an international buffet
- Number of bars: 4
- Why go?: U.S. News & World Report says "the sugary sand of a Punta Cana beach is so soft, so perfectly golden brown that you might think it was synthetic."
Punta Cana, Dominican Republic: Miles of White-Sand Beaches
When Christopher Columbus landed on the Dominican Republic more than five centuries ago, he described it as "a beautiful island paradise." Punta Cana, located on the island's easternmost tip, lays legitimate claim to that description. The coast stretches for more than 20 miles and is dotted with coconut palms, chaise lounges, and laid-back bars. Glitzy resorts feature prominently along the shoreline, but Playa El Cortecito, a short drive up the coast, harks back to earlier times. Brightly colored, thatched-roof shacks line the beach, and local fishermen bring their boats to shore each afternoon with the day's catch.