Sprawling, Four-Star Resort Overlooking the Caribbean Sea
Puntacana Resort & Club is a world unto itself. The 15,000-acre property encompasses three golf courses, six clay tennis courts, a shopping village, an ecological reserve, and several restaurants. The resort’s hotel sits on a prized piece of real estate along 3 miles of private beach overlooking the Caribbean Sea. Guests have access to all of the resort's attractions, which range from a petting zoo to the most popular draw—the golf courses (not included with the resort enhancement add-on). There are three of them to choose from, including the beachside La Cana Golf Course, which, at 7,152 yards, is one of the longest courses in the Caribbean.
Apart from golfing, you can reenact the cover of a romance novel during one- or two-hour horseback rides along the beach or take a scuba tour of a sunken ship ($70/dive). Other aquatic activities include deep-sea fishing ($140/person for a half-day trip) and hobie cat sailing ($45/hour). You can also take part in nonmotorized watersports classes at no charge, including sailing, windsurfing, kayaking, and snorkeling. For a break from the bustle, meander through the resort’s ecological reserve, where 15 natural-spring lagoons shimmer in the sun.
The hotel's deluxe rooms are conveniently located near the beach. With the resort enhancement add-on, you can start the day off with a buffet-style breakfast at La Cana restaurant, and then choose lunch from one of several onsite eateries. Throughout your stay, you can belly up to any of the onsite bars and lounges for beers, house wine, and mixed drinks.
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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 a short drive up the coast, Playa El Cortecito harks back to earlier times. Brightly colored thatched-roof shacks line the beach, and local fishers bring their boats to shore each afternoon with the day's catch.
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