Resort at a Glance: Natura Park Beach Eco Resort & Spa
Every room at Natura Park Beach Eco Resort & Spa features a balcony or terrace, many of which have views of the scenic Playa Bavaro beach. When you’re not lounging by the water, you can do so at the resort’s pool, which features a swim-up bar specializing in tropical cocktails. You’ve also got plenty of options for dinner: in addition to buffets, there are a la carte restaurants such as La Perla Restaurant, which specializes in seafood, La Góndola Restaurant, which serves up Italian cuisine, Buffet La Cana, which has theme nights, and and Steakhouse Media Luna.
- Complimentary water-sport rentals: Make the most of the beachfront access by borrowing a catamaran or kayak, or trying your hand at windsurfing or sailing.
- Healthy dinner options: The resort offers a wellness buffet, which features healthy alternatives to typical buffet fare.
- Free classes: Learn to speak like a local with complimentary beginners’ Spanish lessons.
- Learn how to horseback ride: There’s a riding school located just 0.5 miles (1 km) away from the resort, and you can book riding lessons through the hotel (extra fees).<p>
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.<p>