Family-Friendly Resort with Top-Notch Snorkeling, Windsurfing, and Seven Restaurants
A 24-mile-long coral reef surrounds the island of Hispaniola and cradles the shores of Punta Cana. Aside from being a great spot for snorkeling—swarms of tropical fish call the reef home—the reef acts as a natural barrier that leads to calmer waters for swimming. Right near the reef is Cabeza de Toro, the private beach at Hotel Be Live Grand Punta Cana, which is lined with palapas, loungers, and hammocks nestled between coconut palms. It’s a laid-back atmosphere where you can relax with a drink from the beach bar, start up a game of sand volleyball, or watch as the gentle waves roll in.
A pool at the center of the resort is large enough to hold a whale. That larger-than-life feeling extends to the rest of the resort, which has numerous pools scattered amid a casino, kids' club, a nightclub, tennis courts, and an open-air spa. With the all-inclusive deal, the hotel can set you up for kayaking, windsurfing, or sailing the Caribbean on a catamaran.
Feel free to grab a drink at one of four bars or sit down for a meal at any of seven restaurants, five of which have à la carte dining options. Each eatery specializes in a different international cuisine, including Asian, Mediterranean, Dominican, and Brazilian, and some feature offer live cooking shows.
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 a legitimate claim to that description. The coast stretches for more than 20 miles, dotted with coconut palms, chaise lounges, and laid-back bars. But a few of the beaches hark back to earlier times, including Playa El Cortecito, located a short drive up the coast. Local fisherman at this small village bring their boats to shore each afternoon with the day’s catch.