Hotel at a Glance: Royalton Punta Cana Resort & Casino
Frommer’s has high praise for the beaches along the Dominican Republic’s eastern coast: “They’re wide, they’re gorgeous, and it’s safe to swim offshore throughout the year.” The Royalton Punta Cana Resort & Spa overlooks this lauded swath of sand just north of Punta Cana. As part of the all-inclusive plan, you can borrow snorkeling gear to explore the tranquil waters or simply relax on a lounger on the beach.
- Take a dip in the freeform tropical pool; kids will love the splash park.
- In-room amenities: Luxury rooms come with a private balcony or terrace.
- Sample a variety of cuisines including Japanese, Mexican, Italian, and Mediterranean fare at the onsite restaurants. All meals and drinks are included and available 24 hours a day.
- Pamper yourself with a massage, facial, or body scrub at the onsite spa.
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.