The Coconut Coast
The 3 S’s sum up the state of play in Punta Cana. The sun, sea and sand on the Dominican Republic’s eastern edge are rated among the best in the world. More than 50 miles of coast runs from Bavaro to Uvero Alto and beyond. And most of it is backed by nut-bearing palm trees – earning this region the title of the Coconut Coast.
Isla Saona and Catalina Island
Punta Cana has a twin set of tropical islands. Isla Saona and Catalina Island are real castaway territory. Both lozenges of land lie off the south coast of the country and are protected as natural parks, so they’re completely untainted by the trappings of tourism.
Santo Domingo and Higuey
If you want a break from the coast, Punta Cana is home to some of the Caribbean’s most historical cities. Santo Domingo is one of the oldest settlements in the New World and Higuey is the site of a legendary battle, in which an apparition of the Virgin Mary is said to have saved Christopher Columbus from defeat at the hands of the Taino warriors.
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Set on the Dominican Republic’s east coast, Bavaro is a small town with 2 big selling points. First off, there are the upscale hotels which come with spas and infinity pools as standard. And then there’s the fabulous beach – a whole 10 kilometres worth of pure white sand and turquoise waters.
Uvero Alto is one of the most secluded villages on Punta Cana’s exclusive Coconut Coast, a majestic 50-kilometre sweep of tropical shoreline in the north-east of the Dominican Republic. Pull back the curtain of coconut trees and there’s a blanket of duvet-soft sands, where a select number of high-class resorts have put down roots.