Practical and exciting information on all aspects of Punta Cana will add to your knowledge of what the Dominican Republic has to offer and how this second largest and most diverse Caribbean country can enrich your life. Your home there and the many spectacular places you can visit will create memories for you and your family that will last a lifetime.
Discovered in 1492 by Christopher Columbus, the Punta Cana population has grown from the official 2010 Census showing 43,982 residents to a current estimated population of 50,000, with an annual growth rate of six percent.
Conveniently situated just a two-hour flight south from Miami, under four hours from New York, and about eight hours from many European cities, Punta Cana is a breathtaking island sanctuary and lush tropical paradise at the easternmost tip of the Dominican Republic surrounded by the Atlantic Ocean and the Caribbean Sea.
An international airport in Punta Cana accommodates visitors and resident travelers.
Well-known for its long stretch of almost 1,000 miles of coastline, 250 miles of white sandy beaches and calm clear waters, and many other amazing features, Punta Cana and the Bávaro area combine as the Coconut Coast with lavish and all-inclusive magnificent hotels and resorts, rich culture, intriguing history, warm hospitality by its people.
You will find a large selection of homes and villas in Punta Cana, which is the fastest-growing area and greatest property investment market in the Dominican Republic. It is the perfect place for a new home, a vacation home, a place to retire, or an investment.
The weather is excellent all year round with the temperatures in the summer ranging from 70 F at dawn to 90 F at midday and winter temperatures usually dropping to a low of only 65 F. In the high mountainous areas, of course, the weather is cooler.
The warmest months are June through September, and when there are tropical rains, they normally fall for just short periods in the afternoon and evening.
What typical foods should you try?
The delicious Dominican gastronomy includes “Mangú” (eggs with green plantains and fried salami or cheese), the “Dominican flag” (kidney beans, rice, meat and mashed and fried green plantains), “locrio de pollo” (chicken with rice), “mofongo” (plantains mashed with garlic, deep fried pork or shrimp), stewed crab and conch, fish with coconut,shrimp stew, roasted or stewed goat, and more.
Dominican desserts include papaya and pineapple options, grated coconut in cream, orange sweets, guava and cashew paste in syrup, and others.
Tropical fruit juices include guava, passion fruit, pineapple, mango, orange, strawberry, mandarin, a papaya smoothie made with milk, sugar cane juice from one of the local fields, and coconut water and pulp from one of the hundreds of coconut groves.
Popular Activities and Recreation
There is so much to choose from. Excursions can include deep sea fishing, snorkeling, scuba diving, windsurfing, banana boat rides, party boats, dinner on a pirate ship, safaris, horseback riding, dune buggy adventures, exploring ancient relics, zip-lining, sailing, windsurfing, kayaking, attending music and art festivals, golfing on one of 25 world-class courses with some designed by professional golfers, exploring national parks, and so much more.
Punta Cana Nightlife
At the hotels and resorts, the staff will dress up as performers at nighttime shows. Or you can head to the popular bars, lounges, and discos or enjoy dinner shows. Most of the resorts have their own casinos, or you can go to one of the largest ones in Punta Cana, which is the Princess Tower Casino and its Lancelot Disco.
They are open to all visitors. The Hard Rock Hotel and Casino has many famous performers all year long.