2 Days in Punta Cana: Immerse yourself in the beachfront luxury of RIU’s Punta Cana Hotels
Punta Cana is located on the south-eastern tip of the Dominican Republic. Here you will find some of the best beaches in the world, with dazzling white sand, turquoise water and coconut trees which stretch to the shore. Postcards of Punta Cana don't do justice to its beauty.
Whoever chooses to spend their vacation here surely wishes to enjoy the beaches, relaxing in the sun or taking part in any of the numerous water sports popular in the area. Yet, we believe it is worth your while to dedicate a few days to getting to know the culture and the land's splendid natural biodiversity, so below are a few suggestions for getting to know the most interesting spots in Punta Cana.
Day 1: Punta Cana Excursions, Isla Saona and Altos de Chavon
Many visitors to Punta Cana spend a day of their vacation visiting Isla Saona. The excursion consists of a boat or catamaran ride which takes you through part of the Parque Nacional de Bayahibe where you can enjoy its incredible seabed covered with coral and starfish. Its unique natural pool located in the ocean itself is a must see, as well as the fishing village of Mano Juan located on the island.
Nature lovers will enjoy taking in its flora and fauna which includes hawksbill sea turtles and manatees. The most daring can also visit the Cabo del Tiburón which gained its name because it is frequented by dogfish sharks.
If you are seeking something more relaxing, we recommend you visit the Altos de Chavon, a recreation of a Mediterranean-style village nicknamed the "city of the artists" because it houses the School of Design and an amphitheater where many renowned musicians hold concerts. Full of businesses, art galleries and restaurants and leisure establishments, the town is hugely popular among tourists who speak highly of its archaeological museum and its artisan chocolate factory where you can learn about the production process and the history of cacao since the time of the Mayans up until today.
After a lively day, we recommend you dine at your RIU hotel so you can delight in its delicious gastronomy and end the night enjoying the hotel's night-time entertainment program.
Day 2: Visit Santo Domingo or dare to take a safari in the Dominican Republic.
For those of you who want to immerse yourself in the Dominican culture, a day in the city of Santo Domingo will no doubt prove interesting. Although the trip from Punta Cana is long, it is worth getting to know the colonial city located in the country's historic center. Parque de Colón, the Calle del Conde and the Calle de las Damas or the Alcázar de Colón (where Christopher Columbus' family lived) are a few must sees. In addition, to purchase local items and souvenirs, a visit to Mercado Modelo is highly recommended; and those of you who enjoy history should not miss the Museo del Hombre Dominicano, located in the modern part of the city where you can also stroll through the popular Parque Mirador Sur.
If you prefer active tourism over historical visits, you may enjoy going on one of the safaris which traverse various areas where you can enjoy taking in the Dominican Republic's interesting natural ecosystem. Forests with lush vegetation and diverse fauna or thousand-year-old caves are some examples of the most popular trips.