Many people often debate which ocean offers the best beaches: the Atlantic or the Caribbean? There are pros and cons for each, and die-hard devotees for both, but if you’re visiting Punta Cana in the Dominican Republic, it’s something you needn’t worry about because it has beaches that actually face both. With 25 miles of crisp white sand, gently swaying coconut trees and crystal clear water, the beaches in Punta Cana are befitting of any Caribbean postcard. With its many all-inclusive resorts, Punta Cana has long been a popular destination for European tourists, and it’s easy to see why.
First port of call for your visit in Punta Cana should perhaps be the ticking off of the three S’s: sun, sand and sea. And boy is there a lot of all three. The picturesque coastline is guarded by a seemingly endless supply of nut-bearing palm trees and has thus been given the nickname of the ‘Coconut Coast’. The breath-taking beaches in Punta Cana have gained something of a celebrity following, with singers, former presidents, and fashion designers among those spotted on the region’s paper-white sands. Facilities like water sports and restaurants are thick on the ground, with diving in the area particularly popular. On top of all that, the sun loungers on the beach are the best seats in the Dominican Republic’s house for watching the staggering sunset - especially when you’ve got a piña colada in hand!
Punta Cana also has twin sets of tropical islands, which are sure to entice both first-time visitors to the area as well as returning ones, who can’t wait to see it all again. Isla Saona and Catalina Island are such idyllic and peaceful locales that you’d be forgiven for looking around to spot Tom Hanks, as these remote islands look like real castaway territory. Both pieces of land lie off the south coast of the resort and are protected as national parks, ensuring that they are completely untainted by the tourism the resort experiences every year.
Though you’d be forgiven for spending every possible moment lying on the beach and soaking up the sunshine, those looking to experience something different have many other options, as Punta Canta is home to many historic cities. Santo Domingo is one of the oldest settlements in the New World and there is also Higuey, which has a long enduring history as the site of a legendary battle between Christoper Columbus and the Taino tribespeople.