With more tourists than any other Caribbean city, Punta Cana is the second most popular tourist destination in Latin America. It is renowned for its white sandy beaches, turquoise oceans, cenotes in the tropical rainforests and resorts overlooking the Caribbean and Atlantic oceans.
Where is Punta Cana located?
Punta Cana is a seaside resort located in the far east of the Dominican Republic. It is located in the municipality of Higüey, in the province of La Altagracia, and is part of the municipality of Veron-Punta Cana. To the north, it is bordered by the small villages and beaches of Cabeza de Toro, Bávaro and El Cortecito. Higüey, which is 500 years old, is the nearest town and is about an hour’s drive away. Uvero Alto, Macao, Arena Gorda, Bávaro, El Cortecito, Las Corales and Cabeza de Toro are all located to the north of the cape, and Cabo Engao, Punta Cana and Juanillo to the south of the cape are the main beaches. Punta Cana is the second most popular tourist destination in Latin America, with more tourists than Rio de Janeiro. Before reading on, you might want to get inspired by the beauty of Punta Cana by clicking here.
What makes Punta Cana so popular?
The warmth of its beaches, the beauty of its surroundings and the cosy atmosphere are just some of the many attractions to be found in Punta Cana’s 420,000 square kilometres. It is no coincidence that Punta Cana is the most popular tourist destination in the Dominican Republic with two million visitors. Punta Cana has a fantastic network of beautiful beaches, with fifty kilometres of endless blue-green water and fine white sand. Because of its diverse natural life, several parts of the coastline are considered national treasures. Cabeza de Toro, known for its geographical shape, Arena Gorda beach, Bavaro beach, Macao or El Cortecito, Cabo Engao, Juanillo and Punta Cana are among the beaches that stand out. You can also visit small oases like Isla Saona, which is known for its beautiful reefs and coastal lagoons, close to this enchanting setting.
Where to find the must-see cenotes in Punta Cana?
The Punta Cana region has a variety of cenotes (water-filled caves) that are visited by thousands of tourists every day. Hoyo Azul and Punta Cana Lagoon are among the most renowned of them. Located in the beautiful Scape Park in Cap Cana, the Hoyo Azul Cenote is a special cenote with crystal clear waters, surrounded by a lush forest of various plants. About 14 metres deep, it sits at the foot of a 75 metre high limestone cliff covered in vegetation. A beautiful place to bathe in the natural springs. Punta Cana Lagoon is an ideal place for hiking, as it offers visitors many natural advantages such as abundant flora, trails, mangroves, lagoons and underground rivers. The Grupo Punta Cana Foundation owns and manages this private protected area.