Published on November 21st, 2017 | by Miriam Porter
Where to Stay in the Dominican Republic – Puerto Plata or Punta Cana.
The Dominican Republic, the second largest Caribbean country, is known for it’s rich culture, unique golfing, stunning resorts, and dazzling natural beauty including lush tropics and the worlds top beaches. The island is surrounded by the Atlantic Ocean on the north and the Caribbean Sea on the south. Two exceptional destinations in the Dominican Republic, Punta Cana and Puerto Plata, are ideal vacation spots and each destination offers something unique. Read on to find out which city suits your vacation needs.
Punta Cana is known for its glorious 32 km of breathtaking beaches and is a wonderful vacation hot spot if you love beach activities, sports and eco-tourism. Here are some of the highlights about the region.
Luxury Bahia Principe Fantasia.
Luxury Bahia Principe Fantasia in Punta Cana is a unique hotel to lay your head if you love Castles and ultimate luxury. This all-inclusive family friendly resort is what fairy tales are truly made of. You will feel like you arrived in paradise in the heart of the Caribbean with a butler service, village recreational area, water sports, pools, body treatments at the spa, and exciting nightlife. Children attending Kids Club programs will love the innovative costume workshops, crafts and fun expeditions. Come evening, enjoy live music and dine to your hearts content with a wide variety of cuisines including an international buffet; a Japanese Tepanyaki dinner show; Mediterranean food to order; traditional Italian cuisine; and a Dominican Republic favourite – fried plantains at Los Corales.
Playa Bávaro Beach.
This east coast resort strip, also known as the Bavaro area, boasts soft white sand extending 45 km and is the perfect place to walk along the shore, build sandcastles with the kids, or soak up some rays. There are plenty of restaurants to choose from or pack a picnic lunch to eat right on the beach with the best view money can buy. If water sports interest you, choose from a variety of thrilling activities such as parasailing, boating, snorkeling, or a catamaran cruise.
There are 11 golf courses located along the famous strip, making Punta Cana a golfer’s dream destination. These breathtaking ocean side golf courses are designed by some of the most famous golf course architects in the industry and will fulfil are all your golfing desires. At The Lakes Barcelo Golf Course in Bávaro there are 25 inland lakes at 17 of the 18 holes, and flamingos and turtles watching in awe waiting to cheer on your hole in one.
Punta Cana has many back to nature excursions where visitors can explore the lush green landscapes that are protected by national parks, reserves and marine sanctuaries. Check out the natural lagoons, fish, birds, and other animal species that call these parks home. Or take a dip in the Hoyo Azul Lagoon, known as the Blue Hole, it’s a natural pool located on the base of a cliff.
Puerto Plata is the place to be if you desire mountains, wilderness, gorgeous refreshing natural waterfalls and learning about history. Here are must must-see places in Puerto Plata.
Casa Colonial Beach And Spa.
Casa Colonial Beach And Spa in Puerto Plata is a luxury boutique hotel on the north shore of the Dominican Republic. The breathtaking views of the sparkling Atlantic Ocean next to the private stretch of white sandy beach make it a true island paradise. This elegant intimate resort is a restored colonial estate and each suite features eclectic furnishings and contemporary artwork fused with old world charm. During the day swim in the rooftop infinity pool or get pampered at the tranquil Bagua Spa with a relaxing body wrap or aromatherapy treatment. Then come nightfall dine at Lucia Restaurant, a fine dining experience serving French-Caribbean fusion cuisine. Whether you are celebrating an important occasion or simply want to spice up the evening, order wine from the restaurant’s private wine cellar with fine wines from around the world and toast to a perfect Dominican Republic day.
Spend the day visiting Loma Isabel De Torres riding a cable car in this national park with a spectacular view of the bay and lush botanical gardens. As it is 793 m above sea level the easiest way to access the park is by aerial tramway up to the peak of the mountain. Once at the top spend the day exploring trails, bird watching, and relaxing in the lush green gardens. Pack a picnic lunch to eat among the wilderness of Puerto Plata.
For wilderness lovers there are many tours and excursions to choose from. The Damajaqua Cascades are known as the “27 Waterfalls” and a must see when visiting Puerto Plata. Located along the Damajaqua River, the rigorous tour includes sliding, jumping and climbing, so be sure you are up for the challenge. Other tours include traveling to the sandbar in the middle of the ocean to see fish swimming free in their natural environment and exploring the mangrove forests in the area.
Visit Fort San Felipe at the western end of the Malecón located right on the bay. Kids will love exploring the fort and learning about Puerto Plata’s early colonial days. The fort was built in the mid-16th century and used to protect the City and prevent pirates from seizing the threatened bays along the coast. There is also a small museum to explore that includes a stack of cannonballs from the olden days.
There are endless adventures to have in the Dominican Republic and CAA Travel can take you there. We have great deals with Transat Holidays and more exclusive offers for our Members. For a limited-time only, CAA Members get 8-days of FREE airport parking with Park’N Fly when they book their winter vacation by December 31, 2017.1
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