3 things to do in Punta Cana
Punta Cana is a region located in the eastern part of the Dominican Republic. The population is about 100,000 inhabitants and extends over an area of about 420,000 square meters. It is the main tourist area of the state and is known as the “coconut coast” for the hundreds of coconut palm trees scattered along the 48 km of very fine white sand and blue-turquoise water. In the Punta Cana area, Bávaro Beach is 3 km long and, because of its natural coral reef and the contrast between the waters and its coastline, is considered one of the 10 most beautiful beaches in the world.
Just one hour boat from Punta Cana is reached on the island of Saona, where the Laguna Blu movie was shot. The island is an enchantment: coconut palms, fine sand beaches and a large cliff overlooking the Sea at 40 meters of height. One-meter deep natural pools are down the road to reach this island: Tourists often stop for a bath and admire the many sea stars and shells that are found in this place.
Althea of Chavón
It is a town of great charm considered the City of Arts because of its cultural center, the National Archaeological Museum, the famous amphitheater that hosted international singers such as Julio Iglesias and which made it into sets of films of great success such as Apocalypse Now . Its cobbled streets and houses with a retro flavor lend themselves to easy deception: the city seems to emanate all its ancient history. Nothing is further from reality: Altos de Chavón was built in 1976 with stones derived from a mountain burst through a dynamite. Legend has it that Chavón Altos was actually a city donated by Carlo Bluhdorn to his daughter for his birthday. Given the beauty of the area, it is no surprise that it has been chosen as a second-place residence for many celebrities. Many events then were celebrated in the local church. Among these are Michael Jackson’s wedding.
About 20 minutes from Punta Cana airport is El Cortecito. You can spend a pleasant shopping day here on the picturesque open market, where bargaining is a must if you want to buy typical souvenirs. Native paintings, Cuban cigars and Brugal rum are some of the options you should not let them run away.