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Punta Cana is a slice of paradise on the eastern coast of the Dominican Republic, offering not just sugar-white sands and perfect seas, but hours of sunshine and some of the most glamorous and upmarket golfing you'll ever experience. It's not only about lazing away the day on the sands though, with watersports to be tried, dolphins to be spotted, and bargains to be had at the beachfront shops. You'll also find lots of mouthwatering seafood specialties in the increasingly impressive restaurants off-resort.

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One of the biggest draws in the area is the sun-worshipper's paradise that is Bavaro Beach, a place where the crystal-clear aquamarine water is warm, the perfect white sands are kept impeccably clean and the drinks dispensers are on hand to keep everyone cool. Whether you're happy to lie on a lounger among the palm trees and soak up the rays or go for a stroll and take part in watery adventures, this is the perfect place to do it. Bavaro itself is a handy place to pick up essentials, thanks to the many shops which have popped up here as the tourist numbers have increased, but it's also a great place to practice your golf swing by day and your dancing by night in its lively discos. Another perfect slice of beach to explore is the Bayahibe Beach which is known for its soft sands – barring the odd rock here or there – and a great spot for snorkeling.

Hotels in Punta Cana

This is a place people flock to for a little slice of heaven, so it's no surprise that the hotels in Punta Cana know how to pull out all the stops and offer their guests high-end luxury if they want it. Many of the premium resorts are all-inclusive, so you'll get all your meals and some of your drinks thrown in along with on-site spas, access to marinas, and swimming pools. This isn't a place to come to on a tight budget, but less exclusive options are available, and still offer a decent range of amenities including complimentary WiFi, MP3 docking stations, and beachside bars.

Where to stay

Many visitors will flock to one of the most elegant beaches, Bavaro Beach, which happens to be home to a large array of resort hotels. If you opt for a resort, you may find yourself in something like a gated community, so do be sure to make yourself go out and explore the shops and plazas off-resort to get more of a local flavour, and pick up some bargains. There's also golf and diving to try your hand at in this most glamorous of spots. An alternative is Cap Cana which is geared specifically towards high-end international visitors and has the marinas and celebrity golf endorsements to prove it.

How to get to Punta Cana

The main transport hub in the area is the Punta Cana International Airport, which is around 9 kilometres from Bavaro and easily accessible by taxis but many of the hotels will lay on transport to transfer you from the airport. A great way of exploring by water is to head to Casa de Campo Marina and take to the seas, while internal flights are available from La Romana linking the area to Santo Domingo and other hotspots for reasonable prices.

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