VinnieVanGO loves the Dominican Republic and with the help of Jane Hurst he’s found more exciting activities to try on his next trip.
Are you planning a beach vacation in Punta Cana, but you want to make sure that you do more than just hang out on the beach? Yes, this is obviously a beach destination, but you might be surprised at just how many things there are to do in the area. Punta Cana is located at the easternmost tip of the Dominican Republic, and the entire island is just loaded with exciting things to see and do. Let’s take a look at some of the activities you will be able to enjoy while on vacation in Punta Cana.
· HorsePlay Tours Punta Cana – One of the best ways to see as much as possible in any place you are visiting is to take guided tours. HorsePlay Tours offers a variety of activities in each package. In a single day, you will be able to visit local villages and learn about the various customs in the area, go horseback riding, go zip lining, enjoy samples of locally produced chocolate and coffee, and enjoy a delicious Dominican meal at the end of the day.
· Hispaniola Aquatic Adventures – You can’t visit Punta Cana without doing a bit of snorkeling, and there are plenty of interesting dive sites that you won’t want to miss. You can be sure of hitting them all when you take a catamaran tour with Hispaniola Aquatic Tours. You can opt for either private or semi-private tours, each lasting for four hours on one of three catamarans. Each excursion includes drinks and a meal, transportation to and from your hotel, snorkeling gear, and professional photos for keepsakes.
· Hoyo Azul – While staying in Punta Cana, you really need to take the time to enjoy the amazing landscapes, particularly Hoyo Azul (Blue Hole). This is a natural sinkhole that is filled with beautiful, crystal-clear water. The best way to see this natural wonder is through tours led by experienced guides. You can book a tour through Hoyo Azul Cave Explorer, and go on a hike through the wilderness, ending with a swim in the beautiful, blue Hoyo Azul waters, or fly over the Cap Cana forest in the Hoyo Azul Zip Line.
· Indigenous Eyes Ecological Park – “Another must-see attraction in Punta Cana is the private and protected nature reserve at Indigenous Eyes Ecological Park, operated by the PUNTACANA Ecological Foundation,” suggests an expert and avid traveller from Sell Laptop service. The park is open daily from dusk until dawn for anyone staying at the PUNTACANA Resort and Club, as well as for others in the community. You will enjoy visiting a variety of cultural exhibits, the petting zoo, and even a sugarcane exhibit. There are five awesome swimming holes, and many “Ecological Excursions”, including a Horseback Trail Ride.
· ChocoMuseo Punta Cana – Who doesn’t love chocolate? You can see how chocolate is made at ChocoMuseo, which is also located in the same place n Bavaro as Don Lucas’ Cigar Factory. The ChocoMuseo offers an exhibit that will show you all about the history of chocolate-making, and you will get to visit the “bean to bar” factory. One of the best parts of this little excursion is that you get to sample a variety of chocolate products, and you can buy more in the gift shop. You can even take part in a chocolate-making workshop.
· Coco Bongo – One thing you can’t miss out on while you are staying in Punta Cana is the nightlife, and you are not going to be disappointed. In fact, the nightlife here is like no other part of the island. Coco Bongo offers as many as 12 different shows each night during the high season, including dancing aerobatics, world-class DJ’s, and more. This is one of the most famous clubs in the entire Caribbean, with its first location being in Cancun. If you are looking for a great party, you will find the excitement you seek at Coco Bongo.
Jane Hurst is a writer, editor and avid traveler from San Francisco. Contact Jane here