Punta Cana, the popular city of the Dominican Republic, is situated on the easternmost edge of the Hispaniola Island. The city is home to some of the gorgeous beaches and natural wonders. But before you set out to explore this beautiful city, wouldn’t it be good to get an overview of its various neighborhoods and towns. This will ease your exploration of the city and help you prepare well for your vacation here in the future.
The neighborhoods and towns to explore in the city include Playa Uvero Alto, Macao, Higüey and Bávaro. Let us now get an insight into all these places.
Playa Uvero Alto
The Playa Uvero Alto is a small, mostly secluded beach village, situated farther north of Punta Cana. It is an amazing place to visit. This place with its coconut groves looks scenic. It is also home to many unique boutique hotels as well. Tourists find access to Playa Uvero Alto's beach strip quite convenient with its efficient connectivity from the Punta Cana Airport. You can consider staying at Excellence Punta Cana and Zoëtry Agua Punta Cana. These are among the best hotels found here.
Macao is situated along the coast of Bávaro to its north. It is presently the newest resort hotspot in the region. This charming place, complete with its ranches and pastures is the biggest attraction for tourists visiting the city. The stunning beaches here have led to the construction of many new resort hotels. Those staying at the resorts further south can make a popular day trip to Macao. You will love enjoying your time here as the beach is less crowded.
Higüey is situated to the west of Punta Cana’s beaches. This inland destination can be reached only through a car. Higüey is considered to be a holy land by the locals as it is treated to be a site of a vision of the Virgin Mary. The major attractions here include the Basilica de Higüey Nuestra Señora de la Altagracia, the city’s main cathedral. You can also indulge in some shopping here as well such as larimar jewelry, rum, cigars, souvenirs and more.
The Bávaro town is situated to the north of the Punta Cana Airport. A small fishing village El Cortecito is located here. It is popular for its vibrant artisan market. The rows of open-air stalls here provide great opportunity to tourists when purchasing souvenirs. Bávaro is also home to many amusement parks, which are among the biggest attractions for vacationing families. Among other attractions quite popular with tourists include Arena Gorda, Manati Park and Dolphin Island.
When to visit
The months of March through May are the best times to consider a visit to Punta Cana. This is the time when the tourists have already left the city giving ample time for your exploration. The city witnesses warm weather conditions throughout the year. However, if you are planning your visit between the months of June and November, you need to be alert as the Atlantic hurricane season has some of its effects on the Dominican Republic. No matter whatever the season, Punta Cana can be visited during any time of the year.
The months from December through February are particularly the busiest time of the year with thousands of tourists visiting Punta Cana to enjoy the warm weather. You need to make your hotel reservations months in advance, or else the accommodations may just be hard to get and would be expensive as well. The city even sees larger crowds particularly in December for Christmas and New Year’s Eve. The month of February attracts tourists in large numbers for Carnival celebrations. So, if you have timed your visit during these months, make haste and book your flight tickets and hotel rooms at least six months prior to your sojourn. Do remember to attend the ‘Master of Ocean’ event in February as well.
The city witnesses fewer crowds during the shoulder season from March through May. The weather is pleasant and the skies sunny. This is the best time for all those who want to avoid traveling during the peak season of December to February. You can also get great deals on accommodations and enjoy your stay in the city. The city attracts tourists in huge numbers for spring break during March and April.
The months of June through November are the off season as the hurricane season is intense. The golf courses and beaches will be empty because of being rained out. Better avoid visiting during this time. However, if you prefer visiting and want to take chances with the weather, you won’t be disappointed either. You can look forward to enjoying the Merengue Festival (held during July-August) and participating in the Dominican Republic Jazz Festival held in November.
With its several beautiful neighborhoods and towns, the resort destination of Punta Cana is surely a fabulous place to enjoy your vacations.