Head to the eastern tip of the Dominican Republic to explore wild and exotic surroundings
By Christina Blaney, Manchester Evening News, 26 FEB 2018
(Manchester Evening News) — Punta Cana, the easternmost tip of the Dominican Republic has more than 50 miles of coastline, most of it backed by nut-bearing palm trees, giving the region the title of the Coconut Coast.
Must sees for free
Follow a trail to reach Hoyo Azul lagoon. It sits at the foot of the 65 metre-high cliff and the turquoise waters are 37 metres deep.
An ideal activity in Punta Cana is to spend a day on one of its many beautiful beaches. El Cortecito Beach is the perfect place to soak up the year-round sun, enjoy the warm waters of the Caribbean and see the sun setting on the horizon with a cocktail or two.
Indigenous Eyes Ecological Park and Reserve has lush vegetation and wildlife typical to the Punta Cana area. It is full of fresh water lagoons and attractions include an iguana habitat and petting zoo. Access to the park is free with most hotels.
Top sees for a fee
Thrillseekers can soar above the treetops on the longest zipline in the Caribbean, flying from platform to platform on 12 different cables. Prices start from $81 per adult with Zip Lines Adventures by Runners Adventures.
Take an epic treasure map quest with the pirates of the Caribbean and snorkel with sharks and interact with stingrays at Shark Island. Ocean Adventures’ Caribbean Pirates offers a journey to explore the coral reef and the surrounding seas. The cost is $102.60 for adults, free for children.
At sunrise, climb into the basket of a colourful hot air balloon with an expert pilot who will showcase the delights of the island from above. Prices start from $209, which includes hotel pick up and drop off and a Champagne breakfast. (…)