Punta Cana – Pearl of the Dominican Republic

Punta Cana is nestled in the palm lined eastern shores of the La Altagracia province of Dominican Republic. The beaches in this region have been a major attraction for tourists for over 40 years. When it comes to choosing Dominican Republic rental homes, you will definitely be spoilt for choice.

The Dominican Republic is situated around 800 miles from Miami’s southeast border. The Greater Antilles chain borders the western side with Cuba and Puerto Rico lies in the East. It also shares Hispaniola, the second largest island in Caribbean with Haiti. It is said that Christopher Columbus had a special fondness to Hispaniola or Quisqueya, as it was called then. He described it in his journal as “a beautiful island paradise with high forested mountains and large river valleys.” Dominican Republic even has the palace of Diego, son of Christopher Columbus.

The nearest city to Punta Cana is the 500 year old capital of the Province Higüey which has some wonderful historical attractions. At about a distance of 45 km, it is only an hour’s ride away. Among the most popular tourist places within Punta Cana is Bavaro with its eclectic range of architecture. The structure and interior designs of this area are an inspired mix of Spanish and regional Dominican cultures. Bavaro stretches from Cabeza de Toro to the Macao Beach and is the centre for shopping, mouth-watering delicacies and supermarkets. It also houses the local markets, banks, medical clinics and schools.

The small fishing village of Boca de Yuma near Punta Cana, dates back to the 16th century is an excellent place to get acquainted with the locals, theirs customs and traditions. The village is in close proximity to a 330 feet high cliff which offers good opportunities for trekking. The nearby town of San Rafael Del Yuma is home to the Ponce de Leon's Fortress, though it would not be very wise to wander in such isolated areas of La Altagracia without a guide.

The landscape of Punta Cana is considered one of the most beautiful in the world. Indeed has earned its place in ‘the top hundred places to visit before you die’ list. Besides the traditional hotels and Punta Cana rental homes, there are also new kinds of resorts which include spas, casinos, international cuisine, wedding halls and swimming pools. You can get to the city through the Punta Cana International airport which is well connected with all major cities in the surrounding countries. Built in 1984, it was the world’s first privately owned international airport.

Being a tropical region, the weather here is pretty much constant all-round the year. Temperature is around 20