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The Dominican Republic is one of the two countries on the large Caribbean Island of Hispaniola. It is a stunning island paradise full of tropical beaches, all-inclusive resorts, and a rich culture developed out of a fusion of cultures on the island. The most popular resort on the island is the famous Puntacana Resort & Club.

While staying at an all-inclusive resort may be the relaxing break one is looking for, take the time to tour old Santo Domingo as well. Santo Domingo is the capital of the Dominican Republic and is the oldest European-age city in the Americas. While an all-inclusive resort like Puntacana Resort & Club has just about everything one can think of, there are still lots of other things to do in the Dominican Republic besides all-inclusive resorts.

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Punta Cana - The Resort Town Of The Dominican Republic

One of the main resort towns in the Dominican Republic is Punta Cana. It is located in the easternmost part of the Dominican Republic and is the second most popular tourist destination in Latin America. The international airport servicing the resort town is much busier than the one serving Santo Domingo - the nation's capital.

  • Famous For: White Sand Beaches

Punta Cana is famous for its picturesque white sand beaches and its blue turquoise waters. Here one will find some of the greatest collections of all-inclusive resorts spread out over the beachfront.

With such a plethora of all-inclusive resorts to choose from, which should one choose?

Puntacana Resort & Club - The OG Of Dominican Resorts

One of the most famous resorts is the Puntacana Resort & Club. The name "Punta Cana" actually started out as the company's name that eventually lent its name to the whole developed area. It started in the early 1970s when Frank Rainieri coined the name "Punta Borrachon" or "Drunkard's Point."

  • Established: 1970s

The name has grown to become the most recognized Dominican brand in the world. To prevent confusion, they have altered their name to "Puntacana Resort & Club."

Related: This Dominican Republic Cathedral Is The Oldest In The Americas

The Size Of The Puntacana Resort & Club

Since the 1970s, the resort has grown to encompass over 26 square miles and includes a dizzying array of facilities. When it was first established, it was a humbler hotel property with ten two-room villas. Some of the main facilities today include:

  • The Puntacana Hotel: Has 130 Rooms and 21 Beach Casitas
  • Tortuga Bay: Boasts 13 Private Beach Villas Meant To Be One Of The Leading Hotels In the World
  • The Westin Puntacana Resort & Club: Has 200 Rooms and 10 Suites
  • Six Senses Spa: Has Eight Indoor Private Treatments Rooms and A full Range of Spa Treatments

There are plenty of options for dining with plenty of restaurants; some of the more remarkable are Bamboo, La Yola, and Braza.

Additionally, it includes five private residential communities, a full-service marina, a shopping village, a couple of golf courses, the Puntacana Ecological Foundation, the Four Points by Sheraton Puntacana Village, and more.

Things To Do At Puntacana Resort & Club

There are also plenty of activities to enjoy at the massive hotel and complex. Spend one's day's windsurfing, waterskiing, canoeing, deep sea fishing, snorkeling, scuba diving, kiteboarding, jet skiing, sunbathing, and more. Explore the beachfront and the area around the sprawling resort by hiring bicycles or golf carts.

A resort of this size has a full range of excursions and activities. Besides all the water activities listed above, one can enjoy:

  • Segway Eco-Tours
  • Wreck Diving
  • Helitours
  • Sunset Cruises

Another attraction for those with kids is their petting zoo with its range of friendly farm animals like geese, chickens, sheep, goats, hens, ponies, and donkeys.

Related: 10 Cool Things To Do In Dominican Republic's Santo Domingo

Equestrian Center

They also boast a newly remodeled equestrian center located at the heart of the Puntacana Resort & Club. The equestrian center comes with 20 stable boxes and two multifunctional stable boxes. It has two covered barns, 21 outdoor pens, two riding arenas, and 3,000 square meters of gardens available for different activities.

  • Hours: 8.00 am to 6.00 pm
  • Lessons: Take Equestrian Lessons

A beach resort in the Caribbean may not be the first place that comes to mind when thinking of learning to ride a horse. But be that as it may, they offer equitation lessons, jumping, dressage classes, as well as pony rides for small children.

Reservations for horseback riding can be made from the moment of touchdown at stands located in the Punta Cana International Airport.