For over a decade now, the once
nearly uninhabited northeastern shore of the Dominican Republic, known as the Coconut
Coast, has become a major holiday destination. Most developers have followed the same
general plan, building grand luxury hotels on large properties at the edge of
breathtaking and completely isolated beaches. Relaxation, the beach and outdoor
activities are what attract vacationers to Punta Cana and the surrounding
The beaches of Coconut Coast are nothing
short of delightful. Playa Macao, Playa Bavaro, Punta Cana, or the wild Playa Juanillo,
are among the endless fine white-sand beaches surrounded by coconut trees. All at Playa
Bavaro's and Punta Cana's hotel complexes face directly onto these stunningly beautiful
The big hotel complexes in Playa Macao,
Playa Bavaro and Punta Cana all organize activities. Their prime locations mean that
guests can enjoy scuba diving, snorkelling, sailing, windsurfing, horseback riding and
many other sports, including tennis. There are two golf courses in the region; the
well-groomed 18-hole course at the Hotel Bavaro is one of the most beautiful in the
country, winding its way through a vast garden with ponds.
Where on earth
The Dominican Republic's east-ern point is
characterized by an almost unbroken suc-cession of sugar cane fields and orange groves.
Picturesque, pastel-coloured villages pop up here and there on the landscape.