Punta Cana is a balneario (seaside resort town) in La Altagracia - Dominican Republic's easternmost province. The area is best known for its luxury resorts and pristine beaches, making it one of the country's most popular tourist travel destinations.
The area has population around 50,000, with annual growth rate of 6%. The most popular beaches are Cabeza de Toro, Bavaro and El Cortecito - all located to the north. The nearest city (Higüey) is 45 km (28 ml) away (about 1 hour druve distance). European (mainly Spanish) hotel chains own all but 2 of the over 50 mega-resorts in Punta Cana.
The province's 100-km (62-ml) long coastline tends to be mildly windy. Atlantic Ocean waters are predominantly shallows, with a few natural marine pools in which tourists can swim with no danger.
Among the most popular water attractions are catamaran sailing, speedboat racing, party boats, private yacht charters, snorkeling cruises, deepsea sport fishing, floating spas, whale watching, reef diving, swimming with dolphins, sharks and stingrays. Another opportunity is visiting small islands like Saona and Catalina.
Nearby are the country's capital city Santo Domingo, and Samana. The Basilica Catholic Monument is in Higüey (Province's 500-year-old capital). mAJOR resort developments in Punta Cana ARE Puntacana Resort, Motel 6, Majestic Elegance, Cap Cana.
Punta Cana cruise terminal
Cruise ships to Punta Cana anchor at sea - near Marina Cap Cana - to where their passengers are transported via the ship's tender boats.
The yacht marina has over 130 boat slips, with capacity to accommodate boats with LOA length up to 46 m / 150 ft.
Port Punta Cana cruise ship schedule shows timetable calendars of all arrival and departure dates by month. The port's schedule lists all ships (in links) with cruises going to or leaving from Punta Cana, Dominican Republic. To see the full itineraries (ports of call dates and arrival / departure times) and their lowest rates – just follow the corresponding ship-link.
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