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Punta Cana is well known for its 20 miles of white-sand beaches and clear waters. Set against a backdrop of swaying palm trees, it is also an island very rich in European tradition and culture, giving Punta Cana a unique combination of cultures that is truly enchanting.

On the easternmost tip of the island is Punta Cana, site of several major vacation developments with more scheduled to arrive in the near future. Known for its 32km (20 miles) of white-sand beaches and clear waters, Punta Cana is an escapist's dream. Its 32km (20 miles) of white sands, set against a backdrop of swaying palm trees, are unrivaled in the Caribbean, and that's the chief and perhaps only reason to come here.

Many Europeans (especially Spaniards) rushed to take advantage of Punta Cana's desirable climate -- within one of the most arid landscapes in the Caribbean; it rarely rains during daylight hours. Capitalizing on cheap land and the virtually insatiable desire of Europeans for sunny holidays during the depths of winter, a half-dozen European hotel chains participated in something akin to a land rush, acquiring large tracts of sugarcane plantations and pastureland. Today, at least a dozen mega hotels, most with no fewer than 500 rooms, some with even more, attract a clientele that's about 70% European or Latin American. The hotel designs here range from the not particularly inspired to low-rise mega complexes designed by the most prominent Spanish architects.

Some of them, particularly the Melia Tropical & Caribe and the Barcelo Bavaro complex , boast some of the most lavish beach and pool facilities in the Caribbean, spectacular gardens, and relatively new concepts in architecture (focusing on postmodern interplays between indoor and outdoor spaces).

Don't expect a real town here. Although the mailing addresses for most hotels is the dusty and distinctly unmemorable Higuey, very few guests at any of these ever spend time there. Most remain on the premises of their all-inclusive hotels.

If you choose to vacation in Punta Cana, you won't be alone, as increasing numbers of Latino celebrities are making inroads, usually renting private villas within private compounds. Julio Iglesias has been a fixture here for a while. And one of the most widely publicized feuds in the Dominican Republic swirled a few years ago around celebrity designer Oscar de la Renta, who abandoned his familiar haunts at Casa de Campo for palm-studded new digs at Punta Cana.

Above all, don't expect a particularly North American vacation. The Europeans were here first, and many of them still have a sense of possessiveness about their secret hideaway. For the most part, the ambience is Europe in the tropics, as seen through a Dominican filter. You'll find, for example, more formal dress codes, greater interest in soccer matches than in the big football game, and red wine rather than scotch and soda at dinner. Hotels are aware of the cultural differences between their North American and European guests, and sometimes strain to soften the differences that arise between them.

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5.0 Bahia Principe   Resort Info   Read reviews   Photos   Slide show   Map   Hot Deals & Super Savers 
4.0 Barcelo Bavaro Beach   Resort Info   Read reviews   Photos   Slide show   Map   Hot Deals & Super Savers 
4.0 Barcelo Bavaro Golf & Casino   Resort Info   Read reviews   Photos   Slide show   Hot Deals & Super Savers 
5.0 Barcelo Bavaro Palace   Resort Info   Read reviews   Photos   Slide show   Hot Deals & Super Savers 
3.0 Barcelo Villas Bavaro   Resort Info   Read reviews   Photos   Slide show   Hot Deals & Super Savers 
5.0 Bavaro Palladium Grand Resort   Resort Info   Read reviews   Photos   Map   Hot Deals & Super Savers   Photos II 
5.0 Bavaro Princess   Resort Info   Read reviews   Photos   Slide show   Map   Hot Deals & Super Savers 
4.0 Breezes Punta Cana   Resort Info   Read reviews   Photos   Slide show   Hot Deals & Super Savers 
4.0 Caribe Club Princess   Resort Info   Read reviews   Photos   Slide show   Hot Deals & Super Savers 
5.0 Catalonia Bavaro Resort   Resort Info   Read reviews   Photos   Slide show   Map   Hot Deals & Super Savers 
4.0 Fiesta Palace Hotel   Resort Info   Read reviews   Photos   Map   Hot Deals & Super Savers 
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4.5 Iberostar Dominicana   Resort Info   Read reviews   Photos   Virtual Tour   Slide show   Hot Deals & Super Savers 
4.5 Iberostar Puna Cana   Resort Info   Read reviews   Photos   Virtual Tour   Hot Deals & Super Savers 
5.5 Melia Caribe Tropical   Resort Info   Read reviews   Photos   Virtual Tour   Slide show   Hot Deals & Super Savers 
4.0 Occidental Allegro Resort Bavaro   Resort Info   Read reviews   Photos   Virtual Tour   Hot Deals & Super Savers 
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4.0 Ocean Bavaro Resort   Resort Info   Read reviews   Photos   Slide show   Hot Deals & Super Savers 
6.0 Paradisus Punta Cana   Resort Info   Read reviews   Photos   Slide show   Map   Hot Deals & Super Savers 
4.0 Punta Cana Resort and Club   Resort Info   Read reviews   Photos   Slide show   Hot Deals & Super Savers 
4.0 Riu Bambu   Resort Info   Read reviews   Photos   Slide show   Map   Hot Deals & Super Savers 
3.5 Riu Melao   Resort Info   Read reviews   Photos   Map   Hot Deals & Super Savers 
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6.0 Secrets Excellence   Resort Info   Read reviews   Photos   Slide show   Map   Hot Deals & Super Savers 
5.0 Sunscape Punta Cana   Resort Info   Read reviews   Photos   Slide show   Map   Hot Deals & Super Savers 
5.0 Sunscape The Beach Punta Cana   Resort Info   Read reviews   Photos   Hot Deals & Super Savers 
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