Hispaniola is one of the islands included in the Dominican Republic. The coast to the extreme east of the island encompasses the Punta Cana Resorts, which include the public beaches such as Macao, Bavaro, Higuey, and Uvero Alto. Most of the 67 resorts face onto one of these beaches.
Of the top 30-rated resorts (according to TripAdvisor), 21 are located in the Bavaro neighborhood. Many of the resorts are family friendly and open to package deals through travel agencies. The Bavaro neighborhood is the closest to the Punta Cana airport, so many of its tourists tend to plan their vacations for this area. Bavaro is also known for its artisan market in the small village of El Cortecito. Travelers can stroll along its open-air corridors looking for souvenirs to remind them of their journey
The Higuey boasts of two of the top 30 resorts in Punta Cana. This neighborhood is located west of the airport and can only be reached by taxicab or rental car. Because the Virgin Mary appeared in a vision there, the local population considers it to be sacred land. It is also known for its Public Market, or Mercado Publico de Higuey and Plaza Higueyana. The Basilica de Higuey Nuestra Senora de la Altagracia also attracts many visitors.
Macao has just recently started to become a popular as a vacationing getaway. It is located up the coast to the north of Bavaro. The fresh and untouched beaches of the region have inspired developers to build new resorts in the area. Of the top 30 resorts, there are three located in the Macao neighborhood. Visitors will feel as if they are in a pastoral painting since they will be surrounded by numerous ranches and pastures complete with livestock. It might be hard to reconcile this with the beaches that are only a few miles away waiting for them to come and take advantage of their pristine and isolated conditions.
Playa Uvero Alto
Playa Uvero Alto is reachable via helicopter. A road to the Punta Cana Airport is in the making, but has not been completed yet. Four of the top 30 resorts are located in this isolated neighborhood. The neighborhood is actually a beach village that is secluded and surrounded by a coconut grove. The resorts are exclusive boutique hotels. This exclusivity will give the vacationer the true feeling of “getting away from it all.”
For vacation spots, Punta Cana is one of the more safety conscious destinations. They have a specialized branch of their police force for tourist safety called the Politur. These officers only handle tourist specific crimes, and are posted in and around the resorts and hotels just for that purpose.
Weather is very conducive to vacationing most of the year, but the best time for visiting is from March to May; packages and accommodations are easier to get. Hurricane season is from June until November; it is best to avoid going at this time.