Blessed with one of the Caribbean region’s longest white sand coastlines–a whopping 48 kilometers (30 miles), punctuated with sky-reaching coconut palms–Punta Cana is the land of rest and relaxation by the sea. Here, where the Atlantic meets the Caribbean, from the northern tip at Uvero Alto to the southern at Cap Cana, all-inclusive resorts and boutique hideaways offer all the whims and comforts of modern beachfront living.
Families enjoy miniature entertainment centers and water parks for children, while couples-only enclaves boast dream wedding locations, with secluded beachside lodging for an ultra-romantic stay. But it’s not only about fun in the sun, soft sand brushing against your toes, and iridescent, clear water to swim in, go fishing, or dive for underwater life and shipwrecks. Punta Cana is also a golfer’s destination, with 10 courses located all along the strip, a seaside escape with luxurious marinas and fine dining, and a wellness corner home to the country’s top spas, including the only Six Senses in the Caribbean.
BASILICA OF LA ALTAGRACIA
One of Higuey’s biggest attractions is the Basilica of La Altagracia. The church looks like a combination of a Roman Catholic basilisk and cathedral. The original church was made of wood, unfortunately, it was destroyed by a fire, which resulted in the construction of the Stone Sanctuary that’s been in use so far. In 1881, the Basilica was ruined by an earthquake, but, again, found itself rebuilt by the Higüeyans. When you arrive at the church and go through the gate, there’s a huge field of palm trees, lined up neatly and perfect for a good shot of the great Basilica. The trees are also a good place to lounge and have a little picnic on the grass.