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Get a Feel for Punta Cana: The Caribbean’s All-Inclusive Playground

By June 24, 2015 October 7th, 2017 No Comments

Little boy riding the waves in Punta Cana Mexico

You know what’s great about the Caribbean? It’s pretty much the perfect time to visit, at any time of year. This is especially true for the eastern coast of the Dominican Republic, known as Punta Cana. With endless miles of picture-perfect white sands and turquoise waters, this is the ultimate photo op for your family on a tropical adventure.

Make or break accommodations

Let’s be honest. The beautiful beaches, year-round sunshine and all-inclusive resorts is what draws most family travelers to Punta Cana. While there are a few other things to see and do on the island, this is the ideal destination to turn your brain off and unwind. With many hotels in Punta Cana offering kid activities, cuisine, and brilliant service all around, a vacation there is sure to please all ages.

For instance, a wallet-friendly option for families is the Gran Bahia Principie Bavaro. It doesn’t get much better than this all-inclusive paradise right on the beach, offering guests five dining options, endless aquatic activities, sporting pursuits and a fun kid’s pool with waterslides. While the adults indulge in a cocktail or at the spa, the older kids can hang in the spacious suites that have flat-screen TVs.

Or, go nuts with a big splurge at the Barcelo Bavaro Palace Deluxe. You don’t have to sacrifice style and sophistication when bringing the little ones – this all-inclusive welcomes children of all ages to join in on the luxurious fun. Having an incredible gold course and vibrant casino onsite sets this property among the rest, as well as the 11 eclectic restaurants that are all included. There’s even a whole separate resort just for family broods that presents rooms with separate bedrooms and even more space to spread out. The kids get special prizes for participating in resort activities that cater to different age groups.

Take a tour

Most resorts are happy to arrange a tour offsite for you to get a taste of Dominican nature and culture. These offerings range from culinary exploration to guided wildlife hikes, and most welcome kids to come along. Try a ziplining adventure through the jungle canopy, or take a jeep buggy ride along the forest floor. If the kids dig animals, don’t miss the chance to check out Monkey Land. Everyone gets a little bowl of food to feed the furry.

If you’d rather take to the seas, consider a trip with Catamaran Teresa. Your whole family can sit back and relax while a chartered boat crew treats you to a fantastic ride, complete with catered fresh seafood bites and snacks. There’s often opportunities for snorkeling as well you cannot get along the beach. The older kiddos you bring along with love the catamaran tours, but they could also try some water sports back on shore, like surf lessons.

Feel rejuvenated after a family getaway to the Dominican Republic, no matter if you hope to while away the hours by the beach or are looking for something a little more lively.

Let us know if we can help in achieving your travel goals, we love to offer personal tips and advice – ask away. This post was created in partnership with the #HipmunkCityLove project. All opinions are our own and we only promote destinations we’ve experienced first hand (unless it’s on our bucket list!)

 

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Eileen Cotter Wright

Author Eileen Cotter Wright

Eileen Cotter is a freelance travel journalist and owner of Pure Wander. She's our resident expat extraordinaire and falls down a lot in yoga class. Follow her on Twitter @Crooked_Flight

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