From breath-taking beaches to the incredible sounds of the local, night life, Punta Cana is brimming with places that everyone should visit. Yet, where does a penny-pinching, adventure-hungry twentysomething even begin when it comes to traveling to Punta Cana? Having traveled to Punta Cana on several occasions, I have found the best locations that should be on everyone’s bucket list. For millennials, these locations offer a taste of Punta Cana’s delicious authentic cuisine, stunning beaches, the best night clubs, and craziest adventure spots.
I am a sucker for beautiful beaches. Although Punta Cana has a variety of attractive beach spots to choose from, Catalina Island by far offers the most appealing scenery and beach activities. I took the snorkeling tour that lasted all-day and spent less than $100. Included in this incredible deal was a lobster dinner, drinks, and the option to scuba dive. I have enjoyed snorkeling in other locations in Hawaii and Mexico, but the Caribbean offers crystal blue waters that is incomparable to any place I had ever adventured to prior.
If snorkeling and scuba diving isn’t your thing, Punta Cana has much more to offer. I especially enjoy experiencing some of the same spots the locals frequent. When I arrived in Punta Cana, I kept hearing about the Drink Point Bavaro, a bar popular with the Dominicans. It is the perfect spot for the brave, free-spirited soul that wants to experience the authentic culture of the Dominican people or just enjoy drinks at a reasonable price. Regardless, you will enjoy a local DJ playing a variety of music and certainly have a ton of fun dancing throughout the night.
It didn’t take long while in Punta Cana that I heard about Canopy Adventures. This is not your average zip line experience. Instead, Canopy picked me up at my hotel and during the trip to our location, the driver shared stories and information about life in Dominica. We passed through villages and I truly got a glimpse of the culture and living in Punta Cana. Just when I thought the trip couldn’t get any better, it was finally time to zip line. Canopy offered a variety of zip line options, but I preferred, as many tourists, the Superman. The experience was incredible and one would think the price would be outrageous, but I negotiated a great deal. I found that the Dominicans are excellent negotiators and willing to work with tourists if you are fair and friendly.
To unwind from the outdoor excursions and zip lining, one could always lay out at the beach and enjoy the exceptional year-round weather Punta Cana has to offer. Yet, another option is a trip to the Spa and Punta Cana is not limited in its Spa selection. I visited a couple. First, the Palmarosa Spa and enjoyed a 50 minute massage. I quickly learned at this place, the best deals are when you come in groups or pairs and purchase packages. This place was a little pricey, but the massage was incredible and it was just what I needed to recoup. Later, in my vacation, I tried a second spot called the Six Senses Spa at Punta Cana Resort and Club after it was recommended to me by a few other tourists. This place was much better in price and still offered an excellent spa experience. Prior to my trip, I wasn’t really the type of woman that would spend time getting massages at the spa, but I fell in love with it while in Punta Cana. If I had the money to splurge on spas, I would have certainly booked the Punta Cana Spa and Relaxation Cruise that I saw advertised in my hotel. Maybe next trip, and there will certainly be a next trip, I will give the cruise a closer look.
Before leaving Punta Cana, you must try out the local cuisine. Mamma Luisa is one restaurant popular among the locals and deemed the best in the area. I have to say that I agree. Not only is the food delicious and the service is great, but the restaurant seems to embody the best Punta Cana has to offer.
I never imagined how beautiful and enjoyable Punta Cana could be. As a young adult, I had always been marketed trips to Padre Island or Mexico. Although these places are much cheaper, they fall way short in comparison to Dominica. Punta Cana offered a variety of affordable experiences that anyone could find something enjoyable to do. The cultural experiences made me feel alive and fall in love with the hardworking people of Punta Cana. Until my next trip, I will certainly not forget the late nights dancing at the Drink Point Bavaro or flying down a zip line at Canopy Adventures. I will not forget the village I traveled through or the incredible people I met while in Punta Cana.