When it’s warm and sunny at home, it’s weird to think about planning a Caribbean escape, but before you know it, winter will return. Suddenly, a tropical getaway will seem like a great idea, and Punta Cana should be on the top of your list. While it’s a great destination for anyone, it’s ideal for a girls’ getaway. This destination on the easternmost tip of the Dominican Republic combines sun, sand, pools, lounge chairs, and frozen cocktails (and that’s without even leaving the resort!).
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Best of all, it’s a really affordable destination. Punta Cana hotels start at just $70 per night, and even some all-inclusive resorts offer sale rates of around $100 per night in the low season. What girl can say no to a beach vacation when it’s easy on the budget? Set up camp for the day under coconut palms on sandy white beaches and cool off when you get warm; after all, most hotels in Punta Cana are oceanfront properties. However, when you’re ready to explore the area, there’s plenty to do.
Indulging in Girly Treats
Put a group of girls together and chances are someone loves chocolate. Even if it’s not your absolute favorite, the ChocoMuseo is worth a visit. Join a workshop to learn the history of chocolate, sample cocoa in its various forms, and even learn how to make your own chocolate bars. This is one delicious way to spend a few hours and makes for a more interesting story when you get home than simply sampling the dessert buffet.
Living It up in Paradise
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Just off the coast of Punta Cana, Saona Island sits in the Parque Nacional del Este, a natural reserve. Catamaran trips leave daily, offering the chance to snorkel in turquoise blue waters. The seas are known in particular for their abundance of starfish, and sometimes you’ll even see dolphins! Once docked on the island itself, day-trippers can play beach games, relax, and enjoy a freshly grilled lunch.
Feeling Like a Princess
The ultimate form of pampering is heading to the spa, and Punta Cana has several to choose from. Most resorts have full-service spas on-site, but anyone is welcome at the Six Senses Spa if you’re looking for another option. Save some cash, so you can afford an extra treatment, by booking side-by-side facials, pedicures, and other options.
Enjoying Punta Cana After Sunset
Going out with your girlfriends is always a fun adventure, and the city has several clubs to choose from. Of them, Coco Bongo is one of the most popular. Unlike other clubs, Coco Bongo puts on a live performance every night featuring musicians and aerial acrobatics. That’s the perfect excuse to stop dancing for a while and give your feet a rest, especially if you’ve packed heeled sandals.
At first glance, Punta Cana may seem like just another beach town but it sets itself apart for girls’ getaways. If you’re planning a tropical vacation, add this city to the top of your list!