Punta Cana is Paradise for those who live here, with plenty of sun and surf. Follow the example of the locals and see for yourself the many delights and surprises that Punta Cana offers.
Find Inner Peace
Yoga is incredibly popular in Punta Cana. There are several yoga centers in the area. Check out Ananda Yoga. Instructors Yira and Miriam are the perfect teachers for both beginner and advanced students, and their classes are in small groups, allowing for personal attention. Yira has trained in France, Thailand and the U.S.A. Ananda Yoga offers courses in several different styles, including Fitness Yoga, Gentle Yoga, and Alignment-Oriented Yoga.
Immerse in total relaxation and connect to your inner voice at Toque Holistico. They offer personalised holistic treatments and will design you a customized detoxifying diet. Styles of yoga include Aero Yoga, Yoga Nidra, and Pranayama. Try the Aero Yoga Retreat: a three hour program will give you the opportunity to have a unique yoga experience while gazing at the beauty of the ocean.
Punta Cana has many spa retreats to soothe away aching muscles, and refresh mind and body.. The Golf Suites Salon Spa at Cocotal Golf & Country Club offers therapeutic massages, steam baths, and beauty treatments in a beautiful setting, and afterwards you can have a dip in the pool.
One of the oldest spas in the Cortecito area is Palmarosa Spa Med. This medical spa offers therapeutic and aesthetic medicine, including the innovative Photogen System, a combination of high-intensity phototherapy and the latest advances in radiofrequency aesthetic treatments.
The Art of Beauty is latest salon and spa in Punta Cana, located near Hotel NH. Visit their Facebook page and take advantage of special deals in body treatments, massages, manicures, pedicures, and more.
Catch a Wave
The Caribbean is a surfer’s dream. Coast Riders at San Juan Shopping Center offers lessons and has an extensive line of surf wear, and carry all the major surfing brands, including Vans, Reef, and Rip Curl. With over ten years of experience, their professional instructors can teach one on one or in groups. Husband and wife Carlos Fresco and Saskya Carrasco bring enthusiasm and experience to the shop, and can advise you on the best spots to catch the biggest waves.
Carlos is a Spanish surfing champion and Saskya is a former hotelier and avid windsurfer who keeps an eye on the latest trends in beachwear. Coast Riders is also the place to go for skateboarders.
Hit the Back Nine
Punta Cana is synonymous with golf, and you won’t have any problem finding a course. Check out The Lakes at Barceló Bávaro Beach Resort. The 18-hole, par 72 championship course designed by P.B. Dye takes advantage of its natural setting, incorporating native plants and species around its meticulously manicured greens providing you best playing surface with the highest industry standards. And it’s well named: there are 25 inland lakes and over 120 bunkers on the course. Cocotal Golf & Country Club is designed by ‘the Picasso of golf course designers’ Jose Gancelo, and follows the lay of the land, using its tropical setting to provide a round of golf not easily forgotten. Strategically-placed trees, bunkers, mounds a gently rolling terrain, and an unrelenting breeze will provide low-handicapped golfers with a challenging course, while beginners and intermediate players can continually improve their game. La Cana is right on the coast overlooking the turquoise waters of the Caribbean Sea. The course has three sets of nine holes, and 14 holes overlook the water. Designed by P.B. Dye to be as environmentally-friendly as possible, La Cana Golf Club was the first course in the Caribbean to use paspalum, a grass seed that can be watered using sea water. Golf Magazine has compared La Cana to Pebble Beach and declared it the “number one course in the Caribbean.”
Discover the Real Dominican Republic
For something a little off the beaten track and a little out of the ordinary, consider taking a private excursion with Punta Cana Mike. This expat Canadian will show you a side of the Dominican Republic often overlooked by tourists. His Dominican Adventure is designed for small groups who wish to sample local culture and learn more about daily life in the Dominican, understanding the hardships and rewards of life beyond the walls of Punta Cana’s resorts.
Visit quiet, out of the way beaches seldom seen by tourists. Eat freshly caught fish in a small remote fishing village. Stay overnight in the mountains, with views to die for. Tour an organic coffee plantation. Sample high quality rums. Visit a cocoa plantation. Shop for jewelry and crafts in a local market away from the tourist traps.
And by taking one of Punta Cana Mike’s tours, you’re helping the community. Mike’s tours have raised funds for a local school and helped provide badly-needed equipment. Started less than a decade ago with 35 students, the school now boasts 200 pupils, most of whom would receive next to no education of value had the school not been opened.