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Punta Cana and the Southeast

Punta Cana and the Southeast

Posted by Aimee Flores Jiminian on November 07, 2013

Image source Ian Bruce

The white sandy beaches, the turquoise cristalline waters, the sunny all-year round with the occasional cloud passing by...this region is synonymous to "the good life" representing true paradise.

It is the most exclusive and luxurious region of the country and it entertains hundreds of thousands of visitors from celebrities to the average joe, making the southeast the economic enginethat feeds the tourism industry in the Dominican Republic. This region is the fastest growing with real estate acquisitions, resort developments that line up the beachfront from Punta Cana to Bávaro in Higüey in La Altagracia Province. 

Besides the gated luxury communities the southeast is characterized by the sugarcane plantations served by bateyes which are improvised little towns consisting of barracks and some houses near the sugarcane plantations where the workers live. La Romana, a hustling city powered by Gulf and Western, anchors the sugar economy, although besides the magnificent Villas in Casa de Campo and the historic medieval Altos de Chavón most travelers like to frquent the fishing village of Bayahibe. Bayahibe is the departure point for trips to islands nearby such as the Catalina and Saona islands in the Parque Nacional del Este and its seaside restaurants and bars entertain a local community of Dominicans and expats.

After Bávaro resorts thin out there are environmental treasures in the southeast as well as in the north, starting out with Lemon Lagoon Bay which is a stretch of isolated beach with dreamy water, beautiful coastline and one of the best beaches in the country. Also, the Indigenous Eyes Ecological Park, named after the crystal-clear freshwater lagoons (referred to as eyes) that flow underground and emerge near the sea. As well as the Punta Cana Ecological Reserve protecting coastal and inland habitats with more than 80 different species of birds and 500 various types of plants. More to the west after Sabana de la Mar there is of course Los Haitises National Park full of marvelous caves and mangroves to explore.

 

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