Welcome to Punta Cana & the Southeast
A Caribbean workhorse of sun and sand, the southeast is synonymous with go-big-or-go-home tourism and carries the weight of the Dominican Republic’s most dramatic beaches and turquoise seas on its deeply tanned shoulders. Sprawling resort developments, some like city-states unto themselves, line much of the beachfront from Punta Cana to Uvero Alto, offering families, couples and the young and restless alike a hassle-free Caribbean holiday in some of the most idyllic environs in the region. But there is life beyond Punta Cana. Less-crowded beach towns like Bayahibe and Juan Dolio offer only slightly less dramatic seascapes but sands that go unshared with the masses. Getaways like Playa Limón, beyond the sugar plantations and inland mountains to the north, showcase a different and worthwhile side of the southeast if you can tear yourself away from the buffets long enough to take the rewarding journeys required to make their acquaintance.
Highlights in Punta Cana & the Southeast
The art gallery you can swim around
Northeast of the Dominican Republic, sitting directly below the Samaná Peninsula, is a rugged karst landscape that seems like it came straight out of the…
The Península de Samaná, a narrow strip of sun-baked nirvana off the north coast, is the antithesis of the tourism juggernaut in the southeast of the…