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Cap Cana

By Amy Adejokun Amy Adejokun Section editor

Our Editorial team's advice

Located 9 miles south of Punta Cana Airport, a 10-minute drive away, Cap Cana is an exclusive zone south of the Punta Cana tourist area, on the southeast coast of the Dominican Republic. This exclusive area is home to only luxury hotels, such as the Marina Sands Luxury Resort, the Eden Roc near Playa Caleton, and the Golden Bear Lodge & Spa. Cap Cana is a veritable city with its golf courses, including Punta Espada designed by Jack Nicklaus, and its famous marina where you can admire the yachts. Playa Juanillo is one of the most beautiful beaches in the country. However, Fundadores Beach, 300 metres from the marina, is not very idyllic. A free boat runs every 15 minutes between the marina and the beach, from 9:00am to 6:00pm. The crossing lasts 10 minutes. There is not much shade under the few small coconut trees scattered around the beach. The sand is neither fine nor soft, but rather made of big shells like gravel. With its waves and currents, this is not a peaceful lagoon. The Api Beach bar and restaurant serves snacks from midday to 5:00pm. However, there are no water sports available. Cap Cana is also home to Playa Juanillo, which is a little further away but is one of the most beautiful beaches in the country. Protected by a coral reef, the beach is truly exceptional: with its turquoise lagoon, clear water, white sand and coconut trees, it is hard not to be won over! The lack of water sports means that total calm is guaranteed. Feel like taking a jog along the beach? Then don't let yourself be tempted by an impromptu nap in one of the many hammocks dotted along the beach! In the evening, film screenings take place on the beach under the stars. There are two showings: 7:15pm and 9:15pm. So grab some popcorn and head on down!

To see

The marina, the restaurants, the Dux nightclub, the two golf courses designed by Jack Nicklaus (Punta Espada and Las Iguanas), Playa Juanillo (one of the most beautiful beaches in the country), Playa Caleton (a magnificent, small private beach) and the Dominican style chapel, a real church with its stained-glass windows and two bells, where mass and weddings are celebrated. Guests can take a stroll through the squares, such as plaza Candelaria, or the gardens with their fountain, and across the lawns. The Cap Cana resort comprises the Eden Roc hotel, Golden Bear Lodge, Marina Sands Luxury Resort and Sanctuary Cap Cana Golf and Spa Resort.

To do

You can relax on Playa Juanillo, one of the most beautiful beaches in the country, and party at the Dux nightclub in the marina, one of the hottest clubs in the region. Play a round of golf at Punta Espada or Las Iguanas, both of which were designed by Jack Nicklaus.

pros

  • +  The luxury hotels.
  • +  The marina.
  • +  The proximity to the airport.
  • +  The many restaurants.

cons

  • -  The artificial coast and the lack of an authentic Dominican lifestyle.

To think about

In Cap Cana, you won't experience the authentic Dominican way of life as the area is rather artificial, and could very well be any other destination in the Caribbean. If you're not a fan of golf, marinas and gastronomic restaurants, look elsewhere.

To avoid

Fundadores Beach, 300 metres from Cap Cana Marina, is not very idyllic. Visit Playa Juanillo instead, one of the most beautiful beaches in the country!

To try

The Cap Cana area has many quality restaurants, notably within the luxury resorts. These include the Méditerranéo, the gastronomic restaurant at the luxury Eden Roc hotel. At the Marina Sands Luxury Resort, Mediterranean cuisine is served in the Bistrot, in a chilled lounge atmosphere with live music. Here you can enjoy the stunning view of Cap Cana Marina. At the Sanctuary Cap Cana, the Blue Marlin, an open air restaurant on stilts in the sea, is THE restaurant to go to for excellent fish and seafood dishes!

To bring back

There's not really anything in particular to buy in Cap Cana, apart from the usual souvenirs available in the shops.
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