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SEP/OCT 2012
SPOT
LIGHT
PUNTA CANA
Wind + Water + Surfing = ?
Even if you’ve never heard of kitesurfing, Kite Club Punta Cana is worth
checking out. With its waist-deep, flat turquoise waters, this is the perfect
place to learn to kitesurf. At Kite Club Punta Cana you can take private or
group kitesurfing lessons from IKO certified instructors, or more experienced
kitesurfers can simply rent the equipment and go, with or without a
refresher” lesson. They also have equipment (and lessons) for Stand Up
Paddle (SUP) Surfing. From novices to the most experienced kiteboarders,
Kite Club Punta Cana has everything you need to create a unique and
unforgettable experience on the water. Lessons start at around €56/$70.
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A Bird’s Eye View
If you really want to see Punta Cana and the gorgeous
Caribbean from a totally unique perspective, consider
a helicopter tour. Helidosa’s fleet of 15 helicopters
offers flights starting at around €72/$90, whisking you
over palm trees, thick vegetation and pristine beaches
to a shipwreck – a vista unlike anything you’ve ever
experienced. Much of Punta Cana remains untouched,
undeveloped and unreachable by roads, and this is a
great way to enjoy its natural beauty. Don’t forget your
camera!
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Flora and Fauna
A half-kilometer south of Punta Cana
Resort and Club, the Punta Cana Ecological
Park covers almost 8 sq km/3 sq miles of
protected coastal and inland habitat and is
home to some 80 bird species, 160 insect
species and 500 plant species. Visitors can
take a 90-minute guided tour in English,
French, German or Spanish through a
lush 18-hectare/44-acre portion of the
reserve known as Parque Ojos Indígenas
(
Indigenous Eyes Park), so named for its 11
freshwater lagoons fed by an underground
river that flows into the ocean. The visitor
center has a great collection of insects that
was compiled by entomology students
from Harvard, and horseback riding tours
through the park and along the coast can
also be arranged with advance notice.
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Phone:
+1 809 959 9221
Putting in
Paradise
Punta Cana offers
golfers a number of
beautiful courses,
and Punta Espada,
the first of three Jack
Nicklaus Signature
golf courses at Cap
Cana, is already listed
among the worlds
finest – GolfWeek
magazine ranked it as the “#1 Best Golf Course in the Caribbean and Mexico.” From all points
along the course, golfers are blessed with extraordinary views of the Caribbean, the sea
contrasting with the emerald fairways and perfect greens. Challenging stroke play and beauty
are entwined in this outstanding par 72 course.
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Dances with Dolphins
Located a short boat ride from nearby Bávaro, Dolphin Island is a special platform “island”
in the open ocean designed to house dolphins in their natural environment. Here visitors will
enjoy a program that includes instruction, a show and a 25-minute swim in calm, protected
waters with dolphins and sea lions. There’s also time to snorkel among the manta rays and
nurse sharks. Round-trip transportation is provided, as are snorkeling gear and flotation vests.
Check with your hotel concierge to set up a group or individual tour.
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