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Old 08-22-2019, 03:53 PM
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Imagine Punta Cana

A very popular nightclub where locals and tourists dance the night away and have fun. The club is in a cave setting. Concerts are held here from time to time, as well as private parties. Watch out for the bats that still live at certain parts of the caves and fly around the club.







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Old 08-22-2019, 08:01 PM
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El Cortecito

Bávaro is where most of the hotels are currently located. It's a large area with no definite area that can be considered a 'downtown' equivalent. Instead, several areas concentrates several businesses and El Cortecito is the closest one to the Bávaro beach. Accessing Bávaro beach can be done by anyone in this area, otherwise Bávaro beach is off limit to public access via the land area in Bávaro. El Cortecito developed as a small village and today it has many middle class residential buildings and houses. Most businesses are geared towards the resident population, but there are many restaurants from Mexican and Cuban to Italian and others, plus some businesses that cater to tourists. The main drag in this area is avenida Alemania (Germany Avenue). The overall in person feeling of this area is of a small relaxed town by the beach. For some reason the village looks better in person than in the photos below.








Typical residential apartment development in this area.


The Cuban flag is hanging from a business towards the right. In my opinion, this is the nicest looking shopping plaza in the area.


Mexico's flag is on a sign towards the left.


Entrance to one of the few resorts in this area.





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Old 08-23-2019, 06:46 AM
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Palma Real Shopping Village

Palma Real Shopping Village is a nice shopping center that caters to locals and tourists. This place is anchored by two businesses, on one side is a Hard Rock Café and on the other side is Super Lama. The second one is a Dominican supermarket chain which also has Plaza Lama (not at this place) which is a Dominican department store chain. The shopping center has many stores, some catering to tourists and others catering to locals. The design is nice with fountains, open air, social areas, and evoque the Spanish legacy in the country. This is definitely one of the nicest looking shopping centers in the area.


Farmacia Los Hidalgos (pharmacy) is another Dominican chain present nationwide.


Main entrance to the shopping center.


Hard Rock Café, the original one in Punta Cana.


Columns and arches is a very Spanish architectural feature.


The Dominican nationwide chain Palacio del Cine is the movie theater in this place.


The center is open air and has a tropical garden, social areas, and fountains.


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Old 08-23-2019, 07:53 AM
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Iberostar Grand Bávaro Resort

Iberostar is a popular hotel brand in Europe and based in Spain, though the 'Ibero' part refers to the natives of Spain and Portugal and anyone with their ancestry in the Americas (Iberoamérica is often used to refer to Spain, Portugal, and Spanish America plus Portuguese America, while Latin America excludes Spain and Portugal). They have a big property in the Dominican Republic with three hotels, golf course, etc. The Iberostar Grand Bávaro Resort is the most luxurious of the three. The architecture has a Spanish influence with the arches and the columns. There is a boat on a fake lagoon inside the hotel property. It looks over Bávaro beach. The hotel has won several prizes in Europe and in the Americas for being one of the best resorts in the Caribbean and in Latin America in terms of how the property looks and the service.











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Old 08-23-2019, 11:28 AM
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Nickelodeon Resort Punta Cana

The very first Nickelodeon Resort outside of the United States. This place is very new and has mainly an American clientele which is a given considering this is an American investment. The architecture is postmodern with a mixture of Spanish Revival typical of the parts of the USA that belong to the Spanish Empire (and in the Southwest then it was part of Mexico before the Americans took over) and ultra modern. Sometimes they have cartoon characters from the Nickelodeon brand wondering about the property, certainly something for the kids.
















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Old 08-23-2019, 02:15 PM
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Cap Cana Marina

The largest marina in Punta Cana and the largest inland marina in the Caribbean. Originally this marina had a big dig because it was all land. Around the marina are many apartments (keep in mind that in the DR what is often considered an apartment in the USA its considered a condo, in fact the legal word for all apartments is 'condominio' which translates to condominium; Dominican law over protects long term renters -for example, its very hard to evict a Dominican renter even if they stop paying the rent!- which is the main reason apartments are usually sold than rented) which are used as second homes by many Dominicans and some people from abroad, and shops/restaurants/banks at the bottom. The overall architecture is Mediterranean, but targeted to a high income clientele. Cruise ships mostly from Puerto Rico use this marina as a port of call. Off the coast in the Mona Passage that separates Hispaniola from Puerto Rico is some of the best fishing in the Western Hemisphere and the passage is also a major transportation route for people navigating in their boats from the eastern United States to the Lesser Antilles or in the opposite direction. From this marina leaves several sailboats every March for what's considered the best official regatta in the Caribbean. People travel from all over the DR and abroad to be a part of this event.












Main entrance and exit of the marina from sea.
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Old 08-23-2019, 03:46 PM
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Galerías Punta Cana

A nice open air shopping center used primarily by residents of Puntacana Village and several gated communities by Grupo Puntacana, though it's open to anyone. The Grupo Puntacana has communities that are dominated by Dominican families. The overall feeling is of a relaxed setting with plenty of shade. Many small size buildings in traditional Dominican architecture with pastel colors. Keep in mind that most shops and restaurants are closed on Sunday (appears to be the day the photos were taken) and on national holidays. Sometimes Dominican and international famous people are seen strolling, shopping, or eating at this place. Remember that it's the custom in the DR to not really bother these people and give them there space. A person will notice this in other areas of the DR, where people aren't gawking and surrounding famous people asking for autographs, photos, etc; unlike in some other countries. There are some chains here (Dominican such as Pizzarelli or Super Mercados Nacional - which is moving nearby to a bigger building built by them - and international such as Wendy or Claro).




The distinctive tower is slightly visible on the left.
















Super Mercado Nacional is in the yellow building on the background. It will soon transfer to a bigger building nearby.
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Old 08-23-2019, 05:55 PM
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Four Points by Sheraton

This hotel isn't a beach resort and is very American. Like I said previously, there are public access points to several beaches in the area. Most beach resorts offer daypasses for a fee where the person and his family/group can spend the entire day at a certain place and enjoy what it has to offer including the beach, but not sleep at the resort. This hotel in particular has a small pool and amenities that are typical in American hotels. Its not an all-inclusive, which should be understood.




Punta Cana - Bávaro Waiting Stations

In many main avenues of Punta Cana and Bávaro there are these beautiful waiting stations. They are official public transport stops for use of the general public. I think the architecture is wonderful and not seen in most other places.



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Old 08-24-2019, 01:00 AM
 
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Was there in 2014 after a stressful year. Stayed at the Bahia Principe on a gold package and went to Saona and la Romana..as well as a concert in Hard Rock. Next time I'm in DR I want to see more of the interior as well as Samana but all in all I got a well needed rest in Punta Cana.
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Old 08-24-2019, 07:14 AM
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Sanctuary Cap Cana Resort

Very well built in the Spanish colonial architecture, this place offers a very nice setting with several pools and gardens. Attention to detail and historical accuracy is definitely a thing here. Kids are not allowed in this resort.





















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