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Punta Cana: A Magical Destination In The Heart Of The Caribbean

Image courtesy of Joe deSousa at Flickr.com
Image courtesy of Joe deSousa at Flickr.com

Punta Cana is located on the eastern shore of the Dominican Republic. The territory starts at the north with a beach called Arena Gorda and follows south Bávaro Beach, Uvero Alto Beach, Macao Beach and El Cortecito Beach. Further down you will find white sands and blue waters present in Cabeza de Toro, Cabo Engaño, Punta Cana and Juanillo.

The weather in Punta Cana is ideal for vacationing and enjoying all the beaches without any excessive heat, due to the lowest average temperature staying around the 68 degrees and a maximum of 89 Fahrenheit.

Punta Cana is considered one of the main places to visit in the Dominican Republic, providing travelers with around 50 kilometers of beautiful pristine beaches, some of the best hotels and the opportunity to take up some of the most exciting aquatic sports, excursions and leisure activities; all of it, very near to the Punta Cana International Airport.

Bávaro Beach

Famous for its crystal clear turquoise waters and fine white sand. Visitors opt to stay at Bávaro Beach partly due to the beautiful hotels that offer a wide array of culinary options and traditional cocktails. Aquatic sports like sailing, scuba diving, snorkeling and more, are some of the main attractions on this beach.

The UNESCo declared this beach as one of the best in the world due to its particular beauty. A beautiful place to see while in Bávaro, is the Bávaro Manatee Park and check out the many shows that display beautiful fish and dolphins people can interact with. During the nighttime, they hold exhibitions with horses as well.

Image courtesy of Derek Hatfield at Flickr.com
Image courtesy of Derek Hatfield at Flickr.com

Playa Rincón.

Located in Las Galeras, this beautiful natural beach is considered to be in the top ten destinations to see in Punta Cana. The beach is quiet and peaceful with welcoming waters to swimmers. The coast is broad and large so people usually play sports like volleyball and soccer. Aquatic sports are also common with windsurfing and kitesurfing being favorites. Restaurants in the area specialize mostly in seafood and have some of the best culinary offers available to visitors. For those interested in learning about the history of the beach and about the Spanish conquistadors and their travels, they may find tour guides specialized in talking about all the historic significance of the area. There are a few areas in Playa Rincon that are off limits to people and protected.

Las Terrenas Beach

Located 225 kilometers from Santo Domingo and 48 kms from Samaná. This is one of the most popular and most visited beaches in the area due to the low footprint it has and for being one of the most protected by its high vegetation. The fine sand and clear waters are perfect for those looking to rest in a quiet place.
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Boca Chica Beach

This is the closest beach to Santo Domingo. As you walk through Boca Chica Beach, you can find food stalls, restaurants, markets, fruit vendors and other type of specialty shops that make this area very charming. The beach offers the opportunity to experience a true Caribbean atmosphere and a livelier environment than other beaches. The water is about 4 feet deep and there is a coral reef formation nearby that makes it so a natural pool is formed. Boca Chica is welcoming and the people there truly make you feel glad you chose to stop by. Try the local dishes at small stalls and the local drinks as well that are usually sold by small vendors.

Bávaro Manatee Park

This is a natural theme park located right at Bávaro Beach. Visiting is highly recommended for families traveling together specially, but they have things for everybody. The tropical flowers and orchid gardens are truly breathtaking. During your stay at the park, you may enjoy different types of activities like dining at the different restaurants, shopping for traditional artisan-made souvenirs and the main attraction, swimming with dolphins. The park has shows with exotic parrots, horses, sea lions and dolphins as well as local dancers and other artists. There is also a small zoo where you can see up close iguanas, snakes, crabs, flamencos and other animals indigenous to the region.

The food offer and shops are varied and very inclusive. You can find anything from pizzas, fast food and small snacks to a full restaurant with gourmet dishes of the most extravagant sea fare.

The park works as a place of conservation and care for the environment and the land so it will be available to the many generations to come.

For more information on deals, hotels, cruises and more, check out our page and our blog at Royal Holiday Destinations. Also, make sure you check out our articles about other Caribbean beaches you must visit!

April, your Travel Assistance Guardian Card

Introducing April, your personal travel assistance guardian card ready to help you in case of unexpected contingencies or emergencies when you are on vacation. It’s provides you with year-round assistance, any time and anywhere you travel.

Because your safety and peace of mind comes first,  this insurance card will cover you for up to $50,000 USD per emergency*, for just $3,65 USD a day.

April’s year-round benefits!

  • Cancellation policy. You can cancel your April Assistance Travel Guardian card any time, no questions asked. You will get reimbursed partially or in full based the insurance card you acquired.
  • It covers you in case of an emergency or unexpected contingencies when you are travelling.
  • Assistance for travelers up to 85 years of age travelers,
  • Life insurance in case of sudden death or accident regardless of the circumstances.
  • Covers immediate expenses for personal needs in case your luggage gets lots or delayed.

Sign up for your April, Travel Assistance Guardian Card today! Talk to your Holiday Advisor.

* Ask your Holiday Advisor about different coverage. Terms and conditions apply.

Scuba diving in Cancún: explore the silent underwater wonders of the Caribbean

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Usually when we hear about the Mexican Caribbean what comes to mind is sandy beaches, crystal clear turquoise waters and fun in the sun. However, Cancún, Isla Mujeres and the Riviera Maya are some of the most exciting places to scuba dive and snorkel in the world.

The Mesoamerican Barrier Reef north of Cancún extends over 600 miles from the northern tip of the Yucatan Peninsula to the Bay Islands in Honduras, and is the second largest coral reef in the world; it contains over 500 species of fish, sea turtles, manatees, dolphins and whale sharks. The Cancun, Riviera and Costa Maya boast over 186 miles of underwater life, ideal for aquatic sports.

South of Cancún (51 miles) is the Island of Cozumel, an excellent vacation destination year round. If you are a scuba diver or snorkeler, diving the waters of Cozumel really is exceptional and breathtaking; the dive sites look different even if your return to the same spot in the same week. Water temperature averages 78 degrees.

If you are an experienced diver, head to Puerto Morelos (36 km south of Cancún), where you can explore submerged shipwrecks like the General Anaya and the Juan Escutia. The Mexican navy intentionally sunk these ships in the 1980s in order to create an artificial reef to preserve biodiversity in the region. Other points of interest include Puerto Aventuras, Tulum, and the Sian Kaán and Xcalak biosphere reserve.

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The Cancún Underwater Museum, located in Isla Mujeres, has a total of 500 submerged sculptures, each with its own personality and human features. The sculptures were created with ecological materials to become artificial reefs and avoid harming the ocean, sea life and reefs.

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For those who want to experience the most thrilling dive in the world, Bull Shark Diving in Playa del Carmen is the place to be. Bull sharks measure 11 feet, are not shy and do make passes close to the divers; it is strictly for advanced divers with more than 30 logged dives. The warm water and good visibility allow us to appreciate the beauty of these predators between November and March.

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As you see, the Mexican Caribbean boasts some of the most exciting places for aquatic and extreme sports; and through your Royal Holiday membership you can plan to stay at Park Royal Cancún, Grand Park Royal Cancún Caribe, Grand Park Royal Cozumel or at the Grand Riviera Princess in Playa del Carmen. Enjoy your vacation in paradise!

New Year. New life. New Voyages

The New Year is the best time to make fresh new beginnings. Get the most out of your membership and plan in advance your 2016 vacation.
We have prepared some fun articles to can help your choose your next destination. Read everything about the advantages of the All Inclusive plan ; and make sure to read 12 cities you must visit at least once in your life with Royal Holiday. Plus, learn about the reasons why you should get an All Inclusive Plan on your next vacation.

To complement our recommended 12 Travel Resolutions, feel free to watch our video of the month. We hope you enjoy it.

Wishing you a blessed Happy New Year.

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Summer Lasts Straight Through Autumn!

dreamSummer is the height of the vacation holiday season – but what if you go in October? Here’s how to get two extra months of Summer every year.

What does Autumn have over Summer Anyway?

Experienced Royal Holiday travelers know that every location you can travel too has a high and low season. The Royal Holiday system isolates the few Prime season dates (in most places) to keep High seasons more affordable. But for lots of places, Cancun, Cozumel and a lot of other beach locations, summer is still as high as High season gets. It can be expensive too!

Many Royal Holiday travelers have also grown accustomed to the idea that “Sometimes it’s low season just because not a lot of people are going.”

Other than the crowds, in many locations September and October can look exactly like Summer. This is especially true along the beaches in Mexico, and in the Dominican Republic, and Puerto Rico.

Particularly when you can’t get a reservation – at the height of July for example – it’s good to know that a four or five day break in September or October could cost as much as 50% less – for the same room.

It’s also a lot easier to book and at prices like these you could even stay twice as long. Or go twice for four or five days each and then see how you feel!

Risks to Autumn Travel

The risk most people think of – in the Caribbean – is the Atlantic hurricane season which peaks every year in September.

It’s a real risk – but guess what? It’s only nominally less important in July or August. The Atlantic Hurricane Season starts on June 1st not on September 1st!

Royal Holiday travelers rest assured that if the airport closes, their vacation will be re-scheduled. Other than tropical weather patterns, most of the beaches in Mexico are beautiful year round.

There’s also some risk that without the crowds, with just your partner and a really beautiful location – you may just learn and experience something totally new. Now that’s a risk worth carefully considering.

 

Planning for the Holiday of a Lifetime

Royal Holiday is always about a terrific annual vacation. Not just this year, but every year. Getting the right vacation in is much easier when you plan ahead and most Royal Holiday members start planning in February to head off in May, June, July or even towards the very end of the year when prices can be some of the most attractive all year.

Available rooms are one advantage to booking right now, but most members find better deals on airfares and similar extras associated with annual travel.

While there are some very attractive promotions going on right now on royalholidaydream.com, those will be updated and changed continually as the year progresses. In most cases, promotions cover a very limited number of rooms and so, your chances of gaining just the reservation you want are much less the longer you wait.

This month too, Royal Holiday members are booking – for the first time ever – a very special new destination. Just outside of magnificent Playa del Carmen, the Grand Riviera Princess is setting up Royal Holiday members for a Riviera Maya vacation to remember!

Of course, Membership Services will be happy to talk to you about something extraordinary – or about the tried and true at your all time favorite destination. But the time to plan your 2014 vacation is now and you’re going to love this year’s trip best of all!

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