Eastern Dominican Republic
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The Eastern Region is a region of Dominican Republic. It has plain landscape of sugarcane plantations, and the world-famous beaches and resorts at Casa de Campo, Punta Cana, Cap Cana and Bavaro.
The most important tourist destinations in the Eastern Region of the Dominican Republic are the beaches of Punta Cana and Bavaro. These two beaches are filled with all-inclusive hotels, very popular among Europeans and North Americans. All these hotels are very safe and are a showcase of Dominican hospitality. Cap Cana, the newest resort in the country, is quickly being developed by tycoons such as Donald Trump, and now displays beautiful golf courses and a beautiful and large marina. For those seeking to escape the rather artificial paradise of Punta Cana and Bavaro, the closest town where tourists can witness the Dominican reality is that of Higüey, the religious center of the country. The "Basilica de Higüey" is the scene of intense local pilgrimage every January.
To the South, you will find the city of La Romana, contiguous to the world-famous resort of Casa de Campo, where the rich and wealthy of the Dominican Republic and the world have their beach residences. Casa de Campo has the country's best golf courses, as well as a beautiful and fancy Marina, smaller than that of Cap Cana. Tourists should not miss the tourist town of Altos de Chavón, the replica of a Renaissance Italian village, home to one of the Caribbean's most important art schools, overlooking a cliff and the Chavón River. Its replica of a Roman Amphitheater is the scene of multiple shows and concerts. Close to La Romana is the beach of Bayahibe, another alternative to Punta Cana. Also, those who are looking for infinite white-sand beaches but hate huge hotels and resorts can explore the Saona Island off the southeastern coast, offering the same natural beauty of Punta Cana, but undefiled by mass tourism.
Destinations off the beaten path include first the chaotic town of San Pedro de Macoris, home to the most famous Dominican baseball players such as Sammy Sosa and Pedro Martinez. The town is surrounded by "Bateys" or sugar-cane plantations, offering a stark contrast with the resorts. To the North, you will find the beach of Miches, which the locals have made impressive efforts to develop on their own, providing for an alternative more authentic tourist destination without any of the fancy all-inclusive resorts that plague the East Coast. Miches is close to Los Haitises National Park. The park has an outstanding natural beauty, displaying a beautiful tropical rain-forest, and an unending chains archipelagos that are readily explorable by boat.
Punta Cana International Airport (PUJ) is the busiest airport in the country, and is served by all major North American carriers with direct flights to Atlanta, Boston, Charlotte, Miami, Montreal, New York (JFK & EWR), & Toronto. The airport is also served by a number of European airlines with flights to London, Paris, Amsterdam, & Brussels.
La Romana International Airport (LRM) located on the southeast coast is less traveled and is served by Air Canada, American, and JetBlue with service to Toronto, Miami, and New York (JFK), respectively. The airport is also served by a number of smaller airlines.