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Town near Punta Cana

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Town near Punta Cana

We (family of 4) are traveling to Punta Cana later this month. Staying at the paradisus Punta Cana. This is our first trip to the Dominican. We were wondering if there is a town like area to walk around and shop/eat/explore. We regularly travel to playa del Carmen and love to visit the 5th Avenue area- is there anything similar to that in Punta Cana? Thanks!

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1. Re: Town near Punta Cana

Not really - there is a small shopping centre named El Cortecito.

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Sorry to say PC is nothing like Mexico there us no central town like PDC with a ton of shops and bars. In PC what you have mostly for shopping is tourist shacks along the beach that sell tourist junk. Other then tours for the most part you’ll be at the resort and thats it . Vendors due come to the resorts on certain days like Mexico.

In most cases the food will be a notch down from the mayan food. The last thing is that the DR/PC is Caribbean not Mexican 2 completly different cultures so don’t expect it to be just like Mexico The resorts try to make it feel similar but its not the same. Things will be a bit worn and rougher around the edges

There are many people that have asked the very same thing here this passed year because of the PDC issues Many are expecting a carbon copy of PDC in PC and that isn’t the case. Some try PC and and say they will return others would rather go back to Mexico after there week in the DR.

The closest you will find to a tiny town like Akumal would be Bayhibe and thats a good 45+ min away and is a lot smaller

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3. Re: Town near Punta Cana

Bayahibe IS on the Caribbean (as is Akumal) - Punta Cana isn't.

Bayahibe has many attractions and activities both on the Caribbean and on the land. Its archaeological site is much older than Tulum - about 3000 years older. It also has restaurants and bars patronised by both locals and tourists.

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4. Re: Town near Punta Cana

Thanks!

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5. Re: Town near Punta Cana

Thanks for the detailed response. Very helpful :)

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Punta Cana is basically an area developed entirely for tourists. Hundreds of AI resorts dropped into an area where very few locals live.

There is a ‘real’ small to medium size Dominican city about an hour away from Punta Cana called Higuey. Other than that, there are very few towns or inhabitants in the area.

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