For many traveling to the Dominican Republic, the top destinations were always Puerto Plata and Santo Domingo.....until now.

Vacations to Punta Cana have skyrocketed in recent years and there are no shortage of reasons as to why.

Situated on the Eastern Coast of the island is the resort area of Punta Cana and it is now the fastest growing tourist destination in the Caribbean.The beaches are arguably some of the best in the world with 40 km. of sugar white sand and turquoise waters which also make this the largest tourist destination in the Caribbean. While noted mainly for its beautiful beaches, the area boasts several excursions for the Eco-tourist and nature lover. With an excursion to Punta Cana Ecological Reserve you can take a tour through the jungle exploring the tropical flora of the island. Los Haitises National Park features caves with pre-Columbian petro glyphs and underground rivers. Take a horseback excursion through the area and discover more off the beaten path locations. To get a true taste of the greenery of the island, head out on a Zip Line Canopy Adventure through the jungle for some stunning views and incredible scenery.

If trekking through the jungle isn't your thing and you're more of a water person, there is amazing diving throughout the area. Take a Scuba trip to Isla Catalina for some top-notch diving with marine creatures including rays, turtles, sharks, and whales or explore sunken ships taking you back to pirate days. A trip to Dolphin Island to swim with the dolphins is always a crowd pleaser and a great excursion to do with the whole family. Many resorts have great snorkeling just steps away and it is usually included. With Punta Cana being primarily a beach destination, watersports are plenty. From parasailing and jet-skiing, to kayaks and water-skis there is enough to keep you busy in the water all day.

If you are a golfer, there may be no other place in the Caribbean to play a few rounds. With courses ranging from par 3's to challenging courses designed by Jack Nicklaus, Nick Faldo, and Robert Trent Jones to name a few. Set among spectacular scenery and boasting 12 courses, Punta Cana is quickly becoming the place to go in the Caribbean for golf enthusiasts.

So what if you just want to relax on the beach during the day because you are more of a night person? Not to worry, with the number of bars and nightclubs in the area, your selection from salsa and meringue to modern pop, rock and hip-hop will have you dancing into the wee hours. If you get all clubbed out then try your luck in one of the many casinos. Almost all resorts have a casino and those that don't usually offer a shuttle to one of the many in the area.

Your best bet for Shopping in Punta Cana is with the local markets. Here you can get local goods such as jewelry and other handmade crafts. It's also the best way to get a good deal as the sellers are more willing to bargain than any stores in the area.

Punta Cana also has some of the best hotel chains in the business. Chains like Bavaro, Iberostar, Dreams, Gran Bahia, Melia and Riu are known for their hospitality, service and quality and compliment this destination which possess' the same characteristics.

Punta Cana Vacation Packages are your ticket to excellent Golfing, Beaches, and Diving all in one incredible destination. Your ticket to a memorable all inclusive vacation to Punta Cana is with Sunwing Vacations.