The Costa del Coco or Coconut Coast is a 37 miles width region in Dominican Republic. Usually, but wrongly, named Punta Cana. This area include other six bays beside the most famous beach in the country. Macao, Cortecito, Bávaro, Cabeza de Toro, Cabo Engaño, Punta Juanillo and Punta Cana are the colorful beach names that form the Costa del Coco. They all together are consider one of the most beautiful sea landscapes of the world, according to UNESCO. Precisely, is in the region where the magnificent resort Be Live Grand Punta Cana is located.
Curiously, what has made this region one of the most popular beach destination of the world are they huge tourist resorts. Nevertheless, they are incredible places to visit around here, like Punta Cana Ecological Park. This incredible natural reservoir has 18 ha. of indigenous forest, mangles and coast landscapes. This is the habitat of more than 80 differente species of birds, 160 insects and 500 native trees. The only way to visit this wonders is to hire a tour with the Punta Cana Ecological Foundation. They offer two different tours, one by boat and one riding a horse. Those interested in this last tour should contact the Foundation in advantage.
The boat tour has three parts. The first one is to attend to the Visitor’s Center to learn more about the autochthonous insects, some of them collected by Harvard’s students. The next one is a boat ride through the Indigenous Eyes Ecological Park. Its name regards to the 11 lakes communicated by an underground river that form this area of the park. After all this magnificent panoramas, the last stop will be in the Botanical Gardens. Here, besides enjoying the beautiful native flora, visitor can help raise endanger local chameleon species. Also, there is a small zoo nearby the garden, where children can play with the animal and learn more about them.
Getting to visit the Costa del Coco is very easy by car. To do so, you can rent a car or hire a taxi for a day. My recommendation is to star the itinerary in Higüey and finish it in Bávaro. Along the journey I advise you to pay a visit to: Scientific Reservoir of Lagunas Redonda y Limón, Caño Hondo Caves, Boca Yuma and Juanillo Beach. There is not a formal city on this trip, but you can stop by El Cortecito, where there are several shops and beach restaurants. If you are looking for a place to shop, it is better to go to Plaza Bávaro Shopping Center.