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Spring Break Destination: Punta Cana

The Dominican Republic Hot Spot is the Place to be this Break

There are only a few more weeks until spring break. Have no plans yet? Lucky for you, there’s still time to book a last minute vacation. Think about it, when are you going to have another chance to get away for a week? The nine to five work days are creeping up quicker than you can say graduation, so rummage through your savings, get some friends together and do spring break right.

Picture this— turquoise waters, sipping corona on the golden sands, endless sun, wildlife adventures, and exhilarating nightlife for a week straight. If this interests you, you should choose a getaway in Punta Cana.

If you have not heard of Punta Cana, it is located in the Dominican Republic, which is an island situated in the Caribbean. It is often overshadowed by the notorious college spring break vacation of choice, Cancun, Mexico.

Cancun has been ranked #1 for US college spring breakers, even getting air time on MTV in the past. Punta Cana, however, has made its way to the top of the list of spring break spots, being mentioned on Travel Channel.

A tropical island smack dab in the middle of the crystal blue water of the Caribbean, Punta Cana is an ideal location for a getaway. Dominicans speak Spanish, but on the resorts English is often spoken.

So what makes Punta Cana the city of choice? For one, the area is covered in palm trees and is along the Atlantic coast. Unlike some parts of the Dominican, Punta Cana is full of resorts and casinos. Many resorts have casinos within them, as well as countless restaurants and even bowling alleys and nightclubs.

The east coast side of the island has 50 hotels and 30,000 hotel rooms across 40 kilometers of beaches. It is becoming the largest tourist destination in the Caribbean for all ages, but college students are enjoying it especially. You are sure to find a resort that will fit your vacation needs if you do some research.

Travel Channel ranked Punta Cana number one on a list of the ten best spring break party spots. The destination has a perfect balance between partying but also enjoying the beaches and tropical ecosystem. All-inclusive resorts make this most affordable for college students because food and drinks are included in the price.

Popular hotels don’t just have the classic inclusion of meals and alcohol, but the package also gives travelers activities like water sports.

A senior communication major Sarah Yung went to Punta Cana last spring break, and says it is one of her favorite memories from her four years of college. She stayed at the Gran Bahia Principe Bavaro resort.

Yung said, “All of the employees were super friendly and the resort was gorgeous.  Also, the area has some of the prettiest beaches I have ever seen. Some unforgettable memories include when I went to Imagine, a club that was built in a cave, and when I went horseback riding on the beach.”

The club Imagine is a blend of the beautiful landscape of Punta Cana together with the eccentric night life. A club in a cave, what other spring break destination has that?

Other than unique night life, Punta Cana has a wide array of  memory making to-do-list activities that don’t include partying. According to Usa Today Travel, it is quickly becoming a popular golf destination, with tons of beautiful golf courses across luscious greenery.

If you’re a water bug, you’ll want to stay in the clear Caribbean waters until your hands are pruned.

A daring water activity is a half day snorkel cruise with stingrays and sharks. If that sounds too dangerous, Dolphin Island, a marine park in Punta Cana, offers swimming with the dolphins. If you prefer the land, sightseeing tours, zip lining, and hot air balloon rides are just some of the outdoor excursions Punta has to offer.

A senior education major Mariola Cieloch had a hard time choosing from the mass amount of activities to do during her time in the Dominican this summer.

“There were over 30 different activities but I went with zip lining, snorkeling and kayaking,” she said.

If you’re looking for a tropical getaway jam packed with adventures day and night, Punta Cana is the place to be. Plus, the weather is always warm.

To book your trip and get the best deals, use websites like Cheap Caribbean, Expedia or Student City. You can also check out apps like Groupon. All-inclusive packages are the best option for college students on a budget.

PHOTO TAKEN by Tara Esposito

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