Zone III


The tourist area of Macao-Punta Cana is defined by Decree No. 479, December 15, 1986. It is located in the province La Altagracia, in the southeast region of the island of Santo Domingo. The province occupies an area of 2,474 square kilometers for a population of 115,685 people. The temperature of the area is warm. Its principal economic activity is tourism, followed by cattle-raising and sugar cane cultivation.

The principal city is Higüey, whose name in the Taino language meant “springs”, according to some historians. It was founded by Juan Esquivel in 1505. There the Basílica de Higüey and the Catedral Nuestra Señora de la Altagracia are found, the latter designed by A. Nunoyer de Segonzacy and Pierre Nupré and opened on January 21, 1971. This Basílica was constructed to replace the Viejo Santuario, which became too small to receive all of its parishioners. Christianity arrived for the first time to American with Admiral Christopher Columbus in 1492 and from this island, the evangelization of the American continent began.

The church was constructed to venerate the Virgin Mary. Marian worship, under prayers to the Virgin of Altagracia, constitutes the highest form of popular religion for the Dominican people, which has been mixed and associated with our culture, folklore and historical characteristics. Another site of interest is the colonial house-museum of Ponce de León.

A coast of beaches

This tourist zone encompasses the beaches of Macao, Cortecito, Bávaro, Arena Gorda, Cabeza de Toro, Punta Cana and Juanillo, with dozens of uninterrupted kilometers of beaches with fine white sand shaded by coconut palms.

These beaches have, in addition to their exquisite beauty, multiple attractions in their surroundings, such as the Parque Nacional del Este, ecological reserve that possesses the greatest concentration of cave art in the Antilles.
La Saona, the island adjacent to the Dominican Republic, is the area of the Parque Nacional del Este that most interests visitors. Inhabited by a small community of fishermen, it boasts lush forests, sandy beaches and marshes that serve as a refuge for a wide diversity of insects, reptiles and birds, many of them endemic to the island. Tortoises and manatees enrich its marine life. Three hyper-salinated lakes are located in the depressions in its terrain.

Other attractions that the beach chain features are: the Bávaro lake, areas for scuba diving and international fishing in the Cabeza de Toro, the subterranean caverns and rivers, indigenous cemeteries, the mountains, natural springs and the Aeropuerto Internacional of Punta Cana. A report by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), published in 1971, indicated the following: “This area is truly exceptional. Of all the tourist beaches in the world, few have such crystalline waters. The sand is so white that it is difficult to believe that it is authentic.”

Studies of accredited international organizations have recognized the area as one of the best in the world. World renowned hotel chains have made use of its attraction, constructing luxury hotels and golf courses for first rate resorts and making the destination one of the most famous in the Caribbean.


Higüey-Punta Cana-Bávaro

Hotels
Name Address Telephone/Fax Email/Website
Barceló Hotel El Naranjo Calle La Altagracia #23 TEL.: 554-3400 FAX: 554-5455 HAB.: 49 Hb.Naranjo@codetel.net.do  www.Barcelo.com
Hotel Cortecito Inn El Cortecito, Bávaro, Punta Cana TEL.: 552-0640 FAX: 552-0644 HAB.: 67 Rest.Cortecito@codetel.net.do  www.Camadosa.com 
Hotel Restaurant Cayacoa Carretera Friusa Melia, Bávaro, Punta Cana TEL.: 552-0624 FAX: 552-0631 HAB.: 35  
Barceló Bávaro Beach Resort Playa Bávaro, Punta Cana TEL.: 686-5797 HAB.: 600 Bavarobeach@Bacerlo.com  www.Barcelo.com
Barceló Bávaro Casino Playa Bávaro, Punta Cana TEL.: 686-5797 FAX: 686-7808 HAB.: 236 Bavaro@Barcelohotels.com  www.Barcelo.com
Barceló Bávaro Garden Playa Bávaro, Punta Cana TEL.: 686-5797 FAX: 686-7808 HAB.: 401 Bavaro@Barcelohotels.com  www.Barcelo.com 
Barceló Bávaro Golf Playa Bávaro, Punta Cana TEL.: 686-5797 FAX: 686-7808 HAB.: 126 Bavaro@Barcelohotels.com  www.Barcelo.com
Barceló Bávaro Ocean Village Playa Bávaro, Punta Cana TEL.: 221-8555 FAX: 221-8556 HAB.: 156 Villas.Bavaro@codetel.net.do
Barceló Bávaro Palace Playa Bávaro, Punta Cana TEL.: 686-5797 FAX: 686-7808 HAB.: 594 Bavaro@Barcelohotels.com  www.Barcelo.com
Club Hotel Riu Bambu Playa Arena Gorda, Bávaro, Punta Cana TEL.: 221-7575 FAX: 221-7373 HAB.: 560 Clubhotel.Bambu@Riu.com
www.Riu.com
Fiesta Bávaro Playa Bávaro, Punta Cana TEL.: 221-8149 FAX: 221-8150 HAB.: 580 Bavaro@Fiesta-Hotels.com
www.Fiesta-Hotels.com
Fiesta Beach Resort Playa Arena Gorda, Bávaro, Punta Cana TEL.: 221-8149 FAX: 221-8150 HAB.: 339 Bavaro@Fiesta-Hotels.com
www.Fiesta-Hotels.com
Fiesta Club Lookea El Cortecito, Bávaro, Punta Cana TEL.: 221-8149 FAX: 221-8150 HAB.: 252 S.Hotels@codetel.net.do
Fiesta Palace Resort El Cortecito, Bávaro, Punta Cana TEL.: 221-0719 FAX: 221-0284 HAB.: 272 Bavaro@Fiesta-Hotels.com
www.Fiesta-Hotels.com
Grand Paradise Bávaro Playa Bávaro, Punta Cana TEL.: 221-2121 FAX: 566-2436 HAB.: 504 Infograndparadise@Amhsamarina.com 
H 10 Bávaro El Cortecito, Bávaro, Punta Cana TEL.: 221-0714 FAX: 221-0814 HAB.: 638 H10bavaro@codetel.net.do
www.H10.es
Hodelpa Caribe Club Playa Arena Gorda, Bávaro, Punta Cana TEL.: 476-0770 FAX: 476-0771 HAB.: 665 Caribeclub@Hodelpa.com  www.Hodelpa.com
Hotel Barceló Bávaro Villages Playa Bávaro, Punta Cana TEL.: 221-8555 FAX: 221-8556 HAB.: 234 Villas.Bavaro@codetel.net.do
Hotel Barceló Villas Bávaro Playa Bávaro, Punta Cana TEL.: 221-8555 FAX: 221-8556 HAB.: 262 Villas.Barcelo@codetel.net.do
Hotel Bávaro Princess Playa Bávaro, Punta Cana TEL.: 221-2311 FAX: 686-5427 HAB.: 750 Bavaro.Princess@codetel.net.do  www.Bavaroprincess.com.do
Hotel Carabela Bávaro El Cortecito, Bávaro, Punta Cana TEL.: 221-2728 FAX: 221-2631 HAB.: 411  
Hotel Catalonia Bávaro Beach Golf & Casino Resort Cabeza De Toro, Bávaro, Punta Cana TEL.: 412-0000 FAX: 412-0001 HAB.: 711 Hcbavaro@Catalonia.com.do  www.Cataloniabavaro.com
Hotel Meliá Caribe Tropical Playa Bávaro, Punta Cana TEL.: 221-1290 FAX: 221-4595 HAB.: 104 Melia.Caribe@Solmelia.com  www.Solmelia.com
Hotel Riu Taíno, Riu Hotels & Resorts Playa Arena Gorda, Bávaro, Punta Cana TEL.: 221-2290 FAX: 686-5917 HAB.: 360 Hotel.Taino@Riu.com
www.Riu.com
Hotel Sun Scape Punta Cana Grand Cabeza De Toro, Bávaro, Punta Cana TEL.: 686-9898 FAX: 686-9699 HAB.: 354 Info@Sunscape.com.do  www.Sunscaperesorts.com
Iberostar Bávaro Resort Playa Bávaro, Punta Cana TEL.: 221-6500 FAX: 221-1534 HAB.: 590 www.Iberostarcaribe.com
Iberostar Dominicana Playa Bávaro, Punta Cana TEL.: 221-6500 FAX: 688-9888 HAB.: 506 www.Iberostarcaribe.com
Iberostar Punta Cana Playa Bávaro, Punta Cana TEL.: 221-6500 FAX: 221-1534 HAB.: 347  
Lti-Beach Resort Punta Cana Carretera Arena Gorda, Bávaro, Punta Cana TEL.: 221-6640 FAX: 221-4649 HAB.: 447 Ltisdpmf@Tricom.Net
www.Lti.De
Natura Park Resort & Spa Cabeza De Toro, Bávaro, Punta Cana TEL.: 221-2626 FAX: 689-5141 HAB.: 500  
Neuco, S.A. Club Med Punta Cana, Higüey TEL.: 686-5508 FAX: 565-2558 HAB.: 540  
Occidental Allegro Resort Cabeza De Toro, Bávaro TEL.: 687-5747 FAX: 687-1381 HAB.: 540 Info@Cbbavaro.Allegroresort.com  www.Allegroresorts.com
Occidental Flamenco Bávaro Playa Bávaro, Punta Cana TEL.: 221-8787 FAX: 221-8790 HAB.: 871 Ohrdsales@codetel.net.do
www.Occidental-Hoteles.com 
Paradisus Punta Cana Playa Bávaro, Punta Cana TEL.: 687-9923 FAX: 687-0752 HAB.: 527 Reservasparadisus@codetel.net.do  www.Solmelia.com
Punta Cana Resort & Club Punta Cana, Higüey TEL.: 959-2262 FAX: 686-0165 HAB.: 418 Info@Puntacana.com
 www.Puntacana.com
Riu Melao Playa Arena Gorda, Bávaro, Punta Cana TEL.: 221-5555 FAX: 221-1241 HAB.: 244 www.Riu.com
Riu Palace Macao Playa Arena Gorda, Bávaro, Punta Cana TEL.: 221-7171 FAX: 682-1645 HAB.: 364 www.Riu.com
Secret’s Excellence Punta Cana (Uvero Alto) Uvero Alto, Macao, Punta Cana TEL.: 685-9880 FAX: 688-1075 HAB.: 446 Excellence@Royaluveroalto.com.do  www.Royaluveroalto.com
Sirenis Cocotal Uvero Alto, Macao, Punta Cana TEL.: 688-6490 FAX: 688-7999 HAB.: 427 Info@Sirenishotels.com  www.Sirenishotels.com
Sirenis Tropical Uvero Alto, Macao, Punta Cana TEL.: 688-6490 FAX: 688-7999 HAB.: 387 Info@Sirenishotels.com  www.Sirenishotels.com
Hotel Riú Naiboa Playa Arena Gorda, Punta Cana TEL.: (1-809) 221 75 15
FAX: (1-809) 686 60 77 HAB.: 372
hotel.naiboa@riu.com  www.riu.com/index.php
Sunscape The Beach Playas Uvero Alto TEL.: 1 (809) 682 0404 FAX: 1 (809) 552 6183 HAB.: 500 info@sunscapethebeach.com.do
www.sunscaperesorts.com/beach/index 
Sunscape Puntacana Grand Cabeza de Toro, Punta Cana TEL.: (809) 686 9898 FAX: (809) 686 9699 HAB.: 354 info@sunscapepuntacanagrand.com.do
www.sunscaperesorts.com/index_pc.html
Hotel Gran Bahía Príncipe Bávaro Carretera Arena Gorda – Macao Sección Baigua Tel: (809) 552-1444 HAB.: 1,530 info.puntacana@bahia-principe.com
www.bahia-principe.com/en/puntacana_descripcion.html

LTI-Sol de Plata Punta Cana Beach Hotel

Playa Arena Gorda, Bávaro TEL.: 809 476-7777 / 412-0744 FAX: (1-809) 412-2334 HAB.: 774 ltisdpmf@tricom.net; ltisdpac@tricom.net
www.soldeplata.com/soldeplata.htm