The easternmost coast of the island has 56 km (35 miles) of incredible beach punctuated by coco palms; add to that a host of all-inclusive resorts, an atmospheric thatch-roof airport, and many more direct flights than any other D.R. resort area, and it's easy to see why this region—despite having almost 50,000 hotel rooms (more than on most other Caribbean islands)—can regularly sell out. It
has become the Cancún of the D.R. Most hotels in the region are clustered around Punta Cana and Bávaro beaches, where more than 90% of the existing properties are all-inclusive. But development continues to press outward—northward to the more remote locations of Macao and Uvero Alto, and southward to the nearby Juanillo—and several of the newer offerings are more luxurious and not all-inclusive.
The region commonly referred to as Punta Cana actually encompasses the beaches and villages of Juanillo, Punta Cana, Bávaro, Cabeza de Toro, El Cortecito, Arena Gorda, Macao, and Uvero Alto, which hug an unbroken stretch of the eastern coastline; however, Uvero Alto, the farthest developed resort area to the north, lies almost an hour from the Punta Cana airport.