This long stretch of sandy coastline on the Caribbean side of the peninsula is where tourism first began in Punta Cana. This undulating beach with powdery white sand is shaded by lilting coconut palms. Much of it still looks like virgin beach, since there is not the proliferation of all-inclusive hotels you find farther north in Bávaro. The beach extends south to Playa Juanillo, which is similarly incredible and now the site of the Cap Cana development. The waters are generally calm, with more wave action in the winter and during hurricane season. Seaweed has become more of a problem in recent years, and resorts have crews that gather it and rake their stretch of sand. Coral rock can make areas difficult to walk in the water, which is often shallow close to shore; however, the reefs are super for snorkeling and one can walk or swim from shore. The Westin Punta Cana has fresh contemporary food offerings at their beachside restaurant, Playa Blanca, a delightful seafood restaurant adjacent to the Kite-Club and Club Med. Amenities: food and drink; toilets; water sports. Best for: kitesurfing; snorkeling; swimming; walking; windsurfing.