Punta Cana is the “tourism capitol” of the Dominican Republic –i.e. where most tourists come to enjoy a Caribbean vacation like yourself. Most tourists arriving to the destination, believe they’re coming to a city called Punta Cana.
What most don’t realize is that the city is divided into many different areas that occupy the east coast of the Dominican Republic (i.e. of Cap Cana, Cabeza de Toro, Bávaro, Los Corales, El Cortecito, Arena Gorda, Macao and Uvero Alto) and that Punta Cana is actually just the airport and Puntacana Resort & Club, which is owned by Grupo Punta Cana (Punta Cana Group).
Grupo Punta Cana was originally founded by Frank R. Rainieri (of the prominent Dominican Rainieri family), Theodore W. Kheel, Oscar de la Renta and Julio Iglesias. They got together in 1969 and created the resort project, which today is known as the Puntacana Resort & Club.
Since then the resort has developed immensely and today it consists of the Punta Cana International Airport, Tortuga Bay Hotel, Westin Puntacana Resort & Cub, La Cana golf course (a P.B. Dye designed course with 27 holes by the ocean), Corales golf course (a Tom Fazio designed course with 18 holes by the ocean – will host the 1st PGA Tour event in 2018!), an international school, a marina, Puntacana Village (shops, restaurants, supermarket, residential area, etc.), an ecological foundation and more.
What does Punta Cana mean?
Before Grupo Punta Cana was founded and they purchased the large piece of land for their project, the area was named Punta Borrachón, which means something like “the drunkard’s point”.
This wasn’t a particularly good name for a luxury resort, so they changed it to Punta Cana after the many Cana palm trees (Sabal Causiarum / Hat Palm) that dotted the land.
The “Punta Cana” region continues to grow as a tourist destination, and every year you’ll likely find something that wasn’t there the last time you visited. The future for Punta Cana looks bright and promises to remain one of the top vacation destinations in the Caribbean.