Situated on the easternmost tip of the Dominican Republic, Punta Cana is a destination filled with exciting contrasts. One moment you can be digging your toes in the golden sand. Next you can be on an exciting truck safari or perfecting your game on one of 11 golf courses. But more than anything, Punta Cana is a mecca for water enthusiasts. From scuba diving, snorkeling, fishing and windsailing to afternoon cruises, speedboat rides and yachting, you’ll find your bliss here in La Costa del Coco, the Coconut Coast. Best of all, Punta Cana International Airport is the best-connected airport in the Caribbean and Central America, with flights from 26 countries.
In the 20th century, Trujillo's dictatorship massacred tens of thousands of Haitians in the 1930's, which fueled into the resentment between both nations. Nowadays, about a million Haitians live in the Dominican Republic, most of them illegally. Some Dominicans' opinions towards illegal immigrants from Haiti are similar to some Americans' attitudes towards Mexican illegal immigrants, with the major difference that, unlike the US, the Dominican Republic is a small and poor country by world standards. Gang wars can erupt along the border, so stay cautious and be sensitive.