Long palms by the white sandy beaches is the first thing comes to mind for Punta Cana. One of the heaven destinations on earth. Punta Cana is more suiatable for all inclusive resort lovers, honeymooners and families. If you don’t like staying in these kind of resorts, you need to look for another destination.
Flying to Santo Domingo is always cheaper than flying to Punta Cana. If you are an explorer or backpacker, you may spend some time in Santo Domingo. Personally I did not like the city. You need to be careful at nights. If you are an all-inclusive traveller, you may ignore Santo Domingo and fly directly to Punta Cana.
If you have a plan to drive all the way from Santo Domingo to Punta Cana or dreaming coastal drive, forget about it. Most of the coastline is not accessible by car. You always drive far away from the coastal area. I drove from Santo Domingo to Punta Cana and came back to Santo Domingo ariport. There was nothing special.
Are you stucked between Cancun and Punta Cana for spring break ? Punta Cana is the wrong choice in terms of being a family preferred and honeymooner destination. There are some parties in the hotels’ discos but just limited.
I stayed in Occidental Grand Punta Cana. Hotel’s beach area was amazing. I really recommend.