Beach Journal: The Joy of the Sand on Playa Bavaro, Punta Cana

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Above: the beach at the Barcelo Bavaro Palace Deluxe hotel in Punta Cana

BAVARO — Sometimes we forget. We forget how beautiful Caribbean beaches can be.

How quiet. How relaxing. How perfect.

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There are so many wonderful things about the region.

But sitting on Playa Bavaro a few steps from the Barcelo Bavaro Palace Deluxe in the Dominican Republic’s Punta Cana hotel reminds one of what remains the region’s best selling point: the sand.

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And it’s particularly good here, at the modern all-inclusive complex, a massive resort that you immediately forget the minute you step on the sand and are surrounded by palm trees.

The water’s warm, the beach stretches on for miles … and so does the afternoon.

— CJ