By Kevin Terbush (Roger Williams University)
Center for Responsible Travel (CREST), Puntacana Resort & Club hosted a conference focused on the issues of climate change and coastal tourism. The Conference, put on by the Center for Responsible Travel (CREST), brought together over 30 experts in the fields of oceanography, marine policy, tourism, and sustainability.
Over the next three days, panels of experts were grouped together and presented on topics like food, climate change, rising sea levels, as well as many others. Each group stated that the problems are already upon us and it is now time to take action.
By Martin Kaufmann (Golfweek course-rater)
A bargain airline can be a crapshoot, particularly if you’ve never heard of said airline. So it was with some trepidation last month that I boarded a flight on GOL, a Brazilian carrier offering a cheap, direct 2½-hour trip from Orlando, Florida, to Punta Cana International Airport. It is the largest airport in the country, the second-busiest in the Caribbean, and the largest privately owned airport in the world, with direct flights from 96 cities. More than 5.9 million passengers passed through Punta Cana International Airport last year from more than 40 countries
We are back this week with another story about nature, nurture, and the always-incredible Ridgway’s Hawk. As many of you know already, Puntacana Resort and Spa doubles as an ecological preserve for the Ridgway’s Hawk, which is so endangered that it would likely go extinct were it not for the preservation efforts made by Los Haitises National Park and Puntacana. This likely isn’t news to you, though. We first wrote about the Ridgway’s Hawk in August of last year, and we’re here almost a year later with a quick update.
We’re going to do something a bit out of the ordinary on the blog today; we’re going to go bird watching. We’ve talked about the wildlife in Punta Cana more than once on this blog, and that’s because the natural beauty of Dominican Republic is very near and dear to us, and we want to do all we can to share it with you. Today we are going to look at some of the more interesting (and beautiful!) birds you can see right here at Puntacana Resort and Spa.
It’s come to our attention here at the blog that we haven’t written about the airport in a little while. Obviously this needs to be rectified, because as it turns out everyone else is writing about the airport these days. As you may remember, we wrote about the opening of Terminal B at Punta Cana International Airport back in October, and things are going even better than we expected. Let’s talk a little bit about what you can expect from the now established Terminal B and what the future holds for it.
If everyone will bear with me for a moment, I have a personal story to start today’s post off with. A little over five years ago, I lived in a magical land known as southern New Jersey. While there, I worked for several years preparing students for standardized tests. In particular, I helped students with the GMAT, which as any MBA will tell you can be quite the ordeal. The important bit, however, is that while preparing students for the GMAT I would always ask them if they had a business school they were applying to as their first choice. Invariably, they would respond “The Wharton School.” The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania has a reputation that precedes it, which is why it is such an honor to talk about some of the work they are doing with Puntacana.
Lately, I’ve been thinking a lot about bees. As someone whose job it is to learn interesting facts about the Puntacana Resort & Club, there is no shortage of intrigue to be found here. In the last few weeks, we’ve thoroughly covered some of the more interesting adventures and excursions we recommend for our guests, but that is only scratching the surface of some of the more interesting parts of life at Puntacana, which brings me back to my first sentence and the question everyone is probably thinking: why bees?
Let’s Talk About Lobsters
As of this writing, we are right in the middle of a lobster ban in the Dominican Republic. Due to a combination of factors including overfishing and poaching, Caribbean Spiny Lobsters need time to repopulate, which is why we do not fish or purchase them during their mating season. Of course, we do this because it is the right thing to do and it helps guarantee we will be able to enjoy lobster for years to come. It is also, however, the law.
We have emphasized a lot of the more traditional sports on this blog. In fact, we have written at length about golf, tennis, and basketball. Obviously, we have no shortage of love for sports here at Puntacana, but we haven’t spent quite as much time on some of the more often overlooked sports here on the island. In fact, due to the unique condition of our beaches, which features flat, waist deep waters and steady trade winds, Punta Cana, Dominican Republic is the perfect location to learn one of the fastest growing sports in the world. I’m talking, of course, about kiteboarding or kitesurfing.
Today’s video is a more unfocused and less structured look at the wonderful things you can do at Puntacana. This is a video for those of us who like to make our own fun and enjoy spending our vacation fully immersing ourselves in a certain locale. While we’ve given you a lot of wonderful activities to do over the last two weeks, today we’re going to talk about taking leisurely strolls and eating tasty, fresh food.
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