Nature fans have a wonderful landmark nearby â€“ Manati Park Bavaro. This is both a zoo and a cultural park where visitors can see many typical animals of the region, such as crocodiles, iguanas, and numerous tropical birds. Manatari Park also offers a range of interesting shows that take place daily, such as a horse show and a show with sea lions and dolphins being main actors. Visitors, who want to get acquainted with the heritage of the region, will like the Taino cultural show. Having seen a show, stroll through the beautiful gardens, enjoying beautiful orchids, traditional Dominican art, and graceful flamingos. The park is easy to reach as there are free shuttles from many hotels and popular spots in the town.
Puntacana Ecological Foundation is another must-visit place for all nature lovers. This is a privately owned eco-reserve that occupies an area of 1,500 acres. Beautiful tropical forests, gardens, springs with crystal clear water, and natural lagoons will definitely impress guests. Tourists with children will like a petting zoo and an iguana habitat where they can see many local animals.
Puntacana Ecological Foundation is a non-profit organization, the main aim of which is to show that economic development and environment protection must come hand in hand. Creators of the foundation try to keep and document the biodiversity of the island. There is also an organic vegetable farm that sells fresh fruit and vegetables to local restaurants. Guests can explore the eco-resort on their own or order a guided tour. All proceeds come to the nonprofit foundation.