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Punta Cana Gastronomy

There are two main aspects that need to be considered when speaking about Punta Cana Gastronomy, what to eat and where to do it.

The Dominican Republic food is characterized by the Caribbean flavour which is a mixture of influences in the cooking practices that come from the Spanish, the Africans and the native Taino Indians.  

The first thing you will notice in Punta Cana Gastronomy is that the food is not heavily spiced. The seasoning of the Caribbean recipes is based on garlic, onions, coriander, cumin and oregano. Meats are usually grazed on wild oregano which gives the food an exclusive flavour; another characteristic is that the food is generally very well cooked, so it is difficult to find anything done rare.

Punta Cana Gastronomy offers a wide variety of dishes easily found in all inclusive resorts and Punta Cana restaurants. It is a delicacy to taste the most delicious tropical fruits and natural juices. It is a must to enjoy special recipes made with fresh seafood and fish, especially shrimp, lobster, marlin, mahi-mahi, dorado and red snapper. There are also traditional dishes such as "La Bandera", the most popular national dish, which is a combination of rice, beans, stewed meat, salad and fried plantains, usually served with some natural juice. “Comida Criolla”, a stewed chicken dish served with rice and beans is another popular dish. You can also find recipes inherited from Taino Indians in Punta Cana Gastronomy likeCassava”, a flat bread made from the yucca plant, and “Catibias”, a type of fritter stuffed with meat. From the Spanish cuisine you can taste “Paella” at the Caribbean style, a rice dish cooked with seafood, fish and pork meat or chicken, which results in a marvellous combination of flavours.

You will also find delightful desserts made with sugar and condensed milk, such as dulce de leche, majarete, arroz con leche and flan.

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In harmony with nature and with a privileged atmosphere, Punta Cana Gastronomy offers you a wide choice of food options, from à la carte theme restaurants with the most varied menus that include from the most exquisite traditional Dominican dishes to many other tasty international dishes.

Punta Cana All Inclusive Resorts have a wide variety of restaurants at your disposal. You can try any of the eleven Hard Rock & Casino Resort’s restaurants that will suit every craving or you can also try sushi at the Japanese restaurant in Gran Bahía Principe Punta Cana; if the international buffet is the right place for you, Casablanca, in the Lifestyle Holidays Vacation Resort, is one of your best options. You can also visit the elite, gourmet French spot at Barceló Bávaro Palace (not included with the all-inclusive plan if you are staying there), but you must call in advance for reservations.

In Punta Cana you will also find great and varied offers in amazing restaurants such as Akai Lounge & Suchi Bar, where sushi and other Japanese dishes will impress your senses, or La Yola, in Higüey, a gorgeous restaurant right on the water at the Punta Cana Marina where you can see the ocean and fish swimming by your feet through the glass floor. There are also restaurants as Noir Beach Lounge, Captain Cook or The Jellyfish with moderate prices and excellent food and service where you will feel really pleased.

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