When you think of Punta Cana, you probably picture Caribbean sand and surf. However, you should also consider a visit to the awe-inspiring Indigenous Eyes Ecological Park and Reserve, a privately protected area of lowland subtropical forest in the heart of Punta Cana.
The reserve is home to 12 freshwater lagoons, three of which visitors are allowed to swim in. Although the water can be somewhat chilly, it is crystal clear and refreshing after a day exploring the subtropical forest.
Because the Indigenous Eyes Ecological Park and Reserve is a conservation used for scientific research, tourism is somewhat limited. This makes it an ideal location for people looking for a place of relaxation and solitude.
Open from sunup to sundown, self-guided visits are free for local residents of the PUNTACANA community and guests staying at the local Tortuga Bay, The PUNTACANA Hotel, and PUNTACANA Resort and Club; for other visitors an entrance fee of 25 USD is required for admission. Guided visits to the reserve are also available with entrance fees of 50 USD per person.