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In small planes, American Eagle (tel. 800/433-7300in the U.S.; www.aa.com) offers two to six daily nonstop flights to Punta Cana from San Juan, Puerto Rico; flying time is about an hour. You can also opt for one of American Eagle's two or three (depending on the season) daily flights from San Juan to La Romana and then make the 90-minute drive to Punta Cana.

In addition, Takeoff Destination Service S.A., Plaza Brisas de Bávaro 8 (tel. 809/552-1333; www.takeoffweb.com), also flies in from Santo Domingo in 55 minutes; frequency of flights depends on demand, with more in the busier winter months. A typical fare -- say, from Santo Domingo to Punta Cana's airport -- costs RD$3,723 to RD$5,584 one-way with no discount for flying round-trip. You can also fly from San Juan's airport to Punta Cana.

Lying adjacent to the Punta Cana Resort & Club, the International Airport of Punta Cana (tel. 809/959-2376; www.punta-cana-airport.com) may be the world's first privately owned international airport. Flights, mainly from North America and Europe, wing into this airport at the rate of 100 per week in summer. In winter, the volume of flights increases to approximately 250 per week. Private buses from the all-inclusives wait to shuttle arriving passengers to their respective resorts. When your vacation is over, you're placed in a private van and hauled back to the airport. The location of the airport is about 5km (3 miles) from where the Higüey-Punta Cana main highway reaches the coast.

Motorists driving across the southern tier of the Dominican Republic along Hwy. 104 reach the rural city of Higüey before continuing to the northeast to the Coconut Coast. Hwy. 104 runs along the entire length of the Punta Cana/Bávaro resorts before coming to an end at the port city of Miches on the Bahía de Samaná.

Note: This information was accurate when it was published, but can change without notice. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.