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A Fun and Fabulous Getaway in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic

You know that feeling that sets in at 5 pm every Friday, when you know you’re in the home stretch of the work week and the weekend is (finally) in sight? Maybe you celebrate by cutting out a little early, or head to happy hour to kick-start your night on the town. Oh Fridays. If only every day could feel like you.

Well, maybe they can. There are plenty of ways to recreate that feeling, but very few match a fun and fabulous getaway in Punta Cana. Stretching along the Dominican Republic’s coveted eastern shoreline, Punta Cana lays claim to some of the world’s best beaches. Enjoying perfect white sand covered in groves of palm trees is hardly a tough way to spend a Friday afternoon. Or a Monday morning. Or Thursday night. You get the picture. Oh, and speaking of picture, allow us to introduce you to the idyllic Barvaro Beach at Paradisus Palma Real Golf & Spa Resort.

Honestly, we could be content to just spend our days lounging on a beach that’s consistently voted among the top ten in the world. But, Paradisus Palma Real offers a whirlwind luxury experience off the sand too. With unlimited green fees, golfers will find a haven on the lush tropical grounds. The property also has kept an eye for the details, from hydromassage beds in the sprawling main pool to elegant, column-lined courtyards covered with tropical flowers.

Still, just because it’s a beautiful resort doesn’t make it stuffy. At night, the hotel is filled with the sounds of salsa, bachata and merengue music on the beach, with discos and DJs later on. Or, head to one of the gourmet restaurants before hitting up the casino.

Punta Cana is also home to the iconic Hard Rock brand, which is known to keep guests on their toes with its nonstop nightlife and luxurious rock n’ roll vibe. If you’ve ever been guilty of scoping out a resort’s pool before deciding on a stay,Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Punta Cana will definitely deliver with its 12 pools and four swim-up bars, including the “European style” Eden pool. By our count, that’s one for every day of the week (and then some).

At night, the Hard Rock lives up to its legacy for hosting great live music and amazing shows. Hotspot ORO has a dramatic two story LED wall and a customized, infinity edge bar to enjoy as you bob your head to club hits. Or, bounce from one luxurious terrace to the next between rounds at the casino and take in the resort’s energetic shows.

The saying may hold that it’s always 5 o’clock somewhere, but this expression seems made for Punta Cana. If you’re looking for fun, non-stop entertainment and gorgeous beaches, you’ve met your match—no matter the day of the week.

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