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PUNTA CANA - What does it mean?

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PUNTA CANA - What does it mean?

Is there an accurate English translation?

Babelfish and Google translations come back as "white end"?

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1. Re: PUNTA CANA - What does it mean?

Hi tzzoooma! Punta Cana literally translates to "white point" but actually refers to the palm leaves which you see in roof construction. This is what we were told by the locals. BTW, I obtained this information by "Asking Jeeves!" It's a great search engine!

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2. Re: PUNTA CANA - What does it mean?


The explanations so far are partially correct

Cana is a name used for a type of palm tree and the leaves, or fronds, have been used for roofing for centuries. These trees are very numerous in this area.

Punta means Point, or rather a point, or location

On a map of the island you will see the area around the airport jut outwards, hence the name, Punta Cana

Locals refer to Punta Cana as the area south of the airport (Julio Iglesias & Oscar De La Renta have coastal homes here).

The area where most of the hotels are located is Bavaro, hence my name (bb)

The area between the airport and Bavaro is known as Veron (or Beron) - the pronounce B's & V's the same

Sunscape the Beach, Secrets & Sirenis are located in an area called Uvero Alto

Sunscape Grand and the Occidental Allegro are close to a small fishing port called Cabeza De Toro (Bull's Head)