We are about to book our first family trip to Punta Cana for this July (my husband and our kids ages 12 and 14). We think we have settled on Dreams Palm Beach in Punta Cana, due to past great experiences at Dreams and seems to be a "bit" smaller in scale as resorts go, and possibly not quite as close to lots of other big resorts (best we can tell).
In any case, could someone tell me if there are areas in Punta Cana that have great snorkeling just off the beach (without requiring special excursion?). The answer to this question might affect which resort we choose. Would like to be able to walk right out to reef area to snorkel. Any suggestions/thoughts much appreciated!