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Multi-million dollar project to restore beaches in Dominican Republic

The Dominican Ministry of Tourism has announced it will improve a number of beaches across the country over the next two-and-a-half years. ACCIONA Infrastructure will carry out the work as part of the project that will cost USD $64 million and will see 13 beaches upgraded in seven towns, including Cabeza de Toro, Macao and Arena Gorda-Cortecito beaches in Punta Cana.

Multi-million dollar project to restore beaches in Dominican Republic

Several beaches in the Dominican Republic will be getting a makeover, according to an announcement from the Dominican Ministry of Tourism. The tourism organisation has granted a USD $64 million contract to ACCIONA Infrastructure to improve numerous beaches across the country.

The project will see the restoration of 13 beaches across seven towns and will take approximately three-and-a-half years to complete. Beaches that will receive a face-lift include "Cabeza de Toro", "Macao" and "Arena Gorda-Cortecito" beaches in Punta Cana, and many of the sandy stretches were affected by erosion following the severe storms since 1998 when Hurricane Georges devastated the eastern shores of the Dominican Republic.

ACCIONA was founded in Santo Domingo, the capital of the Dominican Republic, in 2009, and it has since led beach improvement projects in Asturias, San Juan-Salinas and Tenerife in Spain. The extensive project will see general clean-up work, dredging, topping off the sand, building port and dock structure, raising existing highways, installing mooring buoys, and adding general public facilities such as toilets and showers and safety signage.

The Dominican Republic is a Caribbean nation that boast beautiful natural tropical landscapes and historical cities. Two of the most popular tourist destinations include Santo Domingo and the eastern region of Punta Cana.

Santo Domingo is one of the oldest cities in the Caribbean, but it has become one of the country’s most cosmopolitan cities, seamlessly blending the old with the new. The Colonial Zone is full of 15th and 16th century buildings including the Iglesia "Regina Angelorum" and the "Convento de los Dominicos". Tourist hotspots include "Museo del Ron Dominicano" which becomes a rum bar after hours, and the "Alcázar de Colón" museum.

Punta Cana is the easternmost area of the Dominican Republic and it is home to some of the Caribbean’s most idyllic beaches and landscapes. Bursting with family-friendly hotels and resorts on the beachfront, golf courses, and award-winning sandy stretches, the region is great for romance, family time, weddings and group holidays.

Holidaymakers can snorkel in the calm lagoon at the award-winning Bavaro Beach which is protected by a barrier reef, go surfing at Macao Beach, get close to dolphins and sea lions as they swim in their natural habitat at Dolphin Island Park, or visit Manati Park where there are plenty of lively shows and performances, from dancing horses to sea lion tricks.

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