The Ministry of Public Works has announced the opening of the extension of the Autopista del Coral (Circuito del Este) that leads to northern Punta Cana in time for the peak Christmas holidays. The stretch from Bavaro to Uvero Alto and Miches, some 70 km, is now open for general traffic, with the formal inauguration set for early next year. The next stretch of the Circuito will go from Miches to Sabana de la Mar, another 39 km. This will open up overland access to the Los Haitises National Park and is a bonus for developers of new tourism projects in the Miches beach area. Many beaches along the road are not well known because of the difficult access.