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Best Day Trips from Punta Cana

By Viator, April 2015

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Point of the white canes, Punta Cana is a luxury resort destination full of wide white sand beaches, impeccably manicured golf courses, and a balmy Caribbean breeze. Growing in popularity since the 1970s, Punta Cana is a favorite getaway of the jet-setters and those looking for the dreamy island escapes of the Caribbean without having to go the extra miles to get to the Lesser Antilles. An added bonus – there are a lot of amenities in the Dominican Republic that aren’t found on neighboring, smaller islands. Case in point, the number of outdoor activities that surround Punta Cana are astounding. Part of what makes a trip exciting is getting out there and exploring it all – and here are some of the best day trips from Punta Cana.

Top of the list of best day trips from Punta Cana is, without a doubt, Los Haitises National Park. This remote coastal park was, for a long time, closed to visitors and today guests are allowed only when accompanied by a guide – due to the pristine and unspoiled natural beauty of the place. Tucked away in the northeastern corner of the country, Los Haitises is a wild and lush park full of dense vegetation, mangrove swamps, and the accompanying wildlife. The beauty of San Lorenzo Bay is worth the trip in and of itself, but the accompanying frigate birds, endangered Brown Pelicans, and overhead orchids make the trip something special. Nature lover or no, you can’t go wrong with Los Haitises.

The capital of the Dominican Republic is Santo Domingo, and if you missed it when you flew in, now’s your chance to capture the essence of what the Dominican Republic is all about. Take a day trip to the nation’s capital, and learn about the nation’s rich history and Spanish-colonial architecture while doing some grade A sightseeing and souvenir shopping. The Zona Colonial (colonial zone) is a UNESCO world-heritage site, filled with awe-inspiring monuments, cathedrals, and lighthouses.

Dolphin Island tours are a great way to get out there and do some playing with nature while exploring the best of the Dominican Republic. There are several itineraries to choose from when exploring Dolphin Island, but the most popular is typically the half-day experience where you’ll spend your time swimming, feeding, laughing and playing with not only the indigenous dolphins of Punta Cana, but also the native sea lions.

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Catamaran Cruise to Saona Island from Punta Cana

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Best Catalina Island Snorkel Excursion from Punta Cana

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Santo Domingo Sightseeing Tour from Punta Cana

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Adventure Day Trip to Fun Fun Cave

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All-Inclusive Samaná Day Trip by Air from Punta Cana

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Horseback Riding Day Trip from Punta Cana

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Punta Cana Full-Day Dune Buggy Adventure to Lemon Lagoon Bay

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Mini Cooper Convertible Tour from Punta Cana

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Samana Day Trip: El Limon Waterfall and Cayo Levantado from Punta Cana

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Dominican Republic Countryside Safari Tour from Punta Cana

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