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Best Day Trips from Punta Cana

By Viator, September 2014

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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

4.5 star rating: Recommended 119 Reviews

Relax on the beach, enjoy the crystalline waters or explore the tropical surrounds on a relaxing catamaran cruise to Saona Island. White sandy beaches, ...  Read more

Location: Punta Cana, Dominican Republic
Duration: 10 hours (approx.)

From USD $95.19

Catalina Island Snorkel Excursion from Punta Cana

4 star rating: Recommended 13 Reviews

Spend the day snorkeling Caribbean coral reefs on an excursion to Catalina Island from Punta Cana. Experience a snorkeling wonderland at ‘The Wall’ drop-off, ...  Read more

Location: Punta Cana, Dominican Republic
Duration: 12 hours (approx.)

From USD $89.99

Adventure Day Trip to Fun Fun Cave

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 20 Reviews

Explore the magnificent underground tunnels of Fun Fun Cave in the Dominican Republic. On this day trip from the Punta Cana area, you'll have the chance to ...  Read more

Location: Punta Cana, Dominican Republic
Duration: 12 hours (approx.)

From USD $134.99

Santo Domingo Sightseeing Tour from Punta Cana

4.5 star rating: Recommended 26 Reviews

Discover the rich history, natural landscapes and magnificent colonial architecture of Santo Domingo on a full-day sightseeing tour from Punta Cana. Travel by ...  Read more

Location: Punta Cana, Dominican Republic
Duration: 12 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $83.99

Horseback Riding Day Trip from Punta Cana

4 star rating: Recommended 9 Reviews

Live the dream of riding a horse along tropical white-sand beaches on this day trip from Punta Cana! Gorgeous scenery, friendly guides and amazing horses make ...  Read more

Location: Punta Cana, Dominican Republic
Duration: 4 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $47.99

Punta Cana 4x4 Buggy Eco-Adventure at Indigenous Eyes Ecological Park

4 star rating: Recommended 5 Reviews

Venture off-road on an eco-adventure aboard a 4x4 buggy in Punta Cana! Drive an exclusive route through the Indigenous Eyes Ecological Park, an impressive ...  Read more

Location: Punta Cana, Dominican Republic
Duration: 4 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $79.99

Los Haitises National Park Tour from Punta Cana

3.5 star rating: Worth doing 4 Reviews

Explore the natural wonders of Los Haitises National Park, a remote and protected nature sanctuary that includes dozens of islets and the San Lorenzo Bay. ...  Read more

Location: Punta Cana, Dominican Republic
Duration: 9 hours (approx.)

From USD $109.99

Punta Cana Reef Explorer: Power Snorkeling, Paddleboarding and Kayaking

4.5 star rating: Recommended 4 Reviews

Spend your morning or afternoon power snorkeling, paddleboarding, kayaking or sunbathing on this half-day tour to Punta Cana's Reef Explorer, a large floating ...  Read more

Location: Punta Cana, Dominican Republic
Duration: 5 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $128.99

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

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 22 Reviews

Hop aboard a dune buggy for a full-day adventure and experience the best Punta Cana has to offer! Drive your manual transmission dune buggy through rice fields ...  Read more

Location: Punta Cana, Dominican Republic
Duration: 9 hours (approx.)

From USD $158.99

Mini Cooper Convertible Tour from Punta Cana

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 2 Reviews

Have you ever dreamed of driving a Mini Cooper convertible? Take the wheel of your own 4-person classic car and put the top down during a full-day or half-day ...  Read more

Location: Punta Cana, Dominican Republic
Duration: 5 or 9 hours

From USD $98.99

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