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Macao Beach (Playa Macao) Tours

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Macao Beach (Playa Macao)
Macao Beach (Playa Macao) is one of the Punta Cana region’s least-crowded public beaches, set away from most resort hotels. A favorite among locals, this stretch of white sand is considered one of the Dominican Republic’s most beautiful coastal escapes, with clear blue waters and a beach break known for its surf-friendly waves. 

The Basics
Lounge on the sand, boogie board, or learn how to surf near the beach’s bigger breakers. If you prefer to stay dry on land, an afternoon horseback ride serves up coastal views and fresh air. For a dose of adrenaline and an overview of the area’s natural highlights,  visit the beach and the nearby Macao Cave during a dune buggy adventure from Punta Cana. 

Things to Know Before You Go
  • Several stands sell cold beers and local grub, including fresh-caught fish and lobsters.
  • There are no restrooms on-site.
  • Bring along some cash to purchase souvenirs from the beach vendors.

How to Get There
Macao Beach is located on the northern side of the Dominican Republic’s Punta Cana region, roughly 20 minutes by road from most resorts. The beach is accessible by taxi or via a guided tour. Ride-sharing services were recently introduced to the nation, but are only available in big cities such as Santo Domingo, Santiago, and Puerto Plata.

When to Get There
Since Macao Beach is a favorite among locals, try to visit during the week when it’s quieter and less crowded. Expect the biggest crowds in the Dominican Republic from December through April, especially around Christmas, New Year’s, Easter, and spring break. And keep in mind, the peak months for hurricanes in the Caribbean are September and October.

Bavaro Beach
Located closer to Punta Cana, the more crowded Bavaro Beach draws visitors with its abundance of tour and cruise offerings, plus water activities such as snorkeling, parasailing, and windsurfing. This beach also boasts more amenities than Macao because of its proximity to Punta Cana’s luxury resorts in Punta Cana.
Address: Macao Beach, Macao, Dominican Republic
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Dune Buggie double with Cave & Beach from Punta Cana (Half Day)Day Trips

Dune Buggie double with Cave & Beach from Punta Cana (Half Day)

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This half-day tour mixes several activities for an exciting day of sightseeing and riding all-terrain vehicles. On a two-seater quad bike, drive through local villages, visit Macao Beach, explore the countryside, and discover a natural cave where you can cool off with a quick swim. A local guide is on hand to answer questions about what you see.
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Full-Day Package: ATV 4x4, River Cave, Catamaran and Snorkeling from Punta CanaDay Trips

Full-Day Package: ATV 4x4, River Cave, Catamaran and Snorkeling from Punta Cana

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This full-day package combines an ATV ride, catamaran cruise, and snorkeling excursion—allowing you to experience multiple island highlights in a single trip. Drive your own quad or ride as a passenger and explore the Dominican countryside. Then board a catamaran and cruise along Punta Cana’s coastline, stopping to snorkel at a coral reef and see tropical fish and maybe sea turtles or rays.
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Xtreme Buggy The only original Dune Buggy experience in small groupsHalf-day Tours

Xtreme Buggy The only original Dune Buggy experience in small groups

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Start your engines and prepare for some outdoor excitement on this Punta Cana Half-Day Dune Buggy Adventure! Zip across the Dominican countryside in a four-seat manual transmission dune buggy, over paved roads, farmland, beaches and plantations. This adrenaline-pumping experience is a chance to explore the real Dominican Republic!
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Punta Cana Off-Road Dune Buggy Adventure, & Amazing River Cave Full-day Tours

Punta Cana Off-Road Dune Buggy Adventure, & Amazing River Cave

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Explore the highlights of Punta Cana in a thrilling half-day off-road dune buggy adventure. The caravan-style tour is perfect as a family outdoor adventure or introduction to the region for first-time visitors. Led by a guide, you’ll visit an organic farm to taste some Dominican coffee and chocolate, swim in a cenote, and pose at Macao Beach and Farallon to capture those timeless photographs to take home.
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Wild Buggy Eco Adventure from Punta CanaHalf-day Tours

Wild Buggy Eco Adventure from Punta Cana

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Bump through the Dominican Republic's lush landscape in a 4x4 buggy during this eco-adventure from Punta Cana. With direction from a guide, maneuver your buggy through the forest; visit an organic farm; stop to taste chocolate, coffee and rum before continuing to the Taino Ecological Park. Take dip in a freshwater cenote, then head for Macao Beach to relax and enjoy the sand and waves. A shopping tour ticket (valid for use that day or at a later date) and round-trip transportation from Punta Cana hotels are included.
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4x4 Dominican Adventure with Chocolate and Coffee Tasting from Punta CanaHalf-day Tours

4x4 Dominican Adventure with Chocolate and Coffee Tasting from Punta Cana

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Stimulate all of the senses on a 4.5-hour off-road adventure from Punta Cana, ideal for thrill seekers. Drive an ATV through the Dominican Republic’s lush jungle, take a dip in a freshwater cenote, and taste chocolate, coffee, and rum at a plantation. Hotel pickup and drop-off are included on this small-group tour, limited to 15 people.
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Dominican Republic Countryside Safari Tour from Punta CanaDay Trips

Dominican Republic Countryside Safari Tour from Punta Cana

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Experience the diversity of Dominican countryside in an open-air safari-style vehicle during this guided tour from Punta Cana. Venture into the Anamuya Mountains, explore an old sugar plantation, watch locals hand-roll cigars and relax on the white sands of Macao Beach. There’s even time to horseback ride and savor a typical buffet lunch before visiting a Dominican family on this tour that showcases some of Dominican Republic’s rural character. All activities, tastings, lunch and round-trip transportation from Punta Cana hotels are included.
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Buggies Extreme and Cenote Cave Adventure Half DayHalf-day Tours

Buggies Extreme and Cenote Cave Adventure Half Day

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Ladies and gentlemen, start your engines! It's time to rip up the Dominican off-road and get a bit muddy. Join Macao Buggies, THE Buggy experts with the BEST off-road Route in Punta Cana. Our awesome Route has THREE stops, now let us set the scene Stop 1: Visit a sleepy country plantation for an intro on some of the Dominican Republic's most sought after produce: cacao, coffee, tobacco and Mamajuana (a Dominican aphrodisiac elixir) Yes, you can drink and drive here Stop 2: Descend into a picturesque cave replete with a subterranean river perfect for swimming. Jump in, cool off and wash off Stop 3: Take in Macao Beach. One of the last ‘resort free’ coastal stretches of Punta Cana, Macao is the idealistic Caribbean shore with amber sands, rows of coconut palms and azure waters. We'll even wash it for you. Although if you read this far, we're sure you don't mind getting a bit dirty
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 Full Day Supreme Safari Punta CanaDay Trips

Full Day Supreme Safari Punta Cana

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This tour allows you to see the 'real' Dominican Republic, outside the resorts. Choose from half-day or full-day tours aboard a safari truck helmed by a tour guide, driver, and bartender. Open bar and round-trip transportation from Punta Cana hotels are included; lunch included on the full-day tour.
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Punta Cana Mountain E-Bike TourBike & Mountain Bike Tours

Punta Cana Mountain E-Bike Tour

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Punta Cana is the Dominican Republic’s most visited beach resort, but swimming and water sports aren’t the only activities on offer. Escape to the countryside on this thrilling 2-hour mountain bike adventure, explore the scenic back roads, and experience local life as you pedal past farms, rural villages, and coffee plantations.
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Just Safari Private Jeep Tours,4x4, Open Top ExperienceDay Trips

Just Safari Private Jeep Tours,4x4, Open Top Experience

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This tour really offers you everything in one package and it is the only one in Punta Cana that gives you the chance to drive your own Jeep, do the Zipline and Horseback riding in the hills around Punta Cana, visit typical Dominican house, enjoy lunch on the beach and visit cigar factory. All you need to bring is your sense for adventure! It is highly recommended for those who really want to soak up the Dominican Republic's natural beauty and experience its diversity while having a lot of fun and excitement. Come along on this authentic and only one OPEN TOP Jeep Safari! See beautiful scenery and exotic landscapes that will live long in your memory. This amazing and exclusive excursion is perfect for families and groups of all ages. Your adventure begins directly at your hotel in Punta Cana from where you jump into our Wranglers Jeeps and hit the road for this beautiful adventure. If you want to have unshared jeep (2 people in jeep) please contact us!
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Punta Cana 4x4 ATV Adventure and Beach TourHalf-day Tours

Punta Cana 4x4 ATV Adventure and Beach Tour

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Explore the backcountry trails of Punta Cana on the back of a 4x4 vehicle during this guided half-day tour. Stop at a typical Dominican home, deep in the countryside to sample some of the area's local produce, coffee, cocoa, and tobacco. Take a dip in the refreshing waters of an underground cave, then stop at Macao Beach for some fun in the sun and sand. Round-trip transportation from select hotels is included.
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Buggies Extreme Tour Half DayDay Trips

Buggies Extreme Tour Half Day

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Experience the thrill of off-roading on a buggy tour from Punta Cana. This half-day tour takes you from the jungle to the coast, and allows you to drive your own buggy or ride as a passenger. Explore the Dominican countryside without getting lost and ride along one of the last resort-free stretches of coastline. Plus, choose from morning or afternoon departures to easily fit this tour into your schedule.
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Scuba Doo Excursion Snorkeling

Scuba Doo Excursion

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The submarine motorized scooter is based on the same theory and as you go down a seal is formed around your helmet so you are dry inside the helmet bubble. This experience is excellent for those who need to use prescription lenses. Our motorized scooter does not have uncomfortable constraints or conventional dive equipment. Our unique underwater motorized snorkeling scooters work on the bell theory. When you turn a glass upside down in a bucket of water, no water would enter the glass.
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Dune Buggy / ATV / Safari / Cave / Beach / Adventure 4WD, ATV & Off-Road Tours

Dune Buggy / ATV / Safari / Cave / Beach / Adventure

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Buggies are one of the best adventure activities in Punta Cana designed to have fun. Come and drive your own machine on single, double or family occupancy and experience driving on dirt roads and wild trails where mud is an attraction and landscapes are beautiful. On our 3 hours adventure you can see it all: typical village, local school, caving, beach, shopping and more.
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Punta Cana Slingshot ExcursionHalf-day Tours

Punta Cana Slingshot Excursion

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This fantastic excursion is a good chance to leave the hotel and wander around the beautiful Bavaro area in style. These unique vehicles are so much fun to drive and will keep you interested during the entire activity. The excursion will start at the Hard Rock Hotel, and we will stop at the beautiful Macao beach where you will take pictures and swim in one of the most beautiful Caribbean beaches. The second stop is at the Mundo Authentic Rum, Cigar, Caffe, and Cacao factory. Here you will have the opportunity to buy unique natural products, gifts, and souvenirs for your friends back home. When you are ready, we will take you back to the starting point at the Hard Rock Hotel.
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Jungle Rally Cultural Adventure from Punta CanaDay Trips

Jungle Rally Cultural Adventure from Punta Cana

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Buckle up for this air-conditioned 4WD adventure that offers VIP service through the jungles of Punta Cana. Enjoy the off road tour that showcases hidden secrets, epic landscapes and scenic wonders of this incredible island. Your professional guide ensures you have the best time ever!
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Dune Buggy or ATV + Horseback Riding Nature & Wildlife

Dune Buggy or ATV + Horseback Riding

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Explore the countryside around Punta Cana in two ways: by dune buggy and horseback riding. You'll get off the beaten path to learn about the native flora and fauna, first with a rugged dune buggy ride and then on the back of a horse. Your guide will ensure your safety and comfort while providing information on the area's history and culture.
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Punta Cana 4x4 ATV Tour to Macao Beach with Cave SwimHalf-day Tours

Punta Cana 4x4 ATV Tour to Macao Beach with Cave Swim

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Explore the backcountry trails of Punta Cana on the back of a 4x4 vehicle during this guided 4.5-hour tour. Stop at a typical Dominican home, deep in the countryside to sample some of the area's local produce, coffee, cocoa and tobacco. Take a dip in the refreshing waters of an underground cave, then stop at Macao Beach for some fun in the sun and sand. Round-trip transportation from select hotels is included.
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Countryside Eco-Truck SafariDay Trips

Countryside Eco-Truck Safari

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Hop aboard a safari-style tour truck and get to know modern life in the Dominican Republic on this full-day tour from Punta Cana. With a group of fellow travelers and a guide providing informative commentary, travel around the city and out into the country to see some sugar, tobacco, and coffee plantations. Visit a typical Dominican country house, a rural school, and meet some of the village residents before heading to Higuey to see the famous Basilica of Our Lady of Altagracia.
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4WD Terracross + Breef Safari + River Cave and Macao BeachNature & Wildlife

4WD Terracross + Breef Safari + River Cave and Macao Beach

Do you like the speed, adventures and do not mind getting dirty? Welcome to our 4WD tour! This is the same as a quadracycle, but with reinforcement plates and a small roof. It develops a high speed and features automatic transmission. The departure from the hotel in a safari truck, with an international group, at about 7:00 a.m. (a personal guide is provided by request) From 20 to 40-minute way to the ranch where the buggies are parked Equipment – sunglasses, scarf on your face – and here we start a buggy adventure! You will have a buggy ride through local villages where you can observe the daily life of the Dominicans and enjoy wild nature The first stop will be in a picturesque cave with a transparent lake, where you can swim to feel like new Visit to Macao beach – one of the most popular beaches in the surroundings of Punta Cana
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Punta Cana Buggy Adventure to Macao Beach with Cave SwimHalf-day Tours

Punta Cana Buggy Adventure to Macao Beach with Cave Swim

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Drive a dune buggy down the lush tropical trails around Punta Cana to explore the authentic side of Dominican life. During this 4-hour tour with a local guide, head for Macao Beach, bumping along dirt roads through rural areas past banana, cocoa and coffee plantations. Stop at a cave containing a fresh water lagoon to rinse off and splash around. At Macao Beach, explore the white sand shoreline and play in the waves. Round-trip transportation from Punta Cana hotels is included.
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Dune Buggies and Cenote Cave Half Day Adventure Half-day Tours

Dune Buggies and Cenote Cave Half Day Adventure

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Dare yourself to go off-road and discover the wild landscapes around Punta Cana on this half-day buggy tour. Take the wheel and drive your own buggy through the countryside, passing farms, plantations, and beaches. Along the way, stop to sample locally made rum, chocolate, and coffee; take a swim in a cenote in the Macao Ecological Park; and visit Macao Beach. Enjoy a half day experience where you can choose doing it in the Morning, Noon or Afternoon.
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Macao Buggy Adventure from Punta CanaHalf-day Tours

Macao Buggy Adventure from Punta Cana

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Drive a Macao Buggy over the Dominican Republic's back roads on this half-day tour from Punta Cana. Pass palm trees and tobacco plantations with views of the Oriental Mountain Range. Stop at a ranch for an introduction to local produce like cocoa, coffee, tobacco and Mamajuana (a Dominican aphrodisiac elixir) and green tea leaves. Continue to a subterranean cavern with a sunken swimming hole for a dip, then end the day at Macao Beach, enjoying the sun and sand.
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