The Dominican Republic’s Punta Cana is home to everything needed for a refreshing beach break: white sand, warm water, good food, and lively beach bars. Where you want to stay depends on what kind of vacation you want. Here's a Punta Cana neighbourhood guide to help.
Once a sleepy area developed as a town for resort workers, Bávaro has become the destination of choice for many visitors to Punta Cana. The beach scene is lively and family-friendly, and the pristine sand and good swimming make any day here enjoyable. There’s a golf course and shopping plaza, plus bars and restaurants. Most of the nightlife is centered around Bávaro.
Cap Cana is well known for its glamorous connections and upscale vibe. A planned community of homes, rental villas, hotels, golf courses, restaurants, marina, and more, the huge 30,000-acre (12140-hectare) site would take days to explore. The marina alone has space for more than 500 boats.
Located at the northern end of Punta Cana, Uvero Alto is a beach lined with coconut palms that’s home to several hotel resorts, bars, restaurants and shops. There’s a strong undertow at the beach, so it’s less suitable for swimming or families with young children.
Punta Cana Resort
A gated community of rental homes and several hotels, plus golf courses, tennis courts, a spa, restaurants, and more, Punta Cana Resort is a bustling resort within the larger vacation area of Punta Cana. There’s a variety of accommodation and access to three miles (five kilometers) of beaches. There’s something for all ages, which makes it appealing for families.