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Welcome to Punta Cana

The sand and sea destination of Punta Cana is nestled on the easternmost tip of the Dominican Republic, 121 miles (196 kilometers) east of bustling Santo Domingo. This is the Caribbean paradise you’ve read about: Soft, white-sand beaches stretch along the entire coast, dotted by arching palm trees and lapped by rolling waves. If you’re visiting in search of lazy days and relaxed sunbathing, you won’t be disappointed, but there’s also plenty of opportunity for outdoor adventure. Snorkel on a catamaran cruise, dune buggy through ancient palm groves and tobacco plantations, parasail over pristine beaches and lush forests, or hit the links at some of the best golf courses in the Caribbean.

Top 10 attractions in Punta Cana


Macao Beach (Playa Macao)

Clear blue waters and white sandy beaches make Macao an ideal spot to experience the real Caribbean. Because it’s public, this beach attracts both far-off travelers and close-to-home locals. Visitors won’t have to worry about aggressive vendors or crowded shores, either, making this an ideal spot for a peaceful morning stroll or an active outdoor afternoon. Travelers can lounge in the sand, boogie board or learn to surf near Macao Beach’s bigger breakers. And for those who prefer to stay dry on land and keep out of the water, an afternoon horseback ride still offers stunning coastal views and fresh saltwater air, without the hassle of getting wet.More

Bavaro Beach (Playa Bavaro)

The unrivaled beaches of Punta Cana focus on Bavaro, the home of resort vacations in the Dominican Republic. Most of Punta Cana’s resort hotels cluster around the long stretch of white sand Bavaro Beach (or Playa Bavaro) and its small collection of shopping plazas. Along with its aquamarine waters and sandy beaches, Bavaro has world-class golf courses and offshore reef diving sites.More

Hoyo Azul Lagoon

The natural beauty of this scenic lagoon has made it one of Dominican Republic’s top travel destinations. Just a few minutes from Punta Cana International Airport in peaceful Scape Park, Hoyo Azul is simply the best of what this country has to offer. A rugged trail weaves through towering forests of indigenous trees and rare plants, ending at this 37-meter deep turquoise escape. Visitors can take a calming dip to cool off, or dive in from one of the towering cliff’s rocky edges for a real adrenaline rush.More

Scape Park at Cap Cana

Scape Park is an eco-adventure park located in Cap Cana on the gorgeous Caribbean island of the Dominican Republic. Centrally located just seven miles from the Punta Cana airport, Scape Park is easy to get to and provides entertainment for adventure minded travelers. At Scape Park, you can go ziplining over the treetops, horseback riding along the beach, off-roading in an adventure buggy plus go scuba diving and snorkeling to discover underwater sea life or take a catamaran and yacht tour to see the landscape above sea level. There is also kayaking, windsurfing, paddle boarding, fishing and sailing, as well as caves and lagoons you can explore. Both adults and children will find activities they enjoy at Scape Park, making it an ideal place to head for a day during vacation, whether you’re traveling as a couple on a romantic getaway or a family traveling with multiple generations.More

Coco Bongo Punta Cana

Travelers looking to dance the night away while sipping strong tropical cocktails under flashing lights with thumping beats will love the classic island party experience at CoCo Bongo Punta Cana. This lively disco combines the best of a Las Vegas stage show with the music and dance floor of a contemporary club. Every night feels like Saturday night at CoCo Bongo, and guests can opt for VIP packages that include prime seating and skip-the-line options. Whether it’s the first stop of the night, or the last stop in Dominican Republic, CoCo Bongo guarantees a fun, memorable and entertaining night out!More

Juanillo Beach (Playa Juanillo)

A former fishing village on the east coast of the Dominican Republic, Juanillo Beach is today one of the region's most desirable stretches of white-sand beach. Wide open, powdery soft, and lined with palm trees, this stretch of sand runs from Cap Cana Marina to the Sanctuary Cap Cana Golf & Spa Resort. While open to the public, the beach is only accessible through Cap Cana Resort, making it a calm and quiet place to soak up some rays.More

Indigenous Eyes Ecological Park and Reserve (Parque Ojos Indigenas)

The privately run 1,500 acre (600 hectare) Punta Cana Ecological Park protects coastal and inland habitats. Around 80 species of birds live here, along with more than 500 types of plants. Within the park is the Indigenous Eyes Ecological Park, named for the crystal-clear freshwater lagoons (called ‘eyes’) that run underground to emerge near the sea. Trails lead around the park, or you can take a guided tour. Tours on horseback go through the park and along the coast.More


The marine life of the Dominican Republic’s prized offshore reefs is preserved and exhibited at the Marinarium marine park. Marinarium snorkel cruises head out to the reef, and the Reef Explorer provides all the facilities of a mini island at sea. Arrange a stingray encounter, kayak across the waves, sunbathe on flotation mats, and enjoy snacks and drinks on-board the explorer.More

La Cana Golf Course

La Cana Golf Course in Punta Cana has been called a difficult course—though it's understandably tough to focus when 14 holes out of 27 have views of the Caribbean Sea. Regarded as one of the Dominican Republic's most exclusive and scenic courses, La Cana has sand dunes, fairways, and tees that are close enough to the turquoise water that you would think you were golfing at the beach.More

National Park of the East (Parque Nacional del Este)

The sandy beaches of Saona island are a highlight of a visit to Parque Nacional del Este, along with the tropical moist forest and limestone karst landscape of the mainland. The range of biodiversity preserved in this park is incredible, including more than 570 species of plants and 163 species of birds. Much of this habitat is found in the mangroves fringing the peninsula and the sea grasses wafting in the water. The offshore coral reefs are popular with divers.More

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How to Spend 2 Days in Punta Cana

How to Spend 2 Days in Punta Cana

Top Adventure Experiences in Punta Cana

Top Adventure Experiences in Punta Cana

Top activities in Punta Cana

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Recent reviews from experiences in Punta Cana

Learning the history of Santo Domingo
John, Feb 2021
Santo Domingo City - Full Day All Inclusive Tour
He translated both in English and Spanish effortlessly.
Excellent outdoor experience
Jenny, Nov 2020
Punta Cana Horseback Riding
It was a very personalized tour, and I enjoyed this little diversion from beach activities.
Perfect day out!
Sarah_P, Feb 2021
PRIVATE Saona Island Cruise - from $395 PER GROUP (max 7 people)
Our english speaking host met us at the boat, and made sure everything was good before we departed on our trip with our awesome captain Jose and his first mate.
Excellent Transport/ Very Fair Price
Caroline_O, Jan 2021
Private Punta Cana Airport Transfer to Hotels in Dominican Republic
He also can arrange excursions or other activities without being pushy.
Nice little ride
Jeffrey_H, Feb 2020
Private Airport Transfer Service To/From La Romana
Got to see some of the culture here.
Best Service!
k-vang-y, Aug 2019
Private Transfer from Punta Cana Airport to or from Punta Cana and Bavaro Hotels
The ride was fast, comfortable, and I’m so glad they got me an English speaking driver!
Must Do!
Scenic594835, May 2019
Zipline Adventure in Punta Cana
I saw several people zip-lining off the highways while driving to Punta Cana but this tour takes you up the mountain so you get to see spectacular views you won't see any other way.
Great tour
Bobbie T, May 2019
Half-Day Tour: Dominican Discovery Of a Culture
Great tour, very personal with a one on one feeling, tour guide is very knowledgeable and his English is really good too.
Amazing Experience! I believe it was...
Nicolas P, Sep 2018
Hoyo Azul & Scape Park Cap Cana Full Admission
Especially the Water Cave and the Zenote are activities I highly recommend!
We had an amazing time on this...
Sienna C, Aug 2017
Half-Day Tour: Parasailing & Snorkeling Cruise from Punta Cana
The crew was very friendly and got involved in the activities with the guest which made it even more fun.
Highly recommend. Everyone was super...
Alison D, May 2018
4x4 Dominican Adventure with Chocolate and Coffee Tasting from Punta Cana
Great way to see some of the sights around the Punta Cana area.
If you are staying in Punta Cana for...
David D, Sep 2017
Full-Day Santo Domingo City Tour from Punta Cana
If you are staying in Punta Cana for all your stay in DR its a great trip to see something different and a historic capital.
It was the highlight of our trip to...
lingam123, Jan 2018
Day Trip to Saona Island and Altos de Chavon
It was well organized and be prepared for a long day with snacks/water especially if you are going with kids.
Overall, parasailing was very fun...
Pamela N, Apr 2017
Punta Cana Parasailing Tour
You get to see some beautiful views of Punta Cana.
This excursion by far was the best...
Chris L, Sep 2015
Xtreme Buggy The only original Dune Buggy experience in small groups
We got to see the real Dominican off the resort.
Fun, exciting, beautiful! The best...
Rhonda V, Mar 2011
Xtreme Buggy The only original Dune Buggy experience in small groups
A great way to see a part of the country outside of the resorts.
Exploring El limon
brianna R, Jun 2019
El Limon Waterfall and Bacardi Island Tour from Punta Cana
Along the way you get to experience the beautiful nature around you, you do have to walk down stairs to get to the waterfall .
The best time in the DR
Kim C, Jul 2018
Monkeyland and Plantation Safari Tour from Punta Cana
We spent a week in Punta Cana and did a lot of really fun things.
This was a great trip. The driver...
Tim W, Apr 2017
Santo Domingo Colonial Zone Private Day Tour
We could have paid far less to see the city, but when my wife turned to me at the end of the day and told me this was awesome I was very glad we did this private tour,
This is an excellent tour run by...
Trace H, Aug 2018
Full-Day Catalina Island Snorkeling Tour from Punta Cana
The beach BBQ is excellent and interesting to see the traditional method of open fire cooking.

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