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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 15 attractions in Punta Cana

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Macao Beach (Playa Macao)

Macao Beach (Playa Macao)

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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.More
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Hoyo Azul Lagoon

Hoyo Azul Lagoon

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Don’t let the name fool you, because Hoyo Azul Lagoon has more to offer than its simple moniker belies. This famous turquoise-water cenote (natural pool) in Punta Cana—the unexpected existence of which at the base of a 200-foot (61-meter) cliff surprises and delights visitors—is one of the Dominican Republic’s top destinations for the swimming, ziplining, nature tours, and other nearby activities.More
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Bavaro Beach (Playa Bavaro)

Bavaro Beach (Playa Bavaro)

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In Punta Cana, an idyllic resort town on the Dominican Republic’s east coast, all roads lead to Bavaro Beach (Playa Bavaro). Visitors flock to this beach not just for its aquamarine waters, white-sand strip, and coconut palm forest, but also for its abundance of fun—from water activities to watering holes.More
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Saona Island (Isla Saona)

Saona Island (Isla Saona)

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Saona Island (Isla Saona) is the Dominican Republic's largest coastal island, clocking in at 15 miles (25 kilometers) long and three miles (5 kilometers) wide, with a population of little more than 300. Part of the National Park of the East, the island features plenty of photo-worthy white sands, swaying palm trees, and turquoise waters.More
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Coco Bongo Punta Cana

Coco Bongo Punta Cana

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Travelers looking to dance the night away while sipping 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.More
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Catalina Island (Isla Catalina)

Catalina Island (Isla Catalina)

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Tiny Catalina Island (Isla Catalina), just 1.5 miles (2.4 kilometers) off the Dominican Republic’s mainland, is an idyllic sandy speck in the turquoise Caribbean waters. Known for its well-populated coral reefs, Catalina is a peaceful respite for those looking to escape bustling Punta Cana and La Romana.More
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Indigenous Eyes Ecological Park and Reserve (Parque Ojos Indigenas)

Indigenous Eyes Ecological Park and Reserve (Parque Ojos Indigenas)

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The Indigenous Eyes (Ojos Indígenas) Ecological Park and Reserve is designed to protect the natural habitats of the Dominican Republic’s plants and animals. Formerly called the Punta Cana Ecological Reserve, it was renamed for the 12 freshwater lagoons found here, which the native Taino people called eyes because of their distinctive shape.More
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Imagine Punta Cana Disco

Imagine Punta Cana Disco

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One of the premier nightlife destinations in the Dominican Republic, the Imagine Punta Cana Disco is a cave-turned-club that boasts several dance floors and bar areas as well as unique acoustics. The nightclub draws huge crowds on its themed nights, which focus on musical genres including pop hits, reggaeton, salsa, and Latin music.More
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Scape Park at Cap Cana

Scape Park at Cap Cana

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Set in the Dominican Republic’s Cap Cana Resort, the Scape Park ecoadventure site draws thrill-seekers and families who come to enjoy the property’s varied outdoor activities. You’ll find more than 247 acres (100 hectares) of limestone topography and jungle, including an active marina and the popular Juanillo Beach.More
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National Park of the East (Parque Nacional del Este)

National Park of the East (Parque Nacional del Este)

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The National Park of the East (Parque Nacional del Este) is one of Dominican Republic’s most biologically diverse land reserves. From the sandy beaches of Saona Island to the tropical forest and limestone landscape of the mainland, the park is home to more than 500 species of plant and hundreds of species of bird, insect, and fish.More
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La Cana Golf Course

La Cana Golf Course

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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.When you first step up to the manicured tee box and take a look down the fairway, it's nearly impossible to tee off your ball without stopping to snap a photo.More
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Juanillo Beach (Playa Juanillo)

Juanillo Beach (Playa Juanillo)

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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
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Marinarium

Marinarium

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The marine life of the Dominican Republic’s prized offshore reefs is preserved and exhibited at the Marinarium marine park in Cabeza de Toro, equidistant from Punta Cana and Bavaro. The ecotourism attraction is dedicated to creating a model of sustainable ecological conservation for local marine life.More
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Casa Ponce de León

Casa Ponce de León

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The former home of explorer and governor of Puerto Rico Juan Ponce de Léon, Casa Ponce de Léon is a simple stone building with an important place in history. Visitors come to travel over 500 years back in time to the days of great oceanic exploration and see an important landmark in the history of the Americas.More
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Lemon Lagoon Bay

Lemon Lagoon Bay

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This beach in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic is the Caribbean ideal: clear water ideal for swimming and soft white sand backed by palm trees where you can chill out to your heart’s content.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

Saona Island Day Trip From Punta Cana with Lunch and Open Bar Included
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Small-Group Sailing and Snorkeling Catamaran Tour
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Sabina del Mar Party Boat VIP

Sabina del Mar Party Boat VIP

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Private Catamaran - Private Boat (Small Group)

Private Catamaran - Private Boat (Small Group)

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Zipline Adventure in Punta Cana
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Recent reviews from experiences in Punta Cana

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Strongly recommend
Sushama_M, Aug 2022
Party Boat / Catamaran Party In Punta Cana
I will recommend to visit once in your life .
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Friendly environment.
Erika_G, Aug 2022
Punta Cana Airport Transportation Round-Trip to hotels in Dominican Republic
He also made sure to let us know of other places nearby and to seek activities to do while being in Punta Cana and recommend some.
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Breathtaking Experience in Punta Cana
keenan_R, Jul 2022
3-Hour ATV and Horseback Ride Adventure in Punta Cana
This excursion is a 10/10, it was a lot of fun riding on the ATVs through the mud paths to see different areas in the countryside of Punta Cana.
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Best tour for an all day event
Yesenia_R, Jun 2022
5 tours in 1 - Horseback Riding / City Tour / Cacao Farm / Zipline / Dune Buggy
Best tour in Punta Cana to see the country and city of Dominican Republic!!
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This was definitely one...
Ashley_T, May 2022
4x4 Open Top Jeep Wrangler Safari Experience with Zipline and Lunch
This was definitely one of the most fun things we did while in Punta Cana.
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Amazing Sunset tour
Nandkishore_M, Apr 2022
Sunset Horseback Riding Tour from Punta Cana
Our driver Juan is the best in punta cana I been here 10 times an I never meet one like him really professional speak very good English I really recommend this company an Juan as your personal driver if you looking to explore puntacana city!!!!
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Worth It
Steven_T, Aug 2022
Full Day Samana Whales from Punta Cana with Waterfall, Bacardi Island & Lunch
The horseback ride, waterfall and beach were all amazing, fun catamaran ride with drinks and the tour guide as well as all the other people that helped were fun and helpfull at every turn.
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Great Family Friendly Activity
Ashley_C, Jul 2022
Half-Day Small-Group Cultural Tour in Dominican Republic
I would definitely recommend if you want to see the local daily life.
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Best Excursion I've been on
John_M, Jul 2022
Snorkel lovers + Seafood +Slide Catamaran-Family Friendly
Second, I wish they gave a tip etiquette review because I wasn't quite sure what to do.
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Great experience & worth the trip of learning the culture
Deanna_C, Jun 2022
Half-Day Small-Group Cultural Tour in Dominican Republic
He spoke English for us.
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Awesome Excursion, But Read This First!
Alina_N, May 2022
Discovery Package: Snorkeling Cruise and Dune buggy Adventure At Punta Cana
If you’re not a strong swimmer, they won’t really let you participate in a lot of activities (even with a life jacket).
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Good Service…
Shlesta_T, May 2022
Private Airport (PUJ) Transportation, Transfers to Punta Cana Hotels.
It was great to see my name in the sign and get into the car.
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Great Day Tour with Horseback Riding + Waterfall + Beach Time on a Island
Burgundy_H, May 2022
El Limon Waterfall and Bacardi Island Tour from Punta Cana
You get matched up with a horse keeper and they guide you through the path to the waterfall Salto del Limón, it's about a 20-30 minute journey on horseback each way.
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Excellent break from resort
Nicole_L, Apr 2022
Punta Cana Mountain E-Bike Tour
Beautiful family opens their home and property to visitors at the plantation stop - opportunity to buy coffee and vanilla at very reasonable prices.
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Santo Domingo City Tour - April 2022
Paul_D, Apr 2022
Santo Domingo 1-Day Tour from Punta Cana
All in all, it was worth the money to visit such a monumentally historical city.
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Lovely hike near Punta Cana
Erin_E, Apr 2022
Let's do hiking in Punta Cana
It was absolutely gorgeous to see the inland beauty of the Dominican Republic.
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Amazing BUT read my caution tips!
Chloe_C, Mar 2022
Full Day Samana Whales from Punta Cana with Waterfall, Bacardi Island & Lunch
The experience was amazing and probably a once in a life time to see the Whales.
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Amazing!
Gerda_S, Jan 2022
4x4 Open Top Jeep Wrangler Safari Experience with Zipline and Lunch
attractions are well organized too.
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Riding dirty
jacqueline_l, Aug 2021
Punta Cana Off-Road Dune Buggy Adventure and Amazing Water Cave
We drove singles in buggies, had some stops along the way to see the natives and buy stuff and drink
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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.
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