Things to do in Punta Cana

Things to do in  Punta Cana

Beach resort paradise

Nestled on the easternmost tip of the Dominican Republic, east of bustling Santo Domingo, Punta Cana is a Caribbean paradise: Soft, white sand beaches stretch along the coast, dotted by arching palm trees and lapped by rolling waves. If you’re visiting in search of relaxed sunbathing, you won’t be disappointed, but there’s also plenty of opportunity for outdoor adventure. Some of the best things to do in Punta Cana include snorkeling on a catamaran cruise, riding dune buggies through ancient palm groves, and parasailing over pristine beaches and lush forests.

Top 15 attractions in Punta Cana

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

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 don't just flock to Bavaro Beach for its aquamarine waters, white-sand strip, and coconut palm forest—they also enjoy the range of fun activities, from water sports to watering holes.More

Hoyo Azul Lagoon

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The famous Hoyo Azul Lagoon has more to offer than its simple moniker belies. The turquoise-water cenote (underground limestone sinkhole) in Punta Cana at the base of a 200-foot (61-meter) cliff seems to pop out of nowhere. And it's one of the Dominican Republic’s top destinations for swimming, ziplining, nature tours, and more.More

Coco Bongo Punta Cana

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Travelers looking to dance the night away while sipping tropical cocktails 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, complete with flashing lights and thumping beats.More

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, this tropical paradise features plenty of photo-worthy white sand beaches, swaying palm trees, and turquoise waters.More

Higuey

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In the Dominican Republic's easternmost province of La Altagracia lies the city of Higuey. A busy, bustling area that has rapidly grown over recent years, Higuey is also home to some must-see historical and religious sites like the Basilica of Altagracia. Though the city may not have the footprint of neighboring Punta Cana, visitors can explore its charming streets, restaurants, and markets.More

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

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

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

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

Hard Rock Casino Punta Cana

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The casino at the Hard Rock Punta Cana offers 40 different table games and more than 450 slots, ranging from one cent slots to a high-roller VIP area. There's plenty of room in this 45,000-square-foot (4,181square-meter) casino to gamble—play Texas Hold’em in the poker room, or test your luck at blackjack, craps, roulette, or baccarat.More

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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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

Bavaro Adventure Park

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Bavaro Adventure Park is a vast eco-conscious, open-air theme park in Punta Cana. The park offers an almost endless array of family-friendly, outdoor activities to choose from, including zorbing, ziplining, horseback riding, buggy rides, and many more. As well as adrenaline-fueled rides and activities, the park has 3.4 miles (5.5 kilometers) of pretty nature trails to explore.More

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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All about Punta Cana

When to visit

If you’re seeking the absolute best beach conditions, head to Punta Cana during the dry season (December–April)—a stretch of nearly constant blue skies, warm temperatures, and low humidity. Of course, one of the best ways to experience any Caribbean destination is by participating in its Carnival celebrations—and Punta Cana is no exception. Plan your visit around the Dominican Carnival in February, filled with colorful parades and traditional cuisine.

Getting around

While Punta Cana does have a public bus system, it’s not as frequent or reliable as in other tourist destinations. It’s best to rent a car—especially if you want to visit nearby attractions and natural sites at your own pace.

Traveler tips

While Punta Cana is famous for its beautiful beaches, take a break from the shoreline with a visit to the Indigenous Eyes Ecological Park—a pristine natural reserve with hiking trails, freshwater lagoons, and native wildlife like turtles and iguanas. For a taste of the local cuisine, try mofongo—a traditional Dominican dish consisting of mashed green plantains mixed with savory ingredients like garlic and pork. Locals often pair it with fresh seafood.

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What is Punta Cana known for?

Punta Cana is a tropical paradise in the Dominican Republic known for its white sand beaches fringed by palm trees and turquoise, crystalline waters. Most visitors come to what’s one of the most popular destinations in the Caribbean to relax on the beach and stay at all-inclusive resorts.

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What is special in Punta Cana?

The beaches are one of the most special things in Punta Cana. Picture clear water, fine white sand, and verdant palm trees blowing in the breeze. Bavaro Beach is known as one of the best beaches in Punta Cana, home to many luxurious hotels and resorts.

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What can adults do in Punta Cana?

Adults can stay at all-inclusive resorts in Punta Cana, some of which are adults-only. Adults can also drink alcoholic beverages, charter boats, or do water sports like jet-skiing, snorkeling, or flyboarding. Punta Cana also has many bars, nightclubs, and casinos where adults can go to have some fun.

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What is there to do in Punta Cana off the resort?

Get off the resort in Punta Cana with guided tours to nearby attractions like Cotubanamá National Park, where you can zipline or hike, or Indigenous Eyes Ecological Reserve, where you can explore the mangroves. It’s best to leave the resort with licensed guides or tours booked through the hotel.

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Which part of Punta Cana is best?

Bavaro is Punta Cana’s most popular tourist area. It’s ideal for families and friends and home to many resorts, bars, restaurants, and casinos. If you prefer a quieter, more secluded stay, the emerald waters of Cap Cana are a more upscale, honeymoon-friendly alternative to Bavaro’s hustle and bustle.

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How many days is enough in Punta Cana?

Enjoy relaxing in the sun at an all-inclusive resort in Punta Cana for as long as you want. Most travelers come for a minimum of a long weekend and some stay for a week or more. A longer vacation lets you explore Punta Cana and other parts of the Dominican Republic.

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