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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

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.More

Saona Island (Isla Saona)

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

Bavaro Beach (Playa Bavaro)

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

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

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

Catalina Island (Isla Catalina)

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)

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

Imagine Punta Cana Disco

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

National Park of the East (Parque Nacional del Este)

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

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

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.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

Corales Golf Course

With six holes running right along the ocean and tee shots that shoot over cliffs, Corales Golf Course in Punta Cana is often considered amongst the Caribbean’s most exclusive and scenic courses. Designed by Tom Fazio, Corales Golf Course is famously known for its final trio of holes, which collectively are known as “the Devil’s Elbow” and require shooting up over the bluffs past waves that crash on the coast. Compared to the surrounding courses in the area, Corales is arguably the most scenic but also the most user friendly, which makes it accessible to a wider range of visiting golfers and travelers. Need to warm up before teeing off? A putting green and driving range are both available for use.More

Scape Park at Cap Cana

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

Bavaro Adventure Park

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


This sanctuary offers visitors the opportunity to see squirrel monkeys in a natural jungle habitat. Located in Punta Cana, the 5-acre (2-hectare) park gives the monkeys plenty of space to roam freely—although they often come over to greet guests. The park also boasts lush botanical gardens with medicinal plants, flowers, and fruit trees.More

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Saona Island Day Trip From Punta Cana with Lunch and Open Bar Included
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4x4 Dominican Adventure with Chocolate and Coffee Tasting from Punta Cana
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Monkeyland and Plantation Safari Tour from Punta Cana
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Small-Group Cruising and Snorkeling Catamaran Tour
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Saona Island Paradise From Punta Cana
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Full Safari Zipline, Buggies & Horse Riding
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Punta Cana Small Group Cruising and Snorkeling Catamaran Trip
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People Also Ask

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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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