4 Must-See Punta Cana Neighbourhoods and How to Visit
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 you decide.
Everything you could want from a vacation destination.
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, too.
Upscale luxe and appeal.
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 (12,140-hectare) site would take days to explore. The marina alone has space for more than 500 boats.
Ideal for couples and beach bums.
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
The perfect spot for a family vacation.
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 3 miles (5 kilometers) of beaches, as well as something for all ages, ideal for families.