There is no doubt about it, Punta Cana has it all, and more. When heading to Punta Cana, you don’t need to pack much, just your beach gear and camera will do! Perfectly set on the eastern tip of the Dominican Republic, the tropical haven of Punta Cana has sandy beaches for miles and crystal clear waters that you won’t want to leave. Lavish all-inclusive resorts, which boast worldwide cuisine and plenty of swimming pools, fringe the palm-tree coast, giving a wide choice of places to stay and eat. 
You’ll be happy to hear that the Caribbean flavour is never far from each town in Punta Cana - even the locals give off a chilled vibe, and of course the cocktails taste of rum and coconuts. Unsurprisingly because of its abundance of coconut trees, Punta Cana and neighbouring Bávaro form the Coconut Coast, or La Costa del Coco if you want to fit in. 
There’s lots of high-adrenaline activities to do in the area, including high-ropes courses. Be sure to check out the zip-lining up in the canopies of rainforest, which are suitable for all ages and offer some of the best views at speed. With an average temperature of 30°C, you may want to take part in some water activities - starting with hiring a kayak off the secluded village of Uvero Alto. If you can handle the gusty winds, then book a sailing or windsurfing lesson down at the marina in the glamourous resort of Cap Cana. Failing all that, you can even cruise the Caribbean Sea in a speedboat, the choice is completely yours.
To feel like a true cast away, take a Catamaran trip to the tropical Isla Saona.  This stunning island is only a short distance from the mainland and has a nature reserve that’s part of East National Park. The marine life in the shallow waters is so beautiful - you must remember your goggles.
Fish is usually on the menu on the Coconut Coast so open your palette to fresh catches of the day and juicy shellfish. In smaller cafés you will always find the Dominican dish of rice, cooked beans and meat served with plantain, so tuck in and enjoy. 
Avoid the hassle of waiting for an airport transfer to your resort and book with hoppa. Arrive happy at your luxurious hotel with a pre-booked driver, just choose a transfer from Punta Cana International Airport to work with your budget. It’s easy and quick to book, so let hoppa take care of the finer details. 

 

Overview

The Dominican Republic is the Caribbean's most popular destination, with its fabulous white beaches and sunny tropical climate. Punta Cana is situated on its easternmost tip in the region of La Altagracia, and constitutes an unbroken coastline of over 30km, lined with luxurious hotel complexes and natural conservation areas. With the nearest city over an hour away by car, the beaches of Punta Cana are the ideal tropical getaway.

Most visitors will be eager to see Punta Cana's most renowned beaches of Bavaro and Macao, and take a boat ride out to nearby Isla Saona off the south coast. These stunning sunbathing spots offer clear blue waters and beachfront shacks where locally caught fish and lobsters are grilled. The coastal stretches are fantastic for water sports and are particularly popular with surfers, while the cooling breeze and leaning palms offer an irresistible setting for those seeking a lazy day in the sunshine.

The hotel complexes on the Dominican Republic's east coast offer a range of facilities and attractions for both night and day, and visitors are never stuck for new restaurants, nightclubs and swimming pools to enjoy. Golfers are also well catered for, as there are 11 courses to choose from along Punta Cana's coastline.

For those intrepid visitors who love to explore the natural surroundings, there are numerous sightseeing tours available. By boat, by jeep, on foot or on horseback, there's no shortage of options for an exciting trip out to see the Dominican Republic's amazing flora and fauna.

Key Facts

  • Currency: Dominican Peso
    Language: Spanish
    Approximate flight time from the UK: 9 hours
    Time zone: GMT -5

Great For

Nature lovers: There are many excellent options for visitors to delve into the Dominican Republic's wonderful tropical coast and countryside. From boat tours and snorkelling trips, to days out in off-road vehicles or on mountain bikes; those who love to find adventure in Punta Cana will not be disappointed.
Fine dining: The seafront of Punta Cana is lined with excellent restaurants serving a great variety of dishes. For expertly prepared seafood, visitors should seek out Passion, and the popular Pranama and Balicana restaurants serve Asian and Indian food in great style. For simpler but no less satisfying dishes, Little John and Kat's Corner are worth investigating for breakfast and lunch.
Relaxed holidaymakers: Punta Cana is a tropical paradise best known for its luxurious beach life. For visitors who love nothing more than to lie back, sunbathe, swim, and above all to relax, this destination is a beautiful and charming choice.

Indigenous Eyes Ecological Park

This conservation area is Punta Cana's primary natural attraction, where visitors can explore a 1500 acre area of lowland, subtropical woodland and beautiful inland lagoons. The Indigenous Eyes Park is filled with amazing wildlife, from the exotic birds and butterflies in the trees, to the tortoises, crabs and fish living in the crystal clear rock pools. Visitors can swim in five of the twelve lagoons, see the iguana habitat, and discover the Dominican Republic's history of sugar plantations at the sugar cane exhibit.
Opening hours: Sunrise to dusk.
Entry cost: Enquire about the Guided Ecological Tour with Punta Cana Resort & Club.
Website: http://www.puntacana.org/reserve/

Choco Museo

Punta Cana's chocolate museum and shop is one of ten branches across the Caribbean and South America. Choco Museo brings home the rich history of this ever-popular food product to the cacao plant's natural environment. Visitors can see the traditional process of chocolate making, and participate in workshops to create their very own from scratch. This fun, informative and very tasty attraction is a must for visitors with children, or anyone with a sweet tooth.
Address: Avenida Barcelo, Edificio Mundo Aútentico, Punta Cana.
Opening hours: 9am - 6pm
Entry cost: Museum is free, contact for information about chocolate workshops.
Website: http://www.chocomuseo.com/english/our-locations/punta-cana-dr/

Scape Park

Another of Punta Cana's best natural attractions is Scape Park, where wildlife and adventure combine to make for an unforgettable experience. In Scape Park, visitors can choose from a wide range of different activities and tours, from hilltop zip lining, to cave exploration. One of the park's most popular choices is the Eco Tour to the stunning, turquoise, natural pool of Hoyo Azul, situated at the foot of a 75 metre cliff. There are boat cruises available, as well as tours by horseback or by motorised buggy. Scape Park offers some of the most exciting ways to see the natural Caribbean landscape alongside excellent and informative guides.
Address: Cap Cana, Punta Cana 23000
Entry cost: Day pass to all attractions for $129, individual attractions from $50.
Website:  http://www.scapepark.com/en/

Bavaro Beach

On the northern coast of Punta Cana, this sandy beach is a paradise on the edge of the Atlantic Ocean. Bavaro Beach is clean, well maintained and very popular, so for those who enjoy lively company, water sports and a friendly atmosphere, this is the perfect spot. There are several market stalls for refreshments and local goods, and the beach is surrounded by the finest hotels and restaurants for those visitors who like to top off a day at the beach with a first rate meal.
Address: Bavaro Beach, Punta Cana, 23000

Sirenis Aquagames

Situated a few kilometres north of Macao Beach, the Sirenis Resort contains Punta Cana's only water park. Aquagames is an essential attraction for those with children, containing ten waterslides of all different shapes and speeds, from gentle to thrilling. Onsite facilities include a cafe, plenty of deckchairs and a changing room. The Sirenis Resort also includes a casino and a restaurant, and of course the whole site is only a few steps away from the Atlantic coastline.
Address: Playas de Uvero Alto, Punta Cana
Website: http://www.sirenisaquagames.com/Sirenis-Aquagames-Punta-Cana/

Have you been to Punta Cana recently? What are the must-do experiences that you'd suggest? Do you have tips on how to stretch that holiday budget a bit further or know of a hidden-gem that’s easy to miss?


Let us know your best piece of advice for fellow travelers and get rewarded for your contribution! You can earn additional % off of any transfer by regularly contributing to the advice sections across the site (subject to moderation). To leave advice, please visit the specific location’s page, which you can navigate to via the ‘locations’ tab, and clicking into your destination in ‘nearby locations’.