Did you know that there is a lot to do in Punta Cana, besides enjoying the view of the paradisiacal beaches? Find out what this amazing destination has in store for you with these 18 tips

When thinking about what to do in Punta Cana, enjoying the beach is definitely the first thing that comes to mind. And it is no less. The turquoise blue sea and the white sand beaches surrounded by coconut trees make this destination one of the most sought after by those who want to know the Caribbean region.

Located east of the Dominican Republic, Punta Cana have a well-diversified hotel chain and is known for its luxury resorts. Generally, those who travel there spend most of their time inside the hotel complexes, either enjoying their recreational activities or on the sands of the beautiful beaches of Punta Cana where they are located.

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However, the destination offers other tour options that may surprise you. An example is the Scape Park, a park that houses several caves, cenotes and waterfalls in the middle of the rainforest. Another good option is to take a boat trip to the paradisiacal islands close to the coast.

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What to do in Punta Cana

Bavaro beach

Punta Cana

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With a wide range of resorts and hotels, Bávaro Beach has calm seas with crystalline waters in shades of emerald, great for diving with snorkeling. There, the sand is white and full of coconut trees, a true paradise setting.

Blue Hoyo

Blue Hoyo

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You can't help but be impressed by the intense blue tone of the cenote Today Blue. The natural pool hidden at the foot of a 75-meter cliff, in the Scape Park leisure complex, can be accessed by a trail through the rainforest. 

Macao beach

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With rough seas and perfect for those who enjoy surfing, Praia Macao has crystalline waters in shades of blue and golden sands. It is one of the most beautiful beaches in Punta Cana and is 20 minutes from Bávaro Beach. If you visit on weekdays, you will find a peaceful atmosphere. But if you prefer a little more action, the tip is to go there on weekends.

Cap Cana

Punta Cana

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The Cap Cana neighborhood is known for luxury resorts and its famous beachfront golf club, Punta Espada. The Cap Cana marina is home to many bars and restaurants, as well as shops – especially jewelry stores. Another highlight of this neighborhood of Punta Cana is the paradisiacal Juanillo Beach, which we will talk about next.


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Juanillo Beach is ideal for those who want to enjoy the beauties of Punta Cana more peacefully, away from the crowds. Located in the Cap Cana neighborhood, Juanillo is bathed by crystal clear turquoise waters and has white sand, many coconut trees and a paradisiacal view.

Catalina Island

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Just 2.4 km from the mainland, the tiny Isla Catalina is a great destination for diving enthusiasts. It has two reefs, The Wall and the Aquarium. The first is 40 meters deep, goes into the Caribbean Sea and has warm waters. The second is 12 meters deep, has transparent waters and is home to lobsters, stingrays and moray eels.

Cortecito beach

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With white sands, calm and warm waters, Playa Cortecito is located on the Costa del Coco, between Playa de Los Corales and Playa de Arena Blanca. It is the ideal place for kitesurfing, windsurfing and diving. Located in the village with the same name, the beach has warm and clear waters and is the perfect destination for those who want to relax.

La Hacienda Park

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Located in the middle of the jungle, La Hacienda Park is an ecotourism and adventure park. The place offers several experiences, including horseback riding, buggy ride, cable car, zipline, safari and free fall. 

Isla Saona

Attractions in Punta Cana. Photo: Javier Parra / Flickr

Bathed by the Caribbean Sea, Isla Saona is the largest island adjacent to the Dominican Republic. The boats that take tourists there make stops for diving among fish and starfish before reaching the island. Once in Saona, you will find a truly paradisiacal setting: sea with crystal clear turquoise blue waters, white sand and coconut trees in a row.   

Santo Domingo

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Capital of the Dominican Republic, Santo Domingo is about three hours from Punta Cana. The city is perfect for a historic tour. Among the sights to visit, it is worth visiting El Alcázar, Palacio de los Reales, Plaza de España, Puerta de la Misericordia, Puerta del Conde, Altar de la Patria, Calle Bellini, Catedral Primada de América, Calle Arzobispo Nouel, Ruinas of Monasterio de San Francisco and Ruinas de San Nicolás de Bari, the first hospital in America.

Scape Park

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In addition to the incredible Hoyo Azul, the Scape Park has several attractions for those who like adventure and contact with nature. Ziplines, diving areas, caves, waterfalls and other activities. Scape Park is right in the heart of Punta Cana.

parasailing flight

Punta Cana what to do

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The parasailing flight is one of the main activities for anyone visiting Punta Cana and it is not difficult to know why: being able to see all the beauty of this place from above. And the view is breathtaking. Therefore, it is one of the most popular tours there.

boat tour

Punta Cana what to do

Attractions in Punta Cana. Photo: Camera Eye Photography / Wikimedia Commons

The crystal clear sea and the incredible view of the beaches of Punta Cana are the perfect setting for a speedboat ride. It is no wonder that this is one of the most popular activities for those who visit this destination. There are boat trips that take you to the islands, as well as those that only allow you to observe the coast.

Bull's Head

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A great option for those traveling as a family – especially with children – Cabeza de Toro beach has an extremely calm sea, resembling a large natural pool. The waters are crystal clear and the beach invites you to relax and enjoy the view.

Arena Gorda beach

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Arena Gorna beach has clear and calm waters, with few waves. It has a large concentration of hotels and resorts on its shoreline, so it is easier to find accommodation that fits your budget there.

Shopping Palma Real

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Considered the best in Punta Cana, Shopping Palma Real has colonial architecture and pleasant surroundings for a good walk. Despite not having many shopping options, it is a place worth visiting.

Uvero Alto beach

Punta Cana what to do

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Among the beautiful beaches of Punta Cana is Uvero Alto. With a rougher sea than the others, it is perfect for water sports. In addition, it houses several resorts and casinos. Another highlight of Uvero Alto is the Sirenis Aquagames water park, with incredible water slides, swimming pools and a mini farm that offers horseback riding.

Bibijagua beach

Punta Cana what to do

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With crystal clear turquoise blue waters, Bibijagua Beach is a great option for those who enjoy snorkeling and windsurfing. The region is well served by upscale restaurants and boat, plane and kayak trips.

Punta Cana is certainly an excellent destination for those who want to enjoy paradisiacal beaches. In addition, it offers several leisure options for tourists and excellent hotel infrastructure. There is so much to do in Punta Cana and you will definitely want to come back again and again. Want to plan your trip there?

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