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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 10 attractions in Punta Cana

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Saona Island (Isla Saona)

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, the island features plenty of photo-worthy white sands, swaying palm trees, and turquoise waters.More
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Macao Beach (Playa Macao)

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
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Bavaro Beach (Playa Bavaro)

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 flock to this beach not just for its aquamarine waters, white-sand strip, and coconut palm forest, but also for its abundance of fun—from water activities to watering holes.More
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Hoyo Azul Lagoon

Hoyo Azul Lagoon

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Don’t let the name fool you, because Hoyo Azul Lagoon has more to offer than its simple moniker belies. This famous turquoise-water cenote (natural pool) in Punta Cana—the unexpected existence of which at the base of a 200-foot (61-meter) cliff surprises and delights visitors—is one of the Dominican Republic’s top destinations for the swimming, ziplining, nature tours, and other nearby activities.More
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Catalina Island (Isla Catalina)

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
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Coco Bongo Punta Cana

Coco Bongo Punta Cana

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Travelers looking to dance the night away while sipping strong 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. Every night feels like Saturday night at Coco Bongo, and guests can opt for VIP packages that include prime seating and skip-the-line options. Whether it’s the first stop of the night, or the last stop in Dominican Republic, Coco Bongo guarantees a fun, memorable and entertaining night out!More
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Juanillo Beach (Playa Juanillo)

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
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Scape Park at Cap Cana

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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La Cana Golf Course

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
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Indigenous Eyes Ecological Park and Reserve (Parque Ojos Indigenas)

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

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How to Spend 2 Days in Punta Cana

How to Spend 2 Days in Punta Cana

Top Adventure Experiences in Punta Cana

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Recent reviews from experiences in Punta Cana

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Learning the history of Santo Domingo
John, Feb 2021
Santo Domingo City - Full Day All Inclusive Tour
He translated both in English and Spanish effortlessly.
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Very long long day!!!!
Darya_G, Jul 2021
Samana Day Trip - visit Limon waterfall, Bacardi island and more ...
Then you get off horse and take 300 steps down to very very overcrowded base of the waterfall.
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Perfect day out!
Sarah_P, Feb 2021
Saona Island Full Day Private Cruise
Our english speaking host met us at the boat, and made sure everything was good before we departed on our trip with our awesome captain Jose and his first mate.
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Excellent outdoor experience
Jenny, Nov 2020
Punta Cana Horseback Riding
It was a very personalized tour, and I enjoyed this little diversion from beach activities.
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Nice little ride
Jeffrey_H, Feb 2020
Private Airport Transfer Service To/From La Romana
Got to see some of the culture here.
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Best Service!
k-vang-y, Aug 2019
Private Transfer from Punta Cana Airport to or from Punta Cana and Bavaro Hotels
The ride was fast, comfortable, and I’m so glad they got me an English speaking driver!
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Must Do!
Scenic594835, May 2019
Zipline Adventure in Punta Cana
I saw several people zip-lining off the highways while driving to Punta Cana but this tour takes you up the mountain so you get to see spectacular views you won't see any other way.
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Great tour
Bobbie T, May 2019
Half-Day Tour: Dominican Discovery Of a Culture
Great tour, very personal with a one on one feeling, tour guide is very knowledgeable and his English is really good too.
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Amazing Experience! I believe it was...
Nicolas P, Sep 2018
Hoyo Azul & Scape Park Cap Cana Full Admission
Especially the Water Cave and the Zenote are activities I highly recommend!
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It was the highlight of our trip to...
lingam123, Jan 2018
From Punta Cana: Saona Island & Altos de Chavon Day Trip with Lunch and Open Bar
It was well organized and be prepared for a long day with snacks/water especially if you are going with kids.
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If you are staying in Punta Cana for...
David D, Sep 2017
Full-Day Santo Domingo City Tour from Punta Cana
If you are staying in Punta Cana for all your stay in DR its a great trip to see something different and a historic capital.
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Highly recommend. Everyone was super...
Alison D, May 2018
4x4 Dominican Adventure with Chocolate and Coffee Tasting from Punta Cana
Great way to see some of the sights around the Punta Cana area.
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This was the best 5 hours spent of...
Ryan S, Jul 2018
Four Adventures: Parasailing, Snorkeling Cruise, Sharks & Rays At Punta Cana
After all of the activities, they took us to a remote location and danced and partied with us until it was time to go.
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We had an amazing time on this...
Sienna C, Aug 2017
Half-Day Tour: Parasailing & Snorkeling Cruise from Punta Cana
The crew was very friendly and got involved in the activities with the guest which made it even more fun.
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There were 9 people and we had a VIP...
Carol Ann M, Feb 2017
Macao Buggy Adventure from Punta Cana
The tour was just as described online and the dip in the spring was very refreshing!
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Overall, parasailing was very fun...
Pamela N, Apr 2017
Punta Cana Parasailing Tour
You get to see some beautiful views of Punta Cana.
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Excellent Transport/ Very Fair Price
Caroline_O, Jan 2021
Private Punta Cana Airport Transfer to Hotels in Dominican Republic
He also can arrange excursions or other activities without being pushy.
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Exploring El limon
brianna R, Jun 2019
El Limon Waterfall and Bacardi Island Tour from Punta Cana
Along the way you get to experience the beautiful nature around you, you do have to walk down stairs to get to the waterfall .
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The best time in the DR
Kim C, Jul 2018
Monkeyland and Plantation Safari Tour from Punta Cana
We spent a week in Punta Cana and did a lot of really fun things.
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This was a great trip. The driver...
Tim W, Apr 2017
Santo Domingo Colonial Zone Private Day Tour
We could have paid far less to see the city, but when my wife turned to me at the end of the day and told me this was awesome I was very glad we did this private tour,
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