Things to Do in Punta Cana

There are so many things to do in Punta Cana. You can visit one of its many serene beaches, relax on a boat tour of the coast, go scuba diving, or try your luck in one of the casinos. This list features ten of the best things to do during your next stay in Punta Cana, from some of the more popular attractions, to some that are off the beaten path. No matter what your interests are, Punta Cana is sure to offer you a memorable experience.

 
Punta Cana Beach

1. Macao Beach

There are so many incredible beaches to choose from, but this one has a number of amenities that really make it stand out from the rest. Only about a 20 minute drive north from Bavaro, this relatively undeveloped beach is a popular spot for locals, but also features a surf camp, restaurants that sit right on the beach, and is a stop on many of the safari and buggy tours. This long, curving beach is the perfect spot to do a bit of sunbathing, go for a swim or surf, and experience Punta Cana the way the locals do. No matter what beach you end up choosing though, you can’t beat Punta Cana’s white sand and crystal blue waters.

2. Canopy Zipline Adventure

For the more adventurous visitors this zipline tour is one of the best and most unique ways to see some of Punta Cana’s lush landscapes and rainforests. With pickup right in the heart of Punta Cana, it is easy to get to and from, and promises a truly thrilling experience. There are 8 different course lines, and you are led from platform to platform through the rainforest by an expert guide. Water and snacks of tropical fruits are included in your excursion package as well, so you can fully enjoy your trip with no distractions. Ziplining is a popular item on many people’s bucket lists, and there is no better time or place to cross it off!

3. Puna Cana Dune Buggy Adventure

This is a great way to really see some of Punta Cana’s landscape and terrain. Available for half and full day excursions, you will drive a dune buggy across roads, beaches and farmland, passing terrific ocean views, and local neighborhoods and markets. There are snacks and drinks included should you get hungry, and on the trip you’ll stop to speak with some locals at a shop and try some traditional Dominican foods. With solo options and buggies that hold up to four people, this adventure is suitable for individuals, couples, and families alike. One thing to keep in mind is that the buggies have manual transmission, which may determine who in your group will do the driving. Should you decide to book, definitely be sure to wear some clothing you don’t mind getting dirty— excursions continue come rain or shine, and driving through some mud is all part of the fun!

4. Punta Espada Golf Club

Punta Espada is hailed as the best golf course in Punta Cana. It’s a great place to practice your swing while enjoying some gorgeous views of the area’s white sand beaches and vibrant ocean. The course is top-quality and the staff at the clubhouse are friendly and helpful. It has near-perfect reviews across multiple platforms, so you can expect excellent quality. Caddies are seasoned professionals who know the course well, which will help you ace some of the more difficult holes. You can relax post-game at the clubhouse with a tropical cocktail and plan your next visit.

5. Ocean Adventures Punta Cana

Ocean Adventures offer sailing and catamaran excursions around some of the area’s beautiful coral reefs and coastline, and some include snorkeling and swimming as well. The guides are friendly, outgoing, and extremely knowledgeable about the area. Their all-day trips are a great valu, and include drinks and food, along with many different activities. If you’re looking for a full day of fun in Punta Cana then this is a great option as everything is planned, meaning all you have to do is enjoy the ride.

6. Hard Rock Casino Punta Cana

If you are looking for a place to try your hand at blackjack or roll the dice, this casino has the best reviews of any in Punta Cana. If you are not a guest at the hotel you will receive a wristband on entry that lets you access the casino, main lobby, nightclub, and restaurants. The space is large and well designed, with a variety of games and slot machines. One thing to keep in mind is that while the casino uses US dollars, ATMs in the Dominican Republic only give out pesos, so plan accordingly and either bring some with you or note that you will need to use the hotel’s currency exchange.

7. Indigenous Eye Ecological Park and Reserve

This 1,500 acre private nature reserve is owned by the Ecological Foundation, and is used for scientific research and conservation of native species. It also features a variety of walking trails and activities for visitors to see some of the Dominican Republic’s amazing biodiversity. They offer guided nature walks, a number of fresh water lagoons to swim in, and a glimpse of wildlife like iguanas. Be sure to pack a swimsuit, sunscreen, and goggles to take advantage of the natural lagoons, and closed-toed shoes to walk through the park in.

8. Ponce de Leon Fort Museum

A great place for history buffs, and anyone who wants to know more about the history of the Dominican Republic and Punta Cana, this historic home is fully restored and transports you back in time. Full of information about Ponce de Leon, and the conquest of the Americas, there is both English and Spanish printed information placards. It’s an amazing place to walk in the footsteps of one of history’s best-known explorers known for his discovery of Florida, and search for the Fountain of Youth.

9. Fun Cave Exploration

If you’re a fan of ecotourism, then this is a great way to explore a variety of landscapes in Punta Cana. Take a full day tour, beginning with a breakfast that takes you on horseback. You’ll then walk through the rainforest and finally to a hidden cave where you’ll suit up and descend with help from fully trained guides. Beneath the earth’s surface you will explore underground tunnels and lava flows, and crystals, stalactites and stalagmites formed over thousands of years. It’s definitely a once in a lifetime kind of experience that is the definition of ‘off the beaten track’.

10. Marinarium Snorkeling Cruise

This half-day tour takes you along the Punta Cana coastline in a glass-bottom boat to see some of the area’s beautiful underwater sea life to a marine oasis in the middle of the ocean. You’ll be able to swim and snorkel with tropical fish, stingrays, and nurse sharks, before getting back on board and moving to a natural swimming pool where you can have a swim and relax with a cocktail.

Conclusion

These ten suggestions by no means cover all that Punta Cana has to offer, but they give you a taste for the variety of experiences you can expect on your next visit. Whether you’re visiting for your honeymoon, or for a family vacation, the options described above will help make your next visit truly memorable and fun.

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