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Punta CanaDominican Republic

Enjoy long stretches of white-sand beaches, all-inclusive resorts and sunshine in abundance at one of the largest tourist destinations in the Caribbean region.

Punta Cana, on the east coast of the Dominican Republic, is renowned for its miles of white-sand beaches lined by coconut palms and aquamarine waters. The name Punta Cana is often used when referring to the region that encompasses areas such as Cabeza de Toro, Arena Gorda and Uvero Alto.

Punta Cana is primarily made up of large all-inclusive resorts that cater for families and couples. Many have their own private stretches of beach and are designed to provide guests with everything they need for their stay, including restaurants, nightclubs and sporting activities.

The main attractions of Punta Cana are, of course, the sand and the sea. The unforgettable beaches of this region are sheltered by an immense offshore reef, 18 miles (29 kilometers) in length. The shallow water makes it a good diving or snorkeling environment for beginners. Most of the all-inclusive resorts have their own dive schools and equipment shops. There are also other water activities on offer such as surfing, sailing and parasailing.

Outside the resorts, you’ll have the chance to explore some of the Dominican Republic’s other attractions. See the replica Mediterranean village built on a cliff at Altos de Chavón and explore the world’s first underwater museum at Bayahibe. Visit Higüey and its Basilica de Nuestra Señora de la Altagracia, a large cathedral built to honor the patron saint of the Dominican Republic. Take a guided tour of the jungle at the Punta Cana Ecological Reserve.

There are a number of ways to get around Punta Cana. For the majority of visitors, who spend their time either in their resorts or at beaches nearby, the simplest way is on foot. Local buses known as ”guaguas” are the cheapest options if you plan to travel farther afield. Taxis and car rentals are also available.

Blue skies and sunshine are fixtures for most of the year in Punta Cana. In summer the temperature is an average of 88 F (31 C).

Where to stay in Punta Cana

Altos de Chavon Village which includes art

Casa de Campo

3.5/5Good!(3 area reviews)

If you're spending some time in Casa de Campo, Dye Fore Golf Club and The Links are top sights worth seeing.

Casa de Campo
La Romana

Las Piedras

2/5(2 area reviews)

If you're looking for some top things to see and do in Las Piedras and surrounding area, you can visit La Romana Port and Dye Fore Golf Club.

Las Piedras

Top Hotels in Punta Cana

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Majestic Mirage Punta Cana - All Suites - All inclusive
Majestic Mirage Punta Cana - All Suites - All inclusive
5 out of 5
Bavaro, Playa Arena Gorda, Punta Cana, La Altagracia

Located in Punta Cana, this beachfront property is next to a golf course, 0.9 mi (1.5 km) from Hard Rock Golf Club at Cana Bay, and 1.1 mi (1.7 km) from Arena ...

4.4/5Wonderful! (3,041 reviews)

"Good food overall, nice variety of eat in locations, excellent staff overall, great vibes, no pushy sells, great entertainment"…"

Reviewed on 2020/5/28

Majestic Mirage Punta Cana - All Suites - All inclusive
Majestic Colonial Punta Cana - All Inclusive
Majestic Colonial Punta Cana - All Inclusive
4 out of 5
Carretera El Maca, Punta Cana, Punta Cana

Located in Punta Cana, this beachfront property is next to a golf course, 1.1 mi (1.8 km) from Arena Gorda Beach, and within 12 mi (20 km) of Macao Beach and ...

4.3/5Excellent! (7,140 reviews)

"It was our first time to book in an all-inclusive resort; did not have high expectations but we were so very gladly surprised! The staff, the service, the variety of food, the location, the tropical beauty and weather all were excellent. Especially the fresh fruits and freshly grilled fish for lunch, ..."…"

Reviewed on 2020/4/24

Majestic Colonial Punta Cana - All Inclusive
Majestic Elegance Punta Cana - All Inclusive
Majestic Elegance Punta Cana - All Inclusive
4.5 out of 5
Playa Bavaro - Punta Cana, Punta Cana, La Altagracia

Located in Punta Cana, this beachfront property is next to a golf course, 0.1 mi (0.1 km) from Arena Gorda Beach, and 2.2 mi (3.6 km) from Hard Rock Golf Club ...

4.3/5Excellent! (8,255 reviews)

"I love everything about this resort. Second time coming back and I would go again. Even with the Corona outbreak majestic still made me feel like home."…"

Reviewed on 2020/3/23

Majestic Elegance Punta Cana - All Inclusive

Popular places to visit in Punta Cana

Bavaro Beach
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Bavaro Beach

4.5/5(3,857 reviews)

Nothing says vacation like spending a lazy day at Bavaro Beach, a popular beach in Punta Cana. Amble around this romantic area's seaside and enjoy its lively bars.

Punta Cana Beach
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Punta Cana Beach

4.5/5(3,379 reviews)

Nothing says vacation like spending a carefree day at Punta Cana Beach, a popular beach in Punta Cana. Amble around this relaxing area's seaside and enjoy its lively bars.

Bayahibe Beach
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Bayahibe Beach

4.5/5(239 reviews)

This small fishing village is known for its long sandy beach, its popular diving spots and its laid-back charm.

Arena Gorda Beach
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Arena Gorda Beach

4.5/5(610 reviews)

Rest and relax on this Blue Flag-awarded beach, which is known for its sweeping stretch of fine white sand.

Macao Beach
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Macao Beach

4.5/5(1,464 reviews)

Try balancing on a board at this surf-friendly public beach, where golden sands and clear waters are perfectly framed by surrounding cliffs.

Dominicus Beach
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Dominicus Beach

4.5/5(128 reviews)

Nothing says vacation like spending a lazy day at Dominicus Beach, a popular beach in Bayahibe. Discover the top-notch restaurants and entertainment choices in this family-friendly area.

Reviews of Punta Cana

4.4

Top Destination

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2 - Disappointing 2.3563915857605178%
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1 - Terrible 1.436084142394822%

5/5 - Excellent

Asya

Jun 1, 2020

Cool place

5/5 - Excellent

Taj

May 31, 2020

Beach was good, everything is decent in Punta Cana...this resort was just ok.

3/5 - Okay

Verified traveler

Apr 28, 2020

Prior visits; excellent. This trip, horrible.

2/5 - Disappointing

Mike

Apr 27, 2020

Would not return

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Apr 24, 2020

Beautiful country, people we encountered are nice and friendly.

2/5 - Disappointing

Kate

Apr 24, 2020

stuff don’t care so much and they do that bad stuff to their costumer . That mean only one thing that they are not scared of justice , feel like the justice doesn’t work well there than

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Cities near Punta Cana

Columbus Lighthouse showing a lighthouse and a monument

Santo Domingo

La Altagracia Cathedral which includes modern architecture

Higuey

Cortecito Beach which includes a beach

Bavaro

El Macao featuring general coastal views

El Macao

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