East Coast

Travel Guide
Indigenous Eyes Ecological Park showing a park and a lake or waterhole
Discover white-sand Caribbean beaches, try watersports and relax at all-inclusive resorts. Head inland to a mountaintop lookout and a Mediterranean village.

Located by the shimmering turquoise waters of the Caribbean Sea, the East Coast is among the most popular destinations to visit in the Dominican Republic. It’s famous for its glorious postcard-perfect beaches and varied adventures in and out of the water. Stay at an East Coast resort town to experience mouthwatering cuisine and superb live entertainment.

Head to the Coconut Coast, a magnificent stretch of palm-fringed beaches and secluded coves. The region covers 30 miles (48 kilometers) between Uvero Alto and Cap Cana and incorporates the world-famous tourist destinations of Punta Cana and Bávaro. Stay at swanky, all-inclusive hotels or boutique accommodations and be just steps from the beach. Bask in the year-round sunshine at Arena Gorda Beach, Bávaro Beach and Punta Cana Beach.

The coastline’s balmy waters are paradise for diving, kayaking, snorkeling, surfing and windsurfing. Ride rolling waves at Macao Beach and Uvero Alto Beach. Spot exotic fish at El Acuario aquarium, the Igneri Caribe Taino Underwater Museum and around shipwrecks. Golfers can tee off at courses such as Cocotal Golf and Country Club and Corales Golf Course.

Travel south to the one-time fishing village and now vibrant resort town of Bayahibe. Safe swimming, great snorkeling and a laid-back vibe await at Bayahibe Beach and Dominicus Beach. Hike trails to caves, freshwater springs and remote beaches in East National Park, which shelters hundreds of bird and flower species. Pristine coral reefs and mangroves characterize nearby Saona Island.

For a change of scenery, make plans for a daytrip to Redonda Mountain. Sit in a giant swing while surveying the coastal, mountain and sunset views at this scenic viewpoint. Don’t miss a tour of Altos de Chavon, an authentic replica of a 16th-century Mediterranean village.

Travel to the East Coast of the Dominican Republic by flying to Punta Cana International Airport from major European and U.S. cities. Most accommodations are within walking distance of the resorts’s beaches and attractions. Otherwise, get around via guagua local buses, taxis and rented car. The East Coast awaits with its blend of adventure sports, natural wonders and opportunities for relaxation.

Where to stay in East Coast

Cortecito Beach which includes a sandy beach

Bávaro

The stunning beaches and fantastic nightlife are just a few highlights of Bávaro. Make a stop by Bavaro Beach or Cocotal Golf and Country Club while you're exploring the area.

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Cap Cana Marina

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Pristine beaches and ample dining options are well-reviewed features of Cap Cana Marina. Make a stop by top sights like Punta Cana Beach while you're exploring the area.

Cap Cana Marina
Uvero Alto showing a sandy beach as well as a small group of people