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Punta Cana
Travel Guide

Bayahibe Beach featuring general coastal views

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).

For more details on interesting local attractions and activities, check out our things to do in Punta Cana page.

Where to stay in Punta Cana

Royalton Bavaro Resort & Spa- All Inclusive
Royalton Bavaro Resort & Spa- All Inclusive
4.5 out of 5
Highway Macao Playa Arena Gorda, Punta Cana, La Altagracia
The price is $238 per night from Apr 23 to Apr 24
Nestled on the beach, this Punta Cana property is 0.9 mi (1.4 km) from Hard Rock Golf Club at Cana Bay and 2.4 mi (3.9 km) from Arena Gorda Beach. Punta Blanca ...
4/5Very Good! (721 reviews)
"New/clean. Friendly staff"

Reviewed on Apr 20, 2021

Royalton Bavaro Resort & Spa- All Inclusive
Barceló Bávaro Palace - All Inclusive
Barceló Bávaro Palace - All Inclusive
4.5 out of 5
Carretera Bávaro Km. 1, Playa Bávaro, Punta Cana, La Altagracia
The price is $202 per night from May 9 to May 10
Located in Punta Cana, this beachfront property is connected to the convention center and within 2 mi (3 km) of Bavaro Beach, Palma Real Shopping Village, and ...
4.1/5Very Good! (3,078 reviews)
"Great place to vacation, the only thing is their drinks are too sweat boarder line diabetic.. other than that is great!!!"

Reviewed on Apr 21, 2021

Barceló Bávaro Palace - All Inclusive
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
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Located in Punta Cana, this beachfront property is next to a golf course, 0.5 mi (0.8 km) from Arena Gorda Beach, and 0.9 mi (1.5 km) from Hard Rock Golf Club ...
4.5/5Wonderful! (2,486 reviews)
"In the middle of our eight day stay the hotel asked us to go to reception where they said we had not paid our bill yet. So we were charged then. However on returning home there were two charges on my credit card. Also when we were leaving they said we owed for two romantic dinner when we only had ..."

Reviewed on Apr 22, 2021

Majestic Mirage Punta Cana - All Suites - All inclusive
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.
Tracadero Beach Resort
Tracadero Beach Resort
4 out of 5
Calle Los Corales, Dominicus, Bayahibe, San Rafael del Yuma, La Altagracia
The price is $189 per night from Apr 26 to Apr 27
Situated in San Rafael del Yuma, this beach aparthotel is 0.2 mi (0.3 km) from Dominicus Beach and 1.8 mi (2.9 km) from Bayahibe Beach. Monumento Natural Punta ...
4.5/5Wonderful! (76 reviews)
"The hotel was beautiful . Everything just as the pictures rooms were big everything was clean . Beautiful view will definitely go back"

Reviewed on Feb 8, 2021

Tracadero Beach Resort
Bavaro Green
Bavaro Green
3 out of 5
C/Principal, esq 5 (Pueblo Bavaro), Punta Cana
The price is $31 per night from Apr 26 to Apr 27
This family-friendly Punta Cana apartment building is located near the airport, 2.9 mi (4.7 km) from San Juan Shopping Center, and within 6 mi (10 km) of Downtown ...
3.4/5 (169 reviews)
"The outdoor viewing was very pleasing with the little outdoor swing"

Reviewed on Feb 6, 2021

Bavaro Green
Los Corales Tropical Beach Resort & SPA
Los Corales Tropical Beach Resort & SPA
4 out of 5
Calle Residencial Los Corales, Punta Cana, La Altagracia
The price is $109 per night from Apr 27 to Apr 28
Located in Punta Cana, this beachfront villa is next to a golf course and within 1 mi (2 km) of Aromas Museum, Los Corales Beach, and Cortecito Beach. Palma ...
4.3/5Excellent! (113 reviews)
"Perfect for family vacation! Beautiful property with private beach"

Reviewed on Apr 13, 2021

Los Corales Tropical Beach Resort & SPA
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

Getting around Punta Cana

Most people get around Punta Cana using a mixture of walking and taxis. Car rental is widely available, but it’s worth keeping in mind that dangerous driving is common in the Dominican Republic, and it is therefore best to avoid driving if you can. Catch a public bus or travel by taxi to head to the less touristy areas further away from the coast. There are both local and intercity bus networks. Browse Punta Cana rental cars.

Best time to visit

If you are looking for some sun at any time of the year, Punta Cana is the destination for you. High temperatures average around 80 F (26 C) throughout the year, with June through October being a few degrees warmer. To avoid the summer rains and major tourist rush of winter, visit between March and May if you can. Prices for accommodations are often lower at this time of year, too.

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Reviews of Punta Cana

4.4

Top Destination

5 - Excellent
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4 - Good
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4 - Good 31.816343042071196%
3 - Okay
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3 - Okay 9.243527508090615%
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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

Verified traveler

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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