Punta Cana

Travel Guide
Bayahibe Beach featuring a beach, a sunset and tropical scenes
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 atBayahibe. 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

Serenade Punta Cana Beach & Spa Resort - All Inclusive
Serenade Punta Cana Beach & Spa Resort - All Inclusive
4.5 out of 5
Carretera Cabeza de Toro, Punta Cana, La Altagracia, 23000
The price is $252 per night from Dec 15 to Dec 16
$252
per night
Dec 15 - Dec 16
Stay at this 4.5-star luxury property in Punta Cana. Enjoy free breakfast, free WiFi, and free parking. Our guests praise the clean rooms in our reviews. Popular ...
4.1/5 Very Good! (2,221 reviews)
"Beautiful new property. The swimming pools, bars, lobby, and restaurants are all very nice. Rooms are nice with the exception of the weird shower window. The window might be fine if you are with a partner, but they should include a blind option if you are, say, traveling with your family you don’t ..."

Reviewed on Dec 2, 2022

Serenade Punta Cana Beach & Spa Resort - All Inclusive
Lopesan Costa Bávaro Resort Spa & Casino - All Inclusive
Lopesan Costa Bávaro Resort Spa & Casino - All Inclusive
5 out of 5
Playas de Bavaro, Higuey, Punta Cana, La Altagracia, 23301
Stay at this 5-star luxury property in Punta Cana. Enjoy free breakfast, free WiFi, and free parking. Our guests praise the restaurant and the helpful staff ...
4.2/5 Very Good! (877 reviews)
"Everything was good"

Reviewed on Dec 3, 2022

Lopesan Costa Bávaro Resort Spa & Casino - All Inclusive
Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Punta Cana All Inclusive
Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Punta Cana All Inclusive
4.5 out of 5
Boulevard Turístico Del Este Km 28, #74, Macao, Punta Cana, La Altagracia, 23000
The price is $331 per night from Dec 5 to Dec 6
$331
per night
Dec 5 - Dec 6
Stay at this 4.5-star luxury property in Punta Cana. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and 13 outdoor pools. Our guests praise the bar and the clean rooms in our ...
3.7/5 Good! (1,446 reviews)
"Very different, very friendly"

Reviewed on Nov 15, 2022

Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Punta Cana 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.
Costa Love
Costa Love
2.5 out of 5
Av. Pastor Domingo de la Cruz, Punta Cana, La Altagracia, 23000
Stay at this aparthotel in Punta Cana. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and breakfast. Popular attractions Bavaro Beach and Punta Cana Beach are located nearby. ...
4.8/5 Exceptional! (6 reviews)
"Not bad"

Reviewed on Sep 1, 2022

Costa Love
Los Corales Tropical Beach Resort & SPA
Los Corales Tropical Beach Resort & SPA
4 out of 5
Calle Residencial Los Corales, Punta Cana, La Altagracia, 23000
Stay at this 4-star beach villa in Punta Cana. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and 3 restaurants. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the comfy beds in our ...
4.2/5 Excellent! (157 reviews)
"Good service and amazing location. Big villa with good AC and wifi. Would stay longer."

Reviewed on Oct 11, 2022

Los Corales Tropical Beach Resort & SPA
Ducassi Rooftop Pool Deluxe Suites
Ducassi Rooftop Pool Deluxe Suites
4 out of 5
C. Aruba, Punta Cana, La Altagracia, 23000
Stay at this 4-star aparthotel in Punta Cana. Enjoy free breakfast, free WiFi, and free parking. Popular attractions Bavaro Beach and Los Corales Beach are located ...
5/5 Exceptional! (1 review)
"The beach and the pool both are better then description. Big comfortable suite."

Reviewed on Aug 16, 2022

Ducassi Rooftop Pool Deluxe Suites
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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