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).

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

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, The Links and Dye Fore Golf Club 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 El Obelisco.

Las Piedras

Top Hotels in Punta Cana

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Bahia Principe Luxury Ambar - Adults Only - All Inclusive
Bahia Principe Luxury Ambar - Adults Only - All Inclusive
4.5 out of 5
Carettera Arena Gorda, Playa Bavero Higuey, Punta Cana, La Altagracia
The price is $503 per night

Located in Punta Cana, this beachfront property is connected to a shopping center and within 1 mi (2 km) of Punta Blanca Golf Course and Arena Gorda Beach. Hard ...

4/5Very Good! (998 reviews)

"Stay at ambar!!! Amazing staff, restaurants, entertainment, pool. We had our own swim up room. It was amazing. Well worth the money. The beach was perfect with pure white sand and no big rocks to walk around. Each and every staff member made us feel like we were their favorite guest. Ambar allows ..."…"

Reviewed on Mar 17, 2020

Bahia Principe Luxury Ambar - Adults Only - All Inclusive
Bahia Principe Fantasia Punta Cana - All Inclusive
Bahia Principe Fantasia Punta Cana - All Inclusive
4 out of 5
Carretera Arena Gorda, Punta Cana
The price is $465 per night

Nestled on the beach, this Punta Cana property is within 1 mi (2 km) of Punta Blanca Golf Course and Arena Gorda Beach. Hard Rock Golf Club at Cana Bay and Iberostar ...

4.3/5Excellent! (423 reviews)

"Excelent we love it , nice vacation , we are coming back soon"…"

Reviewed on Jul 7, 2020

Bahia Principe Fantasia Punta Cana - 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
The price is $309 per night

Nestled on the beach, this Punta Cana property is 3 mi (4.8 km) from Punta Blanca Golf Course and 3.1 mi (4.9 km) from Hard Rock Golf Club at Cana Bay. Arena ...

4.1/5Very Good! (1,128 reviews)
Beer

"We enjoyed our stay. They only offer local beer."…"

Reviewed on Mar 26, 2020

Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Punta Cana All Inclusive

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.

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 lazy day at Punta Cana Beach, a popular beach in Punta Cana. Amble around this relaxing area's seaside and enjoy its lively bars.

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.

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.

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.

Top things to do in Punta Cana

Flintstones Buggy Adventure - Punta Cana
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Flintstones Buggy Adventure - Punta Cana

$45
Per adult
90% of travellers recommend
4x4 ATV Caribbean Adventure
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4x4 ATV Caribbean Adventure

$63
Per adult
82% of travellers recommend
Horseback Ride & Zip Line Adventure Combo Tour
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Horseback Ride & Zip Line Adventure Combo Tour

$99
Per adult
94% of travellers recommend
Five Adventures: Parasailing, Snorkel Cruise, Sharks & Rays
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Five Adventures: Parasailing, Snorkel Cruise, Sharks & Rays

$129
Per adult
90% of travellers recommend
Monkeyland & Plantation Safari from Punta Cana
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Monkeyland & Plantation Safari from Punta Cana

$79
Per adult
94% of travellers recommend
Imagine Nightclub Cave Experience in Punta Cana
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Imagine Nightclub Cave Experience in Punta Cana

$119
Per adult

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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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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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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