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Macao Beach

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

Undeveloped Macao Beach is often cited as the most beautiful beach in Punta Cana, managing to stand out from the crowd, despite being surrounded by miles upon miles of seemingly perfect Caribbean seascapes. Go there and you’ll soon understand why. Sink your toes into the fine-grain sands, dip your feet into the clear, tepid water and snack on local food, such as just-caught lobster.

Upon arrival at the beach, take a moment to appreciate the pretty surrounds. Bring your camera for photographs as the contrast of the bright blue waters against the light sands offers a photogenic backdrop.

Look for a suitable spot on the beach. As it is public and not owned by resorts, the beach attracts a good mix of both locals and tourists and you are free to settle down wherever you like.

Bring along some cash to purchase souvenirs or services from beach vendors. Get a relaxing massage or choose handicrafts for friends and family back home. To see more of the beach, opt for a horseback excursion, during which you can admire the picturesque views from the saddle.

Macao Beach is known for being a popular surfing spot and you may be able to see surfers out on the waves. Sign up for a surfing lesson at the school at the north end of the beach and see if you can stay upright on the board.

After working up an appetite, stop by one of the local snack stands to pick up food and drinks. Purchase cold local beers and sodas, cooked snacks and meals. Order some fresh fish, which will often be fried or grilled to order right in front of you.

Macao Beach is around a 20-minute drive north of Bávaro Beach. Arrange to visit as part of a buggy tour or get here by taxi. Go on weekends to see it at its liveliest, when locals flock there during their leisure time. Arrange your visit for during the week when you'll have a quieter beach experience.


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Playa Macao, Macao, Punta Cana
     
    4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

    Located in Punta Cana, this family-friendly hotel is 0.1 mi (0.1 km) from Macao Beach, and within 9 mi (15 km) of Arena Gorda Beach and Hard Rock Golf Club at Cana Bay. Cortecito Beach and Iberostar Golf Course are also within 12 miles (20 km).

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    Macao Beach, Punta Cana, La Altagracia
       
      3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

      Situated on the beach, this hotel is 0.1 mi (0.1 km) from Macao Beach and within 9 miles (15 km) of Hard Rock Golf Club at Cana Bay and Arena Gorda Beach. Iberostar Golf Course and Cortecito Beach are also within 12 miles (20 km).

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        0.0 out of 5.0 Stars

        Situated in Punta Cana, this ranch is 0.1 mi (0.1 km) from Macao Beach and within 9 miles (15 km) of Hard Rock Golf Club at Cana Bay and Arena Gorda Beach. Iberostar Golf Course and Cortecito Beach are also within 12 miles (20 km).

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        Uvero Alto, Punta Cana
           
          5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

          This Punta Cana resort is on the beach, 5.5 mi (8.8 km) from Macao Beach, and within 12 mi (20 km) of Arena Gorda Beach and Hard Rock Golf Club at Cana Bay. Iberostar Golf Course and Punta Blanca Golf Course are also within 12 miles (20 km).

          Macao Beach Hostel
          Macao Beach Hostel

          Macao Beach Hostel

          Calle Los Coquitos 77, Punta Cana, La Altagracia
             
            2.0 out of 5.0 Stars

            Situated in Punta Cana, this hostel is 1 mi (1.5 km) from Macao Beach and within 9 miles (15 km) of Hard Rock Golf Club at Cana Bay and Arena Gorda Beach. Iberostar Golf Course and Punta Blanca Golf Course are also within 9 miles (15 km).

            Hotel Macao Millon
            Hotel Macao Millon

            Hotel Macao Millon

            Calle Los Platanos,, Macao - Punta Cana, Punta Cana, La Altagracia
               
              2.5 out of 5.0 Stars

              Situated in Punta Cana, this hotel is 0.7 mi (1.1 km) from Macao Beach.

              Punta Cana Macao Guest House
              Punta Cana Macao Guest House

              Punta Cana Macao Guest House

              Calle 1, Punta Cana, La Altagracia
                 
                2.5 out of 5.0 Stars

                Situated in Punta Cana, this guesthouse is 1 mi (1.5 km) from Macao Beach, and within 9 mi (15 km) of Punta Blanca Golf Course and Arena Gorda Beach. Iberostar Golf Course and White Sands Golf Course are also within 12 mi (20 km).

                Ocean El Faro Resort - All Inclusive £241
                Ocean El Faro Resort - All Inclusive

                Ocean El Faro Resort - All Inclusive

                Carretera Uvero Alto, Punta Cana, La Altagracia
                   
                  4.5 out of 5.0 Stars

                  This Punta Cana resort is on the beach, 5.1 mi (8.3 km) from Macao Beach, and within 12 mi (20 km) of Arena Gorda Beach and Hard Rock Golf Club at Cana Bay. Iberostar Golf Course and Punta Blanca Golf Course are also within 12 miles (20 km).