Punta CanaDominican Republic

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Visit Punta Cana

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 31 C.

Where to stay in Punta Cana

Altos de Chavon Village featuring art

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Las Piedras

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Top hotels in Punta Cana

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Majestic Colonial Punta Cana - All Inclusive
Majestic Colonial Punta Cana - All Inclusive
4 out of 5
£139
per night
Dec 22 - Dec 23

Located in Punta Cana, this beachfront resort is next to a golf course, 1.1 mi (1.8 km) from Arena Gorda Beach, and within 9 mi (15 km) of Bavaro Beach and Macao ...

4.3/5Excellent! (6,561 reviews)

"We have visited this property 8 times and we truly enjoy seeing the familiar faces that we have seen for all eight years! This speaks volumes as to the kind of company Majestic truly is. The entire Majestic team did everything to ensure that our vacation was memorable and exceeded expectations. The ..."…"

Reviewed on 12 Dec 2019

Majestic Colonial Punta Cana - 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
£195
per night
Dec 22 - Dec 23

Located in Punta Cana, this beachfront resort is next to a golf course, 1.1 mi (1.7 km) from Arena Gorda Beach and 2.2 mi (3.5 km) from Hard Rock Golf Club at ...

4.4/5Wonderful! (2,599 reviews)

"Our butler Maiky was professional and knowledgeable. He made us reservations and gave us valuable tips. We are definitely coming back. It is a beautiful place."…"

Reviewed on 13 Dec 2019

Majestic Mirage Punta Cana - All Suites - All inclusive
Majestic Elegance Punta Cana - All Inclusive
Majestic Elegance Punta Cana - All Inclusive
4.5 out of 5
Playa Bavaro - Punta Cana, Punta Cana, La Altagracia
£158
per night
Dec 17 - Dec 18

Located in Punta Cana, this beachfront resort is next to a golf course, 0.1 mi (0.1 km) from Arena Gorda Beach and 2.2 mi (3.6 km) from Hard Rock Golf Club at ...

4.3/5Excellent! (7,655 reviews)

"The beach was the best I have ever seen. Staff were friendly, prompt and great to deal with. Food was top notch. It was a great vacation. Many kudos to our butler Victor who made it an incredible experience for us with very little effort on our part!"…"

Reviewed on 9 Dec 2019

Majestic Elegance Punta Cana - All Inclusive

Popular things to do in Punta Cana

Bavaro Beach
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Bavaro Beach

Nothing says holiday like spending a lazy day at Bavaro Beach, a popular beach in Punta Cana. Stroll along the seaside or experience the entertainment choices in this relaxing area.

Punta Cana Beach
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Punta Cana Beach

Nothing says holiday like spending a lazy day at Punta Cana Beach, a popular beach in Punta Cana. Stroll along the seaside in this relaxing area or seek out the snorkelling spots.

Bayahibe Beach
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Bayahibe Beach

This small fishing village is known for its long sandy beach, its popular diving spots and its laid-back charm.

Arena Gorda Beach
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Arena Gorda Beach

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

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

Dominicus Beach
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Dominicus Beach

Nothing says holiday like spending a lazy day at Dominicus Beach, a popular beach in San Rafael del Yuma.

Top activities in Punta Cana

All-Inclusive Saona Island Tour by Speedboat & Catamaran
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All-Inclusive Saona Island Tour by Speedboat & Catamaran

£39

We're taking you to the superstar of offshore islands in the Dominican Republic—Saona Island. Think sun, sand, booze, boats, and bikinis! You can thank us later, but for now let us tell you about the ridiculously beautiful Saona Island.

Outback Experience - Full Day Safari with Lunch
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Outback Experience - Full Day Safari with Lunch

£70

Get picked up from your hotel in open air trucks and break away from town for an off-the-beaten-path adventure into the Dominican Republic's vibrant countryside. You’ll have a chance to visit a typical Dominican country home and meet the family, as well as the local schools and kids.

Monkeyland & Plantation Safari from Punta Cana
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Monkeyland & Plantation Safari from Punta Cana

£61

We begin the tour with a visit to the coconut house or “Casa del Coco” to learn how coconut oil is produced and to taste fresh organic products. There you will have the opportunity to try roasted coffee, cacao and mamajuana.

Reviews of Punta Cana

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Top Destination

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2/5 - Disappointing

Verified traveler

Nov 18, 2019

The beach area is in segments and the sunbeds are rather close to each other. This wasn't for me, so unfortunately missed the beach on this trip and ended up staying round the pool where there was more room

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Nov 12, 2019

Fantastic definitely go again.

5/5 - Excellent

Taj

Nov 7, 2019

There’s great things to do in Punta Cana, from zip lining to swimming with Dolphins - all for a great price. I would highly recommend Saona Island as a day trip as you get a feel of the real Dom Rep and stunning unforgettable views

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Aug 30, 2019

Very friendly people. We went to La Hacienda and experienced Buggies, Chairlift telesilla, Ziplinng, Bungee jumping, horse riding, safari & delicious Dominican buffet all for the price of one.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

Aug 24, 2019

Really great experience at the hotel but we didnt venture outside of the hotel very much. I would definitely recommend it and would go again.

3/5 - Okay

Verified traveler

Aug 6, 2019

We didn't really explore the area as our hotel was all inclusive.

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