Punta Cana

Travel Guide
Bayahibe Beach which includes tropical scenes, a sunset and a sandy beach
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).

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 CA $344 per night from Dec 15 to Dec 16
CA $344
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! (2,233 reviews)
"This property is beautiful and very clean with very nice staff. The shows were also good and entertainment by the pool was highlight for me. The only complaints I guess I would have is the food was ok overall."

Reviewed on Dec. 5, 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! (885 reviews)
"Resort itself was amazing. It was beautiful. Food was okay, little salty. Staff was okay, they weren’t as friendly as other resorts I been to but I think it’s because of the language barrier but there were few staff that was very friendly, I think they were more of the managers. They have different ..."

Reviewed on Dec. 4, 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
Fully refundable
The price is CA $486 per night from Dec 18 to Dec 19
CA $486
per night
Dec 18 - Dec 19
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 Aparta-Hotel
Costa Love Aparta-Hotel
3.5 out of 5
Av. Pastor Domingo de la Cruz, Punta Cana, La Altagracia, 23000
Stay at this 3.5-star aparthotel in Punta Cana. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and breakfast. Popular attractions Bavaro Beach and Punta Cana Beach are located ...
4.8/5 Exceptional! (6 reviews)
"Not bad"

Reviewed on Sep. 1, 2022

Costa Love Aparta-Hotel
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 comfy beds and the overall value 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.

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