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Punta Cana
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Bayahibe Beach which includes general coastal views

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

Barceló Bávaro Palace - All Inclusive
Barceló Bávaro Palace - All Inclusive
4.5 out of 5
Carretera Bávaro Km. 1, Playa Bávaro, Punta Cana, La Altagracia
The price is CA $255 per night from May 2 to May 3
Located in Punta Cana, this beachfront property is connected to the convention center and within 2 mi (3 km) of Bavaro Beach, Palma Real Shopping Village, and ...
4.1/5Very Good! (3,073 reviews)
"I honestly loved pretty much everything about this place my toddler had an amazing time in the water park if you have small children I highly recommend you come here staff was always super nice also.my only complaint would be the check in process it’s so long and exhausting and very ..."

Reviewed on Apr. 21, 2021

Barceló Bávaro Palace - All Inclusive
Royalton Bavaro Resort & Spa- All Inclusive
Royalton Bavaro Resort & Spa- All Inclusive
4.5 out of 5
Highway Macao Playa Arena Gorda, Punta Cana, La Altagracia
The price is CA $298 per night from Apr 22 to Apr 23
Nestled on the beach, this Punta Cana property is 0.9 mi (1.4 km) from Hard Rock Golf Club at Cana Bay and 2.4 mi (3.9 km) from Arena Gorda Beach. Punta Blanca ...
4/5Very Good! (719 reviews)
"New/clean. Friendly staff"

Reviewed on Apr. 20, 2021

Royalton Bavaro Resort & Spa- 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
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Located in Punta Cana, this beachfront property is next to a golf course, 0.5 mi (0.8 km) from Arena Gorda Beach, and 0.9 mi (1.5 km) from Hard Rock Golf Club ...
4.5/5Wonderful! (2,479 reviews)
"I loved everything about this property! This is our second time coming here within a year and it gets better and fine-tuned each time. I enjoy the gym facilities, the staff and the little coffee shop!"

Reviewed on Apr. 21, 2021

Majestic Mirage Punta Cana - All Suites - All inclusive
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Tracadero Beach Resort
Tracadero Beach Resort
4 out of 5
Calle Los Corales, Dominicus, Bayahibe, San Rafael del Yuma, La Altagracia
The price is CA $238 per night from Apr 23 to Apr 24
Situated in San Rafael del Yuma, this beach aparthotel is 0.2 mi (0.3 km) from Dominicus Beach and 1.8 mi (2.9 km) from Bayahibe Beach. Monumento Natural Punta ...
4.5/5Wonderful! (76 reviews)
"The hotel was beautiful . Everything just as the pictures rooms were big everything was clean . Beautiful view will definitely go back"

Reviewed on Feb. 8, 2021

Tracadero Beach Resort
Bavaro Green
Bavaro Green
3 out of 5
C/Principal, esq 5 (Pueblo Bavaro), Punta Cana
The price is CA $35 per night from Apr 27 to Apr 28
This family-friendly Punta Cana apartment building is located near the airport, 2.9 mi (4.7 km) from San Juan Shopping Center, and within 6 mi (10 km) of Downtown ...
3.4/5 (169 reviews)
"The outdoor viewing was very pleasing with the little outdoor swing"

Reviewed on Feb. 6, 2021

Bavaro Green
Los Corales Tropical Beach Resort & SPA
Los Corales Tropical Beach Resort & SPA
4 out of 5
Calle Residencial Los Corales, Punta Cana, La Altagracia
The price is CA $136 per night from May 6 to May 7
Located in Punta Cana, this beachfront villa is next to a golf course and within 1 mi (2 km) of Aromas Museum, Los Corales Beach, and Cortecito Beach. Palma ...
4.3/5Excellent! (113 reviews)
"Perfect for family vacation! Beautiful property with private beach"

Reviewed on Apr. 13, 2021

Los Corales Tropical Beach Resort & SPA
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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Reviews of Punta Cana

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4/5 - Good

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Mar 21, 2020

A beautiful area with lots of activities for guests!

5/5 - Excellent

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Mar 7, 2020

Staff and people in Punta Cana are friendly!

3/5 - Okay

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Mar 2, 2020

Trip to Santo Domingo was worthwhile

5/5 - Excellent

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Mar 1, 2020

The people we have met over our years of travel are amazing and treat you like family. The resort is a reasonable trip from the airport and is great. We will be returning.

5/5 - Excellent

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Feb 28, 2020

Punta cana is a great getaway with friendly people & great beaches.

5/5 - Excellent

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Feb 28, 2020

The people are extremely helpful and welcoming and the excursions off the resort are amazing experiences.

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