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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).

Top Hotels in Punta Cana

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
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 CA $412 per night

Nestled on the beach, this Punta Cana resort 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 Gorda ...

4.1/5Very Good! (1,113 reviews)

"Great freedom from the crazy lockdown world and mask creatures"…"

Reviewed on Jul. 28, 2020

Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Punta Cana All Inclusive
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 CA $671 per night

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

4/5Very Good! (1,008 reviews)

"Great time amazing stay would love to come back Loved the nite time shows , the beach ,the food ,the exercise classes (Carlos was very kind and fun) , mamajuana class. The waiter and bartenders were also amazing ! The room was spacious , clean ,comfortable loved the bathdrobes,slippers,umbrella,the ..."…"

Reviewed on Aug. 10, 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 CA $616 per night

Nestled on the beach, this Punta Cana resort 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! (476 reviews)

"Excellent hotel, excellent attention, great rooms, great service"…"

Reviewed on Aug. 11, 2020

Bahia Principe Fantasia Punta Cana - All Inclusive

Popular places to visit in Punta Cana

Arena Gorda Beach
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Arena Gorda Beach

4.5/5(28 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(59 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(9 reviews)

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

Top things to do in Punta Cana

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

CA $107
Per adult
94% of travellers recommend
Horseback Ride & Zip Line Adventure Combo Tour
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Horseback Ride & Zip Line Adventure Combo Tour

CA $134
Per adult
94% of travellers recommend
Gone Fishing in Punta Cana
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Gone Fishing in Punta Cana

CA $143
Per adult
82% of travellers recommend
Outback Experience - Full Day Safari with Lunch
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Outback Experience - Full Day Safari with Lunch

CA $122
Per adult
92% of travellers recommend
Five Adventures: Parasailing, Snorkel Cruise, Sharks & Rays
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Five Adventures: Parasailing, Snorkel Cruise, Sharks & Rays

CA $175
Per adult
90% of travellers recommend
Imagine Nightclub Cave Experience in Punta Cana
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Imagine Nightclub Cave Experience in Punta Cana

CA $161
Per adult

Reviews of Punta Cana

4.2

Top Destination

5 - Excellent
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5 - Excellent 43.628509719222464%
4 - Good
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4 - Good 40.60475161987041%
3 - Okay
54
3 - Okay 11.663066954643629%
2 - Disappointing
14
2 - Disappointing 3.023758099352052%
1 - Terrible
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1 - Terrible 1.079913606911447%

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

Mar 21, 2020

A beautiful area with lots of activities for guests!

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

Mar 7, 2020

Staff and people in Punta Cana are friendly!

3/5 - Okay

Verified traveller

Mar 2, 2020

Trip to Santo Domingo was worthwhile

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

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

Verified traveller

Feb 28, 2020

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

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

Feb 28, 2020

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

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