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12 Things to do or Visit in Punta Cana

Updated: Sep 5, 2023

Punta Cana is in Dominican Republic's farthest eastern area. This tropical haven is famed for its beautiful white sand beaches, elegant resorts, and laid-back atmosphere. In Punta Cana, visitors can scuba dive, swim with dolphins, or go horseback riding, all while enjoying a clear blue sky and sparkling waters. There are also a lot of cultural options that you can experience, including tours of historic Dominican residences, traditional food, and drink, and tours of production facilities for cocoa, cigars, rum, and coffee.

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Indigenous Eyes Ecological Park and Reserve

The Punta Cana Ecological Foundation owns and operates the 1,500-acre Indigenous Eyes Ecological Park and Reserve. It is made up of twelve freshwater lakes in a lowland subtropical forest. The entire facility is devoted to conservation, scientific research, and recreation. Because of their peculiar shape and origin, historians learned that the Tano Indians, who once lived on the island, referred to the lakes as "eyes" (ojos in Spanish). To all visitors, numerous exhibitions highlight the island's cultural and ecological past. They can go to an iguana habitat, a sugarcane exhibit, or a petting zoo featuring a variety of Dominican Republic-specific animals.

Seaquarium Punta Cana

Take a catamaran ride to a natural aquarium with a variety of marine life. Seaquarium offers a chance for families to explore safely into the wonderful environment of the Caribbean Sea using underwater scuba gear, a blend of snorkeling and scuba diving that does not require certification. Swim and snorkel with stingrays and nurse sharks, and have dolphin encounters.

Bavaro Adventure Park

Bávaro Adventure Park is ideal for individuals wanting adventure without traveling far. Activities include ziplining, a climbing garden, a Segway circuit, paintball, a bungee trampoline, flying simulators, and a mountain bike track. There's also a Jurassic Park on the property, with over 20 animatronic dinosaurs in a natural setting. It's a terrific time to be outside for kids and couples, and it's only a short ride from the beach.

Catalina Island

Catalina Island is a lovely island with white sand beaches off of the Dominican Republic's southeast coast. It has three main beaches (West, North, and East) that cover more than two-thirds of the coastline. The island is small, barely 5 square miles in size. Visitors to Catalina Island will encounter some distinctive rocky shores on the island's southern tip. There are no structures because it is a protected natural park. There are raccoons and wild hares on the island, and they're all used to people snapping pictures of them, but tourists should remain a safe distance from any wild animal they come across.

Hoyo Azul

The Blue Hole (Hoyo Azul lagoon) is a beautiful natural pool with crystal-clear water in Punta Cana, located at the base of a 75-meter cliff. Two cruises can take you there and allow you to take in the scenery while relaxing in the cool sea.

Jeep Safari 4WD Tours

There's a lot more to Punta Cana than just resorts and beaches. Jeep Safari 4WD Tours are a fantastic way to see the city's magnificent surroundings and experience the true Dominican culture. Visitors can tour a Dominican village house, sample a traditional Dominican meal, and unwind on Macao Beach. A superb family-friendly outdoor adventure is created by combining four different venues with various activities. Everyone will have the chance to create their own cigar, sample natural cacao, sip Mamajuana, zoom through the air on a zipline, and ride a horse.

Bavaro Beach

Bávaro is an area in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic, in the province of La Altagracia. While Punta Cana was founded as a tourist destination, Bavaro was created as a home for resort employees and their families. As hotels sprang up along the east coast, north of Punta Cana, Bavaro grew in popularity as a tourist destination. In Bavaro, there are various hotels, the oldest and most historic of which is the Barcelo. There's also a shopping mall, as well as gift stores, pubs, restaurants, the Mangu and Areito discothèques, as well as the White Sands golf course.

Macao Beach

Macao Beach is located at the end of Carretera Higuey, just a short drive from Punta Cana's main attractions. This wonderful beach, nestled in a tranquil rural location, is ideal for those looking for a relaxed afternoon in the sun. The view is stunning, the sand is fine, and there are coconut palm trees to provide shade from the heat. There are no public facilities on-site, however, there are various nearby activities, including the Hard Rock Casino Punta Cana and the Hard Rock Golf Club at Cana Bay.

Cap Cana and Marina

Relax with a cocktail and a magnificent view of the sea at Cap Cana Marina's trendy waterfront bars, such as Api Beach Club or Versus. Shop for home or closet items at a number of high-end boutiques along the road. Among the many places to indulge are cigar lounges like L'Stella, which sells Dominican, Cuban, and even Nicaraguan brands, art galleries, and jewelry made from the Dominican Republic's amber and larimar gemstones.

Punta Blanca Golf Club

Punta Blanca Golf & Beach Club is in the Dominican Republic's tourist sector, surrounded by lush greenery. It has an 18-hole golf course designed by renowned golfer and golf course designer Nick Price, as well as a pro shop with a broad selection of equipment and accessories. A clubhouse with limitless activities and restaurants with large menus are also available.

Altos de Chavon

Altos de Chavón is a replica of a 16th-century Mediterranean village in La Romana, Dominican Republic, perched on a rocky outcrop above the Chavón River. Jose Antonio Caro, a Dominican architect, and Roberto Coppa, an Italian designer, and cinematographer, collaborated on the project. Every detail in this wonderful village was created by local artists. Altos de Chavón is a famous tourist destination in the city, including attractions such as an archeological museum, a cultural center, and an amphitheater.