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Punta Cana, part of the Dominican Republic, is what the writer must have been thinking of when he coined the term "tropical paradise." And the great thing about Punta Cana is that it is not as expensive as many of its Caribbean counterparts, making it a viable option for more travelers, and ensuring that your money will go further while you're here!

Good for
  • History Buff
  • Thrill Seeker
  • Shopping Fanatic
  • Art and Architecture Lover
  • Nightlife Seeker
  • Nature Lover
  • Foodie
  • Peace and Quiet Seeker
  • LGBT
  • Beach Goer
  • Luxury Traveller
  • Thrifty Traveller
  • Trendsetter
  • Like a Local

15 Places

3 City Tips

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15 Places

Day 1

Manati Park Bavaro

Theme Parks

Bavaro Beach

Beaches

Hard Rock Casino Punta Cana

Casinos

ORO Nightclub

Dance Clubs & Discos

Day 2

Sirenis Aquagames Punta Cana

Water Parks

Indigenous Eyes Ecological Park & Reserve

Nature & Wildlife Areas, Parks

Little John

Restaurants

Scape Park at Cap Cana

Zipline & Aerial Adventure Parks, Boat Tours, Eco Tours, Hiking & Camping Tours, Nature & Wildlife Tours

Hoyo Azul

Bodies of Water

Day 3

Macao Beach

Beaches

Macao Surf Camp

Surfing, Windsurfing & Kitesurfing

Punta Blanca Golf Course

Golf Courses

Plaza Bavaro

Gift & Speciality Shops

Ocean Adventures - Caribbean Pirates

Performances

Angela A's City Tips

  • As with anywhere, always be sure to book tours from only reputable companies. I always check TripAdvisor before I hand over any payment information!
  • Punta Cana has a tropical climate, with the average temperature being about 86 degrees.
  • Many people opt for an "all inclusive" plan, which will include airfare, transfers, accommodations, and food and drink.
    Day 1
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    Manati Park Bavaro
    Theme Parks
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    Angela A Says:

    The Manati Park Bavaro is the number one place that I suggest for anyone visiting the lovely Punta Cana to experience. This lush, tropical oasis offers everything from dolphin encounters to thrilling horse shows.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Like a Local
    • Thrill Seeker
    • Nature Lover
    • Foodie
    • Beach Goer
    • Luxury Traveller
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    Tips
    • Manati Park also offers some great options for souvenir shopping!
    • Be sure to make reservations for any animal encounters, as the time slots often fill up quickly.
    Plan to stay:/
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #34 of 96 things to do in Punta Cana
    • Very nice family experience 06/12/2017
    • Extremely poor conditions for animals 05/12/2017
    • Manati Park Bavaro
    Address:
    Ctra. Manati, s/n
    Punta Cana
    Dominican Republic
    Phone:
    +1 809-221-9444
    Price range:
    USD 35 - USD 35
    Other:
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    Bavaro Beach
    Beaches
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    Angela A Says:

    Bavaro Beach is protected by an off-shore reef, so this is an excellent choice for families with young children. This postcard quality beach is pretty well developed, with many gift shops, hotels, and restaurants.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Like a Local
    • Thrill Seeker
    • Shopping Fanatic
    • Nature Lover
    • Foodie
    • Beach Goer
    • Luxury Traveller
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Trendsetter
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    Tips
    • Bavaro Beach can get pretty crowded, so it is best to arrive early.
    • Many extreme sports operators line the beach, offering parasailing, wave runners, and all sorts of fun!
    Plan to stay:/
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #1 of 51 things to do in Bavaro
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • beauty 13/12/2017
    • Phillipsx 13/12/2017
    • Bavaro Beach
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    Hard Rock Casino Punta Cana
    Casinos
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    Angela A Says:

    If you are an avid gambler, Punta Cana is an excellent place to get in some gaming, and no other casino can thrill like Hard Rock! With over 45,000 square feet featuring table games, slots, and a dedicated poker room, this is definitely the place to try to meet up with Lady Luck. Or if gambling is not your style, simply relax by the pool or indulge in a spa treatment.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Thrill Seeker
    • Shopping Fanatic
    • Nightlife Seeker
    • Foodie
    • Beach Goer
    • Luxury Traveller
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Trendsetter
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    Tips
    • While children are not allowed on the gaming floor, there are plenty of activities to keep them occupied. Just remember not to leave children unattended at any time!
    • The poker room offers cash games as well as tournament action.
    Plan to stay:/
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #7 of 96 things to do in Punta Cana
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Bad Pokerroom 14/12/2017
    • One of my favorites 11/12/2017
    • Hard Rock Casino Punta Cana
    Address:
    Blvd. Turistico del Este, km 28
    Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Punta Cana
    Punta Cana 23000
    Dominican Republic
    Phone:
    +1 809-731-0001
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    00:00 - 23:59
    Other:
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    ORO Nightclub
    Dance Clubs & Discos
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    Angela A Says:

    ORO Nightclub is the premier dance party in Punta Cana, and it is also conveniently located at the Hard Rock Casino. The audio/visual effects at ORO are stimulating, with giant LED walls, intelligent lighting, all over 14,000 square feet of excitement.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Must See
    • Luxury Traveller
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Trendsetter
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Nightlife Seeker
    Tips
    • Guests must be 18 years old.
    • Check the schedule for special nights, like Retro or Latin Fusion.
    Plan to stay:/
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #2 of 36 Nightlife in Punta Cana
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • We Had An Amazing Night In Here! Money Well Spent! 22/10/2017
    • GORGEOUS, SO MUCH FUN & GREAT DJ!! 14/08/2017
    • ORO Nightclub
    Address:
    Blvd. Turistico del Este, km 28 #74
    Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Punta Cana
    Punta Cana 00000
    Dominican Republic
    Phone:
    +1 809-731-0080
    Hours:
    Tue - Sat
    23:00 - 04:00
    Other:
  • Day 2
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    Sirenis Aquagames Punta Cana
    Water Parks
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    Angela A Says:

    Aquagames is full of exciting attractions, like the 10-meter high tower with two water tubes, two open toboggans, and a free fall twister. There is also a Caribbean themed pirate play area for young children.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Like a Local
    • Thrill Seeker
    • Foodie
    • Beach Goer
    • Luxury Traveller
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Trendsetter
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Family
    Tips
    • Check the water slides for height restrictions before joining the line.
    • There is an onsite cafe offering tasty morsels like hamburgers and pizza.
    Plan to stay:/
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #21 of 96 things to do in Punta Cana
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Amazing entertainment 12/11/2017
    • We stayed here for our holiday. 29/10/2017
    • Sirenis Aquagames Punta Cana
    Address:
    Playas de Uvero Alto
    Punta Cana J9X 3H4
    Dominican Republic
    Phone:
    +1 809-688-6490
    Other:
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    Indigenous Eyes Ecological Park & Reserve
    Nature & Wildlife Areas, Parks
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    Angela A Says:

    This ecological park is truly magical, with lush vegetation and wildlife that is typical to the Punta Cana area. The park is comprised of twisting trails that lead to freshwater lagoons and attractions including an iguana habitat, petting zoo, sugarcane exhibition, and a fruit tree garden.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Hidden Gems
    • Like a Local
    • Nature Lover
    • Luxury Traveller
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Trendsetter
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    Tips
    • Self-guided tours are free for certain hotel guests, and others pay only a nominal fee.
    • Be sure to indulge in the gorgeous lagoons!
    Plan to stay:/
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #11 of 96 things to do in Punta Cana
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Great for an afternoon visit 10/12/2017
    • beautiful park- sad about the staff 08/12/2017
    • Indigenous Eyes Ecological Park & Reserve
    Address:
    Ave. Abraham Lincoln No. 960
    Punta Cana
    Dominican Republic
    Phone:
    +1 809-959-9221
    Other:
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    Little John
    Restaurants (Caribbean, Bar, Seafood, International)
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    Angela A Says:

    Juanillo Beach is a brilliant stretch of sand that is lined with palm trees. This beach is not typically overcrowded, so there is always a spot open on the sand. Best known for its restaurant's great seafood and burgers along with delicious cocktails — don't forget to check for the weekly specials!

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Like a Local
    • Nature Lover
    • Foodie
    • Beach Goer
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Trendsetter
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    Tips
    • Kayaks and small sailboats are available for rental.
    • The food and drinks are very good, as well as being affordable.
    Plan to stay:/
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #0 of 0 restaurants in
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Boca Chia Style Fish!! 04/12/2017
    • Good but not Great 04/12/2017
    • Little John
    Address:
    Playa Juanillo, Cap Cana
    Cap Cana
    Punta Cana 00000
    Dominican Republic
    Phone:
    +1 809-469-7727
    Price range:
    USD 9 - USD 42
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    09:00 - 19:00
    Other:
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    Scape Park at Cap Cana
    Zipline & Aerial Adventure Parks, Boat Tours, Eco Tours, Hiking & Camping Tours, Nature & Wildlife Tours
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    Angela A Says:

    Scape Park offers adrenaline-pumping adventures like the zip line, top buggies, and cave exploration. They also have a nice arts and craft market, a bike eco trail, and animal interactions with monkeys, birds, and much more!

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Thrill Seeker
    • Nature Lover
    • Foodie
    • Luxury Traveller
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Trendsetter
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    Tips
    • Scape Park offers several packages where you can mix and match your favorite activities.
    • They also offer free pick up from many area hotels!
    Plan to stay:/
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #19 of 154 Boat Tours & Water Sports in Punta Cana
    • Totally Disorganized 12/12/2017
    • Beautiful park with many choices 07/12/2017
    • Scape Park at Cap Cana
    Phone:
    +1 809-469-7484
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    09:00 - 17:00
    Other:
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    Hoyo Azul
    Bodies of Water
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    Angela A Says:

    Hoyo Azul is a natural lagoon, commonly referred to as a 'blue hole.' After walking through a tropical forest, guests arrive at the top of a wooden platform, where they will climb down steps to enter into the water. Hoyo Azul is beyond breathtaking!

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Thrill Seeker
    • Nature Lover
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Luxury Traveller
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Trendsetter
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    Tips
    • The crystal waters can be a bit cool at first, but your body will soon adjust.
    • This is the perfect place to try out an underwater camera!
    Plan to stay:/
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #6 of 96 things to do in Punta Cana
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Mesmerizing 13/12/2017
    • Beautiful 11/12/2017
    • Hoyo Azul
    Phone:
    +1 809-469-7484
    Other:
  • Day 3
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    Macao Beach
    Beaches
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    Angela A Says:

    Macao Beach is another one of Punta Cana's treasures, especially noted for its fine sand. This is the beach that most of the locals frequent for its amenities and water clarity.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Like a Local
    • Nature Lover
    • Foodie
    • Beach Goer
    • Luxury Traveller
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    Tips
    • This is a fantastic place to try surfing!
    • Many eateries line the beach.
    Plan to stay:/
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #5 of 96 things to do in Punta Cana
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Quick stop 14/12/2017
    • Beach life 11/12/2017
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    00:00 - 23:59
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    Macao Surf Camp
    Surfing, Windsurfing & Kitesurfing
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    Angela A Says:

    Macao Surf Camp is wonderful for beginners or seasoned surfers just wanting a little more instruction. They offer group and private lessons, with bilingual instructors.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Beach Goer
    • Luxury Traveller
    • Trendsetter
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Thrill Seeker
    • Family
    Tips
    • Board rental is also available.
    • They also offer round-trip transportation to Macao Beach.
    Plan to stay:/
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #2 of 154 Boat Tours & Water Sports in Punta Cana
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • GREAT TIME! 02/11/2017
    • Made my trip! 22/08/2017
    • Macao Surf Camp
    Address:
    Macao Beach
    Bavaro
    Punta Cana
    Dominican Republic
    Phone:
    +1 809-430-9017
    Other:
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    Punta Blanca Golf Course
    Golf Courses
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    Angela A Says:

    If you plan on squeezing in a few rounds while in Punta Cana, this is the place! This immaculately maintained inland course offers plenty of challenges.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Luxury Traveller
    • Trendsetter
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Be sure to bring insect repellant.
    • Food and beverages are available.
    Plan to stay:/
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #77 of 234 Outdoor Activities in Punta Cana
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Hidden jewel of Punta Cana Excellent for vacation golf 09/12/2017
    • Very good flat course 09/10/2017
    • Punta Blanca Golf Course
    Address:
    Carretera Arena Gorda
    Punta Cana
    Dominican Republic
    Phone:
    +1 809-468-4734
    Other:
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    Plaza Bavaro
    Gift & Speciality Shops
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    Angela A Says:

    The Plaza Bavaro is a great source for shopping in Punta Cana. Be prepared to find clothing, jewelry, souvenirs, and more.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Like a Local
    • Nightlife Seeker
    • Foodie
    • Luxury Traveller
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Trendsetter
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    Tips
    • Make sure to check out the arts and crafts vendors, who will often "negotiate" prices.
    • If shopping has you a bit parched, have a drink at the bar in the center of the shopping center.
    • Expect to see and mingle with plenty of locals!
    Plan to stay:/
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #11 of 35 Shopping in Punta Cana
    • There are better places to Shop! 15/09/2016
    • Kind of a ghost town 04/09/2016
    • Plaza Bavaro
    Address:
    Plaza Punta Cana
    Punta Cana
    Dominican Republic
    Other:
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    Ocean Adventures - Caribbean Pirates
    Performances
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    Angela A Says:

    The Caribbean Buccaneers Dinner Show is full of family fun on the high seas! For one price, guests receive first class entertainment and a delicious meal.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Must See
    • Luxury Traveller
    • Trendsetter
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Thrill Seeker
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Nightlife Seeker
    Tips
    • This is not your typical pirate ship, where sometimes it turns into a "booze cruise" quickly. It is perfect for families.
    • Volunteer to be part of the competitions on board. It's all done in a great spirit of fun!
    Plan to stay:/
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #1 of 2 Concerts & Shows in Bavaro
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • PIRATES STOLE MY HEART 08/12/2017
    • Amazing! 07/12/2017
    Address:
    Calle Mare
    Bavaro, Punta Cana 23000
    Dominican Republic
    Phone:
    +1 809-390-7418
    Hours:
    Mon
    09:00 - 12:00
    12:30 - 15:30
    Wed
    09:00 - 12:00
    Wed - Thu
    12:30 - 15:30
    Sat
    09:00 - 12:00
    12:30 - 15:30
    Other:
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