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Guide to Punta Cana Outdoors

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Punta Cana, a part of the Dominican Republic, is a tropical oasis. Visitors are amazed by the myriad of outdoor activities confined within such a small space. Be prepared for an adventure!

Good for
  • Thrill Seeker
  • Shopping Fanatic
  • Nature Lover
  • Foodie
  • Peace and Quiet Seeker
  • Beach Goer
  • Luxury Traveller
  • Thrifty Traveller
  • Trendsetter
  • Like a Local

10 Places

3 City Tips

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10 Places

Bavaro Beach

Beaches

Manati Park Bavaro

Theme Parks

Indigenous Eyes Ecological Park & Reserve

Nature & Wildlife Areas, Parks

Sirenis Aquagames Punta Cana

Water Parks

Hoyo Azul

Bodies of Water

Little John

Restaurants

Macao Surf Camp

Surfing, Windsurfing & Kitesurfing

Fun-Buggy

Cultural Tours, 4WD, ATV & Off-Road Tours, Private Tours, Nature & Wildlife Tours, Day Trips

Dominican Balloons

Balloon Rides

Jellyfish Beach Restaurant

Restaurants

Angela A's City Tips

  • Many attractions can be booked as a tour, paired with other sightseeing options and transportation.
  • The lush vegetation does attract insects, so wear repellent.
  • The average temperature is 86 degrees, so be sure to stay hydrated, especially during sports or other extreme attractions.
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    Bavaro Beach
    Beaches
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    Angela A Says:

    Bavaro Beach is an excellent example of why visitors flock to Punta Cana: for the soft sand and clear waters. Protected by an offshore reef, this beach is a nice place for snorkeling!

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Like a Local
    • Shopping Fanatic
    • Nature Lover
    • Foodie
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Beach Goer
    • Luxury Traveller
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Trendsetter
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    Tips
    • Hotels, restaurants, and shops line the beach, so you are only steps away if hunger or a strong shopping urge calls.
    Plan to stay:/
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #1 of 96 things to do in Punta Cana
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Mrs. 22/09/2017
    • Beach times 21/09/2017
    • Bavaro Beach
    Phone:
    100
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    Manati Park Bavaro
    Theme Parks
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    Angela A Says:

    The Manati Park is an amazing place to visit, featuring dolphin encounters, entertaining shows, markets, and so much more! Visitors can happily spend an entire day here!

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Must See
    • Luxury Traveller
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Thrill Seeker
    • Senior
    • Shopping Fanatic
    • Family
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • If you want to experience the dolphin encounter, you may want to purchase your tickets in advance, as they do often sell out.
    • Get brave and book a photo opportunity with a snake.
    Plan to stay:/
    More than 3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #35 of 96 things to do in Punta Cana
    • Interesting but only for 1 hour 22/09/2017
    • Do not expect too much ... 16/09/2017
    • 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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    Indigenous Eyes Ecological Park & Reserve
    Nature & Wildlife Areas, Parks
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    Angela A Says:

    This Ecological Park is a true natural wonder: 1,500 acres of tropical vegetation playing home to all sorts of animals. The petting zoo is a particularly big hit with young and old alike.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Hidden Gems
    • Like a Local
    • Nature Lover
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Beach Goer
    • Luxury Traveller
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    Tips
    • Follow all of the trails to ensure you don't miss even one exciting encounter!
    • There are twelve different lagoons to explore in the park.
    Plan to stay:/
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #9 of 96 things to do in Punta Cana
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Refreshing Fresh Water Swim! 18/09/2017
    • Beautiful 16/09/2017
    • Indigenous Eyes Ecological Park & Reserve
    Address:
    Ave. Abraham Lincoln No. 960
    Punta Cana
    Dominican Republic
    Phone:
    +1 809-959-9221
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    Sirenis Aquagames Punta Cana
    Water Parks
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    Angela A Says:

    Aquagames is an excellent way to play outdoors while still keeping cool! This water park offers a bit of something for everyone, from giant slides to a special children's play area.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Beach Goer
    • Luxury Traveller
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Thrill Seeker
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Aquagames has certain height restrictions for some attractions, so keep this in mind.
    • There is not much shade at this location, so it is best to wear a hat and sunscreen.
    Plan to stay:/
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #21 of 96 things to do in Punta Cana
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • a good little waterpark 26/08/2017
    • Day trip 23/08/2017
    • 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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    Hoyo Azul
    Bodies of Water
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    Angela A Says:

    Hoyo Azul is a crystal lagoon, often referred to as a 'blue hole.' Guests access Hoyo Azul down wooden steps, where they are invited to relax in the cool water.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Like a Local
    • Thrill Seeker
    • Nature Lover
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Beach Goer
    • Luxury Traveller
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    Tips
    • The water may feel very cold at first, but your body easily adapts.
    • Be careful on the steps when they are wet, as they can be a bit slippery.
    Plan to stay:/
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #6 of 96 things to do in Punta Cana
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Wonderful excursion 22/09/2017
    • Wow! Nice Visit! 14/09/2017
    • Hoyo Azul
    Phone:
    +1 809-469-7484
    Other:
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    Little John
    Restaurants (Caribbean, Bar, Seafood, International)
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    Angela A Says:

    Juanillo Beach is known for its sand and its food — in no particular order. While you are enjoying the warm, Dominican breeze, indulge in tasty entrees without ever leaving the comfort of the beach.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Hidden Gems
    • Like a Local
    • Nature Lover
    • Foodie
    • Beach Goer
    • Luxury Traveller
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Trendsetter
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    Tips
    • The portions are large, so be sure to arrive hungry!
    • You may order right from the beach!
    Plan to stay:/
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #0 of 0 restaurants in
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Update beach status : be aware ! 03/09/2017
    • Quick last minute lunch with husband 28/08/2017
    • 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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    Macao Surf Camp
    Surfing, Windsurfing & Kitesurfing
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    Angela A Says:

    Macau Surf Camp is located on Macao Beach, and they offer surf lessons to everyone from beginners to competitors. Their instructors are bilingual, and they ensure everyone is prepared long before they ever hit the waves!

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Beach Goer
    • Luxury Traveller
    • Trendsetter
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Thrill Seeker
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Boards are available for rent, and the staff will assist you in selecting the correct one.
    • Transportation may be arranged.
    Plan to stay:/
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #2 of 151 Boat Tours & Water Sports in Punta Cana
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Made my trip! 22/08/2017
    • Great fun for the whole family! 13/08/2017
    • Macao Surf Camp
    Address:
    Macao Beach
    Bavaro
    Punta Cana
    Dominican Republic
    Phone:
    +1 809-430-9017
    Other:
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    Fun-Buggy
    Cultural Tours, 4WD, ATV & Off-Road Tours, Private Tours, Nature & Wildlife Tours, Day Trips
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    Angela A Says:

    Fun-Buggy provides the chance to drive your own open-air buggy as you explore gorgeous Punta Cana! If you want to step a bit out of your comfort zone without being too overwhelmed, then this is the experience for you!

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Beach Goer
    • Luxury Traveller
    • Trendsetter
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Thrill Seeker
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • You must be 18 years old to drive in the Dominican Republic.
    • Be sure to reserve a few weeks ahead to avoid disappointment.
    Plan to stay:/
    More than 3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #7 of 65 Outdoor Activities in Bavaro
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Jill Abels 17/09/2017
    • Karl Robbins 13/09/2017
    • Fun-Buggy
    Address:
    Avenida Barcelo
    backroad oposit Atlantic Tire
    Bavaro, Punta Cana 23000
    Dominican Republic
    Phone:
    +1 809-299-0428
    Price range:
    USD 85 - USD 85
    Hours:
    Mon - Sat
    06:00 - 19:00
    Other:
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    Dominican Balloons
    Balloon Rides
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    Angela A Says:

    Dominican Balloons is as unique as it is breathtaking, offering aerial views of Punta Cana that are typically only seen in magazines. This is one of the best things that you will ever do!

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Luxury Traveller
    • Trendsetter
    • Hidden Gems
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Thrill Seeker
    • Senior
    • Family
    Tips
    • Be prepared to be flexible, as that weather and wind conditions may affect your flight time.
    • Pay attention as they prepare the balloon for flight, as this is something you may never see again!
    Plan to stay:/
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #34 of 233 Outdoor Activities in Punta Cana
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Well worth the early morning! 19/09/2017
    • Amazing experience and staff 25/08/2017
    • Dominican Balloons
    Phone:
    +1 809-977-8877
    Price range:
    USD 275 - USD 275
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    06:00 - 18:00
    Other:
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    Jellyfish Beach Restaurant
    Restaurants (Caribbean, Seafood)
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    Angela A Says:

    The JellyFish Restaurant is located outside right on the beach, and the views are unforgettable. A trendy menu based mostly on seafood offers many options, and the expertly mixed libations are fantastic.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Must See
    • Beach Goer
    • Luxury Traveller
    • Trendsetter
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Try to make reservations for dinner on the weekends.
    • WiFi is complimentary, in case you want to check email or catch up with friends and family back home.
    Plan to stay:/
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #0 of 0 restaurants in
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • So good we went there twice on our vacation 21/09/2017
    • Horrible food! 08/09/2017
    • Jellyfish Beach Restaurant
    Address:
    Kilometro 0, Carretera Bavaro
    Punta Cana 23301
    Dominican Republic
    Phone:
    +1 809-840-7684
    Price range:
    USD 20 - USD 35
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    11:00 - 23:00
    Other:
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