The most sought after tourist destination amongst the Carribean islands, Punta Cana is known for its immaculate beaches lined with alleys of waving palm trees. Within the region of Bavaro you will find some of the best beaches in the world along with immaculate resorts and true tranquility. While the region’s 16 Blue Flag beaches are certainly the main talking point, there are many things to do in Punta Cana besides soaking up its picturesque seaside. Let Blau Hotels be your guide for what to do in Punta Cana so that you can enjoy the perfect vacation!

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In this section we will add recommendations so that you can fully enjoy the place or activity which we have proposed. Also, if you feel there is something which we haven’t included in our list then we would love to hear your suggestions! Share your Punta Cana vacation with us on our social media networks by including the hashtag #BlauHotelsExperiences and #BlauTips and help other travelers discover the beauty of Punta Cana. Or if you prefer, you can also write us at reservas@blauhotels.com with details your experience. Let the fun begin!

 

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1) SAONA ISLAND

  • Category: National Park
  • Activity: Day Trip
  • Location: Southwest of Punta Cana
  • Price: starting at $69
  • Arriving from Natura Park: accessible by boat only

This picturesque island off the southern coast of the Dominican Republic is without a doubt one of the best Punta Cana excursions. This tropical oasis offers postcard scenery where you can enjoy fine white sand, turquoise waters and even mingle with starfish in the natural pools. A government protected Punta Cana nature reserve, the island maintains its original untouched beauty. You may also recognize the island from movies such as Pirates of the Carribean and The Blue Lagoon. 

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There are many companies which offer tours in Punta Cana to Saona Island. You can choose many different types of tours which will vary in price. If you are looking to hop aboard a catamaran then it takes roughly two hours to get to the island from Punta Cana, whereas a speedboat takes around 40 minutes. We highly advise buying a package which includes food as it makes the trip less stressful and also allows you to enjoy some authentic Dominican dishes. Be sure and pack typical beach accessories such as towels, sunscreen, bathing suit and sunglasses. We also advise bringing snorkeling gear if it isn’t provided, extra money for tipping and a waterproof camera if you have one.

 

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2) SNORKELING IN PUNTA CANA

  • Category: Water Sport
  • Activity: Snorkeling
  • Location: Cabeza de Toros, Catalina Island
  • Price: free and/or paid excursions
  • Distance from Natura Park: varies

If you’re looking for some of the best snorkeling in Punta Cana then the Blau Natura Park Beach Eco Resort & Spa is a great place to start! Situated along the Cabeza de Toro beach, the area boasts low boat traffic and is moderately sheltered from waves meaning that snorkeling from the shore is wonderful. We offer one of the few resorts in Punta Cana where you can enjoy quality snorkeling right from the doorstep. We also highly recommend a snorkeling in Catalina Island as it offers calm and clear waters which are ideal for snorkeling. Along Catalina Island you will also find “The Wall” which is considered one of the best reefs on the country. Certainly one of the most enjoyable punta cana day trips, grab your mask and goggles and head for the crystal clear waters off the Dominican Republic!

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While Punta Cana offers fantastic snorkeling, it may not quite compare to places such as the Virgin Islands, Turks and Caicos or Mexico which generally offer more tranquil waters that don’t impact the reef as much. However, Punta Cana is still an incredible place for snorkeling! If you want to enjoy snorkeling but aren’t too invested, then our very own hotel offers great snorkeling without having to leave the premises. Just ask for some snorkeling gear and head on your way. Otherwise, we highly recommend a day trip to Catalina Island which starts around $99. During your journey on the catamaran you will stop at a few wonderful snorkeling spots while also taking in a bit of the local scenery and history. The excursion includes all of the equipment, food and drink and transportation. Just make sure to bring sunscreen, a towel, and some extra money just in case!

 

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3) BAVARO BEACH

  • Category: Beach
  • Activity: there are many choices
  • Location: northwest of Natura Park
  • Distance from Natura Park: 9 miles
  • Address: Bavaro Beach, Punta Cana 23000, Dominican Republic

Considered one of the best beaches in the world due to its fine white sand, crystal clear waters and picturesque scenery, Bavaro Beach is a must visit. One of the top things to do in Punta Cana, this highly developed area offers everything from hotels, shopping malls, restaurants, dance clubs and golf. Visitors can also enjoy incredible water sports such as diving, snorkeling, parasailing and windsurfing. Bavaro Beach offers something for everyone, so whether you are with your family, friends or loved one you’re sure to enjoy a day out on this wonderful area.

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One way to reach Bavaro Beach is by car or taxi and it takes roughly 25 minutes from the resort. Or, if you’d like to get a bit of exercise you could walk north along the beach from the resort and you’d reach the stunning waters of Bavaro in a little over an hour depending on your pace. If you plan on enjoying the beach, then we advise you to bring everything necessary for the occasion, especially sunscreen! If you’re looking to enjoy a relaxing shopping day, maybe grab a meal or have a fun night out, then be sure to take extra cash. While Punta Cana crime is low and Bavaro Beach is very safe, we still recommend keeping valuable jewelry at home and be cautious of using nice phones as there is pickpocketing from time to time.

 

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4) HOYO AZUL

  • Category: Natural Wonder
  • Activity: swimming in a natural pool (cenote)
  • Location: south of Punta Cana
  • Price: $149 (includes entrance to all of Scape Park)
  • Distance from Natura Park: 21 miles
  • Address: Cap Cana, Punta Cana 23000
  • Telephone: +1-809-469-7484
  • Website: https://www.scapepark.com/hoyo-azul

Located within the famous Scape Park at Cap Cana, the Hoyo Azul (i.e. Blue Hole) is one of the most sought after Punta Cana attractions. The stunning natural pool, also known as a cenote, boasts crystal clear water and is surrounded by cliffs which will absolutely mesmerize you. This natural sinkhole is lined by steep limestone walls and is the perfect place to cool off on a hot summer day. The walk from the starting point to Hoyo Azul is roughly one mile and weaves through a beautiful trail amongst the jungle where you will learn about native wildlife and plants. The entire tour will help you see the true natural beauty of Punta Cana.

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They no longer offer trips solely to Hoyo Azul, so you will need to buy the full ticket to enter Scape Park. However, it is well worth it as there are many great activities within the park which you can also enjoy. The hike isn’t incredibly difficult, but we do recommend wearing shoes (water shoes are a great idea) instead of sandals. We also highly recommend going during the morning hours as the sun hits the water just right and the blue color is truly spectacular. Beyond this we highly advise bringing water as the hike can be quite hot, along with bug spray, camera and the standard attire for swimming. Included in the price of your Scape Park ticket is transport to and from the hotel in Punta Cana so you won’t have to worry about logistics!

 

5) ALTOS DE CHAVON

  • Category: Architecture
  • Activity: exploring a replica Mediterranean Village
  • Location: southwest of Punta Cana
  • Price: $25 (waived with reservation at one of the restaurants)
  • Distance from Natura Park: 55 miles
  • Address: La Romana 22000
  • Telephone: +1-829-496-7927
  • Website: https://www.casadecampo.com.do/experiences/altos-de-chavon/

Forming part of the Casa de Campo resort, Altos de Chavon is a beautiful replica of a 16th century Mediterranean village. Located in the gorgeous Domincan city of La Romana, the village overlooks the Chavón River. Designed by Domincan architect Jose Antonio Caro and Italian designer Roberto Coppa, every detail of Altos de Chavón was meticulously designed and thought out. Offering an amphitheater for events, a museum, church, restaurants and shopping, there is something for everyone. The village also offers a highly renowned design school which has drawn artists from all over the world, as well as provides unique photo shoot opportunities for special occasions. 

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We highly recommend making a reservation at one of the restaurants inside the village as they are delightful and it will also waive the $25 entrance fee. A guided tour of Altos de Chavon is one of the best day trips from Punta Cana, but you can also hire a private car if you would like to have more freedom with your time. Another great way to enjoy the village is see a live show or concert, all of which you can find here.

 

6) SCAPE PARK

  • Category: Adventure Park
  • Activity: activities like ziplining, horseback riding, hiking, etc
  • Location: south of Punta Cana
  • Price: starting at $149 for adults
  • Distance from Natura Park: 21 miles
  • Address: Cap Cana, Punta Cana 23000
  • Telephone: +1-809-469-7484
  • Website: https://www.scapepark.com/

Set among the Cap Cana resort, Scape Park is an ecoadventure park which draws thrillseekers from all corners of the world. Boasting 247 acres of space, guests will find a wide variety of activities which are suitable for all ages. Nestled amongst the jungle, this adventure park in Punta Cana offers ziplining from cliffs, jumping from water ziplines, swimming in the famous Hoyo Azul, exploring ancient caverns, snorkeling in tropical waters and a relaxing beach club. You’ll also find numerous animals onsite such as iguanas, parrots and monkeys, all of which are handled by the professional staff and offer fun and educational experiences for all. 

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While the starting price for adults is $149 (kids between 6-12 pay $89), you’re guaranteed a full day of fun and excitement. With the full admission you receive 7 attractions, access to the exotic animals, kids playground, an all-inclusive buffet lunch and private beach club. You’ll also enjoy a helmet, harness, lifejacket, access to all non-motorized watersport and free transport from your hotel. Be sure and bring your swimsuit, good shoes for walking, a towel, sunscreen and extra cash to pay for beverages, souvenirs, lockers and photos. Cameras are not allowed as they provide their own photo service, so if you would like photos be sure and bring extra money. 

 

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7) MACAO BEACH

  • Category: Beach
  • Activity: beach day trip
  • Location: northwest of Punta Cana
  • Distance from Natura Park: 21 miles
  • Address: Playa Macao, Punta Cana 23000

The stunning Macao Beach in Punta Cana is one of the nation’s most beautiful and untouched areas. Frequented by locals and tourists, this popular beach is known for its fine white sand, crystal clear waters and those seeking both adventure and relaxation. A popular destination for buggy tours in Punta Cana, this is a thrilling way to see Macao Beach and the surrounding area. This beach is also a popular destination for surfing in Punta Cana if you’re looking to hang ten! 

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Macao Beach is one of the few beaches in the area which isn’t surrounded by hotels and commercial development. With this said, you’ll need to bring plenty of water, sunscreen and snacks with you. There are several restaurants along the beach which are quite popular and offer local dishes at very reasonable prices. We highly recommend making a reservation and enjoying a delicious local meal along the beach. You’ll also find locals looking to sell you various souvenirs on the beach, but if you kindly tell them you aren’t interested they will leave you in peace. And finally, if you are interested in enjoying a buggy tour there are plenty of options to choose from, many of which will pick you up right at the hotel. Just ask reception upon arrival and they will “steer” you in the right direction!

 

8) CATAMARAN TOURS PUNTA CANA

  • Category: Day Trip
  • Activity: boat tour
  • Location: Punta Cana
  • Price: starting around $60

You’re on a beautiful tropical island in the middle of the Caribbean Ocean, you can’t really go wrong with the catamaran tours in Punta Cana! These two-hull boats are in abundance in the Dominican Republic and there is a good reason why. Offering plenty of space and a tranquil journey, there are many different catamaran tours to choose from in Punta Cana. Tours range from snorkeling to diving to booze cruises which means there is something for everyone. There are also plenty of VIP and private tours which will allow you to relax amongst the tranquil waters of the Caribbean in luxury and serenity. 

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Upon arrival at the resort be sure and ask reception which catamaran tours they recommend. Tours can change based on the season or year, and we always look to have the best tours available to our guests at the best prices. Be prepared to spend hours on a boat amongst the sun, so be sure to bring plenty of sunscreen while also taking motion sickness pills if you get easily sea sick. We also advise bringing some extra cash in case you’d like to tip the captain or employees.

 

9) PUNTA CANA FISHING

  • Category: Day Trip 
  • Activity: fishing
  • Location: Punta Cana
  • Price: varies

Enjoy some of the best fishing in the Caribbean right here in Punta Cana! Anglers come from all over the world to enjoy the incredible fishing in Punta Cana, and there’s a good reason why. You can catch a wide variety of fish here, but Punta Cana is the #1 place in the world for wahoo and mahi-mahi, while trophy-sized billfish (i.e. marlins, sailfish, etc.) are also not unusual catches. Punta Cana has everything from lagoon fishing to reef fishing to its famous deep sea fishing. There are literally dozens of Punta Cana fishing charters which specialize in all types of fishing ranging from wahoo, mahi-mahi, blue and white marlin, sailfish, barracuda, cobia, yellowfin tuna, bonito and even shark. 

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Whether you’re a beginner or expert angler, there are plenty of options when it comes to fishing charters in Punta Cana. Being that Punta Cana is such a sought after destination, we highly advise making reservations well before you arrive. Fishing changes throughout the year, and here are the types of fish you can find during certain months:

  • Mahi-Mahi (Dorado): November to March
  • Sailfish: October to February
  • Wahoo: October to December
  • Blue Marlin:  July-to September
  • Tuna: January to February
  • White Marlin: June
  • Shark, Snapper, Mackerel, Grouper, Cobia, Kingfish, Swordfish, Tarpon, Jack, Permit/Pompano, Bonefish: year round

We highly advise contacting our hotel reception well in advance and they can help arrange the perfect fishing tour for you. We also recommend motion sickness pills if you suffer with sea sickness because if the boat has to come back in to drop you off due to illness they normally will not refund your money.

 

Well there you have it, our top 9 things to do in Punta Cana during your next vacation! Everything from secluded beaches to shopping days to incredible adventure parks, there is truly something for everyone to enjoy. So whether you’re coming as a family, a couple or with a group of friends, pick a few things off our list and be sure to have an absolutely amazing time on your next tropical adventure with us at Blau Hotels for Holidays!

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