What to do in Punta Cana
The sand and sea destination of Punta Cana is at the easternmost tip of the Dominican Republic, 121 miles (196 kilometers) east of Santo Domingo. This is the Caribbean paradise you’ve read about: soft, white sand beaches stretch the entire length of the coast, dotted with arched palm trees lapped by waves.
If you are visiting for days to laze and relax in the sun, you won’t be disappointed, but there are plenty of opportunities for outdoor adventure as well. Snorkel on a catamaran cruise, ride a buggy through ancient palm trees and tobacco plantations, parachute over pristine beaches and lush forests, or play some of the best golf courses in the Caribbean.
Snorkel on a catamaran cruise, ride a buggy through ancient palm trees and tobacco plantations, parachute over pristine beaches and lush forests, or play some of the best golf courses in the Caribbean.
Don’t let the name fool you: Hoyo Azul Lagoonhas more to offer than just its nickname. This famous turquoise water cenote (natural pool) in Punta Cana, whose unexpected existence at the base of a 200-foot (61-meter) cliff surprises and delights visitors, is one of the main destinations in the Dominican Republic for swimming, zip-lining, nature tours, and other activities around it.
Ride a 4×4 buggy through the Dominican countryside, then board a catamaran to explore the blue waters during this combo tour from Punta Cana. Stop at a rural farm to see how chocolate, cinnamon, and coffee are harvested and processed, then continue to Macau’s white sand beach. Climb aboard a double-decker catamaran to navigate the turquoise waters offshore. Put on the snorkel gear provided and jump in for a swim with schools of tropical fish. If you wish, there is the option of scheduling these activities on two separate days.
Punta Cana Airport (PUJ) ⇄ Santo DomingoFrom: $45.00