Punta Cana, DR
Visit Punta Cana
Punta Cana, the easternmost tip of the Dominican Republic, abuts the Caribbean Sea and the Atlantic Ocean. It's a region known for its 32km stretch of beaches and clear waters. The Bávaro area and Punta Cana combine to form what's known as La Costa del Coco, or the Coconut Coast, an area of lavish, all-inclusive resorts. It's popular for zip-lining, windsurfing, kayaking, and sailing.
Blessed with one of the Caribbean region’s longest white sand coastlines–a whopping 48 kilometers (30 miles), punctuated with sky-reaching coconut palms–Punta Cana is the land of rest and relaxation by the sea. Here, where the Atlantic meets the Caribbean, from the northern tip at Uvero Alto to the southern at Cap Cana, all-inclusive resorts and boutique hideaways offer all the whims and comforts of modern beachfront living. Families enjoy miniature entertainment centers and water parks for children, while couples-only enclaves boast dream wedding locations, with secluded beachside lodging for an ultra-romantic stay. But it’s not only about fun in the sun, soft sand brushing against your toes, and iridescent, clear water to swim in, go fishing, or dive for underwater life and shipwrecks. Punta Cana is also a golfer’s destination, with 10 courses located all along the strip, a seaside escape with luxurious marinas and fine dining, and a wellness corner home to the country’s top spas, including the only Six Senses in the Caribbean.
What is the best time of year to go to Punta Cana?
Best Times to Visit Punta Cana. The best time to visit Punta Cana is from March to May when the peak season rush trickles out of the city. Luckily, the weather is warm year-round. The average annual temperature is 79°F.
Punta Cana & La Romana - 37 miles • Santo Domingo & Punta Cana - 86 miles.
Popular Places to Visit:
Cotubanamá National Park
This is one of the most cave-riddled and adventure-packed national parks in the DR counting more than 500 flora species, 300 types of birds, and long stretches of white beaches and islands.
Cueva de Berna
Part of the Cotubanamá National Park, Cueva de Berna ranks among the largest and most important Taino caves in DR for its high number of petroglyphs.
Tucked inside Scape Park, in the Cap Cana area, this “blue hole” cenote offers a refreshing swim in natural, cool spring waters. Surrounded by lush rainforest, Hoyo Azul sits at the foot of a 75-meter (246-foot) tall limestone cliff covered in vegetation.
Laguna de Bávaro
Kayaking, fishing, hiking, boating, and bird watching through a tunnel of mangroves: these are a handful of activities to enjoy on the Laguna de Bávaro-home to reptiles and flora.
One of the multiple cenotes tucked inside Scape Park, Las Ondas sits in an ancient, underground cavern with just a sliver of sunlight, but magical fresh waters. A leisurely eco-trail through a dry forest leads towards a steep, wooden staircase that descends into the cave.
Parque Ecológico Ojos Indígenas
Located inside the exclusive Puntacana Resort & Club complex, this 1,500-acre nature reserve and the ecological park boasts enchanting, shaded hiking trails that wind through a lush tropical forest, and lead towards a series of 12 freshwater lagoons.
Playa Arena Gorda
Playa Arena Gorda is flanked on either side by all-inclusive resorts, including the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino. Its wide shore with thick, white sands and turquoise waves makes it a favorite spot for long walks, body boarding, or simply lounging on the sand all day.
World-famous Bávaro Beach–often lumped into the general “Punta Cana” reference–ranks among the longest, most continuous white sand beaches in the Caribbean. Extending 48 kilometers (30 miles) and surrounded by coral reefs, it’s also the most developed section of this Punta Cana resort area.
Playa Blanca is a hub of water sports, good food, and beachside relaxation. Try out kite surfing or stand-up paddle boarding (SUP) lessons, or join in on a diving and snorkeling excursion nearby.
Playa Cabeza de Toro
Playa Cabeza de Toro is popular with tourists who stay at several on-site resorts. The area’s calm, bay-like waters are ideal for snorkeling and fishing.
Important Things to Know:
Passport Requirement: Yes
Visa Requirement: No. Obtain a tourist card on arrival.
This Destination is Best For: Beach, Hiking, Snorkeling and Scuba Experiences.
Is This a Family-Friendly Destination: Yes
Best Time To Travel to This Destination: January - February, but Year-round Destination.