Punta Cana is situated on the easternmost tip of the Dominican Republic and is known for its 32 kilometers of beaches. However, there are many other fun and interesting activities to add to your vacation checklist.
Originally developed as a town for resort workers, the town of Bávaro has become a destination for tourists and locals alike for its 10 kilometers of immaculate seashore. While it can be crowded, Bávaro beach is definitely worth a visit due to the large variety of facilities located on or near the sands, and its close proximity to Punta Cana itself. If you’re not staying in Bávaro itself, you likely won’t be too far away. When you’re not gamboling in the waves or stretching out on the sand, head over to one of the nearby bars and enjoy a drink in the shade.
Located just off the coast of Punta Cana, Isla Saona is famous for its incredibly virgin beaches. If Bávaro is too touristy, this is the place to go. The entire island is a government-protected nature reserve, so there isn’t an imposing high-rise or tacky gift shop in site, only pure white-sand beaches and balancing palm trees. Getting to Isla Saona for the day is not difficult. In fact, many resorts offer their guests tour packages that include a ferry and a meal to take along.
3.HorsePlay Tours Punta Can
Tours are sometimes the best way to see a lot of a place and culture in a short amount of time. Fortunately, HorsePlay Tours offer visitors to Punta Cana the content of several different tours all conveniently packaged into one. In one day, participants will receive a cultural tour of local villages and learn about Dominican customs, history and traditions, go zip lining, horseback riding, will recieve samples of locally produced coffee and chocolate, and finally, will enjoy an authentic Dominican meal.
4.Hispaniola Aquatic Adventures
In order to experience some of the best snorkeling in Punta Cana, considering checking out a catamaran tour that takes participants directly to each famous dive site. Hispaniola Aquatic Tours offers private and semi-private four-hour excursions on one of their three catamarans that include drinks, a meal, transport to and from your hotel, snorkeling equipment and professional photos to document the experience.
Perhaps the best way to experience the beauty of Punta Cana is to explore its natural landscapes. One of the most spectacular places to explore is the Hoyo Azul (traduced Blue Hole), which is a natural sinkhole filled with crystal-clear water. Two different tours, each lead by experienced guides, are the best ways to see it. Hoyo Azul Cave Explorer take participants on a hike through the Dominican wilderness, which ends with a relaxing dip in the Hoyo Azul waters, while Hoyo Azul Zip Line sends participants on a series of adrenaline-fueled flights over the Cap Cana forest before ending with a swim in Hoyo Azul.
6.Indigenous Eyes Ecological Park
For an opportunity to explore an untouched portion of the Dominican Republic, head over to Indigenous Eyes Ecological Park, a private protected nature reserve maintained by the Punta Cana Ecological Foundation. The park is open from dawn until sunset for guests staying at the nearby Punta Cana Resort and Club, as well as other members of the Punta Cana community. Activities include cultural exhibits, a petting zoo, a sugarcane exhibit, five different swimming holes and an iguana habitat. Several ‘Ecological Excursions,’ such as a Segway Eco Tour and Horseback Trail Ride, are also available upon reservation.