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Punta Cana

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Bayahibe Beach featuring a beach, a sunset and tropical scenes

Enjoy long stretches of white-sand beaches, all-inclusive resorts and sunshine in abundance at one of the largest tourist destinations in the Caribbean region.

Punta Cana, on the east coast of the Dominican Republic, is renowned for its miles of white-sand beaches lined by coconut palms and aquamarine waters. The name Punta Cana is often used when referring to the region that encompasses areas such as Cabeza de Toro, Arena Gorda and Uvero Alto.

Punta Cana is primarily made up of large all-inclusive resorts that cater for families and couples. Many have their own private stretches of beach and are designed to provide guests with everything they need for their stay, including restaurants, nightclubs and sporting activities.

The main attractions of Punta Cana are, of course, the sand and the sea. The unforgettable beaches of this region are sheltered by an immense offshore reef, 18 miles (29 kilometers) in length. The shallow water makes it a good diving or snorkeling environment for beginners. Most of the all-inclusive resorts have their own dive schools and equipment shops. There are also other water activities on offer such as surfing, sailing and parasailing.

Outside the resorts, you’ll have the chance to explore some of the Dominican Republic’s other attractions. See the replica Mediterranean village built on a cliff at Altos de Chavón and explore the world’s first underwater museum at Bayahibe. Visit Higüey and its Basilica de Nuestra Señora de la Altagracia, a large cathedral built to honor the patron saint of the Dominican Republic. Take a guided tour of the jungle at the Punta Cana Ecological Reserve.

There are a number of ways to get around Punta Cana. For the majority of visitors, who spend their time either in their resorts or at beaches nearby, the simplest way is on foot. Local buses known as ”guaguas” are the cheapest options if you plan to travel farther afield. Taxis and car rentals are also available.

Blue skies and sunshine are fixtures for most of the year in Punta Cana. In summer the temperature is an average of 88 F (31 C).

For more details on interesting local attractions and activities, check out our things to do in Punta Cana page.

Where to stay in Punta Cana

Serenade Punta Cana Beach & Spa Resort - All Inclusive
Serenade Punta Cana Beach & Spa Resort - All Inclusive
4.5 out of 5
Carretera Cabeza de Toro, Punta Cana, La Altagracia
The price is $155 per night from Sep 7 to Sep 7
Nestled on the beach, this Punta Cana property is within a 15-minute walk of Cabeza de Toro Beach and Bavaro Lagoon. Dolphin Explorer is 0.9 mi (1.5 km) ...
4.1/5Very Good! (381 reviews)
"The resort was beautiful, I enjoyed everything about the resort. The staff was amazing, friendly and super attentive. Our room was clean, ground were clean the food was amazing in all of their restaurants the overall ambience was great"

Reviewed on Sep 5, 2021

Serenade Punta Cana Beach & Spa Resort - All Inclusive
Royalton Splash Punta Cana Resort & Spa - All Inclusive
Royalton Splash Punta Cana Resort & Spa - All Inclusive
4 out of 5
Carr. Playa Arena Gorda, Bavaro, Punta Cana, La Altagracia
The price is $180 per night from Sep 7 to Sep 7
Situated near the beach, this all-inclusive property is 0.1 mi (0.1 km) from Arena Gorda Beach and 0.9 mi (1.4 km) from Hard Rock Golf Club at Cana Bay. Punta ...
3.6/5Good! (797 reviews)
"Staff were pleasant however many didn’t speak any English, place is clean however lots of things needed fixing inside the rooms ( logged bathrooms, sinks, broken handles, etc)- considering we had 7 rooms. Also be very careful when you book, as Expedia tends to trick you and book a room and not being ..."

Reviewed on Sep 2, 2021

Royalton Splash Punta Cana Resort & Spa - All Inclusive
Majestic Elegance Punta Cana - All Inclusive
Majestic Elegance Punta Cana - All Inclusive
4.5 out of 5
Playa Bavaro - Punta Cana, Punta Cana, La Altagracia
Located in Punta Cana, this beachfront property is next to a golf course, 0.1 mi (0.1 km) from Arena Gorda Beach, and 1.2 mi (2 km) from Hard Rock Golf Club ...
4.5/5Wonderful! (2,423 reviews)
"Very good resort"

Reviewed on Sep 4, 2021

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Majestic Elegance Punta Cana - All Inclusive
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.
TOT Punta Cana Apartments
TOT Punta Cana Apartments
3.5 out of 5
Arena Gorda, Playa Bavaro, Punta Cana, La Altagracia
The price is $51 per night from Sep 9 to Sep 9
Nestled on the beach, this Punta Cana aparthotel is within a 15-minute walk of White Sands Golf Course and Arena Gorda Beach. Cortecito Beach and Iberostar Golf ...
3.9/5Good! (72 reviews)
"The front desk person was extremely helpful. He set us up in temporary room because we got there early. He was extremely helpful with food and towels."

Reviewed on Jan 11, 2020

TOT Punta Cana Apartments
DELUXE STUDIOS playa LOS CORALES
DELUXE STUDIOS playa LOS CORALES
Calle Pirata, Punta Cana, La Altagracia
The price is $77 per night from Sep 7 to Sep 7
Situated near the beach, this aparthotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Aromas Museum, Los Corales Beach, and Cortecito Beach. Palma Real Shopping Village and Bavaro ...
4.8/5Exceptional! (6 reviews)
"Good breakfast Wonderful service Can recommend Thanks"

Reviewed on Aug 6, 2021

DELUXE STUDIOS playa LOS CORALES
Villas Bavaro Beach Club & Spa
Villas Bavaro Beach Club & Spa
4 out of 5
Los Corales Beach, Bavaro, Punta Cana, La Altagracia
The price is $73 per night from Sep 7 to Sep 7
Nestled on the beach, this Punta Cana villa is within 1 mi (2 km) of Aromas Museum, Los Corales Beach, and Cortecito Beach. Palma Real Shopping Village and Bavaro ...
4.4/5Wonderful! (9 reviews)
"Puntacana is wonderful experience! Villa is good !!"

Reviewed on Aug 16, 2021

Villas Bavaro Beach Club & Spa
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

Getting around Punta Cana

Most people get around Punta Cana using a mixture of walking and taxis. Car rental is widely available, but it’s worth keeping in mind that dangerous driving is common in the Dominican Republic, and it is therefore best to avoid driving if you can. Catch a public bus or travel by taxi to head to the less touristy areas further away from the coast. There are both local and intercity bus networks. Browse Punta Cana rental cars.

Best time to visit

If you are looking for some sun at any time of the year, Punta Cana is the destination for you. High temperatures average around 80 F (26 C) throughout the year, with June through October being a few degrees warmer. To avoid the summer rains and major tourist rush of winter, visit between March and May if you can. Prices for accommodations are often lower at this time of year, too.

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