Travel Guide: Punta Cana

Travel Guide: Punta Cana

Last Updated on June 22, 2020 by Amanda Stancati


Punta Cana was rated #1 on Trip Advisor’s “Top 10 Destinations- Caribbean,” earning a 2013 Travellers’ Choice Award. This tropical paradise offers a peaceful escape from everyday life and some of the best beaches at an affordable price. Punta Cana boasts over 35,000 hotel rooms with something to suit everyone’s preferences and budget.  Scattered with all-inclusive resorts, people visit for the sun, sand, and sea. The pristine white sand beaches, warm azure waters, and swaying coconut palms are inviting.

Bavaro is the main tourist area where many of Punta Cana’s all-inclusive resorts rest. Traditional watersports offered on Caribbean vacations are typically available, in addition to land sports, entertainment, and deluxe amenities. There is also shopping, restaurants, and nightlife in the region, including the vibrant fishing village of El Cortecito featuring a market with snack stands and hand-made souvenirs from local artists. With family-friendly and adult-only hotel options, perfect temperatures, flowing drinks, and an array of recreation activities, there is no shortage of reasons why this is the place to be.

From the Airport: When you arrive at Punta Cana International Airport, or Aeropuerto Internacional Punta Cana, gather your baggage and head to the exit to board your shuttle bus or hail a taxi.

Getting Around: Resort buses transport the majority of tourists to their resorts. If your vacation package does not include transfers, taxis from the airport to the resorts range from $10-$40. Local buses and car rentals are available for travel within the Dominican Republic.

Luxury Bahia Principe Esmeralda 5 star

Boasting colonial-style influences and exquisite décor, it’s easy to fall in love with Luxury Bahia Principe Esmeralda. Located on Bavaro beach, the resort features three restaurants, but guests may also choose from an additional nine restaurants at neighbouring properties, Grand Bahia Principe Bavaro, Grand Bahia Principe Punta Cana, Luxury Bahia Ambar resorts.

Occidental Grand Punta Cana 4.5 star

With ten restaurants, eights bars, three pools, a fitness center, kids’ club, spa, land and water sports, and nightly entertainment, there will never be a dull moment here! This luxurious resort is perfect for families and romance.

Barcelo Dominican Beach 4 star

This resort is equipped with three pools, two Jacuzzis, nine restaurants, eight bars, a gym, and a spa. It also features a wonderful kids’ club, theatre with spectacular nightly entertainment, a disco, and a casino.

Catalonia Bavaro Beach Resort 4 star

This tropical paradise has it all. Awe-inspiring scenery, a complete activities programme, delectable cuisine at eights restaurants, a casino and a disco await you. The all-suite guestrooms are modern and spacious.

Dreams Punta Cana 4.5 star

This luxurious hotel has one of the largest free-form swimming pools in the Dominican Republic. In the evenings, the resort comes alive with moonlit theme parties, live music and shows, big-screen outdoor movies, and games at the casino. With elegant accommodations, gourmet dining, and a world-class spa, this is the perfect place for relaxation.

Note: If you would like to stay at an adult-only hotel, select the “Adults Only” option on our Vacation Pricing Grid to view your options.

Nature Excursions

Zip line, swim with the dolphins, snorkel, scuba dive, horseback ride, take a safari jeep tour, or catamaran cruise to explore the natural landscape. There are so many exciting things to do for those wanting to venture off the resort!

Indigenous Eyes Ecological Park

Set in a magnificent setting, this park is six square kilometers full of bird, insect, and plant species. Guided tours through the lush reserve are available. Walk along the trails and explore the flora and fauna, and visit the park’s botanical and fruit gardens, iguana farm, and petting zoo.

Manati Park

In this zoo and cultural park, you’ll come across animals roaming around. Spot iguanas, crocodiles, tropical birds, ducks, and flamingos. Explore the tropical gardens, craft stalls, and enjoy professional shows featuring the wildlife.

Fun Fun Cave

This cave has a 4.5 mile long river flowing within it and remarkable cave paintings covering its walls.


The east coast of the Dominican Republic is known for its famously-designed golf courses.

  • Barceló Golf de Bávaro
  • Cana Bay Golf Club
  • Catalonia Cabeza de Toro
  • Catalonia Caribe Golf Club
  • Cocotal Golf and Country Club
  • Corales
  • Iberostate Bávaro Golf & Club
  • La Cana Golf Club
  • Punta Blanca
  • Punta Espada
  • White Sands

Experience romance, family-fun, or pure relaxation at one of Punta Cana’s gorgeous properties. Book your all-inclusive vacation online or speak with your travel agent.  We also have cheap flights to Dominican Republic.

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