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One Day in Punta Cana

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Punta Cana is renowned for its 30-mile coastline of white sand beaches, lined with tall coconut trees and turquoise waters. Beach-hopping is a bona fide activity on this coast, but there's also plenty of nature, from cenotes to ancient Taino caves, to explore, along with shopping spots and restaurants outside of the resorts. Here are a few places not to miss for a memorable day in the "Coconut Coast."

Good for
  • Thrill Seeker
  • Shopping Fanatic
  • Nature Lover
  • Foodie
  • Peace and Quiet Seeker
  • Beach Goer

10 Places

3 City Tips

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10 Places

Reserva Ecologica Ojos Indigenas

Nature & Wildlife Areas

Hoyo Azul

Bodies of Water

Little John

Restaurants

Bavaro Beach

Beaches

ChocoMuseo Punta Cana

Specialty Museums

Macao Beach

Beaches

Captain Cook Restaurant

Restaurants

Hard Rock Casino Punta Cana

Casinos

Coco Bongo Punta Cana

Bars & Clubs

Imagine Punta Cana Night Club

Bars & Clubs, Dance Clubs & Discos

LilyGirma's City Tips

  • Wear plenty of sunscreen — it gets particularly hot between noon and 4pm, and some beaches don't have much shade.
  • Driving distances can be long. Pick a hotel close to some of your chosen activities.
  • Stay in the Bavaro area for easier access to outside shopping spots and restaurants.
  • Reserva Ecologica Ojos Indigenas
    Nature & Wildlife Areas
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    LilyGirma Says:

    Located on the Punta Cana Club and Resort grounds, the Indigenous Eyes Ecological Park is a 1,500-acre private reserve with a verdant, shaded forest trail leading to 11 freshwater lagoons. Hike for about 20 minutes to reach the Indigenous Eyes Lagoon, where you can jump from a platform into a gorgeous, crispy cool turquoise pool!

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Thrill Seeker
    • Family
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Wear closed-toe grip shoes because the trail to the lagoon can be slippery and has stones that can stub your toes.
    • Although the park and lagoon are on resort grounds, they are open to the public for a small(ish) entrance fee.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #6 of 53 things to do in Punta Cana
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Fun day 11/24/2019
    • Beautiful clear lagoons 11/24/2019
    • Reserva Ecologica Ojos Indigenas
    Address:
    Ave. Abraham Lincoln No. 960
    Punta Cana
    Dominican Republic
    Phone:
    +1 809-959-9221
    Price range:
    $50 - $50
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    8:30 AM - 4:30 PM
  • Hoyo Azul
    Bodies of Water
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    LilyGirma Says:

    The Hoyo Azul cenote is located inside Scape Park, an adventure park located in Cap Cana, on the southern tip of the Punta Cana coast. A 20-minute hike through the park, past an informative medicinal plant and orchid trail, takes you to this deep turquoise pool, which sits at the foot of 246-feet-high cliffs. There are steps where you can lower into the water slowly, or a wooden platform from which the more adventurous can jump into the deep waters.

    Good for
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Thrill Seeker
    • Family
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Go early in the morning to enjoy the water's deep blue color before the tour groups arrive.
    • Have lunch on site at Scape Park after your swim.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #5 of 53 things to do in Punta Cana
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Hoyo Azul 11/18/2019
    • Neat Place to Swim! 11/15/2019
    • Hoyo Azul
    Phone:
    +1 809-469-7484
    Other:
  • Little John
    Restaurants (Pizza, Caribbean, Bar, Seafood, International)
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    LilyGirma Says:

    On the southern tip of Cap Cana, diamond-white sands and impossibly thin and tall coconut trees give Juanillo Beach a dreamy feel. You'll find fewer people here because of the remote location, and that's exactly what makes it worth visiting. Sit at the Juanillo Beach Bar and enjoy a cold beer, cocktails, and a burger.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Must See
    • Beach Goer
    • Hidden Gems
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    Tips
    • Cover up in sunscreen; there isn't much shade on this beach.
    • Bring your camera, this stretch makes for stunning photos.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #0 of 0 restaurants in
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Great food on an incredibly gem of a beach! 11/09/2019
    • Ignorance 06/28/2019
    • Little John
    Address:
    Playa Juanillo, Cap Cana
    Cap Cana
    Punta Cana 00000
    Dominican Republic
    Phone:
    +1 809-469-7727
    Price range:
    $8 - $42
    Hours:
    Sun - Thu
    9:00 AM - 7:00 PM
    Fri - Sat
    9:00 AM - 11:00 PM
    Other:
  • Bavaro Beach
    Beaches
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    LilyGirma Says:

    A gorgeous sandy stretch facing a row of all-inclusive hotels, Bavaro Beach is just like the magical scenery you see on a dreamy Caribbean postcard. Soft white sand and crystal clear, perfectly refreshing yet warm, waters make this one of the most coveted beaches in the country.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Beach Goer
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • There is some nudity on Bavaro Beach, although it isn't legal. Prepare to see some bare chests and body parts!
    • Bavaro is only public up to a certain point (as long as you remain close to shore), but as most of the beach is occupied by all-inclusives, the only way to enjoy the whole stretch is to stay here!
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #2 of 53 things to do in Punta Cana
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Beautiful beach! 12/04/2019
    • Sea a little rough 12/03/2019
    • Bavaro Beach
  • ChocoMuseo Punta Cana
    Specialty Museums
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    LilyGirma Says:

    On a free guided tour of the Chocolate Museum in downtown Punta Cana, you can learn all about the making of cacao in the Dominican Republic. Following the 10-minute introduction, you'll sample various types of organic chocolate, as well as chocolate drinks. The Dominican Republic is one of the world's top 10 cacao producers, so it's worth a stop to find out why.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Shopping Fanatic
    • Family
    Tips
    • Take a few minutes to stroll over to the coffee and cigar shops, located within the same compound.
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #15 of 53 things to do in Punta Cana
    • Nice Tour 10/09/2019
    • Awesome place with great people. 08/14/2019
    • ChocoMuseo Punta Cana
    Address:
    Avenida Barcelo
    Edificio Mundo Aútentico
    Punta Cana
    Dominican Republic
    Phone:
    +1 809-466-1022
    Other:
  • Macao Beach
    Beaches
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    LilyGirma Says:

    Macao Beach is breathtaking, especially as you approach the top of the hill and get that initial glimpse of the deep blue ocean and those towering coconut trees. The serious wave action here, makes Macao a favorite among surfers and boogie boarders, and you can even rent equipment on site. The Atlantic Sea is a wonderfully cool temperature, and the beach is wide enough that you can easily find your own corner.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Must See
    • Beach Goer
    • Thrifty Traveler
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Thrill Seeker
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Swim close to shore and do not venture far; there are dangerous currents here.
    • For lunch, go Dominican style with some fresh fish at one of the beachfront restaurants.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #7 of 53 things to do in Punta Cana
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Lovely Beach 12/02/2019
    • A must see... 12/01/2019
    • Macao Beach
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    6:00 AM - 6:00 PM
  • Captain Cook Restaurant
    Restaurants (Caribbean, Seafood)
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    LilyGirma Says:

    Captain Cook Restaurant allows you to dine under the stars, your toes buried in sand. Here, you pick your fish, weigh it, and take a beachfront seat while your meal is prepared fresh. Located in Bavaro, in the local community of Cortecito, this local seafood restaurant attracts both Dominicans and tourists alike with its authentic fare and convivial atmosphere.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Beach Goer
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    Tips
    • Bring your bathing suit to enjoy the beach before or after your meal.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #0 of 0 restaurants in
    • Lovely location, the waves 11/06/2019
    • owner sold us on an excursion 11/06/2019
    • Captain Cook Restaurant
    Address:
    Av Valencia s/n
    Playa Cortecito
    Punta Cana 00000
    Dominican Republic
    Phone:
    +1 809-552-0645
    Price range:
    $20 - $45
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    12:00 PM - 12:00 AM
    Other:
  • Hard Rock Casino Punta Cana
    Casinos
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    LilyGirma Says:

    At 45,000 square feet, Hard Rock is the largest casino in the Dominican Republic. You'll find 40 unique game tables as well as more than 400 slots here, and when you're done, you can head over to the on-site Oro Nightclub.

    Good for
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Luxury Traveler
    • Nightlife Seeker
    Tips
    • Dance the night away at the popular on-site Oro Nightclub.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #3 of 53 things to do in Punta Cana
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Mr.cole 12/07/2019
    • Casino 12/06/2019
    • Hard Rock Casino Punta Cana
    Address:
    Blvd. Turistico del Este, km 28
    Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Punta Cana
    Punta Cana 23000
    Dominican Republic
    Phone:
    +1 809-731-0099 ext. 4750
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
    Other:
  • Coco Bongo Punta Cana
    Bars & Clubs
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    LilyGirma Says:

    The hottest show in Punta Cana is Coco Bongo, both a nightclub and a Vegas-style performance that begins at midnight and runs until the wee hours of the morning. Prepare to be stunned by non-stop entertainment — from the exhilarating lights and visual effects, to the performances of acrobats and dancers — upon entering this small but impressive club. Local drinks are all-inclusive, and there are tables available at an extra cost if you don't want to stand all night long.

    Good for
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Luxury Traveler
    • Trendsetter
    • Nightlife Seeker
    Tips
    • Wear comfortable shoes, as you might spend the whole night on your feet!
    • Dress to impress; this is one of the trendiest nightspots in Punta Cana.
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #2 of 49 Nightlife in Punta Cana
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • A fun night 12/02/2019
    • Night to Remember 12/01/2019
    • Coco Bongo Punta Cana
    Address:
    Carretera Barcelo-Veron
    Corner El Boulevard, Centro Comercial Downtown
    Punta Cana 23000
    Dominican Republic
    Phone:
    +1 809-466-1111
    Price range:
    $25 - $25
    Other:
  • Imagine Punta Cana Night Club
    Bars & Clubs, Dance Clubs & Discos
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    LilyGirma Says:

    Dancing inside a cave (where bats still roam) is a once-in-a-lifetime experience. That's what makes Imagine Disco a must-do for Punta Cana visitors. There are two separate chambers where DJs spin a variety of music, from techno to meringue to R&B. If you're in the mood to let loose and party all night with 20-somethings, this is a solid choice. It also makes for great photos!

    Good for
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Trendsetter
    • Nightlife Seeker
    Tips
    • Wear comfortable shoes to dance in this real cave.
    • If you're going to have more than two drinks, get an all-inclusive ticket.
    • The crowd arrives at 11pm.
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #6 of 49 Nightlife in Punta Cana
    • Mr W England 10/16/2019
    • Terrible 10/07/2019
    • Imagine Punta Cana Night Club
    Address:
    Av. Estados Unidos
    Carretera Coco Loco a Friusa
    Punta Cana 23100
    Dominican Republic
    Phone:
    +1 829-838-5346
    Price range:
    $20 - $20
    Hours:
    Fri - Sat
    11:00 PM - 3:00 AM
    Other:
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