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Guide to Punta Cana for Families

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Punta Cana is a perfect beach destination for families. Offering attractions such as dolphin encounters, buggy rides, and dinner on a pirate ship; there are no shortage of fun ideas to add to your family's itinerary. So read on and start planning!

Good for
  • Family
  • History Buff
  • Thrill Seeker
  • Shopping Fanatic
  • Art and Architecture Lover
  • Nature Lover
  • Foodie
  • Peace and Quiet Seeker
  • LGBT
  • Beach Goer
  • Luxury Traveler
  • Thrifty Traveler
  • Trendsetter
  • Like a Local

10 Places

3 City Tips

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10 Places

Manati Park Bavaro

Theme Parks

Indigenous Eyes Ecological Park & Reserve

Nature & Wildlife Areas, Parks

Sirenis Aquagames Punta Cana

Water Parks

Hoyo Azul

Bodies of Water

Caribbean Pirates by OCEAN ADVENTURES

Performances

El Churro Charro

Restaurants

Fun-Buggy

Cultural Tours, 4WD, ATV & Off-Road Tours, Private Tours, Sightseeing Tours, Day Trips

Little John

Restaurants

Macao Surf Camp

Surfing, Windsurfing & Kitesurfing

Bavaro Beach

Beaches

Angela A's City Tips

  • Consider an "all inclusive" package that may include your hotel, airfare, meals, and transportation.
  • The temperature is an average of 86 degrees; remember to stay hydrated so that the fun can go on!
  • When outdoors, always be sure to wear sunscreen and insect repellent.
  • Manati Park Bavaro
    Theme Parks
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    Angela A Says:

    Manati Park is somewhere you will not want to miss on your family vacation in Punta Cana. The park gives you the opportunity to meet dolphins, watch thrilling shows, and to take plenty of photos to capture the memories.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Beach Goer
    • Luxury Traveler
    • Trendsetter
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Thrill Seeker
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Book your dolphin excursions in advance to avoid disappointment.
    • Don't forget that insect repellent! Bugs love the lush vegetation here.
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #18 of 45 things to do in Punta Cana
    • Best Excursion!! 10/05/2018
    • Awesome family trip 10/03/2018
    • Manati Park Bavaro
    Address:
    Ctra. Manati, s/n
    Punta Cana
    Dominican Republic
    Phone:
    +1 809-221-9444
    Price range:
    $35 - $35
    Other:
  • Indigenous Eyes Ecological Park & Reserve
    Nature & Wildlife Areas, Parks
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    Angela A Says:

    This ecological park's meandering trails lead to a petting zoo, animal interactions, and all sorts of fun adventures! There are twelve lagoons to explore.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Beach Goer
    • Trendsetter
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Don't miss the cultural attractions, like the sugar cane exhibition.
    • As you may find yourself walking a lot here, be sure to keep hydrated.
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #5 of 45 things to do in Punta Cana
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Neat to do but not a must 10/17/2018
    • Great morning excursion 10/13/2018
    • Indigenous Eyes Ecological Park & Reserve
    Address:
    Ave. Abraham Lincoln No. 960
    Punta Cana
    Dominican Republic
    Phone:
    +1 809-959-9221
    Other:
  • Sirenis Aquagames Punta Cana
    Water Parks
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    Angela A Says:

    Aquagames covers 12,000 square meters and attracts families of all ages, offering twisting slides, a children's play area, and all forms of geysers, sprays, and wet fun!

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Beach Goer
    • Thrifty Traveler
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Thrill Seeker
    • Senior
    • Family
    Tips
    • There is an on-site restaurant offering pizza, hamburgers, and snacks for hungry kids.
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #13 of 45 things to do in Punta Cana
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Water area closed? 08/27/2018
    • Member of sirenis: Never coming back! 08/08/2018
    • Sirenis Aquagames Punta Cana
    Address:
    Playas de Uvero Alto
    Punta Cana J9X 3H4
    Dominican Republic
    Phone:
    +1 809-688-6490
    Other:
  • Hoyo Azul
    Bodies of Water
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    Angela A Says:

    Hoyo Azul is what is commonly called a 'blue hole;' a lagoon of clear, blue water that is formed beneath the surface, like a hole. Families can climb down steps to reach the cool, relaxing waters.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Like a Local
    • History Buff
    • Thrill Seeker
    • Nature Lover
    • Beach Goer
    • Luxury Traveler
    • Trendsetter
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    Tips
    • The water will seem pretty cold at first, so just allow your body to adjust accordingly.
    • Be mindful of wet steps, which can be slippery.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #2 of 45 things to do in Punta Cana
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Great Excursion 10/11/2018
    • Unique and refreshing 09/29/2018
    • Hoyo Azul
    Phone:
    +1 809-469-7484
    Other:
  • Caribbean Pirates by OCEAN ADVENTURES
    Performances
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    Angela A Says:

    This family-friendly dinner show is packed full of surprises! While many pirate ship excursions are more of a 'booze cruise,' the Caribbean Buccaneers is sure to involve the entire family in an evening of clean-cut fun!

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Must See
    • Beach Goer
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Thrill Seeker
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Nightlife Seeker
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • A buffet dinner is included in your ticket price.
    • Ask at your hotel about transportation.
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #1 of 2 Concerts & Shows in Bavaro
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Kids are in love with this show 10/01/2018
    • Best day of holiday so far!!! 09/25/2018
    • Caribbean Pirates by OCEAN ADVENTURES
    Address:
    Calle Mare
    Bavaro, Punta Cana 23000
    Dominican Republic
    Phone:
    +1 809-390-7418
    Hours:
    Mon
    9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    12:30 PM - 3:30 PM
    Wed
    9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    Wed - Thu
    12:30 PM - 3:30 PM
    Sat
    9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    12:30 PM - 3:30 PM
    Other:
  • El Churro Charro
    Restaurants (Spanish)
    Angela A Says:

    El Churro Charro offers many different flavors of crisp, delicious churros. As kids love this finger-friendly food, this is an excellent place to stop by for a snack.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Must See
    • Thrifty Traveler
    • Trendsetter
    • Hidden Gems
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    Tips
    • This is close to San Juan Shopping Center, in case you'd like to stop in for souvenirs or things you may have forgotten at home.
    • You must try the Oreo Churros!
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #0 of 0 restaurants in
    • Yummy churros after eating at the restaurant (El Burrito) 08/02/2017
    • Sweet!!! 08/29/2016
    Address:
    San Juan Shopping center local K8
    carretera Barcelo km 9 frente cruce coco loco,
    Punta Cana
    Dominican Republic
    Phone:
    +1 809-466-2030
    Price range:
    $3 - $6
    Other:
  • Fun-Buggy
    Cultural Tours, 4WD, ATV & Off-Road Tours, Private Tours, Sightseeing Tours, Day Trips
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    Angela A Says:

    If you want an adrenaline-pumping experience that the whole family can do, try Fun-Buggy. You will explore Punta Cana in a group, so it's both exhilarating and safe!

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Beach Goer
    • Luxury Traveler
    • Trendsetter
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Thrill Seeker
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • You should book in advance (several weeks before) to be sure that there is space.
    • The driver must be at least 18 years of age.
    Plan to stay:
    More than 3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #11 of 80 Outdoor Activities in Bavaro
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Kurt’s Funbuggy 10/06/2018
    • A Different Great! 09/23/2018
    • Fun-Buggy
    Address:
    Avenida Barcelo
    backroad oposit Atlantic Tire
    Bavaro, Punta Cana 23000
    Dominican Republic
    Phone:
    +1 809-299-0428
    Price range:
    $85 - $85
    Hours:
    Mon - Sat
    6:00 AM - 7:00 PM
    Other:
  • Little John
    Restaurants (Pizza, Caribbean, Bar, Seafood, International)
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    Angela A Says:

    Juanillo Beach is a Punta Cana favorite, and families just love it! There are boats and kayaks to rent, as well as a restaurant that serves delicious kid-friendly food.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Like a Local
    • Nature Lover
    • Foodie
    • Beach Goer
    • Luxury Traveler
    • Thrifty Traveler
    • Trendsetter
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    Tips
    • This beach has gentle waves, making it perfect for children.
    • The water is very clear, so snorkeling is a must.
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #0 of 0 restaurants in
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Good but not the best. 09/27/2018
    • Amazing! 09/25/2018
    • 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:
  • Macao Surf Camp
    Surfing, Windsurfing & Kitesurfing
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    Angela A Says:

    Macao Surf Camp offers group and private lessons for all levels but specializes in lessons for beginners, making it a perfect place to introduce the kids to surfing. This is an excellent family adventure that everyone can participate in, and it is right on Macao Beach.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Like a Local
    • Thrill Seeker
    • Nature Lover
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Beach Goer
    • Luxury Traveler
    • Trendsetter
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    Tips
    • Board rental is available — and the staff will assist you with choosing your boards.
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #15 of 171 Boat Tours & Water Sports in Punta Cana
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Greatest Excursion Ever 08/29/2018
    • Dont waste your money 08/21/2018
    • Macao Surf Camp
    Address:
    Macao Beach
    Bavaro
    Punta Cana
    Dominican Republic
    Phone:
    +1 809-430-9017
    Other:
  • Bavaro Beach
    Beaches
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    Angela A Says:

    Bavaro Beach is protected by an offshore reef, so it's perfect for safe paddling and swimming! This beach is also just steps away from shopping, dining, and accommodation options.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Like a Local
    • Thrill Seeker
    • Shopping Fanatic
    • Nightlife Seeker
    • Nature Lover
    • Foodie
    • Beach Goer
    • Luxury Traveler
    • Thrifty Traveler
    • Trendsetter
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    Tips
    • I recommend you arrive early, as Bavaro Beach can get pretty crowded.
    • You can go parasailing or rent boats right off the beach!
    Plan to stay:
    More than 3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #1 of 12 things to do in Bavaro
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Amazing 10/18/2018
    • Nice beaches 10/17/2018
    • Bavaro Beach
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