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An outdoor adventure guide to Punta Cana
- Punta Cana Off-Road Dune Buggy Adventure and Amazing Water Cave1,740I brought the kids along for this adventure and it was a blast. Exploring on a dune buggy let us see the countryside in a fun and interactive way (versus from the inside of a tour bus). Plus, we were able to sample coffee (me) and chocolate (the kids) at a farm stop and meet plenty of locals. Another highlight: After muddy off-roading, we got to clean off with a swim in a river cave.
- Scape Park Full Day Punta Cana, Caribbean703When I’m exploring somewhere new, it’s nice to have multiple activities in one place for one-stop-adventure-shopping. Scape Park is ideal for a day out since it has a zipline, caves to check out, and cool cenotes for swimming—meaning I can explore both on land and in the water all in one location. Bliss.
- Bavaro Adventure Park1,984I’ve done so many ropes courses on my trips over the years I can’t keep track anymore. But Bavaro Adventure Park really stands out for its challenging climbing workout that rewards determination with amazing tropical scenery. (Note: You’re probably going to skip this one if you don’t like heights.)
- Macao Surf Camp802Surfing is not something I’m especially good at, but I like to give it a go when I’m in Punta Cana. At Macao Surf Camp, the warm water, light currents, and attentive instructors all made it seem perfectly okay when I fell off the board (which happened a lot). If you manage to stand up (even for a few seconds), you’ll be rewarded with action shots taken by staff photographers.
- Horseback Riding on a Punta Cana Beach539Sure, horseback riding in general is a super fun vacay activity, and riding on the sand is always memorable. But lean in and I’ll tell you a secret: A ride along the stunning Punta Cana coastline, on horseback, at sunset, with your partner, is the epitome of a romantic vacation. Trust me on this one.
- Small-Group Cruising and Snorkeling Catamaran Tour1,678I love being in the water, so anytime I can do a snorkel cruise, I’m in. This catamaran tour to Cabeza de Toro Natural Reserve is a favorite. After getting your fill of the technicolor marine life and coral below, you get unlimited drinks and net hammocks for relaxing back on the boat.
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Adventures above and below sea
Lace up your hiking boots
Don’t forget your clubs
Drinks with a view
No sun, no problem
On a budget
Beaches for days
Live like a local
Beyond the resort
Travelers' pro tips for experiencing Punta Cana
In the words of those who've been there before ...
What is the best way to get there?
Most travelers fly into Punta Cana International Airport, where shuttle buses and taxis will take you into the city. It’s also possible to arrive at La Romana airport, about 45 minutes away.
Do I need a visa?
If you’re visiting Punta Cana from overseas, use the government’s Visa Wizard to see if you need a visa.
When is the best time to visit?
Summertime is peak season in the Dominican Republic, when the warm waters are ideal for swimming and daily temperatures often hit 86°F (30°C). To avoid the crowds, plan your trip for the shoulder months of April or May. Temperatures are pretty consistent year-round, but be aware that June to November is hurricane season.
Punta Cana is easy to get around on foot and most hotels are within walking distance of the beach.
Taxis and motoconchos (motorcycle taxis) are easy to find, but be sure to agree on a fare before you set off. Flagging down a taxi on the street or walking to a local taxi stand away from your resort will probably get you the best price.
Although Uber and Cabify are available in some Dominican Republic cities, they are not currently available in Punta Cana.
Are there local customs I should know?
- Punta Cana is known for some of its popular attractions, which include:
- We recommend checking out these popular tours when looking for something to do in Punta Cana:
- If you're a more budget-conscious traveler, then you may want to consider traveling to Punta Cana between September and November, when hotel prices are generally the lowest. Peak hotel prices generally start between December and February.