Punta Cana

Travel Guide
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

Grand Bavaro Princess - All Inclusive
Grand Bavaro Princess - All Inclusive
4.5 out of 5
Playas De Bavaro, Punta Cana, La Altagracia
The price is $239 per night from Jan 16 to Jan 17
Nestled on the beach, this Punta Cana property is within 3 mi (5 km) of Cortecito Beach, Casino Diamante Punta Cana Grand, and Arena Gorda Beach. Los Corales ...
4.1/5 Very Good! (660 reviews)
"Property was very clean."

Reviewed on Jan 2, 2022

Grand Bavaro Princess - All Inclusive
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 $245 per night from Jan 12 to Jan 13
Nestled on the beach, this Punta Cana property is within 1 mi (2 km) of Bavaro Lagoon and Cabeza de Toro Beach. Downtown Punta Cana and San Juan Shopping Center ...
4.2/5 Very Good! (840 reviews)
"This is a newer property in the DR and it was very good. There are a few things they can do better and some things that are excellent. The main reason I didn't give 5 stars is the food. It's OK and I understand it can be challenging to prepare so much food for the number of guests, but the quality ..."

Reviewed on Jan 2, 2022

Serenade Punta Cana Beach & Spa Resort - All Inclusive
Nickelodeon Hotels & Resorts Punta Cana, Gourmet All Inclusive by Karisma
Nickelodeon Hotels & Resorts Punta Cana, Gourmet All Inclusive by Karisma
5 out of 5
Uvero Alto, Punta Cana
The price is $415 per night from Jan 6 to Jan 7
This Uvero Alto property is on the beach, 5.5 mi (8.8 km) from Macao Beach, and within 12 mi (20 km) of Hard Rock Golf Club at Cana Bay and Arena Gorda Beach. ...
4.1/5 Very Good! (814 reviews)
"Great for families. Had a good time"

Reviewed on Dec 31, 2021

Nickelodeon Hotels & Resorts Punta Cana, Gourmet All Inclusive by Karisma
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.
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 $113 per night from Jan 10 to Jan 11
Nestled on the beach, this Punta Cana villa is within 2 mi (3 km) of Los Corales Beach, Cortecito Beach, and Palma Real Shopping Village. Bavaro Beach is 2.7 ...
4.4/5 Wonderful! (9 reviews)
"Puntacana is wonderful experience! Villa is good !!"

Reviewed on Aug 16, 2021

Villas Bavaro Beach Club & Spa
Los Corales Tropical Beach Resort & SPA
Los Corales Tropical Beach Resort & SPA
4 out of 5
Calle Residencial Los Corales, Punta Cana, La Altagracia
The price is $180 per night from Jan 10 to Jan 11
Located in Punta Cana, this beachfront villa is next to a golf course and within 2 mi (3 km) of Los Corales Beach, Cortecito Beach, and Palma Real Shopping Village. ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (135 reviews)
"Beautiful surroundings with well done maintenance."

Reviewed on Nov 23, 2021

Los Corales Tropical Beach Resort & SPA
White Sands Beach
White Sands Beach
3.5 out of 5
Calle Italia, Punta Cana, La Altagracia
The price is $195 per night from Jan 6 to Jan 7
Situated in Punta Cana, this spa apartment building is 0.9 mi (1.4 km) from White Sands Golf Course and within 3 mi (5 km) of Arena Gorda Beach and Casino Diamante ...
White Sands Beach
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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