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Things to Do in Punta Cana - Excursions, Tours, Sightseeing, and More

Everything You Need to Know to Make the Most of Your Punta Cana Vacation

There are so many things to do in Punta Cana that you will quickly realize why the region is so popular with tourists from all over the world. Punta Cana has something for everyone, whether you’re traveling with your family or looking for a relaxing getaway with your significant other; this is one city that caters to all tastes and completely lives up to its reputation. As soon as you arrive at your resort, you will realize that this is a place to relax, rejuvenate, and unwind. The beaches are beautiful and expansive, the ocean is clear, and there is plenty to keep you entertained while on vacation.

So, in order to help you make the most of your trip to Punta Cana, we’ve compiled list of the best things to do in Punta Cana.

Waterfall at Scape Park
Hoyo Azul at Scape Park
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Scape Park is located in Punta Cana and was designed with the goal of providing visitors with a one-of-a-kind experience. This natural theme park not only has some of the most spectacular views, but it also has a variety of other attractions, such as zip-lining, semi-natural waterfalls, and Hoyo Azul, a natural sinkhole or cenote.

Tips for visiting Scape Park:

Bring water shoes, comfortable clothing, a bathing suit, and cash or a credit card for food, drinks, souvenirs, and photos.

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This ATV tour in Punta Cana takes you deep into the jungle before stopping at the top of a hill to admire the view of the mountains, a river, and the plains below. You’ll also have the opportunity to drive through the river, swim, and explore a secluded beach with no resorts nearby.

One of the best ways to see Punta Cana is by ATV. It not only allows you to get off the beaten path, but it also allows you to truly experience what life is like in the Dominican Republic. This all-inclusive ATV tour will provide you with a relaxing ATV ride as well as a rough and tumble experience.

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The Saona Island Excursion is an exciting way to spend the day, as it takes you to a lush, untouched environment where you can experience nature at its best. Saona Island or Island Saona is located off the Dominican Republic’s southeastern tip and is part of the East National Park. Turtles and starfish can be found in the island’s shallow waters. One of Saona Island’s main attractions is the Sandbank or Natural Pool.

If you are planning a trip to Punta Cana, you should include Saona Island, also known as Isla Saona, on your itinerary.

ojos indigenas punta cana
Ojos Indigenas Ecological Reserve
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The Grupo Puntacana Foundation owns and operates the Indigenous Eyes Ecological Park and Reserve, which is a private protected area. The reserve, which consists of lowland subtropical forest, covers 1,500 acres of land dedicated to conservation, scientific research, and recreation. The Ecological Park contains a number of exhibits that describe the island’s cultural and natural history.

If you want to spend a day of recreation and also learn about nature and history, this is a great place for you. The kids will love it too!

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Monkeyland Punta Cana provides a one-of-a-kind and exciting experience in which you can explore the jungle’s hidden treasures while interacting with beautiful and playful squirrel monkeys. You can feed them fruit and vegetables here before proceeding to an authentic Dominican house where you will learn about life in this fascinating country from the locals.

If you’re looking for a one-of-a-kind adventure, you should go to Monkeyland Punta Cana.

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Horseback riding on the beach is a simple way to get away from the hustle and bustle of the resorts and take a break from your vacation routine. The sunset horseback riding tour is ideal for couples and small groups and is a must-do for animal and nature enthusiasts as well as adventure seekers.

As a result, we recommend Sunset Horseback Riding Tour in Punta Cana.

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Embark on a four-hour adventure aboard the Punta Cana Catamaran, where you’ll be able to take in breathtaking views of white sandy beaches with pool-like sandbars and sprawling palm trees while listening to great music and snorkeling to your heart’s content.

The Punta Cana Party Boat Tour takes you along the coast of Bavaro Beach and picks you up at your hotel and takes you to a natural pool with an open bar, swim up bar and great views.

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This full-day tour of the Americas’ oldest colonial city will take you to the city’s most important sites. See the tranquil Ozama River banks and learn about Santo Domingo’s role in early colonial history. We’ll lead you through winding medieval streets to see historic monuments and buildings associated with local cultural traditions.

Santo Domingo is a must-see for history buffs. Experience the culture and monuments of the Americas’ first city during this guided tour.

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Altos de Chavón is a popular tourist destination in La Romana (about 45 minutes away from Punta Cana. It is the city’s most popular attraction and is a recreation of a 16th century Mediterranean-style village perched atop the Chavón River. There is a cultural center, an archeological museum, and an amphitheater.

Head over to Altos de Chavon for a relaxing visit!

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You’ll learn about the Dominican Republic’s history, visit typical Dominican villages and schools, and interact with the locals. You’ll discover why they brought sugar cane culture to the island and take a tour of rice and sugar cane plantations. You’ll see how they extracted sugar cane syrup with a “trapiche” – an ox-drawn wheel grinder. The tour includes a ride in our truck up the Anamuya mountain to see rural life.

In addition to touring the streets, we will pay a visit to the Basilica of La Altagracia, the country’s largest and most important church.

Bavaro Lagoon in Punta Cana
Bavaro Lagoon in Punta Cana
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Punta Cana’s Bavaro lagoon is a stunningly beautiful area. Kayaking, fishing, hiking, boating, and bird watching through a mangrove tunnel are just a few of the activities available on the Laguna de Bávaro. The protected lagoon, which can be reached from the Cabeza de Toro area, is three square kilometers (1.15 square miles) in size and is home to reptiles and flora. This unique wildlife refuge is only minutes away from Punta Cana’s resorts and is ideal for some eco-tourism activities away from the beach.

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Discover Dominican culture while riding through lush forests and swimming in a popular cenote. Prepare for a real-life adventure as we offer an expertly curated route and something interesting every step of the way; The off-road ATV tour has something different every step of the way, so anyone with a sense of adventure should give it a try.

The Adventure Dune buggy tour in is a memorable off-road ATV tour departing from all resorts in Punta Cana.

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Cruise along the Dominican Republic’s coast to Catalina Island. You will have the opportunity to explore ‘the Wall,’ the island’s well-known snorkeling location. You’ll swim with exotic fish and visit the island’s well-known snorkeling spot. This activity also takes you ashore to enjoy a traditional Dominican lunch prepared on the beach.

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Fly through the canopy of the rain forest on some of the Caribbean’s longest ziplines. Cross the forest from platform to platform using 12 cables that are set side by side so that you can zip with a partner. Along the way, keep an eye out for tropical forest flora and fauna.

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Visit Juanillo Beach in Cap Cana

Juanillo Beach is one of the most picturesque and lovely beaches in the tourist region of Punta Cana. The water is shallow and calm, ideal for swimming but also paddle boarding. Juanillo has two personalities: relaxed and mellow during the week and lively on Saturdays and Sundays with live music for the entire family to enjoy.

You will also get a chance to enjoy from the beautiful turquoise waters, as well as the great restaurants and bars. It’s like a dreamland for vacationers.

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A day trip to Los Haitises National Park is ideal for nature lovers and first-time visitors. On an ecotourism excursion from Punta Cana, you can learn about Dominican culture, enjoy a perfect balance of adventure and relaxation, and explore beautiful limestone caves. You’ll also visit Montana Redonda, which is 1,000 feet above sea level. You’ll be able to enjoy a breathtaking 360-degree panoramic view that will leave you speechless.

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Take off to new heights with a parasailing trip, where you’ll experience the thrill of flight while viewing the white sand beaches and turquoise ocean from above. Parasailing in Punta Cana is an incredible trip in the sky with the experience of parasailing: a parachute is tied to a boat and whips you up in the air over Punta Cana’s turquoise waters.

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This experience allows you to explore the eastern coast of Punta Cana at your own pace while driving your own speedboat. GetYou’ll get in your speedboat and head to Punta Cana’s east coast to explore the virgin beaches and magnificent hotels that continue to dazzle lucky tourists year after year.

You’ll then a break from speeding along the coast to dive into the clear blue waters and marvel at the stunning fish swimming among the rainbow-colored corals.

Jellyfish Punta Cana
Jellyfish Punta Cana
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Have dinner at Jelly Fish Restaurant

The elegant space and exquisitely prepared dishes at Jellyfish Restaurant in Punta Cana will delight your senses. The setting of this upscale restaurant is the star of the show. It has a view of the ocean, which provides not only soothing sounds but also a lovely backdrop for the food on your plate.

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Have you ever wished you could be a pirate? Who doesn’t, I mean, who doesn’t? And now for the next best thing: But be cautious! Rogue pirates may obstruct your search for the map.
This tour lasts approximately 3 and a half hours of nonstop fun and one-of-a-kind activities. Reefs, beaches, vibrant fish, sharks, rays, and renegade pirates will serve as the backdrop and main characters for an exciting story.

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Punta Cana has some of the best beaches in the Dominican Republic. One of our personal favorites is Macao Beach. If you’re looking for a place to unwind and feel like you’re in a tropical paradise, look no further than here.

Macao Beach is a popular tourist destination due to its clear blue waters and white sands, as well as those seeking adventure due to its popularity among buggy and 4 wheel riders, as well as surfers, due to its great waves and beautiful beach.

Spend some time relaxing on one of the many beach lounge chairs and taking in your surroundings from what feels like another world! There is nothing more soothing.

Well, now you know what to do in Punta Cana

Of course, there are plenty of other things to do in Punta Cana besides the ones listed here. The most important thing to remember when visiting this beautiful vacation spot is that there is so much to do. That is why it is critical to plan your time wisely—you never know what else you might discover!
 
Any visitor will tell you that a trip to Punta Cana is one they will never forget.
 
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