Overview Punta Cana

Visiting Punta Cana

Nestled on the far eastern shore of the Dominican Republic, Punta Cana is the nation’s premiere resort area and it’s not hard to see why. With stunning beaches, warm blue waters and world-class golf courses, Punta Cana has been a popular destination since the 1970s.

Resorts are king here, and some of the best line the city’s greatest beach, Playa Bavaro. This stretch of powder soft white sand and turquoise blue water is home to a host of watersports, and lined with plenty of restaurants and shops.

The warm Caribbean waters around Punta Cana are home to a wide variety of tropical fish and aquatic wildlife, which congregate around its numerous coral reefs. A robust tour boat industry caters to sea-bound tourists, with outfits like Aquatours and Tropical Storm Bavaro Cruises as popular options.

Punta Cana’s beautiful landscape and traditional way of life can best be experienced with one of the area’s popular tour... Read More
Nestled on the far eastern shore of the Dominican Republic, Punta Cana is the nation’s premiere resort area and it’s not hard to see why. With stunning beaches, warm blue waters and world-class golf courses, Punta Cana has been a popular destination since the 1970s.

Resorts are king here, and some of the best line the city’s greatest beach, Playa Bavaro. This stretch of powder soft white sand and turquoise blue water is home to a host of watersports, and lined with plenty of restaurants and shops.

The warm Caribbean waters around Punta Cana are home to a wide variety of tropical fish and aquatic wildlife, which congregate around its numerous coral reefs. A robust tour boat industry caters to sea-bound tourists, with outfits like Aquatours and Tropical Storm Bavaro Cruises as popular options.

Punta Cana’s beautiful landscape and traditional way of life can best be experienced with one of the area’s popular tour companies like the Bavaro Runners Tour, a full-day expedition into the jungles of Punta Cana, where visitors can visit a working sugar cane factory, or enjoy local fruits on traditional small family farms.

Since the early 1990s, Punta Cana has become a golfer’s mecca, with 12 professional quality golf courses inside its limits. Courses like La Cana and Punta Blanca are sure not to disappoint, but the city’s golf gem is surely the oceanside Punta Espada Golf Course, a Jack Nicklaus Signature Course ranked in the top fifty courses in the world. Pack your clubs!

So once you’ve booked your flight and found the right resort, peruse our pages and create an itinerary inspired by fellow travelers who’ve buried their toes at Playa Bavaro. See you on the beach!    Close

Stories and Tips Punta Cana

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First Impressions of RIU Palace Punta Cana

Written by Cantin2 on 23 Feb, 2007

We love Punta Cana for its beaches and all inclusive is the "way to go" because this area was developed for tourists - there is no quaint colonial town or small fishing village to spend your days shopping or evenings exploring. Arrival in Punta Cana…Read More


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Dining Options at Riu Palace

Written by Cantin2 on 23 Feb, 2007

Dining at Riu Palace does not fit into the 5* category. The food is not bad or inedible, it's just that the preparation and presentation are not appealing especially to Americans. Food is plentiful but repetitious. Cuts of meat are not as in the US…Read More


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Beaches and Pools at RIU Palace Punta Cana

Written by Cantin2 on 16 Feb, 2007

The beach and pools at RIU Palace are spectacular. As you walk from the main building toward the beach - the tiled walkway lined with tall palms and manicured lawns leads you past five fountain pools - the sound from the splashing water is calming…Read More


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Rooms at RIU Palace Punta Cana

Written by Cantin2 on 15 Feb, 2007

All rooms at the RIU Palace Punta Cana are junior suites - the resort has 7 four-story buildings in the shape of a horseshoe overlooking pools and fountains. The architecture is "palatial" - All rooms have balconies with padded chairs, a small table and a…Read More


Punta Cana....It's so Relaxing

Written by ChristeenMarie on 19 Jan, 2006

I went to a resort called "The Cocotal" in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic. It was well off the beaten path, yet had everything right there that I needed. However, this journal is not really about the Resort....I was more amazed at the island itself. I…Read More


Secrets Excellence

Written by jcurtner on 04 May, 2004

I am writing to attempt to put into words something that has so far, since our return, been nearly impossible to convey to all the people I have spoken with. My wife and I returned last week from our first visit to the Dominican Republic…Read More


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Flying into the DR - A three hour tour?

Written by Kim M. on 16 Apr, 2003

The flight to Punta Cana from Baltimore took about 3.5 hours. We departed BWI early, a little before 8:30am and had a very nice flight. This trip package, booked through Apple Vacations, included a round-trip charter flight on USA 3000 airlines. The A320 aircraft was…Read More


A few tips to enhance your stay

Written by Cantin2 on 16 Aug, 2003

1. Don't bother to fill out the immigration forms at the airport -- they don't care about them, so just go to the head of the line. 2. Don't forget sunscreen and bug repellent with at least 20% DEET -- Off Deep Woods is good (you…Read More


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The People of Dominican Republic

Written by PazMundo on 14 Nov, 2002

Who are they? They are children, parents, grandparents, and great-grandparents. They live in the country and they live in the city. We visited a "typical" Dominican house on our Jungle tour, and saw how the people live. Of course, we don't know how authentic these…Read More


Paradisus/Melia Vacation Club timeshare

Written by voyageuse on 24 Sep, 2003

THE UNITS: The resort consists of 29 bungalow style buildings containing over 400 rooms, of which only 4 bungalows were timeshare the rest is hotel. The units are very nice. Our unit #2013 Ocean front 2nd floor (top floor) was a junior suite which is like…Read More


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