About Punta Cana
Punta Cana is known the world over for stunning beaches, upscale hotels, romantic settings, and amazing golf courses. The East Coast beaches of the Dominican Republic's Altagracia province have consistently been ranked as some of the world's best by those who have visited them.
How to get here
The best airport to land at is the Punta Cana International Airport (PUJ), a 10 to 40 minute drive from East Coast hotels. This airport offers scheduled services all the major cities around the world. Punta Cana's airport is the leading point of entry in number of arriving passengers in the Dominican Republic. In the Caribbean, Punta Cana International Airport is the third busiest airport.
The beach may be the foremost reason to visit Punta Cana, but golf comes a closed second - the Dominican Republic has more courses than any other Caribbean destination and some of the best are located exactly here.
Check out our list of noteworthy Punta Cana attractions and places to see:
Beach and Water Sports
Punta Cana region encompasses several areas along the east coast: Bavaro, El Cortecito, Cabeza de Toro and Juanillo Beach. The most popular sports are sailing, surfing, snorkeling and scuba diving.
Punta Cana is a true paradise for golfers. Top-nudge courses designed by big names like Jack Nicklaus and Pete Dye beckon with perfectly manicure greens, challenging fairways and gorgeous surroundings.
1. Punta Cana Ecological Reserve
The privately run 1500-acre Punta Cana Ecological Park protects coastal and inland habitats around 80 species of birds live here, along with more than 500 types of plants. Within the park is the Indigenous Eyes Ecological Park, named for the crystal clear fresh water lagoons that run underground.
2. Manati Park
You’ll have the chance to swim with the dolphins, watch a sea lion show, witness Taino dancing or see performing parrots. Manati Park is a family-friendly theme park that also has inside dinning and souvenir shop.
The marine life of the Dominican Republic’s prized offshore reefs is preserved and exhibited at the Marinarium Marine Park.
4. Saona Island
The national park-protected Saona Island (or Islas Saona) lies just of the southern coast of the Dominican Republic. It’s an ideal beach getaway for a day’s excursion by catamaran.
5. Parque Nacional del Este.
The sandy beaches of Saona Island are a highlight of a visit to Parque Nacional del Este, along with the tropical moist forest and limestone landscape of the mainland.