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Things to do in Punta Cana

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Punta Cana Attractions and things to do in Punta Cana

The Dominican Republic has been a firm favourite Caribbean destination for British holidaymakers who are seeking excellent value for money and a cheaper all inclusive holiday. The island has two main tourist airports which are Puerto Plata that serves the north of the island including the resorts of Cabarete, Cofresi, Playa Dorada, Puerto Plata, Rio San Juan, Samana and Sousa plus Punta Cana in the south which services the more upmarket resorts of Bavaro, Bayahibe, Boca Chico, Juan Dolio, Punta Cana and Uvero Alto.


Blessed with a year round tropical climate with average temperatures of 25c the Dominican Republic really has something for everyone. The north of the island is better for windsurfing but on every major beach you will find a wide range of watersports on offer. For those that love waterparks then a day spent at the Columbus Aquapark which is close to Sosua should fit the bill. If you ever tire of the great beaches then a trip inland will show you the real Dominican with fields full of sugar cane, coffee and cocoa beans.

Shopping

Shopping opportunities in Punta Cana are plentiful and range from local markets and handicrafts, to large shopping centers containing many popular fashion boutiques. Punta Cana's markets are often the best places to find genuine bargains and inexpensive shopping, with many markets in Punta Cana offering a good selection of gift ideas, together with tasty produce, hot snacks and local specialities. Most shops are open from 9am to 7pm, but the smaller independent shops will close down a few hours in the middle of the day on an irregular schedule. In the more touristy areas, you will find some shops that stay open until 10pm.

Nightlife

The great thing about the Punta Cana area of the DR is that many of the all-inclusive hotels provide their own entertainment. For those that are true night birds then you won’t be disappointed. Check out the Imagine Punta Cana Disco which is said to be the best outside of Vegas or there’s also the Mango Disco Bavaro said to be one of the most popular nightclubs in Punta Cana.

Head to the beach

Punta Cana has 10 different beaches, many of them wide and all boasting clean white or golden yellow sands. Bavaro Beach is one of the most developed beach sections and often crowded, Bavaro remains a striking palm-lined stretch despite the hotels, restaurants and gift shops occupying it. Walk the beach to book activities from parasailing to speed boats. Uvero Alto Beach will appeal to any tourist who is looking for a more tranquil beach.

Attractions

There is plenty to see and do whilst in Punta Cana and we have listed a few ideas below. Several of these attractions can be booked at discounted rates to our customers who use our holidays search option. If you're only booking the hotel with us then most attractions can be booked from your hotel or via a local agency but the cost may be higher


Dolphin Explorer - Aquatic Animals Adventure Park Come to Dolphin Explorer and enter in a beautiful and unique tropical environment, where you will discover that contact and swimming with dolphins in natural surroundings, will definitely invoke your explorer spirit. The Ticket only option allows to stroll around at your own pace or to accompany your loved ones that take on one of our attractive dolphin packages: In the Funtastic program you’ll be greeted with a dolphin “pec shake” and it will not take long before you will be able to experience the magic of a dolphin kiss… Or prepare yourself for the adventure and to hold hands with the dolphin through the Dolphin Explorer Program, which will take you for a journey that was once every kid’s dream. Through the Excellence program, immerse yourself in the aquatic world of dolphins. Live the adrenaline filled experience that up to now was reserved only for the trainers, live ''Excellence''. And in the Extreme Program customers will have the opportunity to turn into Extreme explorers by taking part in 3 amazing adventures: swim with the dolphins, play with the cute fur seals and snorkel in the huge facilities with the sharks and sting rays. The Sea Explorer program offers you the unique opportunity to join the dolphins in their underwater world. Relax in a comfortable customized dive helmet, breathing freely, as you enjoy fun games with these marvellous friends. On this program you also enjoy 20 minutes of surface interaction with these amazing mammals. During the Romance Program: feel the power of romance and let us spoil you in this amazing Dolphin Swim programme especially designed for couples, whether a family member, close friend or loved one. Surround yourself with positive energy and let your senses enjoy this great experience with the dolphins in a very private and personal way. You will be kissing, dancing, swimming and learning from these wonderful animals. Enjoying a wonderful beach-set lunch, tasting a bottle of champagne or a bottle of wine will definitely be the perfect ending for such an emotional programme.


Nature reserve cruise Have a memorable afternoon out at the Cabeza de Toro Nature Reserve. Swim and snorkel with sharks and stingrays and get to meet the cute fur seals. Enjoy a cruise along the unspoilt coast at the easternmost tip of the Dominican Republic and then go snorkelling in the amazingly clear waters of the Cabeza de Toro coral reef. The fun starts when are picked up from your hotel; just sit back and enjoy the lush tropical scenery as we drive past fields of sugar cane and plantations of tropical fruit. Then we’ll board the boat and set out to sea, heading for Cabeza de Toro, a coral reef and Nature Reserve just off the coast off the Dominican Republic. The pristine, crystal clear waters around here are simply teeming with a mind-boggling variety of underwater life. Schools of brightly coloured tropical fish, all sorts of starfish, as well as dolphins, fur seals, sharks and stingrays are all a common sight around here. After a brief sail, where you can enjoy the sun or sit in the shade with a cool drink we’ll make a stop at a beautiful natural pool. Here it’s time to put your mask and snorkel and jump into the incredibly clear turquoise waters. Swim and snorkel in the company of an incredible variety of underwater life. Nothing can compare to the spine-tingling experience of swimming with sharks and stingrays, their silhouettes gliding effortlessly along far below you. We’ll also stop at one of the nearby beaches where you can relax on the pure white sand in the shade of the waving coconut palms before heading back to the harbour. Enjoy cocktails and try out your dance moves to some hot local merengue!


Eco Caribe TourGain inspiration on this idyllic bus tour of the very Dominican countryside. Experience very closely the everyday life of the Dominicans, visiting a small farm, a school and a rice factory. Enjoy the marvellous scenery with the juicy sugarcane fields and the dreamlike vegetation. Discover a day full experiences with land and people outside the hotel zone! Description/itinerary of the Journey: Departure from the hotels area in Bavaro. The Presentation’s program with a welcome drink. Information about the history of Dom. Rep. Of East Region in the Chercha BUS. View a fisherman town, La Ceiba at Macao Street, Time for photos. Visit the Voodoo House, information about it. Visit a public school at Batey Isleño o (Otra Banda special school Juan Pablo 2do.) information about the education and meet the Dominican and Haitian Students (with uniform only during school season). Information about the Sugar Cane in the Chercha Bus. View the Otra Banda village, View, history and explication about the Higuey’s Basilica and old church. Visit the Higuey public market and culture. Visit and a short Explication about the snuff‘s fabrication and go to the bathrooms 20 mints. Visit The Bonao and information about the Cacao, Coffee, Carambola and different kind of sugarcanes. A panoramic view and take photos to the Oriental Range. Visit a Rice’s Factory. View the Rice’s plantation, growing up. Time for photos. Visit Uvero Alto Ranch, time for a bath at our beautiful beach. Lunch includes pork chop, fish, and chicken; rice, vegetables or pasta. Tropical Fruits for the dessert and local drinks with animation and local music dance. / A special option including tenderloin or lobster with beer or rose wine is available with an additional cost (see modalities available). The History, production, benefits and plantation of coconut at the Departure from the Ranch, Inf. Animation and go Back to the hotel.


Discover Santo Domingo city Come with us on this full-day guided tour and get to know Santo Domingo, the bustling capital of the Dominican Republic, the largest city in the Caribbean and the oldest town in the Americas. You’ll find an amazingly well-preserved colonial quarter, modern business districts and popular barrios of fading beauty. The hospitality of this friendly human city is an unmissable part of your stay in the Dominican Republic. After being picked up from your hotel we’ll drive through the lush Dominican countryside heading for the city of Santo Domingo. On arrival the first stop will be the Colonial Zone, a Unesco World Heritage Site. Travel back in time to an area packed with over 500 years of history. Follow in the footsteps of Columbus along the cobbled streets, passing palaces converted into museums, hotels and restaurants. Visit the Cathedral of Santa Maria la Menor, dating from the early 16th Century, the oldest church in the West Indies, the House of Diego Columbus and the National Pantheon, Las Casas Reales Museum, the Torre del Homenaje, and the Ozama Fortress. There will be plenty of time to explore this historical site at your leisure or snap up a bargain at one of the many crafts markets. This full-day excursion takes around 12 hours. You'll be picked up from your hotel between 6 and 7am returning between 6 and 7pm. The tour includes hotel pick up and drop off, coach transfer, lunch in a local restaurant and the services of an English-speaking guide throughout.


Rainforest canopy adventure If you’re a lover of strong emotions and adrenalin rushes, then this is the tour for you. Soar high above the treetops from platform to platform in this zip line adventure. You’ll enjoy amazing views of the Dominican Republic’s rainforest in this fun-filled, adventure packed half-day tour. After leaving Punta Cana, we’ll drive through the lush Dominican countryside, passing plantations of cocoa, tropical fruits and flowers. Admire the thriving resort of Higuey from the summit of the surrounding mountains before we descend to the idyllic settlement of Anamuya, the original home of rainforest zip line tours in the Dominican Republic. On arrival, trained professionals will show you how to use the zip line equipment and explain how to move from line to line. Your safety is our priority! Now it’s time for the adventure to begin. Put your safety harness on and then it’s up, up and away into the treetops. The course is approximately 1 mile long with 10 individual zip lines and 11 platforms. Just imagine whizzing from platform to platform as you enjoy spectacular views over the treetops and the lush tropical rainforest. Then after the adventure is over, enjoy a selection of delicious tropical fruits or maybe do some souvenir shopping before heading back to Punta Cana. An unforgettable morning of thrills and spills in the jungle.


Fun Fun Cave - rappel and explore Take a step back into the Stone Age in this full-day adventure to Fun Fun cave. Explore the magnificent network of underground tunnels, gigantic corridors, and ancient cave paintings with the magical trickling sounds produced by the cave’s underground rivers in the background. The adventure starts when you are picked up from your hotel. We’ll drive through the lush Dominican countryside, past fields of sugar cane and plantations of tropical fruit, heading for the beautiful nature reserve of Los Haitises. From here we’ll walk through the reserve, heading for the mouth of Fun Fun cave. . As you walk your knowledgeable local guide will tell you all about the fascinating natural history of this beautiful area. Once we have arrived at the cave your guide will help you to abseil 20 metres down the cliff to the entrance of the cave. We’ll spend most of the day exploring this massive cavern. Discover the mysterious indigenous West Indian rock art and marvel at the impressive stalactites and stalagmites and weird lava. We’ll follow the course of an underground river until it finally emerges into the light in an area strewn with massive boulders and lush vegetation. Here you can enjoy a refreshing dip in the river (remember to bring your swimming costume) and then enjoy a delicious lunch Dominican style before starting the trek back to the hotel.


Bavaro Adventure Park Welcome to Bavaro Adventure Park a nearly 1,100 acres (440 hectares) of virgin nature land, packed with a 100% Adrenalin thrills! Located less than one mile from the spectacular Caribbean Sea, and close to the Bavaro and Punta Cana hotel zones this park offers the newest and best adventure attractions in open-air adventure parks in the world, with the strictest security required by European and North American standards. The Park features 9 challenging principal attractions, from which you can create your own adventure experience! Adventure Package: You can pick 1 activity of the yellow group, 1 activity of the orange group and 1 activity of the red group. Total 3 activities. Lunch not included. Adventure plus Package: You can pick 2 activities of the yellow group, 2 activities of the orange group and 1 activity of the red group. Total 5 activities. Lunch not included. Adventure VIP Package: You can pick any activity from the three groups (yellow, orange and red group). All you can do in one day! Lunch is included. Yellow Group activities: Bungee Dome (Trampoline), Mountain bike and Bike Pump Track. Orange Group activities: Flight Simulator, Zorbing or Paintball. Red Group activities: Climbing Garden, Segway or Jurassic Adventure. Activities: Yellow Group. Bungee Dome (Trampoline) A 100% adrenalin rush! Jump up to 30 feet and enjoy the unique experience of doing acrobatic somersaults high in the air! Age of Admission: From 6 years of age and up // Duration: Approx. 15 Minutes // Maximum Participation: 4 persons // Weight Restrictions: From 20 kilos (44 pounds) to 90 kilos, (200 pounds).


Coco Bongo There are certain stops that one cannot miss when exploring Punta Cana. One of these destinations is Coco Bongo, a fun-filled venue that features countless unique and unrivalled performances, with new acts added every night. HIGHLIGHTS: • More than forty actors, musicians, artists and flying acrobats on scene • High tech audio and video entertainment • Option to book the Open Bar modality of the Gold Member modality, each with its own perks With is breath-taking performances and exhilarating entertainment, Coco Bongo is definitely the place to be. Come to the venue where the very best actors, musicians, artists and flying acrobats come together to create a world class spectacle that never fails to fill the night time atmosphere with magic and energy. This super club offers multiple levels and a capacity for up to a thousand people, and it is located right in the heart of downtown Punta Cana. Atmosphere is the name of the game: relish the latest in high tech audio and video entertainment. This is by far the best party arena in Punta Cana. If you book the Open Bar modality, you can enjoy shows and unlimited national drinks from 11pm to 3.30 am. On the other hand, with the Gold Member modality, get access to the VIP area, with limited spaces, premium drinks and more from 11pm to 4am. In any of the cases, your experience at Coco Bongo is bound to be a night you will remember for a long time to come.


Monkey Land safari Come and meet the wonderful squirrel monkeys at the newest attraction: Monkey Land! Nestled in the mountains of Anamuya, this excursion offers a chance to feed and interact in close proximity with these beautiful and friendly squirrel monkeys in a natural environment while enjoying spectacular views of the countryside. Also, visit a coffee and cocoa plantation, enter a typical house and see how local people live. An enjoyable and unforgettable experience for all ages! Meeting/pick-up point: Pick-up at the hotel. Duration: Four to five hours. Start/opening time: At 7am or 8am for the morning turn. At 1pm and 2pm for the afternoon turn. Languages: English, Spanish and Russian. Others: Not suitable for pregnant woman or handicapped customers.


Oro Nightclub at Hard Rock hotel Dance the night away at the best club in the Caribbean. ORO Nightclub is located inside the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Punta Cana! You’ll find a world class nightclub spread out over two different levels with state of the art light shows and sound systems and top DJs from all over the world. This great deal includes transfer to and from your hotel and a choice of great value bar deals. The fun starts when you are picked up from your hotel at around midnight and transferred by luxury coach to the biggest party in town. ORO Nightclub is modelled on some of the glitziest clubs in Las Vegas and Miami with a chic, contemporary feel. You’ll find an impressive light show, including a two-storey wall featuring over 300 individual LED screens as well a state of the art sound system. Rub shoulders with celebrities and sports stars as you move to the latest grooves spun by top international DJs and explore the club’s two different levels. You’ll have over four hours to party with a wide choice of bars offering two dinks (local brands) drinks. For an extra price, you can take our Open Bar package where you can enjoy unlimited drinks of top international brands. Then at 4am, the bus will be waiting to take you back to the hotel, after a memorable evening at one of the Caribbean’s top nightspots.


Marinarium - glass bottom boat and snorkel Have you ever wondered what it would be like to snorkel with stingrays or swim with sharks? Join us for an exciting half-day cruise along the awe-inspiring coast of Punta Cana, Dominican Republic where you will experience what life is like under the sea. Our glass bottom boat gives you the perfect opportunity to see the amazing multi-coloured fish that inhabit Punta Cana’s coastline. Once we reach Marinarium, a marine life oasis in the middle of the ocean, you’ll have the unique opportunity to snorkel with stingrays and nurse sharks! Feel the adrenalin rush as you as you enter the water and experience this unique opportunity. From there, we’ll cruise the transparent, azure waters of the Cabeza de Toro section of Punta Cana. Enjoy an open bar and snacks in this idealistic Caribbean setting with Latin sounds and dancing on the dance floor. Cruising along the palm tree lined coast, we make our way to a waist deep natural swimming pool, where you can take in the sun, sip a Caribbean cocktail and chill out to the sounds of our local rhythms. Appreciate paradise on earth while you have some fun in the sun, it really is a dream come true. Marinarium is an excellent choice for those who want to enjoy a memorable day out on the water.

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