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On the eastern tip of the Dominican Republic, Punta Cana is a quintessential Caribbean paradise, all white-sand beaches and swaying coconut palms.
When it comes to all-inclusive breaks in the Dominican Republic, or the DR as it’s often called, no other destination can match the sun-drenched luxury of holidays in Punta Cana. Resorts here back some of the world’s best beaches, which stretch continuously for some 20 miles along the coast, punctuated by little more than the occasional lagoon or beachfront café. Downtown buzzes with bars after dark, while daytime thrills include snorkelling, sailing, kayaking and zip-lining.
Nature in Punta Cana
While extensive development means that you can choose between hundreds of hotels in Punta Cana, the area’s natural beauty hasn’t been lost. Both pristine beaches and inland habitats are meticulously protected. The Ojos Indígenas Ecological Park and Reserve is Punta Cana’s landmark project, encompassing some 500 acres that are home to around 100 bird species and 500 different plants.
Why book Punta Cana holidays
Discover the best beaches
Long stretches of sugary white sands lined by palm trees aren't hard to come by in Punta Cana
Amazing all inclusive resorts
Exclusive beachfront spots where the drinks are flowing and the food keeps coming
Perfect for watersports
From kayaking to surfing, water activities are all the rage in this beachside resort
Rest & relaxation
The Coconut Coast is perfect for chilled breaks in the Caribbean - just think about those 32km worth of beaches...
Ziplining through the rainforest, snorkelling or diving around coral reefs or playing a game of golf
Cultural hotspot not to miss
Check out the historical town of Higuey for shopping and sights
Top resorts in Punta Cana
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Cap Cana in Punta Cana, Dominican RepublicFrom £1,156 per person
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Your guide to Punta Cana holidays
Best beaches in Punta Cana
Holidays in Punta Cana are all about putting in some serious beach time, whether you want to soak up the sun on a lounger or splash about in the waves.
- Palm-backed Bávaro Beach is one of the longest – and most beautiful – anywhere in the Dominican Republic. Flop out on the sand or try parasailing above the shallows.
- Locals and surfers flock to Macao Beach, Punta Cana’s main public strand. The gentle swell is concentrated to one side of the bay, so there are still plenty of spots to swim.
- Playa Juanillo, south of Cap Cana, has a reputation for being Punta Cana’s most bohemian beach. There’s a chilled out bar set beneath the lofty palms, although it can get lively during events at the weekend.
- With lifeguards keeping an eye out for kids and a slew of watersports on offer through the surrounding all-inclusive resorts, Arena Gorda Beach is a great choice for families.
- Bars and cafés back laidback Cortecito Beach and are as much part of its appeal as the windsurfing and swimming.
Quiet beaches in Punta Cana
Beyond the private beaches at all-inclusive Punta Cana hotels there are isolated coves, untouched islands and wave-lashed surf beaches to discover.
- It’s a two-hour catamaran cruise from Punta Cana to Isla Saona, a true island paradise where turtles nest in season and the waters are protected as part of Parque Nacional Del Este.
- Uvero Alto’s golden sands make a change from the power-white beaches along much of the coastline. Thanks to wilder waves and a stronger undertow, it rarely feels crowded.
- Playa Los Corales abuts a luxurious enclave of apartments and restaurants. The refined, calm atmosphere extends to the beach.
- Exclusive Playa Caletón is the crowning glory of Cap Cana. It’s a private beach, but you can pay to gain access for the day.
- Punta Cana’s most secluded beaches are true local secrets. Explore the bays around Playa Cabeza de Toro and you might stumble upon your own private patch of sand.
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Your Punta Cana questions answered
The Dominican Republic has a tropical climate, with the dry season running between December and April. Highs at this time are usually 27°C or 28°C. Hurricanes are rare but possible from June to November.
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