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Plan Your Trip to Punta Cana: Best of Punta Cana Tourism

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Trust the postcards—Punta Cana really is as amazing as it looks. For top-tier R&R, go all-inclusive: You’ll spend your days lounging by the pool, dining at five-star restaurants, and getting pampered at the spa. When you’ve had your fill of piña coladas and beachside cabanas, venture beyond the resort to some of the island’s best natural gems. Go ziplining, explore underground caves, and take a dip in the cenotes at Scape Park in Capa Cana. You can also cool off in the freshwater lagoons at Indigenous Eyes Ecological Park or hop over to Saona Island for an untouched (and less crowded) piece of paradise. If you can squeeze in a game of golf, head to Punta Espada for a quick 18 with sweeping views of the ocean. There’s so much more to do, and we’ve got all the best recs below.

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An outdoor adventure guide to Punta Cana

Sitting still is not an option for me, so I’m always on the lookout for adrenaline-filled experiences when I travel, and Punta Cana seriously delivers. There are so many activities to try—from sailing to surfing, caving to horseback riding—that you’ll never do the same thing twice (unless you want to).
  • Punta Cana Dune Buggy Adventure and Amazing Water Cave
    I brought the children along for this adventure and it was a blast. Exploring on a dune buggy let us see the countryside in a fun and interactive way (versus from the inside of a tour bus). Plus, we were able to sample coffee (me) and chocolate (the children) at a farm stop and meet plenty of locals. Another highlight: After muddy off-roading, we got to clean off with a swim in a river cave.
  • Punta Cana Scape Park and Hoyo Azul Full Day Admimission Ticket
    When I’m exploring somewhere new, it’s nice to have multiple activities in one place for one-stop-adventure-shopping. Scape Park is ideal for a day out since it has a zipline, caves to check out, and cool cenotes for swimming—meaning I can explore both on land and in the water all in one location. Bliss.
  • Bavaro Adventure Park
    I’ve done so many ropes courses on my trips over the years I can’t keep track anymore. But Bavaro Adventure Park really stands out for its challenging climbing workout that rewards determination with amazing tropical scenery. (Note: You’re probably going to skip this one if you don’t like heights.)
  • Macao Surf Camp
    Surfing is not something I’m especially good at, but I like to give it a go when I’m in Punta Cana. At Macao Surf Camp, the warm water, light currents, and attentive instructors all made it seem perfectly okay when I fell off the board (which happened a lot). If you manage to stand up (even for a few seconds), you’ll be rewarded with action shots taken by staff photographers.
  • Punta Cana Beach Horseback Riding
    Sure, horseback riding in general is a super fun vacay activity, and riding on the sand is always memorable. But lean in and I’ll tell you a secret: A ride along the stunning Punta Cana coastline, on horseback, at sunset, with your partner, is the epitome of a romantic holiday. Trust me on this one.
  • Small-Group Cruising and Snorkeling Catamaran Tour
    I love being in the water, so anytime I can do a snorkel cruise, I’m in. This catamaran tour to Cabeza de Toro Natural Reserve is a favourite. After getting your fill of the technicolor marine life and coral below, you get unlimited drinks and net hammocks for relaxing back on the boat.