Punta Cana, Dominican Republic

Punta Cana beach hoteles travel guide

Punta Cana, a travelers paradise

The All Inclusive resort vacation was practically reinvented in the Dominican Republic, and Punta Cana hotels elevated the concept to another level by introducing the luxury resort category.

Punta Cana and Bavaro are considered among the best 10 beaches in the world !. This beautiful area has the highest concentration of Blue Flag certified beaches in the entire region with 16 certificates. Blue Flag is an environmental certificate that classifies the best beaches in the world. The beaches of Punta Cana with white sands and crystalline waters, with turquoise blue colors are so beautiful that they seem unreal. The Dominican Republic is the small corner of our planet that boasts two real earthly paradises: Bavaro beach and Punta Cana. Here dreams are confused with reality, a reality of fine white sand, crystal clear waters and majestic Jungles of mangroves and coconut trees. Seductive landscapes that will always be engraved among your most fabulous memories. Are you willing to become Eve or Adam in this Eden? Go ahead! Open your eyes and take a walk in paradise.

In Playa Bavaro and Punta Cana it was, "where it all began", the foam of the turquoise waters rests on the sand of the beach, a sand so white that it is difficult to believe that it is authentic. The palms of coconut color with an intense green these idyllic landscapes. The hotel offer, in perfect harmony with the natural environment, is responsible for organizing many sports activities; The adventurers will also find their place on these incredible beaches.

Located in the eastern part of the Dominican Republic, Punta Cana and Bavaro is the place where the Caribbean Sea and the Atlantic Ocean are found and where there are the most famous beaches of our island, spacious and endless, with fine white sand and its beaches have Millions of coconut palms, and a coral reef that runs along the coast, calm and transparent waters. In its route you can find several towns or places typical of Dominican fishermen. This area has an excellent hotel infrastructure and has until now been the most visited by tourists from all over the world. Punta Cana International Airport is 20 kilometers away from hotels and hotel complexes. Punta Cana is also the ideal destination for golfers, it has 11 golf courses located along the strip. Punta Cana is considered one of the major tourist attractions in the Dominican Republic. It offers around 50 km of beaches, a hotel infrastructure of excellence, international airport, facilities for all sports, from sailboat rides to the benefits of some Of the best golf courses in the Caribbean and the pleasure of savoring delicious seafood by the sea. It is at the eastern end of the island, exactly at the point of convergence between the Atlantic and the Caribbean. Adopted for years by tourism of European origin, it houses some of the most renowned resorts in the Caribbean. A UNESCO report recognizes the Bavaro beaches as the best in the world

The beautiful beaches of Punta Cana

Punta Cana
Punta Cana is also the name of the beach where tourism starts in the whole area and begins when Club Med Punta Cana opens its doors in 1978. This beach is a true paradise, with white sands and crystalline turquoise waters.

Bavaro
Bavaro is one of the most developed beach sections of the Punta Cana area, known for its beautiful calm waters and crystalline white sands. Bavaro is a stretch of amazing coconut palms with spectacular and wonderful hotels and resorts, restaurants, gift shops, shopping plazas and theme parks. You can walk along the beach and book paragliding, water activities with Colonial Tour and Travel, we have an office in Plaza Brisas de Bavaro. A coral reef helps protect the beach. The resorts Barcelo Bavaro Beach and Palace Deluxe Resorts share a section of the Blue Bander

Cap Cana
Cap Cana has one of the most beautiful beaches in the world: Playa Juanillo. This beautiful palm-fringed coastline is quiet with little mass tourism and with ultra luxury hotels and facilities such as Sanctuary Cap Cana, Alsol Luxury Village. Alsol Tiara Collection, Alsol del Mar and Villas Caleton. It has a spectacular marina and majestic golf courses designed by legendary champion Jack Niclaus, features Scape Cap Cana, an ecological area with grottos and fun areas. Its beaches are treated daily by staff of the Cap Cana complex, Playa Juanillo has a cafe / bar with an extensive menu of food and drinks, kayak and small sailboats near rental. The hotels inside Cap Cana are all 5 stars, it has a magnificent marina.

Arena Gorda
It is one of the largest beaches in the Dominican Republic, it gently slopes towards the calm crystalline waters making it a good beach for swimming and relaxing. Arrive early to claim in the shade of a palm tree. Three areas of this beautiful beach like Barcelo Punta Cana, Grand Bahama Principe Bavaro, Iberostar Grand Hotel Bavaro have beaches with blue flag certificates. Arena Gorda is an exceptional beach

Uvero Alto
It is the beach located to the north of Punta Cana, with beautiful clear bronze sand. In the beach section you will find open areas with large waves and calm waters protected by reefs. Uvero Alto seems to be becoming the new "Inn" beach in Punta Cana because of the luxury hotels in this beautiful area.

Cabeza de Toro
This is another beautiful beach with certified "Blue Flag" European certification ensures that the beach is always in fantastic condition and therefore is a popular beach for tourists. Cabeza de Toro Yacht Club is a starting point for fishing trips and fishing tournaments sites. This beach offers beach snorkeling in shallow water at the Catalonia Bavaro Resort and the free side of boats at the Catalonia Royal Bavaro station, which has access to the public. Two stations here - NaturaPark and Be Live Grand Punta Cana - have blue flag beaches

El Cortecito, Bavaro
El Cortecito is a beautiful white sand beach with no access restrictions, it is reminiscent of a small fishing village, the area has several beach restaurants, shops, water sports, restaurants with excellent marine cuisine. Outside the beaches are some of the main shopping centers in the area, have supermarkets, shopping centers, gift shops and restaurants. The famous seafood restaurants are on the beach El Cortecito beach is located on the so-called "Costa del Coco", it is also a good place to practice parasailing ..

Macao Beach
Cited by UNESCO as one of the best for its fine sand and beautiful palm trees of the Caribbean, Macao is the beach that people love. A surf camp offers lessons and rents boards. It is a beautiful beach known for its large expanse of white sand replete with coconut trees and has few hotel centers. Macao beach is great for swimming. Enjoy lunch at one of the small seaside restaurants or dine at a restaurant at the top of the cliff at the southern end of the beach. Macau is a popular area for Dominicans on weekends

Playa Blanca of Punta Cana
The name means "punta de las palmas cana" by the large masses of trees that border the most famous spa of private beaches. Guests who are not staying at Punta Cana hotels can have lunch at the restaurant on Playa Blanca beach, its beautiful beach, El Cortecito, Bavaro, are open daily.

Brief History of Punta Cana
Punta Cana is the name given to a cape located to the east of the Dominican Republic, in the province of La Altagracia, its name comes from the palm of "cana" whose leaves serves to make roofs, brambles or palapas. These palms are very abundant in this area. Punta Cana has a total area of ​​about 420,000 square meters. It gives its name to the Punta Cana International Airport (PUJ), located about 30 km inland, on the road that leads from Higuey to La Romana, and sometimes even receives more flights than the International Airport of Las Americas, located in Santo Domingo and about 2 hours by road from Punta Cana.

The Punta Cana area begins in the north with the Playa de Arena Gorda, followed by the famous Playa Bavaro, Ubero Alto Beach, Macao Beach and El Cortecito Beach. When you start the turn of the point you will find the beaches of Cabeza de Toro, Cabo Engano, Punta Cana and Juanillo. The beaches are white and fine sand, and the sea has a soft greenish blue color, without reaching the turquoise of the Caribbean beaches to the south. The sea generally presents waves and the beach sinks very quickly into the sea. Water is always transparent and algae abound in some areas, and the climate is constant, with average temperatures of 26 dg C, with a temperature range of about 12 dg C, from 20 dg C in winter to 32 dg C in April And November. There are dozens of comfortable hotels in the area, such as Riu, Iberostar, Sirenis, Secrets Excellence, Sol Melia, Barcelo, Catalonia Bavaro Resort, Bahia Principe, Princess Hotels, etc., Blau, Be Live , VIK, IFA, Alsol in Cap Cana, etc.

Nightlife in Punta Cana and Bavaro
The area also has several nightclubs with transfers included from hotels such as Coco Bongo nightclub, with musical shows all night long, parties and dances, GOLD discotheques of Hard Rock Hotel Punta Cana, also Imagine, Mangu, Pacha or Areito that animate The holiday nights of tourists although all hotels in Punta Cana and Bavaro have their respective discos.

In addition the nightlife offered by all the resorts in Punta Cana, outside the hotels you can enjoy a lot of nightlife. Punta Cana and Bavaro offer a variety of seafood restaurants where you can savor the giant lobsters and delicious shrimp on the coast, and tasty Creole fish such as chillo, bonito, carite and mero in places such as the Restaurant Captain Cook, Jelly Fish, Palma Real Restaurant, La Yola Restaurant, La Choza and many of Creole and International food.
You will quickly learn to dance merengue, bachata, salsa in one of these famous discos: Coco Bongo, Imagine, Mangu, Arteito, Pacha, Hard Rock Gold.

Things to do in Punta Cana outside hotels

It is the most frequent question of travelers before or after having booked their vacations to Punta Cana. Many, many many !, you can do a lot of fun, cultural,  ecological and amazing activities both day and night,  however,  to better respond to this restlessness we have prepared a Travel Guide of Punta Cana so you have an accurate idea of the number of beautiful places you can explore in Punta Cana or in areas near this beautiful coast of the Eastern Republic of Dominican Republic

Top Punta Cana Attractions

Hoteles en Punta Cana

Punta Cana Hotels

Punta Cana is the most important tourist destination in the Dominican Republic. Select and book online your resort in our Catalog of all the hotels in Punta Cana, incredible prices, different categories and meal plans. Hotels in Punta Cana  

Tours desde Punta Cana

Tours from Punta Cana

Colonial Tour and Travel has prepared for you a fun and exciting excursion program to complement your vacation in Punta Cana, departing directly from your hotel lobby and all inclusive. Book a tour now !  

Playas Punta Cana

Beaches in Punta Cana

The beaches of Punta Cana are paradisiacal, count many awards including 16 Blue Flag, Punta Cana has beaches ideal for swimming, snorkelling, deep sea fishing and water sports

Campos de Golf de Punta Cana

Golf Courses in Punta Cana

Punta Cana is ideal for golfers, has 11 magnificent golf courses spread out along the coast. Punta Espada, La Cana, Punta Blanca, Corals, Caribbean Golf, Cabeza de Toro, Lakes Barcelo, Cocotal, Iberostar and Hard Rock Golf

GAstronomia Punta Cana

Gastronomy in Punta Cana

Punta Cana's gastronomic offer is unsurpassed; resorts offer a choice of a la carte and buffet dishes; in addition, there are many award-winning restaurants, up to 4 AAA Diamonds such as La Yola, Gourmand and many gourmet restaurants of Italian, Food

Marina Punta Cana

Marina Cap Cana

The beautiful Marina Cap Cana offers more than 130 slips, with capacity for yachts up to 150 feet. It is surrounded by a charming village with gourmet restaurants and elegant boutiques. Its coasts and its proximity are considered among the best places for fishing and diving in deep waters.

Vida Nocturna Punta Cana

Nightlife of Punta Cana

All resorts have discotheques, musical shows, most have casinos. Outside of hotels, there are many bars and lounge bars, concert halls and famous nightclubs such as Coco Bongo, Oro, Imagine, Dux, Areito, Mangu, Pacha. .

Parques de diversion en Punta Cana

Amusement & Water Parks in Punta Cana

In Punta Cana is ideal for families with children, there are many theme parks such as Dolphin Explorer, Marinarium and Manati Park, which offer shows and baths with dolphins, manta rays and sharks, in the Bavaro Adventure Park, Cap Cana Scape offer zip line, Simulators and lots of fun

Punta Cana ideal para familias

Punta Cana for families 

Most hotels in Punta Cana are suitable for the whole family, they offer shows and areas for children, there are amusement parks such as the Memories, Sirenis and Riu hotels and also hotels especially for families with children like Nickelodeon Punta Cana

Punta Cana para parejas

Punta Cana for couples

There are many resorts in Punta Cana with Adults Only concept such as Breathless Punta Cana, Zoetry Agua, Barcelo Bavaro Beach that offer honeymoon packages and suites with all the amenities for the couple to spend unforgettable vacations. Book special offer for couples

Punta Cana convenciones y salones

Punta Cana Meeting & Congress  

Most resorts in Punta Cana offer conference rooms and many have conventions, if a hotel does not accommodate a certain event, use the conference rooms of another hotel. Check with Colonial Tour and Travel for your incentive, conference and meeting events.

Punta Cana compras

Shopping in Punta Cana 

In Punta Cana there are many shopping malls and commercial centers, the biggest ones are Palma Real Village, Punta Cana Village and San Juan Shopping Center, ideal to buy coffee, cigars, Dominican rum and clothes and sweets. Bibijagua is the largest handicrafts market, right on the beach of Bavaro.


Campos de Golf en Punta Cana and Cap Cana

PUNTA ESPADA GOLF CLUB
A Jack Nicklaus Signature Golf Course. Eight holes play along and over the sea. Top-ranked by leading publications as among the best in the Caribbean. From all points of Punta Espada, golfers are blessed with extraordinary views of the Caribbean, where the sea contrasts with the emerald fairways and the perfect greens. Challenging stroke play and beauty are entwined in this outstanding par 72 course, which hosted the 50-plus circuit known as the PGA Champions Tour in 2008, 2009 and 2010, introducing the course to the world on Golf Channel. Consistently reviewed by players as excellent and challenging.

LA CANA GOLF CLUB
Twenty-seven holes of golf at the Puntacana Resort & Club.
Hacienda, the inland 9-holes, and very scenic 9-hole Tortuga and Arrecife courses along the Caribbean Sea. Wide fairways and challenging, well-fortified greens. Players praise the views on holes 17 and 18 (hitting on the sea front). Designed by P.B. Dye, La Cana actually boasts 14 ocean-view holes with four playing right on the water’s edge, and Seashore Paspalum grass allows for maintenance with minimal environmental impact.

PUNTA BLANCA GOLF CLUB
The first golf course in the Caribbean designed by South African player Nick Price, winner of the British Open (1994) and twice named Player of the Year (1993 and 1994) by the Professional Golfers' Association of America (PGA). In this course the greens have a lot of movement and are surrounded by jungle and large natural lakes. This par 72 course offers the player a challenge at each hole, while also being fun because of its broad and exciting fairways with their traps, lakes and the risky par 3 13th and 15th holes.

CORALES GOLF CLUB
Opened in 2010, Corales has been recognized for the effect the clear blue sea and the sharpness of its design have on golf plays. Corales Golf Club has six Caribbean seaside holes and was designed by Tom Fazio and Tom Marzolf along the natural cliffs, bays, ocean coves and the inland lakes and coralline quarries. The experience ends when playing Corales’ last three holes, including Devil’s Elbow, the final shot over the rocky turquoise Corales Bay. The course is part of the Corales luxury residential enclave in the Puntacana Resort & Club.

CARIBBEAN GOLF CLUB
This is an 18-hole golf course that is part of the Catalonia Bávaro Beach, Golf & Casino, located in the Cabeza de Toro area near the airport. The course starts out with narrow fairways to test a player’s accuracy, but then opens up for the driver with doglegs and up and downhill fairways. Palm trees come into play, even in the middle of the fairway.

CABEZA DE TORO GOLF CLUB
This 9-hole golf course is part of the Catalonia Bávaro Beach, Golf & Casino, located in Cabeza de Toro near the Punta Cana International Airport. The special part of this course is that the holes are arranged so that while you're having a great time playing, you can also enjoy views of the enormous lakes and tropical palms.

THE LAKES BARCELÓ GOLF COURSE
This was the first golf course in the entire Punta Cana tourist region. It is part of the Barceló Bávaro Resorts tourism complex. The course was originally designed in 1991 by Juan Manuel Gordillo around lakes and redone in 2010 by P.B. Dye, the son of Pete and Alice Dye of Teeth of the Dog fame. It has 25 inland lakes that meet players at 17 of the 18 holes. There are flamingos and ibis birds, turtles and huge tarpons in the lakes.

COCOTAL GOLF & COUNTRY CLUB
Six-time winner of the Spanish championship, Jose “Pepe” Gancedo used the tropical terrain and breezes to drive the game when designing this course amidst tropical fruit trees, palm trees and lofty coconut palms. The course combines three nine-hole courses — Hibiscus, Bouganvillea and Benjamina. The course’s trademark features are strategically-placed trees, bunkers, mounds and gently rolling terrain with well-defined and generous fairways. The course is part of the Cocotal Golf & Country Club residential area, and is next to the Palma Real Shopping Village. Guests staying at the Melia Caribe Tropical and Paradisus enjoy unlimited golf at the Cocotal course.

IBEROSTAR BAVARO GOLF CLUB
The Iberostate Bávaro Golf Club course was carefully designed by PB Dye, working closely with white sand and rock to create the bunkers in an eye-catching contrast with the intensely green Paspalum grass. There are lakes, streams and even some desert-like features in a combination of colors. Golfers of all handicaps are able to enjoy both the scenery and the game. With a course this relaxing, it is easy to play round after round. The course is part of the Iberostar hotel and residential development in Arena Gorda.

HARD ROCK GOLF CLUB AT CANA BAY
18 holes of championship golf designed by Nicklaus Golf. The Hard Rock Golf Club at Cana Bay fits in perfectly with its natural surroundings and promises to accommodate golf for all players, regardless of skill level or experience.The fairways and greens of the course are Platinum Paspalum grass; the natural environment has been respected and the native flora and fauna preserved. Lakes, greens and rolling fairways accompany players along its 7,253 yards leading to the elegant clubhouse. The course is located at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Punta Cana.