Things to do in Punta Cana

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Macao Beach

Macao Beach

Punta Cana’s sparkling turquoise waters and vivid blue skies set the scene for popular activities that intrigue those interested in something fun, yet attract the most adventurous traveler as well. While known around the world for its lovely, soft, white sand beaches, Punta Cana is a great place for much more than sun bathing. Many visitors will choose to spend their stay in one of the large all-inclusive resort hotels, taking part in the events on site. But, it is also possible to make arrangements for experiences separate from the hotels, and the area offers plenty of enjoyment on or in the water, and on land.

Water Activities

Swimming with dolphins and sea lions in the open sea is the wonder of Dolphin Island Park.

Snorkeling is a definite favorite.  Because the Punta Cana reef is close enough to the shore to keep the waters serene, snorkeling from the beaches is possible.  All-inclusive hotels also offer daily snorkeling tours out to the reef for hotel guests, and even loan masks and snorkels at no extra cost.

Scuba divers enjoy the excellent water visibility year round.  Beginners can dive offshore near the reef, but advanced divers will want to dive at Isla Catalina or Isla Saona to take advantage of deeper waters.  Shipwrecks, coral reefs, and underwater caves are all part of what makes scuba diving one of the top activities at Punta Cana.

Wind surfing, parasailing, kayaks or catamarans are all available for island explorations and just plain fun.  

Boat treks up the Cumayasa River are available for those hungering to see green tropical forests, tropical birds, animals, and insects.

Fishing enthusiasts from around the world arrive at Punta Cana in the summer for the annual Cabeza de Toro fishing tournament. You can charter a boat for deep sea fishing expeditions, and even take a glass bottom catamaran ride at the Marinarium
for peeks at the colorful underwater scenes around the reefs.

Land Activities

Waterfall Cascading is an amazing eco-adventure that you can schedule with Tequia Experiences.  This seven-hour tour will take you on a private horseback adventure through local countryside until you discover the Salto Alto waterfall. With experienced instructors as guides, you will learn to cascade and enjoy the refreshing pool at the foot of the waterfall.  Refreshments and lunch with local food and musicians is a delightful part of this tour.  You can contact Tequia Experiences at

ATV 4-wheeling excursions in Macao Beach territory are loads of fun. The best part of 4-wheeling may be the views of this land north of Punta Cana. This is a half-day excursion through rugged territory and perfect for the truly fit.

Mountain horseback riding is an exciting way to see the island countryside close-up if you would like to venture outside of the Punta Cana locality for a half-day or day.  Spending time in the saddle will give riders an assortment of unique views.  If you have time, and would enjoy visiting a typical home, riding in the mountains, tasting local food, and visiting with Dominican nationals, then contact to schedule an into-the-countryside tour.   

Zip-line rides are also one the exciting offerings of Bavaro Runners.  Let their guides take you into the forest canopy to fly by Anamuya Lake.

When your adventures are over for the day, consider unwinding at one of the resort casinos for an evening of gambling and delicious dining.  Or, simply schedule a visit at one of the luxury spas and treat yourself to one of the ultimate spa treatments available.

Punta Cana is not only a top-notch all-inclusive vacation destination, but also the gateway to an amazing variety of eco-tours and unique adventures.  

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