Planning your Punta Cana Holidays? Choose from a wide variety of relaxing or thrilling activities to make your vacations unique and memorable. Punta Cana with its swaying palm trees and clear Caribbean waters is a favorite of Europeans and North Americans. It is famous for its sunny climate and miles of white sand beaches.
One of the favorite pastimes here is simply relaxing. All-inclusive resorts make up much of the hotel scene here. Swim up to a bar for a drink or relax in a chair on the beach. Get a massage or one of the spa treatments from the hotel spa. At night, if your feeling lucky, you can go play poker or spin the roulette at the resort’s in-house casino to add some thrill to your vacations.
The Costa del Coco (Coconut Coast) has 20 miles of uncrowded beaches that are some of the best in the Caribbean. The most popular beaches along the coast are the Playa Punta Juanillo Playa Macao, Playa Punta Cana, Playa Cortecito, and Playa Bávaro. Most beaches are hard to access from the road though because you would have to go through a hotel (a.k.a. private property) but once you are on your hotel’s beach you can walk the coastline very freely.
For the Nature Lover
If you want a little more adventure, check out the Punta Cana Ecological Park. This 200 acre coastal and inland park hosts dozens of bird species, hundreds of different kinds of insects and over 500 different plants.
You can take a guided tour of the park with includes 11 freshwater lagoons that are fed by an underground river that empties into the ocean. You can also see the park on horseback including a ride along the coast.
I spent an afternoon in there and it was really awesome, they got like 10 small lagoons (u can even swim in some of them) full of fish and small turtles. Amazing place. Don’t even try on missing it.
My husband and I were visiting my daughter and she made arrangements for us to visit this area in Punta Cana. FANTASTIC. When she talked about “lagoons” I tought about Gilligan’s Island. This was so much better. I saw things I had never seen before, except on TV. We had the opportunity to swim in one of the many lagoons…medicinal, I don’t know but it surely was refreshing considering the heat! If you have any interest in Nature, this is a “must see!”
Snorkeling, Fishing and Day Trips
Snorkel trip and glass bottom boat rides take you to a nearby reef to see the underwater marine wildlife. If you’d rather be catching a fish than looking at them then sign up for a deep sea fishing trip.
Isla Saona is a tropical island off the coast known for its beaches. The island boasts many species of birds. The natural sandbars, just a few feet deep, make for easy snorkeling and observing the starfish and tropical marine life.
It is easy to arrange a day trip here once you arrive in Punta Cana.
Golf Your Way Through Your Holidays in Punta Cana
If you are a golfer then the Punta Cana Golf Club is nearby. Designed by P.B. Dye, its panoramic sea views from most of the holes make for a great round of gold. Check out the clubhouse while you are here. Its beautiful interior decoration was done by Oscar de la Renta, who has been coming to Punta Cana for years.
Swim with Dolphins
Swimming with the dolphins is on many travelers’ bucket lists. You can finally check that off your list at the Manati Park. Besides the dolphins, you can see the horse perform in the equestrian show, and watch the sea lion show. Orchids, iguanas and tropical birds also live in the park.
It’s sort of like a zoo but with less animals. All we saw were flamingos, birds and iguanas. It was $35/person to visit or you can pay $125 to also swim with the dolphins – I wouldn’t do it there. I loved the dolphin and sea lion show and that made it totally worth it!
How can You Plan Cheap Holidays to Punta Cana
If you are traveling on a budget (hey who isn’t?!) you’re doing right now what you’re supposed to… RESEARCH. Plan every detail of your trip beforehand, book your hotel, tours, excursions and everything else online, you will secure pricing and avoid having to choose from what’s left (usually the expensive excursions).
Book All Inclusive Holidays
You can take advantage of the activities offered at your all inclusive hotel such as snorkeling, kayaking, playing different sports since they are usually free (with a time limit, but most of the time I find myself returning the equipment before the time is up anyways).
Drinks and food are also included in the price so you don’t have to worry about your tab growing ever larger with every passing day and can focus on the fun parts of your trip.
Rent a Car
Renting a car can be a smart option if you don’t want to go on tours and prefer to tour the area or country by yourself or just with your family. I’d recommend buying a map before venturing very far since the streets in Dominican Republic are not very well signed. Also take precautions for you and your family because although the country is fairly safe people will know you are from out of town and some might try to take advantage of you.