Happy woman in the beach

Punta Cana can be one of the most picturesque and relaxing places to visit in the Dominican Republic. The azure beaches, stunning natural setting, and a great selection of golf courses make this a relaxing option for an exotic destination.

Punta Cana isn’t just for the easy-going though. There are plenty of things to see and do including zip lining tours, safaris, swimming in gorgeous lagoons, and exploring underground cenotes.

Given the wide variety of things to do and see, it’s impossible to experience everything in Punta Cana in a day. Here are our top picks and recommendations to get the most from your day in Punta Cana:

1. Turquoise Beaches

Turquoise beach

The beaches in here are unique for their scenic, glowing appearance. Unlike many pristine white beaches typically depicted in tropical island brochures, these beaches have a unique turquoise look.

This is consistent with the Dominican Republic’s reputation for azure beaches. Since the shore is a schedule-free destination, it’s easy to fit in a quick visit to admire the view and work on your tan in-between other activities you may want to enjoy in Punta Cana.

2. Golf Courses

This area is also known for its beautiful golf courses. If you are partial to this sport, don’t miss out on the opportunity to play on one of the many breathtaking greens. Punta Espada is considered the crown jewel of the golf course options in the area.

Famous competitions such as the PGA Champion’s Tour have been held in this stunning setting which is enhanced by sprawling pathways and amazing views. Enjoy amenities such as the on-site restaurant with a relaxing patio, golf carts, caddies, and the lounging area which overlooks the coast and course.

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This is definitely an all-day destination for a true golf lover, but if that is where your passion lies, this could be the perfect way for you to spend your day.

3. Nature Parks

Punta Cana Reserve

If you’re looking for a way to get closer to nature, there are many opportunities in Punta Cana. The Punta Cana Ecological Reserve is a great place to see birds and reptiles up close. This park is most well known for its Iguana exhibits, there are also ATV all-terrain excursions available.

The park is open every day and is a great place to stop by for a few hours to admire the animals and swim at the Indigenous Eyes lagoons while still leaving time to explore other facets of Punta Cana.

Scape Park is another great nature centric spot to make the best out of your day in Punta Cana. Among the attractions at this amazing Cap Cana park are:

  • Waterfall excursions
  • Hoyo Azul cenote
  • Las Ondas underground cenote
  • Horseback riding
  • Zip lining

4. Further Adventure Options

Woman snorkeling

A few more options to fill up your day of adventure include horseback riding, ziplining, parasailing, and snorkeling. There are several companies that will let you enjoy these activities, some which offer packages combining several options into one excursion.

Check with your hotel or travel agency for their recommendations on the best way to enjoy these amazing vacation adventures.

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