Whether you want to enjoy some spirits while soaking up the sun, watching a stunning Caribbean sunset, or feeling the evening ocean breezes against your skin, you will find a beach bar to fit your taste.
In Punta Cana, several of the top beach bars are located in private beach clubs or all-inclusive resorts and are not open to the public.
The following bars, which are all open to the public, were included as top bars on the beach in Punta Cana for a multitude of reasons including their amazing views of the turquoise Caribbean waters, their atmosphere, their crowd, and their menu offerings.
Api Beach Bar
Located near the north end of the Cap Cana Marina, Api Beach Bar is the perfect place to enjoy a cocktail while watching the fishing boats leave and return to the marina. Make sure to try one of Api’s signature cocktails such as the Api Pina Colada or the Api Lemongrass Iced Tea.
If you prefer to be by the beach instead of on the beach, you will enjoy relaxing by Api’s infinity pool. They offer a full menu that changes with the seasons, but you can also enjoy lighter fare such as burgers and tacos from the pool bar.
Api is also family friendly with its kids’ menu. Remember to arrive early; Api closes at 8:00 p.m. on weekdays and 10:00 p.m. on the weekends.
Jellyfish is a two-story beach restaurant found on Bibijagua Beach in the Bávaro area of Punta Cana. Famous for its distinctive architecture, the structure of the compound looks a bit like a jellyfish.
Jellyfish is also known for its seafood, but its food is second to the picturesque views of the Caribbean found on their beachside terrace. Daytime visitors can sunbathe with an island-inspired cocktail on one of the several palapas beds found in their beach area. You can also order lunch and appetizers on the beach.
Those who head there later in the day will enjoy a spectacular sunset and beautifully lit patio.
Soles Chill Out Bar
Situated on Playa Los Corales, an upscale area of Punta Cana, Soles Chill Out Bar draws international visitors and those who are looking for a younger crowd. Soles also offers spectacular ocean views. Take a seat at one of their beach tables and unwind with some fresh seafood and drinks make with local Anejo Rum.
Once dusk arrives, put your dancing shoes on to sway to the Caribbean beats of a DJ or live music. Playa Los Corales is jumping off point for most of the excursions leaving from Los Corales, so Soles is a good spot to chill out before or after your trek.
Foodies who like finding those hidden gems with incredible food at reasonable prices will consider Captain Cook Paradise. Nestled in the sands of Playa El Cortecito, the Captain Cook Restaurant and Bar is not a top bar because of its fancy architecture or luxurious beachside beds, but because of its location and food preparation.
While you sip a beer or cocktail and enjoy the panoramic sea views, the staff at Captain Cook will prepare seafood that you pick from their fresh catch barrel on their open grill. Offerings include lobster and popular local fish, such as red snapper.
If you are there near the end of the day, you will get the rare opportunity to see local fisherman hanging their catch.