Punta Cana is among the most popular tourist destinations in the Caribbean where you can expect pulsating pleasure from the scenic beaches, amazing activities and stunning landscape when you visit on a private tour.
The beaches of Punta Cana combined with The Bavaro beaches on Dominican Republics easternmost tip form an area commonly referred to as Coconut Coast or La Costa del Coco. This is a luxurious area with fantastic upscale all-inclusive resorts.
When you visit Punta Cana, you are in awe of the palm tree lined sandy beaches, clear turquoise waters which offer many adventurous water sports activities and the friendliness of the local people.
Your days can be relaxing or full of excitement but so too can your evenings. There are plenty of wonderful restaurants for those who are not all-inclusive, bars and nightclubs.
For romance, Punta Cana can compete with the best romantic destinations in the world and is a very popular place for many to host their idyllic wedding. Read More...
Explore the Natural Wonder of Hoyo Azul on an Amazing Sightseeing Tour
While Punta Cana has amazing beaches and waters of the Atlantic Ocean and the Caribbean Sea providing outstanding activities, there is another side to this city for nature lovers and thrill seekers.
There are places such as Hoyo Azul that you must visit on a sightseeing tour. To explore this natural wonder is spectacular as it is a natural sinkhole that has been filled with crystal-clear waters.
Take a hiking tour through the wilderness and at the end relax in the Hoyo Azul waters. Alternatively, take the quick tour by zip line over the Cap Cana forests and ending up at the waters.
Top 10 Things to Do in Punta Cana
A trip to Hoya Azul must be done either on a sightseeing tour, hiking tour or just to have the experience of going on a zip line. Hoya Azul is a natural wonder, a sinkhole that's filled with fresh, clear waters. On a hiking tour, you trek through the wilderness and at the end relax with a splash in the waters. The zip line adventure has you zipping over the tree tops taking in the views and arriving at the sinkhole.
Take a sightseeing boat tour to Catalina Island and you will feel you have arrived in yet another piece of paradise. This tropical Island is rather small and dedicated to tourism while still keeping its quaint charm. This is due to the great snorkeling experiences in the surrounding waters of the island and the beautiful private sandy beaches. A tour to this island is both very relaxing and great fun from start to finish.
Parque Nacional del Este
You can find The Parque Nacional del Este just outside of Punta Cana. It features Saona Island, fabulous beaches, coral reefs, grasses, tropical moist forest, limestone karts topography and mangroves. The type of things to do here includes birdwatching safari tours, jungle safari tours, boat tours through the jungle and mangroves. The type of wildlife to look out for are rhino, iguanas, snakes or the Hispaniola solenodon to name just a few.
Altos de Chavon
Visit Alton de Chavon on a sightseeing tour. This is a replica of a medieval European village, built in 1976, is located 90 minutes away from Punta Cana in La Romana. It was a Hollywood set designer who designed the village and you can find a stone amphitheater, historic church and an art school on the hilltop. This art school is devoted to a new era of artists so that more famous artisans will continue to emerge from this area.
ChocoMuseo Punta Canta
A guided tour is a must when in Punta Cana of the ChocoMuseo. Located in Bavaro this is a tour for all chocolate lovers to visit a museum which tells the story of ’ bean to bar,' see exhibits on the chocolate-making history, spend time in the gift shop and, obviously, you have to sample the chocolate products to give an opinion! Ideally, if your tour is planned correctly, you can take part in the chocolate making workshops.
Outback Safari Tours Punta Cana
For great excitement and adventure, take an outback safari tour in Punta Cana. This tour will take you off the beaten track and to see places you never knew existed. There are varied tours, but the majority will bring you to coffee, coconut or cacao farms, ranches to see the vast array of animals, ranging from pigs to iguanas. See beaches and even ride a dune buggy. These tours are great for meeting people and having a laugh.
Diving and Snorkeling Tours
To choose which diving and snorkeling tour to do will be a difficult decision due to the number of amazing different areas offering different underwater natural beauty. The majority of tours are for the full day and include stops in a few areas, a break on the beach for lunch. There are dives to see stunning coral reefs, underwater caves, snorkeling in the marine park with docile sharks and stingrays.
Jungle Safari Tours
Enjoy a thrilling jungle safari tour through the various rainforests that can be found in Punta Cana or in surrounding national parks. Experience the dry, dense jungle and all the time watching out for many wildlife. Many jungle safaris may include a boat tour through the mangroves or diving excursions to underwater caves or a swim in natural sinkholes. Whichever type of jungle safari you do, it will be memorable.
Golf in Punta Cana
There are exceptional golf courses in Punta Cana and is possibly another one of its major attractions. While many of the best golf courses are part of resorts with ‘guest only’ courses, there are still great golf courses for those not attached to a resort. The Bavaro Golf Course was redesigned in 2010 by a world leading course designer, Pete Dye and features 25 inland lakes, a mangrove forest and 122 bunkers.
Surfing, Windsurfing and Kiteboarding
In Punta Cana, there are fantastic conditions to go surfing, windsurfing, kiteboarding and pretty much any other extreme water sports activity imagined. The North Atlantic Ocean has a lot to do with the two to five-foot waves that you find on the northern coast. There are tour companies which offer lessons for all types of extreme water sports, so even the beginners do not get to miss out on the experience the thrill of the waves.
Travel Tips for Punta Cana
Best Time To Visit
The best time for price and fewer crowds in Punta Cana is March to May. Also a great time for sightseeing tours. The weather is warm all year-round, so weather is not necessarily the deciding factor. Having said that June to November is Atlantic hurricane season, there are rarely hurricanes but it can experience severe tropical storms. December to February is busy with Christmas, New Year and Carnivals. Prices are high but great fun.
There can be a vast difference in prices during major holidays such as Chrismas, New Year and Carnival time but if you do enough research you can always find great deals. When booking sightseeing tours and activities tour, do not be afraid to haggle the price. The majority of resorts here are all inclusive but if you go out for a meal in a local restaurant, it will cost on average US$40 for 2 people and 3 courses with a glass of wine.
Know Before Visiting
Book early is the first tip, you can get great deals and this includes sightseeing tours or activities. Always apply suncream regularly throughout the day. Do not drink tap water, only sealed bottle water. Beware of pickpockets and bag snatchers. Always haggle the price with all street vendors. Never ever walk alone at nighttime in Punta Cana, walk in groups of two or more and only go to the beach at night with an organized tour group.
The temperatures in Punta Cana are never below 25 degrees Celsius throughout the year. The hottest month is June with an average temperature of 30 degrees Celsius and the coldest is only 3 degrees less at 27 degrees Celsius. There is rainfall every month, September is the wettest month with an average of it raining 26 days in the month. There is a possibility of severe tropical storms at some stage during the months of June to November.