Activities in Punta Cana

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Punta Cana is not a large city by any means, but its location along the east coast of the Dominican Republic where some of the island's top beaches are set has helped to develop and establish it as a top resort destination.  The sandy shores and clear waters are what brings visitors in, but it is the wealth of available activities that keeps them busy.

Chances are, you'll plan your visit to Punta Cana around the beach, whether it be to sun and swim, parasail and jet ski, or get in some fishing, snorkeling, diving, or sailing.  There is also opportunity to arrange an adventure where you spend some time swimming with dolphins, sharks, or stingrays, and whale watching is a common occurrence.  

Other popular activities in Punta Cana are taking a helicopter tour, zip-lining, duty-free shopping, horseback riding, playing golf or tennis, and spending some time getting treated in the spa.  At night, you can stop by one of several casinos or nightclubs. 

Bike and Scooter Rental

Punta Cana might not be the most scooter or bicycle friendly destination in the Caribbean, but those not planning on going very far might find them the best option.

If you are considering experiencing the wind in your face, there is an agency that can help you. For more about this topic, visit this page, about bike and scooter rentals.


Punta Cana Diving

Punta Cana is a popular diving destination that offers sites at a variety of skill levels, meaning that even as you develop your abilities, Punta Cana will have something for you.

You'll find 14 dive services and at least 12 good dive sites to choose from. If you need to find out more concerning diving in this area, can do so here.


The tourist center of Punta Cana offers a variety of services for guests wanting to head out offshore for a day of fishing.

Avid fishermen love this area, as indicated by the presence of 6 charter fishing services in this area. Those wanting to find out more about fishing in this area can do so by following this link.


Hard Rock Golf Club at Cana Bay

If there are some experienced golfers vacationing with you, they're in luck -- the potential exists for playing at several of the 10 golf courses in this area. The area courses include Punta Espada Golf Club, The Lakes Barcelo Bavaro Golf Course, and Hard Rock Golf Club at Cana Bay. For more information concerning the course just click on the name of the course. If you're interested, find more details concerning golf throughout Dominican Republic can do so here.

Sailing and Boating

The chart just below summarizes some details on firms that can help you spend some time on the open water.

Boating Opportunities In Punta Cana
Name Phone Location
Hispaniola Aquatic Adventures (829) 305-2804 Bavaro
Ocean Adventures (809) 390-7418 10.6 mi. North of Central Punta Cana
Pedrito Punta Cana (829) 910-2398 Friusa, 11.8 mi. North-Northwest of Central Punta Cana
Pelicano Sport Excursions (809) 729-4242 13.0 mi. North-Northwest of Central Punta Cana
Punta Cana Expert (849) 889-5892 Central Punta Cana
Weiler Caribbean Sea (829) 692-8468 0 mi. North of Central Punta Cana

If you want to find out about charter operators and area marinas go to this article.


Shopping in Punta Cana

If there are some folks who enjoy window shopping in your group, they may be interested to know that there are more than 40 retail stores to browse in this area. To find out about opportunities for shopping in Punta Cana, use this link.


If you like to snorkel there's good news -- you can easily find places to do so during your vacation in Punta Cana. To read our full guide to local snorkeling opportunities, read this article.


Relaxing in a spa might be the highlight of your entire vacation. It shouldn't be hard to find a spa you like, given the fact that there are 5 spas in this area. Anyone who needs to learn more about this topic can do so by clicking here.


Melia Caribe Tropical

If you'd like to play some tennis during your visit your best bet is to stay at a hotel with a tennis court. Fortunately, there are 28 properties in the area that offer tennis.

The table below highlights some key facts. Included is the number of tennis courts on-site, whether lights are available for evening play, and some other details. Click on each name to learn about other aspects of the property.

Accommodations with Tennis In Punta Cana
Property Location Tennis Courts Lit Courts Tennis Pro
Barcelo Bavaro Palace Deluxe Central Punta Cana 4 check
Melia Caribe Tropical Central Punta Cana 8 check
Hotel Catalonia Bávaro Resort Plao Bonito, 7.4 mi. North of Central Punta Cana 2 check
Occidental Grand Punta Cana 12.0 mi. North-Northwest of Central Punta Cana 2 check
Paradisus Punta Cana 12.4 mi. North-Northwest of Central Punta Cana 4 check
Majestic Colonial Punta Cana Resort All-inclusive 15.0 mi. North-Northwest of Central Punta Cana 2 check
Riu Palace Punta Cana 14.3 mi. North-Northwest of Central Punta Cana 4 check
Hotel Riu Taino 13.9 mi. North-Northwest of Central Punta Cana 4 check
Grand Bahia Principe Ambar 14.7 mi. North-Northwest of Central Punta Cana 3 check
Puntacana Resort & Club 0.7 mi. South of Central Punta Cana 6 check check

For instance, Barcelo Bavaro Palace Deluxe offers all-inclusive pricing, to help simplify your vacation.

Other Activities

The chart directly below lists a few details concerning other activities.

Other Activities In Punta Cana
Name Type Phone Location
Bavaro Cinaemas Srl Movie Theater (809) 466-2067 Central Punta Cana
Gimnasio Despacio Fitness Centers and Instructors -- 13.1 mi. North-Northwest of Central Punta Cana
Kukua Beach Club Recreational Organizations and Clubs (829) 943-8118 14.4 mi. North-Northwest of Central Punta Cana
Manati Park Amusement/Theme Park (809) 221-9444 Central Punta Cana
Ocean Theater Movie Theater -- 13.0 mi. North-Northwest of Central Punta Cana
Scuba Caribe Dive Center Snorkeling Tour Operator -- Bavaro
Scubaquatic Punta Cana Snorkeling Tour Operator (809) 468-4055 14.5 mi. North-Northwest of Central Punta Cana
Sea Pro Dreams Palm Beach Snorkeling Tour Operator (809) 523-4611 7.9 mi. North of Central Punta Cana

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