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 thinking about riding in the open air, there is a place that can help make it happen. Those wanting to find out more about this topic can do so by following this link.


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 15 dive operators and at least 12 different dive sites in the area. Navigate to this page dedicated to diving opportunities in this area if you want to learn more details.


Island Marine Punta Cana

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 suggested by the existence of 7 charter fishing services located in this area. Navigate here to visit our guide to this topic.


Hard Rock Golf Club at Cana Bay

If there are some golf fanatics in your group, they'll be pleased to know 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 detailed information about the course, including the number of holes, location, and much more all you have to do is click on the name of the course. Click on this link to see our guide to golf throughout the Dominican Republic.

Sailing and Boating

Pedrito Punta Cana

Additional information about local providers that can help you spend some time on the open water can be found in the table below.

Boating Opportunities In Punta Cana
Name Phone Location
Bebe Catamaran (809) 299-2668 Central Punta Cana
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 read this article.


Shopping in Punta Cana

If you are traveling with some avid shoppers they can while away some time exploring a few of the area's 41 retail stores. Read this extended discussion if you'd like to find out about shopping in Punta Cana.


Sightseeing is another great activity for anyone visiting Punta Cana. To find out more about area sightseeing attractions, read this page.


Punta Cana Snorkeling

If you are thinking about snorkeling on your vacation you'll be pleased to know you'll have plenty of chances to do so during your vacation in Punta Cana. To visit our detailed page about local snorkeling opportunities, visit this page.


Solaya Spa

Indulging in a trip to the spa could be one of the most enjoyable parts of your vacation. It shouldn't be hard to find a spa you like, since there are 6 spas located in this area. Take advantage of this extended discussion dedicated to spas in the area if you need more specifics.


Melia Caribe Tropical

If you want to play some tennis you might want to make your reservations at a hotel that has a tennis court. Fortunately, there are 28 properties in the area that offer tennis.

The table below may help with your planning. At a glance, you'll see the number of courts on-site, whether lights are available for evening play, and a few other details. Click on the names to learn more details concerning 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
Luxury Bahia Principe Ambar Don Pablo Collection 14.4 mi. North-Northwest of Central Punta Cana 3 check
Puntacana Resort & Club 0.7 mi. South of Central Punta Cana 6 check check

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

Other Activities

Be sure to look through the following table for information about other activities. for information concerning one other option. for information concerning other activities.

Other Activities In Punta Cana
Name Type Phone Location
Bavaro Cinaemas Srl Movie Theater (809) 466-2067 Central Punta Cana
Dressel Divers Bavaro - Punta Cana Watersports Operator (+34) 963 561 496 13.6 mi. North-Northwest of 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

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