Things to See and Do While Staying at Riu Macao

Hispaniola in the Dominican Republic provides plenty of interesting outdoor pursuits, particularly for those who are staying at a beachfront vacation spot like this one. Riu Macao is one of the best properties for visitors who want to stay active and try their hand at new activities.

Riu Macao has one swimming pool, so even during your busiest days it provides a convenient opportunity to go for a swim, or relax by the water. Also, these accommodations are in a prime location on the water, so you'll have a couple different ways to cool off in the sun throughout your stay. For a different way to relax in the water, you can also enjoy the whirlpool on-site.

For those who don't like breaking from their fitness routines, this property makes it easy to stay on track; amenities include a workout facility with exercise equipment.


Those who play tennis will especially enjoy staying at this property, because the tennis facilities — located on-site — allow guests to stay active and have fun, too. There are 4 tennis courts on the property. Of course, players don't have to stop when the sun goes down; courts here are equipped with lighting.

If you want to weigh all your tennis options, you might want to check out similar accommodations, like Grand Palladium Palace Resort, Spa & Casino and Melia Caribe Tropical.


Although Riu Macao doesn't have a golf course on the property, the on-site staff may be able to assist you in scheduling a tee time nearby. Courses nearby include Hard Rock Golf Club at Cana Bay, Iberostate Bavaro Golf Club, and Punta Blanca Golf Course. Each is within a mile and a half and the most proximate of the bunch, Punta Blanca Golf Course, is only a short trip off from the lodging, so it won't be a bother to plan going over for a few rounds of golf. You can play 18 holes at this course. It's a par 72 course, and is 6706 yards long. If you'd like to see if it is possible to schedule a tee time, the course can be reached at (809) 468-4734.


Vacationers that want a wide variety of watersports will have a wonderful experience while they stay at Riu Macao. The following list shows the water activities available on the property.

  • Boating
  • Fishing
  • Kayaking
  • Scuba Diving
  • Snorkeling
  • Water Skiing

Family Activities

Riu Macao is one locale where you can stay with your family, but you probably won't be overwhelmed with an extra large selection of amenities or activities planned for children. If you want somewhere to lodge at with specific perks that that appeal to kids, you might want to consider properties rated best for family vacations.

There is a game room on-site, where both kids and their parents can blow off some steam.

Entertainment and Nightlife

If you've had a long, tiring day exploring the Dominican Republic, nothing's better than settling at your accommodation for the evening and letting the excitement come to you; on-site entertainment is one of the tempting amenities offered by Riu Macao. Live shows are typically hosted about 7 days per week. Please keep in mind, the frequency can vary with the season. If you'd like to obtain additional details, check with the front desk at (809) 221-5555.

Plus, there are several different bars, so guests can choose to meet up at their favorite one before the show.

Although there may not be a lot of variety in what nearby properties have to offer with regards to nightlife, the option remains for your to check out some of the nightlife choices in the area around your accommodation. These options are displayed in the following table:

Accommodations near the Riu Macao with Bars
Property Name Location Number of Bars Live Entertainment
Hotel Riu Taino 13.9 mi. North-Northwest of Central Punta Cana 3 check
Riu Bambuall Inclusive 14.2 mi. North-Northwest of Central Punta Cana 4 check
ClubHotel Riu Bambu 14.2 mi. North-Northwest of Central Punta Cana 4 check
Riu Naiboa 13.8 mi. North-Northwest of Central Punta Cana 2 check
Riu Palace Punta Cana 14.3 mi. North-Northwest of Central Punta Cana 5 check
Iberostar Dominicana Hotel 13.7 mi. North-Northwest of Central Punta Cana 2 check
Iberostar Punta Cana 13.7 mi. North-Northwest of Central Punta Cana 2 check
Grand Bahía Príncipe Bávaro 14.5 mi. North-Northwest of Central Punta Cana 15 check
Iberostar Bavaro 13.4 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 11 check
Ocean Blue Golf and Beach Resort All-inclusive 13.0 mi. North-Northwest of Central Punta Cana 5 --
Majestic Colonial Punta Cana Resort All-inclusive 15.0 mi. North-Northwest of Central Punta Cana 9 check

Of course, with a casino on the property, gambling is yet another way to stay entertained after dark. If you seek an alternative atmosphere, there is another casino, found at Iberostar Casino. This one's just 0.4 miles southeast of Riu Macao.


Vacationers will find some of the best opportunities for relaxation at Riu Macao, considering this destination features a spa. The following list shows some of the services available at the spa:

  • Massages
  • Sauna
  • Spa Facility
  • Whirlpool


One of the most unique activities on-site is horseback riding. This activity is popular among guests, so contact the front desk if you're interested in giving it a try.

Riu Macao also has shuffleboard. It's a pleasant way to spend some time outdoors.

You'll also be able to play a game at this property's croquet court. Although this game is difficult to fully master, beginners will enjoy giving it a try.

The beauty salon makes it easy to beautify yourself before a dressy dinner date.

Besides all of the activities available on-site, vacationers looking to do some exploring will appreciate the many exciting things to do and see on Hispaniola. Whether you are looking to lay out on a sunny beach or play a round or two on the golf course, you can find plenty of other opportunities for recreation in and around the area. Check out these articles for information about snorkeling, scuba diving, sightseeing, fishing, shopping, renting a bike or scooter, and other activities.


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