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The beach is the No. 1 attraction in the Punta Cana area, stretching an amazing 50 kilometers. Here are some other activities to consider: 

Manatee Park Bávaro. 130,000 square meter preserve with permanent exhibits of birds, reptiles, and fish. A show with parrots, dolphins and dancing horses is included in the admission fee. Optional possibility of swimming with the dolphins for an extra fee. Reservations should be made as soon as you arrive in the country if you want to swim with the dolphins. Free shuttle bus to and from principal hotels in the area. 

Ecological Walk at the Punta Cana Beach Resort, which ends in a refreshing bath in a cool spring. You will be walking through a real jungle. Bring long sleeves and insect repellent.
Safari Tour. Open jeep takes tourists to visit a rural school, a colmado (country store), sugar cane fields, tropical fruit groves, plus you’ll take a dip in a river and ride horseback on virgin beach after lunch. Operated by Bávaro Runners.


Punta Cana Ecological Reserve. Experience the wilds of exotic fauna and flora

of the Dominican Republic and the Caribbean through daily-guided tours, which

traverse subtropical forests and freshwater lagoons. Made available through the

conservation efforts of the Punta Cana Ecological Foundation.


Petting Farm and Iguana Habitat. The Ecological Reserve offers a chance for children to interact with live animals at the Petting Farm. Your kids will love feeding the animals and seeing the indigenous species of iguanas located in an enclosed habitat near the Farm at Rancho Punta Cana.  The Farm is within easy  walking distance from the hotel, just in front of the Main Gate to Punta Cana Resort and Club.  Open daily from 8:30 am to 4:00 pm.



Punta Cana Resorts (Spread over 23 miles of outstanding local beaches)


Allegro Resort Bávaro is set on a gorgeous 20 mile stretch of dazzling white sand beach. Close to the famed "Nautical Club", its tropical setting inspires an aquatic style that leaves nothing to the imagination, from swimming in the clear blue ocean to sailing on the calm blue sea. When the sun goes down, the action heats up with exciting live shows and dancing in the disco. 


Grand Palladium Palace Resort & Spa is set in an exceptional spot right on the sea front in the well-known Bávaro beach. It is constructed on a 320,000 square metre site next to the neighbouring Grand Palladium Bávaro Resort & Spa and Fiesta Beach Resort & Spa, and is surrounded by a coconut palm plantation and exuberant tropical vegetation.  Only 20 kms from the Punta Cana airport, the hotel offers its guests an extensive beach of fine white sand. A coral reef lies near the shore where those fond of diving and marine life will find their dream.

Barcelo Bávaro Beach dwells beneath the shade of lofty coconut palms, amid orchids and mangroves. The immense coral reef of the only true Bávaro Beach in Punta Cana creates a natural aquarium with extraordinary underwater vistas and tropical fish of every specie. The sheltered coastal frontage of the Bávaro Beach embraces activities which range from merely relaxing peacefully in cool seas through enjoying an active day at watersports. And, it all takes place in the midst of the most wonderful landscape imaginable. Reservations are required for á la carte restaurants.


Barcelo Bávaro Casino is located in the center of the Barcelo Bávaro complex next to the Barcelo Bávaro Golf Resort. This Hotel Casino's unbeatable location and infrastructure make it an ideal place for holding conventions and meetings of every kind. Try your luck at Caribbean Black Jack, Progressive Poker, American Roulette or choose from an exciting range of slot machines. Barcelo Bávaro Casino also features spectacular nightly entertainment including "Tropicalissimo," a cabaret show full of dazzling musical performances and colorful Caribbean styles.


Barcelo Bávaro  Garden Resort is set in the enormous Barcelo complex surrounded by palm trees and shady tropical gardens. Hidden by exuberant vegetation, this is the perfect place to relax on the only true Bávaro Beach in Punta Cana. In addition to its lush gardens and tranquil setting, this All-Inclusive resort features 2 restaurants and 3 bars, including the Banana Beach Bar with soft drinks and fruit. Each room has its own private balcony with views of the beach or gardens.


Barcelo Bávaro Palace Sitting on Bávaro Beach in Punta Cana is the Deluxe Barcelo Bávaro Palace. Ride the resort shuttle through the Barcelo complex and enjoy full exchange privileges with over a dozen restaurants and a dozen bars. Enjoy the 18- hole par 72 championship golf course, play tennis, dance the night away at the disco, try your luck in the casino or simply lounge around the over- sized lagoon style pool.


The Catalonia Bávaro Resort is situated in Playa Bávaro in the Altagracia province on the East side of the Dominican Republic. Playa Bávaro is characterized by its tranquility, turquoise-blue waters, coral-sand beaches, lush vegetation and coconut palm trees. Located on a beautiful white sand beach next to shimmering Caribbean waters, this resort invites you to savor Italian, Brazilian, Japanese and French specialties. Choose from 8 different restaurants, 5 bars and a variety of water sports, nightly entertainment and many other activities. Catalonia also features a magnificent pool with green islands, fountains, Jacuzzi and a swim-up pool bar.


Club Viva Dominicus:  La Romana Located in the Bayahibe area, this hotel borders on both the warm blue waters of the Caribbean Sea and the rich vegetation of "National East Park". Its picturesque beach provides the true definition of a Caribbean vacation. Located 90 minutes from the airport.


Club Viva Dominicus Palace This new resort in Bayahibe lies in the southern coastal region between the two small islands of Saona and Catalina. Located 90 minutes from the airport, this natural divine paradise offers some of the area's best diving. The natural beauty of this resort makes it a find both above and below the water's surface.


Hodelpa Caribe Club  Go diving in the morning, play tennis in the afternoon, then relax by the sparkling pool with a refreshing island drink. Enjoy a variety of gourmet dining choices, live music, nightly entertainment and disco dancing to end a perfect day.


IberoStar Bávaro Enjoy 636 spacious and elegant junior suites in bungalow-style buildings, each room with it's own private balcony. This luxurious Caribbean resort features an a la carte restaurant by the beach with international cuisine and a gourmet restaurant, "La Sibilia", where resort guests can receive a 30% discount. Enjoy all the activities at the exclusive Caribbean Street with themed events and shops.


IberoStar's Punta Cana & Dominicana are situated on a spectacular palm tree-covered resort, bringing to Bávaro Beach the best in Caribbean hospitality and cuisine. These twin All-Inclusive resorts offer a splendid atmosphere of relaxation, comfort and enjoyment within a gorgeous 4-story mid-rise hotel complex. Enjoy sumptuous dining and courteous service at Iberostar's 2 a la carte restaurants (Italian and Mexican), a buffet restaurant and a gourmet restaurant. Each resort features nightly shows and Caribbean dances presented by the entertainment team.  


LT-I Beach Resort Punta Cana This resort is located 25 minutes from the Punta Cana Airport on a beautiful white sand beach. Honeymooners receive an upgraded room with double bed, bottle of sparkling wine, fruit basket and fresh flowers in room.


Melia Caribe Tropical combines an "All-Inclusive" vacation with full service facilities, endless activities and world famous Melia service. An exceptional value! An untouched eco-zone runs through the middle of this resort that separates the main hotel facilities from the stunning beach and oversized swimming pool in Punta Cana.


Natura Park and Spa   Each facet of this spectacular All-Inclusive resort is designed to enable guests to feel at one with nature, while also fulfilling every vacation desire. This unique eco-resort, with its pristine tropical foliage and mangrove forest, is located in the heart of the large and unspoiled National Park of Bávaro Beach. Stroll through spectacular gardens, enjoy the colorful sights of exotic birds, turtles, fish and other wildlife. Relax by the lagoon-style swimming pool with Jacuzzi and swim-up bar. Enjoy Natura Park's Metamorphosis Spa featuring a complete gym, massage parlor, sauna, mud baths and a beauty salon.


Grand Flamenco by Occidental  is located on the famous "Playa Bávaro" Beach. Stroll through beautifully designed gardens or relax on white sand beaches surrounded by tropical palm trees. Enjoy a luxurious free-form pool with cascading fountains and a bungalow-style swim-up pool bar. Stay at the Grand Flamenco by Occidental , and let their professionally-trained staff pamper your every need like never before. Only 15 minutes from Punta Cana International Airport.


Paradisus Punta Cana Set amidst one of the best beaches in the Caribbean, the grounds include a magnificent lake and a nature area with a mangrove swamp waiting for you to explore. This deluxe, all- inclusive resort offers á la carte and buffet dining at over a dozen restaurants, a wide variety of daily and nightly activities and non- motorized watersports.


Punta Cana Beach Resort and Club Discover the passion of living at the Punta Cana Beach Resort. Enjoy personalized service, a complete entertainment program, excursions, ecological walks, sports activities, live shows, meringue and international music at the disco or piano bar. Located just 7 km. from Punta Cana International Airport, this resort is situated on one of the most beautiful and exclusive beaches in the Caribbean. Punta Cana Beach Resort is one of the Caribbean's best PADI dive centers.

Riu Bambu This lavish resort opened in February 1999 and has become an instant favorite. Located on "Arena Gorda's" Beach, the Riu Bambu offers a variety of exciting leisure activities for both day and night. Riu's "Service with Heart" makes it a perfect hotel for the vacationer who wants to experience the best of the Caribbean and enjoys attentive service. Riu Bambu features a magnificent fresh water swimming pool, children's pool and a lively aquatic bar where guests keep cool to the sounds of the Caribbean. Located just 23 km. from the Punta Cana International Airport.


Riu Palace Macao is a luxury resort, built in classic colonial style, is situated on "Arena Gorda's Beach" surrounded by palm groves. The jewel of the Riu complex, the Palace Macao offers a wide variety of activities and entertainment. Riu's dedication to "Service with Heart" is why past visitors have awarded this hotel Punta Cana's first Golden Apple. Try your luck in the full gaming casino, take in some shopping on Riu's famed "Caribbean Street" or dance the night away in Riu's "Pacha Disco". Please note: Men are required to wear long pants at dinner. Reservations are required at a la carte restaurants.


Riu Naboa is a 4-story hotel surrounded by a palm grove with a magnificent sandy beach some 200 meters away. Bordering on the Caribbean and National East Park, this All-Inclusive resort offers a wide array of activities and services, and Riu's "Service with Heart" is sure to make for a memorable and comfortable vacation. Guests can enjoy the "Caribbean Street" of the Riu complex with shopping, a massage parlor, hair salon, and many other attractions and accommodations. 


Riu Taino This bungalow complex is nestled in the middle of a palm grove, on 15 miles of pure white sand beach. Riu's "Service with Heart" makes this hotel friendly and accommodating. Enjoy the "Caribbean Street" of the Riu complex with shopping, massage parlor, hair salon, and many other attractions and accommodations. This resort features a fresh water swimming pool with children's section and has a sunbathing terrace perfect for soaking up the Caribbean sun. The "Pacha" discothèque is open for entertainment and drinks every night of the week. For an additional fee, Riu Taino guests can enjoy 3 floodlit tennis courts, windsurfing, water skiing, fishing and other daily activities.


Secrets Excellence represents seclusion, luxury, and relaxation while also embodying romance and excitement. This 5-Star, adults only Resort and Spa features a 24 hour All Inclusive experience with 446 suites all with Jacuzzi, 7 a la carte restaurants, and 1.5 miles of endless white sugary beach. Secrets Excellence caters mostly to couples, honeymooners, or that sophisticated guest looking to be pampered. Order room service 24/7 while you have a Romantic evening in your own private Jacuzzi.


The Sandy Village Beach Resort is located on one of the most secluded beaches in Punta Cana. Conveniently located just 10 minutes from the airport and adjacent to Laguna de Beron National Park, this casual resort is perfect for couples, singles and families.


Breeezes Spa and Casino Resort is where you can explore the subtropics and the most beautiful beaches in the Caribbean. There's plenty of sunshine to go around!  Located directly on the Arena Gorda Beach, the new, four star Breezes Punta Cana Spa & Casino Beach Resort is an enchanting residence, set in the middle of a coconut grove. The specially designed pool area is perfect for water fans and sun worshippers. The sea and beach provide all the fun and fitness you're looking for. Experience the spectacular sunsets, and at night, swing to the rhythms of the Caribbean.


Sun Club On the shore, over the magnificent beaches of Bávaro, and surrounded by palm groves. All rooms are comfortably equipped with telephone, air-conditioning, radio, Satellite TV, terrace.



One to two hours away:

La Otra Banda
If you take the Saona, Catalina, Altos de Chavón, Higuey or Santo Domingo excursions, on your way west ask your guide to point out the small town of La Otra Banda, with its pretty little houses, right out of a Caribbean architecture book and perfect for picture-taking. 

Higüey (Ee-Gway)
The city has no tourist attractions other than its Basilica, a large modern cathedral that honors the Virgen de la Altagracia, patron saint of the Dominican Republic. 

La Romana/Altos de Chavon 
Past expansive fields of shoulder-high sugar cane, visitors will come to La Romana, a city built and maintained by the sugar mills. The incessant production of sugar fills the air with the sweet smell of molasses. But the principal attraction of the region is Altos de Chavón, a re-created 15th century Italian-Spanish village beside the mesmerizing Chavón River. At its founding in 1981, Altos de Chavón was declared “an artists’ village” by its creators who dedicated it to the service of the fine and applied arts. Its old world cobblestone streets and quaint architecture conceal charming shops, fine restaurants, intimate bars, artisans workshops, a church, a vast amphitheater, an archaeological museum, and a university specializing in design. The Parson's School of Design of New York City has a branch right here. Lovely architecture, restaurants with great views and international cuisine, and a small but superb museum. It’s adjacent to Casa de Campo, one of the most famous and expensive resorts in the Caribbean. 

Los Haitises National Park.

Several hotels offer excursions to Los Haitises National Park, a sanctuary for nature lovers and those interested in natural history. The underground rivers flow through caves replete with pre-Columbian drawings and petroglyphs, silent testimony to the Indian population who dwelled there peacefully for centuries before the arrival of the Europeans. Be sure to visit the Cueva de la Linea (Ferrocarril) and the Cueva de las Arenas. The boat trip to get to these caves that are off San Lorenzo Bay will take you through the largest system of mangroves in the Caribbean. Another option to visit and a place to have lunch in the area is the Paraiso Caño Hondo river center, a short drive from the National Park Los Haitises departure point. 

 Boat trip to Isla Catalina, an environmental reserve located just offshore from La Romana with a coral reef perfect for diving or snorkeling and a nice beach. 

Isla Saona, a larger island off the coast of La Altagracia province. It has a quiet fishing village with friendly locals who now cater to thousands of day trippers. You can go by catamaran, big tourist boat or small motor boat. The boats generally leave from Bayahibe. If you are lucky, dolphins will swim along with you. Some excursions use speed boats that take tourists to visit the village of Mano Juan and Palmilla beach with its white sands. This is the most-booked trip of tourists visiting Punta Cana but if you plan on returning to the DR, consider leaving it for a time when you stay in one of the La Romana hotels when you will be about a half hour boat trip away, instead of the almost three hours it will take to get there from Punta Cana.

Plantación Tropical. A memorable side trip north from San Pedro de Macorís to Hato Mayor will reward the entire family with one of the largest horticultural centers in the Caribbean. Tropical Plantation displays scores of exotic species -- bromeliads, anthuriums, orchids and others along challenging labyrinthine paths. Complementing their intense colors, fragrance and beauty is an aviary with the island's native birds and a vast butterfly enclosure. It is an entertaining cross between a botanical garden, an amusement park and a working plant nursery that will captivate all for an entire morning or afternoon.

Rancho Capote

Also in Hato Mayor, adventure lovers may book an underground excursion to the Rancho Capote and its Cueva Fun Fun, that is the longest underground cave in the Caribbean. This is a shallow cave running seven kilometers. Experience the darkness down under, the giant corridors, the cave art, and the magic whisper of the subterranean rivers. This thrilling excursion begins with a ride on horseback, then a walk through the jungle and the cave, and ends with a well-deserved lunch. The owners of the ranch are one of the country's leading orange growers so expect delicious fresh orange juice with lunch. 



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