With over 30 miles of idyllic beaches fit for paradise, an impressive roster of designer and award-winning golf courses and activities to satisfy the most energetic adults and children alike, Punta Cana has it all! When searching for information about Punta Cana one can be overwhelmed with the choices of accommodations in Punta Cana, whether they be all-inclusive resorts, hotels, condos, or villas—and yes, there is quite a great life outside the resorts! People from all over the world come here to work, retire, start a business and make a life here. The Punta Cana area has grown exponentially over the past 10 years and notably, the last 3 years have seen unprecedented growth with the creation of state of the art highways, burgeoning entrepreneurial businesses and name brands all establishing themselves here.
Though Punta Cana is advertised as one destination, it is helpful to understand the different and diverse areas it encompasses. Each has a unique feel and has different offerings to give you the experience you desire. Many people choose to stay in one of the many luxurious, world class resorts but for those who wish to experience the true Dominican life it is best to rent an apartment, condo or a lovely villa, of which there are many to choose from. On this site you will find the different areas and a guide to help you choose the best location for your needs.
Something to know if you are planning to vacation at a resort: all resorts are advertised as being in Punta Cana. They will advise you not to leave the resort unless on a tour that they provide. In some areas they are correct in that there is nothing outside the particular resort to walk to. If you want to be able to leave the resort on your own to shop or just walk around without renting a car, it is best to stay in the Bavaro area. There are shopping malls, town plazas with various shops and bodegas, restaurants on the beach, beach and water sports, movie theaters, hospitals, cool bars and fun nightlife. Public transportation is available as well as taxies and car rentals for you to explore at your leisure.
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Travel Guide to Areas in Punta Cana
Here is your guide to the diverse areas considered Punta Cana. Each area offers varying experiences. Some areas are focused on all-inclusive resorts, while other areas let you explore, shop and get around to really “live” and enjoy a true taste of the Dominican Republic.
The east coast of the Dominican Republic is famous for its glorious thirty-five miles of gold and white sand, swaying palm trees and crystal clear turquoise water. Below is a beach guide giving the highlights of what you can expect to see and do. Nothing but heaven!
If you want to be able to leave the resort on your own to shop or just walk around without renting a car, it is best to stay in the Bavaro area, particularly the Los Corales or El Cortecito neighborhoods. There are shopping malls, town plazas with various shops and bodegas, restaurants on and off the beach, beach and water sports, movie theaters, hospitals, cool bars and fun nightlife. Public transportation is available as well as taxies and car rentals for you to explore at your leisure.
Accommodations: Mainly all-inclusive resorts
Beaches: Beautiful bronze-colored beaches with areas of calm water as well as large waves. Uncrowded. Open to the public.
Shopping: There is a small shopping plaza nearby the resort which you need a car or bus to transport you. Other shopping is within the resorts.
Transportation: To and from the airport via taxi or bus
Accommodations: Macao is a small rural village with a famous, virginal, magnificent beach but has no accommodations. It is very close to the all-inclusive resorts in Uvero Alto and Arena Gorda. It is a must-see destination for all who live or visit Punta Cana and should not be missed.
Beaches: El Macao has been declared by UNESCO as one of the best in the Caribbean for its fine sand and abundant palm trees, this stunning beach is virtual eye candy!
Shopping: Locals bring their artisanal products to the beach for tourists to buy.
Accommodations: Mainly all-inclusive resorts
Beaches: A Blue Flag beach, Playa Arena Gorda is one of the Dominican Republic’s widest beaches with a sloping landscape and calm water.
Shopping: in the all-inclusive resorts or on a tour
Accommodations: All-inclusives, condos, villas, hotels, youth hostels, bed and breakfast establishments make Bavaro an international hot spot. Most of the vacation rentals are within walking distance from the beach and many are a step away from the white sand!
Beaches: Palm tree-lined, lively, activities galore, restaurant studded, white sand and calm aqua waters, Playa Bavaro has been rated one of the top 10 beaches in the world.
Shopping: Palma Real Shopping Village Mall, San Juan Shopping Mall, and numerous shopping plazas.
Restaurants: over one hundred restaurants with local and international cuisine
Cinemas: There are two movie theaters with a total of nine salons. Most of the films are in English with Spanish sub-titles
Transportation: Many people who vacation in Bavaro have no need for a car as they can walk to the beach and restaurants. There is public transportation via the bus or “Gua-Gua” as it is called! Motor concho (motor scooter taxi) is also very popular.
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Accommodations: all-inclusive resorts
Beaches: Blue Flag beaches with calm, crystal turquoise water offering decent beach snorkeling. Some public access next to the Catalonia Royal Bavaro Resort. Not a beach to go to unless you are at an all-inclusive hotel.
Shopping: local shopping plazas offering Dominican artisanal work
Restaurants: Local restaurants offering Dominican cuisine or in the all-inclusive resorts
Accommodations: All-inclusive resorts, Villas, Hotels and Condos are available to suit your needs. The Punta Cana International Airport (PUJ) , which has flights from over 55 countries, is located in the village of Punta Cana. Known as a very upscale community, Punta Cana offers the best in comfort and caters to an international cliental which lives year round or visit as a vacation spot.
Shopping: Punta Cana Village is filled with shops, restaurants, supermarkets, banks and pharmacies and medical clinics.
Beaches: Punta Cana beaches are what one dreams of when planning a Caribbean vacation…calm, crystal clear and infinite. If you are not staying at an all-inclusive resort, Punta Cana Beach is open to the public at the beautiful Playa Blanca’s beach restaurant.
Restaurants: You will find international cuisine from Italian to Japanese.
Accommodations: Cap Cana is a multi-luxury gated community of All Inclusive Resorts, Villas and Condos. Cap Cana is divided up into many communities including the Marina, Punto Espada, Las Canas, Caletón, Juanillo all exquisitely designed and constructed with the finest quality possible.
Beaches: Three miles of beautiful, crystal-white sand beaches are the jewels adorning Cap Cana. Playa Juanillo and Playa Caletón are exquisite. Playa Juanillo is accessible to the public via Juanillo Beach Food Drink restaurant and bar. Beach chairs and cabanas are also available.
Shopping: Shops in the Marina, Las Canas, and in the all-inclusive resorts are plentiful with designer and artisan products and clothing.
Restaurants: Complete with gourmet restaurants and fine dining as well as casual-chic bars and lounges