Punta Cana is known for its stunning, endless beaches, upscale hotels and amazing golf courses. Sure, every sun destination has beaches, but not quite like the ones here in Punta Cana.
There are nine separate beach areas where the resorts are located, each with a charm all its own. While resorts line the coastal strip, beach access is available from outside roads and restaurants. The beaches are public, so there are no restrictions on walking from one hotel beach to another.
The Bávaro area is the most developed section of the east coast’s resort strip. It’s dotted with gift shops, hotels and restaurants right on the beach. Dine at Jellyfish, Huracán Café or El Pulpo Cojo and you’ll feel like you’re in heaven.
Bávaro includes Los Corales, the main departure point for many of the water excursions and beach activities. You can easily book a speedboat ride here, go parasailing, windsurfing or experience the unique thrill of a “flying boat” ride. This can best be described as a two-person raft mounted with a large hang gliding sail on top, and propelled by a motorized fan at the rear. As the boat gains speed, the sail lifts the boat into the air for minutes at a time – you have to see it to believe it!
Playa Uvero Alto is the furthest beach area and has fewer crowds. With its golden sands and high waves, you’ll feel like Robinson Crusoe on your own private beach here. Playa Macao is also in the more-remote northern side and is a favourite among locals for its picture-perfect setting. If you’ve always had a desire to surf, the Macao Surf Camp offers lessons for all ages on weekends, weather permitting.
The Punta Cana shore is regarded as one of the world’s top five billfish fishing areas, with more than seven months of open season every year. Famous marlin fishing tournaments have been held in Punta Cana and Cap Cana for decades. For a chance to reel in a big one, check the Cap Cana Marina for tournament schedules.
Abundant marine life in Punta Cana also offers snorkellers and divers a kaleidoscope of colourful sea creatures to observe. Water temperatures of 27 C and visibility of 18 to 20 metres near shore keep the experience relaxed and comfortable. There are 12 different dive sites in total and a shallow, but rewarding, reef site known as the Aquarium that is great for beginners.
Punta Cana is a golfer’s delight as well – home to some of the top golf courses in the Caribbean. With swaying palm trees, lush tropical foliage, ocean- and bluff-side holes, you may find it hard to keep your eye on the ball.
Some of the great courses here include the Faldo Legacy by Nick Faldo, signature Nick Price course Punta Blanca and Cana Bay by Jack Nicklaus.