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Romantic Guide to Punta Cana

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Blessed with one of the most beautiful expanses of white sand in the Dominican Republic, plenty of luxury all-inclusive resorts for ultra pampering, and nearby natural attractions; the Punta Cana area — stretching along the southeast of the Dominican Republic — makes for an idyllic couples' getaway. Bask in the sun for days, beach hop from Bavaro to Macao, and don't miss escaping into the lush interior, including at Parque Nacional del Este and Laguna Bavaro.

Good for
  • Couples
  • Nature Lover
  • Peace and Quiet Seeker
  • Beach Goer

10 Places

4 City Tips

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10 Places

Bavaro Beach

Beaches

Isla Saona

Islands

Macao Beach

Beaches

Indigenous Eyes Ecological Park & Reserve

Nature & Wildlife Areas, Parks

Isla Catalina

Islands

Manati Park Bavaro

Theme Parks

Laguna Bavaro

Bodies of Water

Hoyo Azul

Bodies of Water

Hard Rock Casino Punta Cana

Casinos

Rais Ranch - Horse back riding on the beach

Horseback Riding Tours

LilyGirma's City Tips

  • Travel in the low season and save on tour and hotel prices.
  • Don't drink the tap water, and stick to bottled water to brush your teeth with.
  • Bring small bills so you can tip the hardworking staff at your resort.
  • Explore the natural parks near Punta Cana for a glimpse of the Dominican Republic's interior beauty and diverse landscape.
  • Bavaro Beach
    Beaches
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    LilyGirma Says:

    World famous Bavaro Beach — one of the most stunning in the Caribbean — is dotted with gigantic palm trees and as romantic a setting as you could imagine. Stroll on the beach, get a beachfront couples' massage, or dine by candlelight facing the sea. The beach is wide enough to feel uncrowded, even though it isn't vendor-free during the day, and ideal for long romantic, breezy walks.

    Good for
    • Couples
    • Beach Goer
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Grab your snorkel gear and explore under the water.
    • Don't bring any valuables to the beach.
    Plan to stay:
    More than 3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #1 of 12 things to do in Bavaro
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Beach 11/20/2018
    • Vacarion 11/19/2018
    • Bavaro Beach
  • Isla Saona
    Islands
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    LilyGirma Says:

    Part of a protected national park, Parque Nacional del Este, the island of Saona lies off the southeastern coast of the Dominican Republic. Hop on a boat trip to the island — you'll cool off in a natural swimming pool on the way — where you can spend the whole day on white sand beaches, swimming in turquoise seas, or napping in hammocks.

    Good for
    • Couples
    • Beach Goer
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Bring a hat and plenty of sunscreen.
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #1 of 2 things to do in Parque Nacional del Este
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Honeymoon 11/20/2018
    • Waste of time 11/20/2018
    • Isla Saona
    Price range:
    US$65 - US$65
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
  • Macao Beach
    Beaches
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    LilyGirma Says:

    Pack up your lunch and escape to the public, less crowded, and undeveloped Macao Beach, a local favorite. Relax on the beach, take a nap, or frolic in the Atlantic waves (with care). Plus, enjoy a typical Dominican lunch from one of the bars or fish shacks while you're there.

    Good for
    • Couples
    • Beach Goer
    • Hidden Gems
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Bring change in case you need to rent a beach umbrella.
    • Bring your own towels but leave valuables in your room safe.
    • Vendors will approach you; a simple "no, gracias" will suffice.
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #6 of 46 things to do in Punta Cana
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Simply Beautiful 11/19/2018
    • Nice beach but full of vendors. 11/17/2018
    • Macao Beach
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    6:00 AM - 6:00 PM
  • Indigenous Eyes Ecological Park & Reserve
    Nature & Wildlife Areas, Parks
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    LilyGirma Says:

    Put your sneakers on and get lost together in the Indigenous Eyes Ecological Park, where you can hike the trails while taking in the beauty of this private 1,500-acre nature reserve. There are over ten freshwater lagoons — called 'eyes' by the Tainos because of their oval shape — and the reserve is home to birds, iguanas, and other Dominican flora and fauna. You can take a swim in the gorgeous jade waters and cool off mid-hiking if you choose.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Couples
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Wear comfortable footwear.
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #5 of 46 things to do in Punta Cana
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Intresting And Unusual Water Feature-Syri I Kalter 11/15/2018
    • Great Experience! Cristal clear blue water. Nature at it's best! 11/07/2018
    • Indigenous Eyes Ecological Park & Reserve
    Address:
    Ave. Abraham Lincoln No. 960
    Punta Cana
    Dominican Republic
    Phone:
    +1 809-959-9221
    Other:
  • Isla Catalina
    Islands
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    LilyGirma Says:

    Off the south coast of the Dominican Republic, Isla Catalina is part of the protected Parque Nacional del Este. Sign up for a day trip to the island and enjoy a day of sailing, snorkeling, and plenty of food and fun in the sun.

    Good for
    • Couples
    • Beach Goer
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Bring a hat and plenty of sunscreen.
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #10 of 46 things to do in Punta Cana
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Lacklustre 11/18/2018
    • Meh.. 11/14/2018
    • Isla Catalina
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
  • Manati Park Bavaro
    Theme Parks
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    LilyGirma Says:

    Flamingos, flowers, and lush gardens await at the Manati Park, a nice spot to get away from the hustle and bustle of the resorts in Punta Cana. Plus, if you'd like to, there's a dolphin and seal lion show to watch here.

    Good for
    • Couples
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Vendors can be persistent but you're not obligated to buy anything.
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #18 of 46 things to do in Punta Cana
    • Friends and family 11/12/2018
    • Fun Family Trip 11/11/2018
    • Manati Park Bavaro
    Address:
    Ctra. Manati, s/n
    Punta Cana
    Dominican Republic
    Phone:
    +1 809-221-9444
    Price range:
    US$35 - US$35
    Other:
  • Laguna Bavaro
    Bodies of Water
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    LilyGirma Says:

    Escape the beach and marvel at the Dominican Republic's interior at the Bavaro Lagoon Wildlife Refuge, located in Cabeza de Toro. You'll spot numerous species of birds, native plants and trees, as well as reptiles and freshwater fish. Canoe through mangroves and enjoy nature away from the crowds.

    Good for
    • Couples
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Bring a waterproof camera.
    • Go early when it's quieter.
    • Wear comfortable shoes, a hat, and sunscreen.
    Plan to stay:
    More than 3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #24 of 46 things to do in Punta Cana
    • Beautiful, but... 02/21/2017
    • This is a very beautiful place, you should check it out if in the area 07/26/2016
    • Laguna Bavaro
  • Hoyo Azul
    Bodies of Water
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    LilyGirma Says:

    You can't miss a romantic dip in one of the Dominican Republic's most beautiful cenotes: Hoyo Azul. Close to Punta Cana's International Airport, grab a taxi and head to Scape Park. You'll hike a forest trail and reach a platform leading down to this natural wonder. Walk your way down to the cenote, or cliff-dive together (at your own risk of course!).

    Good for
    • Couples
    • Thrill Seeker
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Go early to avoid crowds of tourists.
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #2 of 46 things to do in Punta Cana
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • great excursion but very disorganized 11/13/2018
    • Amazing Water 11/07/2018
    • Hoyo Azul
    Phone:
    +1 809-469-7484
    Other:
  • Hard Rock Casino Punta Cana
    Casinos
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    LilyGirma Says:

    Try your couples' luck at the lively, modern Hard Rock Casino. Drinks are free while you gamble so you can throw back some mamajuana shots — the Dominican aphrodisiac —and enjoy some nightlife away from your resort.

    Good for
    • Couples
    • Nightlife Seeker
    Tips
    • Be warned if you're averse to cigarette smoke, as it's pretty heavy inside the casino.
    • Dress appropriately.
    • Pick up a visitor's wrist band at the front desk.
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #4 of 46 things to do in Punta Cana
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Nice setup 11/16/2018
    • Great stay, huge hotel 11/14/2018
    • Hard Rock Casino Punta Cana
    Address:
    Blvd. Turistico del Este, km 28
    Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Punta Cana
    Punta Cana 23000
    Dominican Republic
    Phone:
    +1 809-731-0001
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
    Other:
  • Rais Ranch - Horse back riding on the beach
    Horseback Riding Tours
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    LilyGirma Says:

    Go horseback riding together on the beach. You'll head into the Dominican countryside to saddle up at a ranch, where you will also receive an introduction to horseback riding. Next, you'll head off on a course that will take you through forests, past a small stream — with breaks for some fresh coconut — and eventually end up on the beautiful, public Macao Beach. Take a break and cool off in the sea for a few minutes, before heading back to the ranch and your resort.

    Good for
    • Couples
    • Beach Goer
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • First-timers are welcome, just bring appropriate shoes and clothing for the ride.
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #158 of 272 Outdoor Activities in Punta Cana
    • holiday extra 10/23/2018
    • Wonderful Horseback riding stable for children and, Veterans who need horse back riding Therapy and all others who want 08/28/2018
    Address:
    C/ abelardo montas #100
    Punta Cana
    Dominican Republic
    Phone:
    +1 809-554-3736
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