Where to go in Punta Cana and Bavaro

Where to go in Punta Cana and Bavaro

Punta Cana is known the world over for stunning beaches, upscale hotels,  romantic settings, and amazing golf courses. The East Coast beaches of the Dominican Republic’s Altagracia province have consistently been ranked as some of the world’s best by those who have visited them.In Punta Cana you can find the perfect resort to fit the vacation of your dreams: from family vacations to championship golf courses, to romance or luxurious relaxation, you’ll find everything you need.

The East Coast region boasts over 35,000 hotel rooms with a a size and style for everyone. World-class brands offer excellent service, delicious food and endless opportunities for activities and adventure. There is no better place to enjoy the rhythms of merengue and bachata.

The tourism here has been developing at a dizzying pace, with many luxurious hotels with golf courses very close by. The best examples are Los Corales and Cap Cana, among other options in Bávaro, in Arena Gorda and in Macao. All of these are just minutes away from the Punta Cana International Airport, where most visitors fly in.

Tourist Attractions [+]

The Indigenous Eyes Ecological Park

Located on the southern end of Punta Cana, the Indigenous Eyes Ecological Park has more than 500 species of exotic plants on trails that snake along 11 natural lagoons. It is open to the public from 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM, and guided tours are offered.

Manatí Park

This delightful park is 81 square miles of tropical birds, reptiles, and professional shows featuring parrots and dancing horses.

House Museum of Ponce de León

This small palace was built by the famous explorer Juan Ponce de León in the region of San Rafael de Yuma over 500 years ago. He lived there in 1505 with his wife, Leonor, and his four children. Here, Ponce de León developed a successful wood exporting business, and later went to Puerto Rico where he eventually became governor. He later traveled to North American to explore modern day Florida. This plantation-house museum has medieval architecture and is now a museum open from 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM. Telephone: 809-551-0118.

Nature and Culture Excursions

A dozen companies offer inland excursions called “jeep safaris,” that take place in four-wheel drive vehicles, buggies, and open-air monster trucks or all-terrain vehicles. Travel through a tropical jungle, visit a country house, ride past fields sown with tropical produce, stop at a spectacular deserted beach or drive to a river for tubing. These excursions also often include a Dominican meal for you to enjoy. Another option is to take a guided tour on horseback along deserted strips of beach. In all cases, the countryside offers the chance to take excellent photographs and memories.

Fun Fun Cave

One of the country’s largest caves, Fun Fun Cave has a 4.5 mile long river flowing inside it. Here you can have an adventure while seeing an incredible display of cave paintings on the walls. Ride to the cave on horseback and then go on a 55-foot descent into the entrance in the Los Haitises National Park.

Rancho Capote offers organized excursions to the cave.

Caño Hondo

Caño Hondo is a scenic area with beautiful beaches, charming inland streams and the small Caño Hondo hotel. It is so large in fact, that you can spend an entire day just going through its massive forest preserve. Come by boat and you will be able to see indigenous paintings and strange rock formations, mangrove swamps and exotic plants and animals you can’t see anywhere else. This eco-adventure can be accessed from the East Coast by road, or by crossing Samaná Bay from the Peninsula.


This is the capital of the province and where the basilica in honor of Our Lady of Altagracia, patroness of the Dominican people, is located.

Golf [+]

Punta Cana is the Caribbean’s golf mecca. With 12 courses in operation and others upcoming, it allows golfers to treat themselves to challenges created by famous golfer-course designers such as Nick Price, Jack Nicklaus, Nick Faldo, Tom Fazio, P.B. Dye, and José-Pepe-Gancedo.

Some of the golf courses in the area: Punta Espada, La Cana, The Legacy, Cocotal, Corales, Las Iguanas, Punta Blanca and White Sands and the Iberostate Golf Club at Iberostar.

Restaurants [+]

In addition to the incredible food found in hotels, Punta Cana has many local restaurants for you to experience authentic Dominican cuisine:- Mitre, Cap Cana. Telephone: 809-469-7010- Soles Beach Bar, Los Corales. Telephone: 809-729-4371

– Captain Cook, El Cortecito. Telephone: 809-552-0645

– Huracán Café, El Cortecito. Telephone: 809-552-1046

– El Pulpo Cojo, El Cortecito. Telephone: 809-552-0909

– Playa Blanca, Punta Cana Resort & Club. Telephone: 809-959 2262

– Mesón Español Rocío, Plaza Las Brisas. Telephone: 809-552 1470

– O Sole Mio (Nino’s), Verón. Telephone: 809-455-1143

– Ándale Guey, Plaza 3 Center. Telephone: 809-552-1418

– Capuccino Mare, Friusa road. Telephone: 809-468-4646

– Galicia, Riu-Macao crossing. Telephone: 809-696-6521

Nightlife [+]

Don’t think that after an active day the night activities and shows at the resorts are your only options for having fun. Not at all!After a day filled with adventure, night activities and shows at the resorts are not your only option for fun. You can experience the nightlife of Punta Cana like a local at any one of these popular places:- Punta Cava, Punta Cana Village.

– Playa Blanca, Punta Cana Resort & Club.

– Hard Rock Café, Palma Real Village, Bávaro.

– Montecristo Café, Palma Real Village, Bávaro.

– Palacio del Cine, [Film Palace] Palma Real Village, Bávaro.

– Photo Bar, Bávaro.

– Discoteca Mangú [Disco], Bávaro.

– Coyote Disco Bar, Plaza las Brisas, Bávaro,

– Huracán Café, Bávaro.

– Restaurante Jelly Fish, Bávaro.

– Bávaro Hot Spot, Bávaro

– Imaginarium, Bávaro.

– Soles Chillout Lounge, Los Corales.

– Discoteca Pachá [Disco], at RIU hotels, Arena Gorda.

– Areito, in the Caribe Club Princess hotel, Bávaro.



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