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Although Punta Cana, Dominican Republic is gaining a reputation for becoming increasingly touristy, it’s still undeniably nature rich enough to appeal to those who want to spend time exploring areas outside the all-inclusive resorts and hotels in Punta Cana. The adventurous can choose from among kayaking, diving, snorkeling, rappelling, hiking, and windsurfing. Whether it’s exploring dense tropical rainforests, relaxing on secluded beaches, enjoying fantastic underwater experiences, or swimming with dolphins, there’s a lot to keep you busy, active, and very interested. Here are the top things to do in Punta Cana.
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If you’re in Punta Cana, there’s no denying that spending quality beach time is a must. Bavaro Beach is your perfect beach paradise — turquoise clear water, white sand, and palm trees right off a postcard. There are plenty of bars and restaurants for entertainment, though if you prefer a quiet corner to lie on the beach, that isn’t hard to find, either.
Swim in Hoyo Azul Cenote
Hoyo Azul (Blue Hole) Cenote is a unique experience where you get to swim in a limestone-walled freshwater cenote or natural sinkhole just below a rugged cliff. To reach the cenote, you’ll trek along a scenic trail in Scape Park, south of Punta Cana, an area with interesting wildlife and vegetation native to the region. If you don’t like to walk too much, there’s also a horseback ride option to the sinkhole. The dip in the clear waters of the sinkhole makes for a refreshing swim after the long trek in the park.
Zipline through Lush Forests
There’s no activity as thrilling as zipping through the lush rainforests of Punta Cana with the wind in your face. As you zip between platforms through the 1-mile long course, you’ll enjoy spectacular views of the forest and countryside. If you’re afraid of heights, ziplining in beautiful Punta Cana is a great way to overcome your fear!
Snorkel at Catalina Island
Snorkeling to beautiful underwater views of coral reefs is a truly spectacular Caribbean experience like no other and Catalina Island, an easy day trip from Punta Cana, is the ideal place for it. The island is a nature reserve and national park, home to diverse marine life and one of the country’s most popular dive sites, The Wall. You’ll get to see colorful coral and different species of tropical fish in the azure waters.
Explore Los Haitises National Park
If the idea of exploring secluded coves, dense areas of Caribbean mangrove, and prehistoric caves sounds appealing, then you won’t be disappointed with Los Haitises National Park, a natural reserve by San Lorenzo Bay. You’ll hike through the subtropical forest, see a variety of native birds, flora, and reptiles, ride down a river, view Caribbean mangroves, and swim under waterfalls. During a tour of the caves, you’ll notice the pictographs on the walls, believed created by the area’s first inhabitants. Expect to spend an entire day with plenty of adventure.
Have you been to Punta Cana in the Dominican Republic? Did you like it?