The Best Punta Cana Beaches

Punta Cana beaches in Dominican Republic will simply take your breath away as you soak up the sun on some of the softest white sand in the world. Punta Cana beaches sport plenty of options for you from riding a jet ski to enjoying the sounds of the waves. The beaches at Punta Cana are very diverse such as Bavaro Beach where you can mingle with celebrities while the palm trees sway in the gentle wind. Macao Beach is excellent for all sorts of watersport fun from taking a surfing a lesson to snorkeling amidst the beautiful coral reefs. If you like sunrises then Juanillo Beach is the idyllic spot for you to watch the beauty of a new day. No matter what you are looking for in a beach, Punta Cana has just the right spot for your lounger, umbrella and cold libation.

  • Bavaro Beach (Playa Bavaro) in Punta Cana

    Bavaro Beach (Playa Bavaro) in Punta Cana

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    Another attraction is the world renowned tropical beaches of Punta Cana located at Bavaro, or Playa Bavaro. Here you will rub shoulders with the beautiful people and celebs who come to soak up the sun and be seen. See the stunning luxury resorts along the coast or book yourself into one for a few days.

    The beaches offer idyllic scenes of pristine white sandy shores, azure blue waters and swaying palm trees. For some retail therapy, there are are small shopping plazas selling local produce and crafts, eats and drinks.

    World-class golf courses with the most magnificent views call those who want to play a round. Divers and snorkelers must experience the fabulous underwater marine life and explore underwater caverns. End your experience sailing on a catamaran, sipping a cocktail and watching the sun set.

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    Macao Beach in Punta Cana

    Macao Beach in Punta Cana

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    Macao Beach is a Punta Cana attraction that is popular with both tourists and locals. The stunning blue waters and sandy beaches make this a glorious setting to spend a day.

    For those who love the water, swim or snorkel to discover the colourful underwater fishes, corals and sponges. Boogie board or take a surfing lesson, there are some areas with bigger breakers for the brave. For something different, take a buggy ride on a guided tour and explore the beaches while bouncing along in these fun vehicles. If you prefer something less rough, enjoy a horse ride tour, where you can take a slow walk along the beach or canter if you are a more experienced rider.

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    Juanillo Beach

    Juanillo Beach

    Juanillo Beach is located on the east side of the island and is the perfect Punta Cana beach for watching amazing sun rises! Get up early and create memories to last a lifetime as the sun appears over this exotic paradise. The beach is blessed with soft, pure white sand, azure blue waters and swaying palm trees for shade, It is not crowded and offers a peaceful rest away from the tourist crowds. There are enough facilities like showers and bathrooms to keep you comfortable. Relax on the sand and soak up the sun, take a slow walk or dip in the calm, warm water. If you want to set sail, rent a kayak or small boat for a self-guide trip. Then head for Little John's where you will have the most delicious lobster you have ever tasted, cooked right on the beach! The nearby Sanctuary Cap Cana resort is a perfect place to spend a few nights.

    Arena Gorda Beach

    Located on the north east coast 1.6 miles east of El Macao, is the beautiful Arena Gorda Beach. This is a busy beach with a selection of amenities and life guards on duty during the day. It is located in the resort area and is easy to access from the hotels. Arena Gorda offers a wide beach with clean white sand that slopes down into azure blue waters. There are some small waves close to the shore, ideal for learning how to surf or bodyboard. Once past the waves, the water is shallow for miles and calm and warm, ideal for kids and the elderly for standing or floating. Relax on a lounger and soak up the sun or seek some shade under the numerous thatch huts. Vendors will offer treats and exotic drinks complete with little colorful umbrellas. The nearby resorts offer fabulous views of the beach as well as sparkling pools, high-class restaurants and entertainment.