From its sprawling, majestic beaches, to its lush ecological parks and seaside restaurants, there is certainly no lack of worthiness when it comes to Punta Cana’s popularity among luxury vacationers.
If taking a trip to Punta Cana is in your near future, chances are you plan to take full advantage of the main attraction: blissful beaches galore. The Dominican Republic boasts over 800 miles of stunning coastline, and Punta Cana accounts for 20 of those miles.
Curious to know what is the best beach in Punta Cana? Which one is most popular? Which one has the best water, sand and surf? Well you’re in luck, because we’ve lined up 5 of the best beaches to discover in Punta Cana:
Playa Bavaro Beach
Lined with swaying palm trees, Bavaro Beach is generally considered by most to be not only the best beach in Punta Cana but the best beach in the Dominican Republic overall. With over 10km of soft, white sands, this beach is perfect for those sunset walks.
If it’s an adventure you seek, at Bavaro Beach you can partake in some exciting activities such as parasailing, glass bottom boat tours, riding speedboats and so much more. With it’s turquoise calm waters, this is also a great spot for those who enjoy a leisure swim in the ocean. The beach is also lined with some local restaurants and gift shops for you to explore; perfect for foodies searching for their next delicious bite to eat or for those wanting to pick up a small souvenir for loved ones back home.
It’s important to note however that seeing as the majority of Punta Cana’s most popular all-inclusive resorts are located on Bavaro Beach, it in turn does make it one of the more busier beaches in the area but definitely one worth checking out on your next vacation to Punta Cana!
Arena Gorda Beach
Also known as the “Fat Sand” beach, Arena Gorda is situated just north of Playa Bavaro and is where you wanna be if you’re looking for a family friendly beach option.
With lifeguards always on duty this spot is great for the little ones! Enjoy a day trip with the fam jam to Arena Gorda where everyone can delight in swimming, sailing, kayaking, snorkelling and even horseback rides along the sandy shores. This is also a popular beach for those who enjoy water sports like surfing, kitesurfing or windsurfing as the waves and wind are slightly stronger in this location on the cape as opposed to others in the area. Additionally, it is conveniently set up to receive any handicapped guests, making it truly an inclusive beach for all.
Despite all the great advantages of this “Blue Flag” beach, it’s not overrun with visitors, making it easy to relax on one of the sunbeds at your disposal along the shore. You will be able to kick back and disconnect in no time, while your body and mind are being soothed by the sun, waves and sea air.
If you’re going to visit Arena Gorda, we recommend that you try the food and drinks offered at any of the local restaurants along the beach, as there is nothing like trying the island’s typical Caribbean cuisine.
El Cortecito Beach
Often referred to as “the heart of Bavaro”, El Cortecito is a quaint neighborhood in Bavaro with a favored beach that goes by the same name. This funky neighborhood is a great blend of locals, newcomers, and tourists. There’s always something to do around this place.
This beach is great for those really looking to unwind and just lay a towel down to soak up all the tropical sun. In some areas, portions of the beach have been washed away, meaning many of the local shops, restaurants and bars are right at the edge of incoming waves. Speaking of shops, restaurants and bars, there is no shortage of these by El Cortecito Beach and you’ll probably want to check those out first before heading to the sands for some R&R. And no trip to El Coretecito is complete without tasting their local specialty cocktail called mamajuana, a delicious blend of rum, red wine, honey and herbs.
Seeing as many of the water excursions depart from this beach, there’s always tons going on and something for everyone to enjoy! You can spend your day partaking in motor boating, windsurfing, snorkeling… the list goes on! A popular favorite amongst travelers is an activity known as SNUBA which combines both snorkeling and scuba diving into one, happily operated by the folks at Ocean Adventures Punta Cana.
Overall El Coretecito is a wonderful option for a beach day for families, friends and couples.
Playa Macao Beach
Situated just a short drive from Bavaro, Macao beach is a popular choice among both locals and travelers, mainly due to its pristine white sands, clear sparkling waters and all the outdoor adventures that come with it!
As soon as you step foot on this beautiful beach, you will instantly be in awe of your vast surroundings. 3.2 miles long and filled with natural splendor, there is so much space to explore in peace and wonder.
At one end of the beach you can enjoy swimming in the calm waters and observing the local fisherman dock with their small boats loaded with fresh seafood. At the other end, the waves are increased thus making it a hot spot for surf enthusiasts; you can even sign up for some surfing lessons at Macao Surf Camp. Other popular activities include buggy excursions, ATV riding and paddle surfing.
Right in the middle of the beach is where you’ll find all the glorious shops and restaurants where you can indulge in some local delicacies. This is also where you can grab one of the outdoor sun loungers and laze away the day or perhaps head out for a leisure horseback ride along the shore with family or friends.
When you visit Macao, you’ll never feel crowded. The sand stretches on forever — except during the weekends, when locals and tourists alike enjoy its serenity, however there is plenty of room for everyone!
Playa Juanillo Beach
This amazing spot in the Dominican Republic is synonymous with calm, casual, and completely ‘cool’. Located in the private Cap Cana, Juanillo Beach is an oasis of serenity that beckons you to kick back and relax.
Juanillo Beach is host to an amazing restaurant in the area, Little John. Here you can enjoy a multitude of Caribbean dishes, sip on a delicious mojito under a cabana, or sunbathe on one of the luxurious tanning beds offered for your convenience. Adding to the already lively ambience, vibrant music is played throughout the beach area which means this is a one stop shop for all your sunny beach day needs.
There are tons of activities to take part in, which means it’s also a very family friendly spot as there is something for everyone to enjoy. Swimming, snorkeling, volleyball and kayaking are just some of the options available and weather permitting windsurfing is also quite popular here. It is also perfectly acceptable to float peacefully in the crystal clear waters allowing all your stresses to drift away.
The two main Rental Escapes resort communities of Punta Cana Resort and Cap Cana are also both incredible ways to experience Dominican beach culture. Upscale Cap Cana offers the Caleton Beach Club, complete with beach butlers, fine dining, spa services, and golf. Just next door, the 15,000-acre Punta Cana Resort and Club has the best beach among the resort communities, and offers kitesurfing, golf, and nearby nightlife options to boot.
To book a luxury villa rental in one of our stunning resort communities, get in touch with us today! Let us help set you up with luxurious accommodations that will ensure you have the most unforgettable trip ever!