Things to do in Punta Cana
This resort town in the Dominican Republic is known for many things — their beaches, resorts, and parties. If you’re looking for things to do in Punta Cana or even need ride, let GO be your guide!
This is one of Vinnie Van GO's favorite getaways, so relax, unwind, and relax. Leave the planning to us and take a look through our guide to the best spots around.
Santo Domingo de Fiesta
This free outdoor show with folk dancers is a local favorite. It takes place every Friday and Saturday at 8pm at the Plaza de Espana in Santo Domingo, just a shuttle ride away from Punta Cana. And it gets better — this festival lasts all year round! Make sure to take it in while you’re in the DR.
This festival has been a Spanish tradition since the early 16th century. Every Sunday in February, carnival parades and other events take over cities across the Dominican Republic. Punta Cana’s celebration is not to be missed! Reserve a carnival festival shuttle early.
Hundreds of people from all over the world gather for this intimate festival in late February. The event takes place in La Romana, Puerto Plata and Santiago. There are many kinds of events to participate in for all ages — from merengue classes to cigar workshops to a golf tournament.
This beach is one of the Dominican Republic's best, and there's no question why. Sit back and relax in the sun as waiters bring you refreshments. Although the beach is public, there are private spots available through paid access. This is a great place to people watch — and wedding watch!
Altos de Chavon
This recreated Mediterranean-style European village is like nothing else you've seen before. Explore the most popular attraction in the city and the local cultural center, archaeological museum and amphitheater at this tiny town atop the Chavon River, just a short shuttle ride from Punta Cana.
If you're looking for something more quiet, Isla Catalina is the perfect place to get back in touch with nature. Explore this tropical island just 1.5 miles off the coast of the DR. This is a great spot to snorkel, so be sure to bring your swimsuit!
There are no stadiums or arenas in Punta Cana.
There are so many wonderful ways to see Punta Cana, but here are a few different kinds of tours to keep you busy. One of the local bests is Punta Cana Mike's Private Dominican Adventure tour. This highly rated experience takes you through the history and heritage of the area, through a local's eyes. If you're looking for a more adult experience, be sure to check out the Pirate Rum Factory & Taino Cave Tour, where you can sample local spirits, and still get out to see the natural wonders of the island. If you want to be totally immersed in nature, Paradise Excursions offers several water and boat tours around the island.
For something formal, there's no better place in Punta Cana than Passion. This is the perfect spot for a business dinner or date, with an internationally acclaimed chef serving you seafood Spanish cuisine. Passion is only open for dinner, so be sure to make a reservation.
Eze Bar & Restaurant
This spot nestled on a beach in the wind-surfing town of Cabarete – a shuttle ride from Punta Cana – is a local favorite. Grab a delicious fruit smoothie or something from their Italian–inspired menu before you hit the beach.
This waterside restaurant is the perfect place for a romantic date. The beautiful architecture was designed to make diners feel as though they were aboard a yola, or small fishing boat, and the whole building is set on stilts over the Caribbean. The interior was designed by Oscar dela Renta himself, and the seafood menu will keep you drooling.