Attractions & Recreation

Tourists come to Punta Cana to relax and enjoy the warm climate and the area offers a variety of activities for everyone; from typical resort activities like golf and tennis to hiking and mountain biking on steep mountains in the national parks. For a taste of true Dominican recreation, spend an afternoon watching baseball in one of the cities.

Punta Cana, and particularly the Bávaro area, offers a multitude of recreational activities. Snorkelling, sailing, kayaking, diving and other water sports are top on the list for most visitors. Day tours by bus, super-truck, speedboat, sailboat or glass-bottom boat can take you off the resort to see other parts of the country and experience fun activities such as ziplining, driving adventure buggies, riding horses, exploring caves and swimming with dolphins or even sharks.

 
This is the quintessential “tropical desert island,” with waving palm trees, azure waters and pristine white sand. A day trip to this protected nature reserve is one of the most popular things to do in Punta Cana. Guided tours by catamaran or speedboat whisk visitors to the island for a day of relaxing and snorkelling in the hopes of seeing starfish and other marine life.
This 607 hectare reserve protects coastal plains and mangrove swamps. Twelve beautiful freshwater lakes are within the reserve, providing habitat for well over 100 bird and insect species (three of the lakes are swimmable). Take a three-hour guided tour to the lagoons, a petting zoo, an iguana farm and the reserve’s gardens.
Get your blood pumping with ten different activities, from mountain biking to Segways, ziplining to zorbing. This fun adventure park offers a safe environment to experience 100% adrenaline.
Altos de Chavón is a replica of a 16th-century Mediterranean village perched high above the Chavón River. Begun in 1976 as a “centre of culture for the Dominican people,” the village was designed by Dominican architect Jose Antonio Caro and largely hand-built by local artisans. The buildings, pathways and amphitheatre are hewn from local stone, while decorative metal work and carvings adorn the village. This charmingly picturesque place can be visited as part of a day trip to La Romana.