Many tourists and property buyers flock to Punta Cana in the Dominican Republic for its amazing Caribbean beaches and its world-class golf courses.
But the popular east coast resort also boasts many more must-visit tourist attractions for residents and visitors to enjoy in and around Punta Cana, the top tourism resort in the country.
Barbara Warren, Director of International Business Development for Noval Properties, selects six of the best, saying, “There is so much to do in the Punta Cana area that we had trouble keeping our selection to just six! While you are holidaying in the town and enjoying these attractions, why not also visit a Noval Properties show home and see the outstanding qualities of our homes and communities?
“After all, many of our homebuyers are tourists who fall in love with Punta Cana so much they want to find a vacation property or move here permanently.”
Six of the best must-visit tourist attractions in Punta Cana are:
Punta Cana has many beautiful beaches and Bávaro Beach, just north of the city, is among the best. Bavaro Beach boasts white sand and turquoise waters. It has a special swimming area by natural reefs and is also popular with boaters and watersports enthusiasts. Take a stroll along the soft sandy beach or just smother on the suncream and sunbathe. While here, don’t forget to strike a pose and take a picture to impress your family and friends. Bávaro Beach has been named among the world’s top five beaches for Instagram images.
Scape Park and Hoyo Azul
Take a walk on the wild side at Scape Park, with its incredible limestone cliffs and jungle plants. See the hidden Hoyo Azul – blue hole, explore ancient caverns and caves and take a thrilling Eco Splash zipline. You can also learn about the culture of the region and see replica homes of native peoples, or just relax at the beach club.
Sweet! What could be better than learning all about chocolate at Choco Museo – and tasting some, too? Track the process from the cacao harvest, discover the history of making chocolate! Also, find out how it is made in a bean-to-bar workshop!
Flintstones Buggy Adventure
Have a yabba-dabba-do time at the Flintstones Buggy Adverture. The eco-friendly buggy trail runs for 10km through countryside and caves and takes in Bedrock City. This is where you can see Fred Flinstone’s house and other scenes based on the popular Flintstones cartoon and movies.
To get away from the crowds, seek out sensational Saona Island, a stunning nature reserve off the south-east tip of the Dominican Republic. The 15-mile long by three-mile wide tropical island belongs to East National Park and is well worth the full-day trip. It is a 90-minute drive from Punta Cana, followed by a boat trip. You can see colourful birds, exotic starfish and rare turtles at the sanctuary on Saonoa among the mangroves and coral reefs. There are several beautiful beaches here! So although Saona is one of the most popular excursions in DR, there are plenty of opportunities to relax and take in the amazing natural beauty.
Hit the heights and visit Montaña Redonda. The small mountain is around 1,000 feet tall and is about 90-minutes out of Punta Cana near the town of Miches. It offers amazing panoramic views over the coast and the whole region. If you are feeling brave, use one of the mountain-top giant swings. This swing gives you the impression you are flying and gives you the opportunity to take some amazing pictures. If you really want to make an impression, use one of the hammocks or ‘flying broomsticks’ on the edge of Montaña Redonda. There is a minimal entrance fee, and you can drive to the top if you can’t manage the climb.
As some restrictions are in place due to the COVID-19 pandemic at the time of writing, don’t forget to check if the sites and attractions are open before you travel.