Punta Cana – Dominican Republic

A Little Piece of Paradise

Located on the easternmost edge of the Dominican Republic, Punta Cana has an abundance of breathtaking beaches on the shores of both the Atlantic Ocean and the Caribbean Sea. On the Caribbean side, the crystal clear waters are calm & relaxing as they lap over the powdery white sand, a brilliant turquoise deepening to an almost unbelievable aqua. As you move north along the coast, the waves pick up, the sand turns more brown & the water becomes more blue as the Atlantic starts to exert its influence.

The weather along La Costa del Coco (the Coconut Coast) is idyllic, typically 78°F & sunny, rarely reaching 90°F or dropping below 70°F. Rains are short-lived & usually come at night. So, come ready to take advantage of all the cultural, entertainment & aquatic activities the Dominican has to offer. Kite surfing, windsurfing, surfing, wakeboarding & fishing are all local favorites. You can also snorkel, kayak & golf to your heart’s content. Then, let the island’s contagious rhythms turn up the heat at one of the area’s bars, clubs or casinos.

If you’re a foodie, you won’t be disappointed by Punta Cana’s traditional Caribbean & creole delicacies. Similar to Puerto Rico’s version, the Dominican’s Mofongo is made with mashed green Plantains but cooked with chicharrón (pork cracklings) & topped with melted cheese & a garlic broth. For dessert, make sure to try the creole sweets made with milk, coconut, orange, plum & other tropical fruit. Pair it with a drink of the truly original Mamajuana, made with rum, red wine, honey, a combination of herbs & tree bark.

With all Punta Cana has to offer, it’s clear why many just call it Paradise.

Wave of Change staff member measuring coral

Our featured resorts offer so much more than standard fun & relaxation. Guests support a wide variety of social & environmental programs. Here are a few that really stand out.

Conservation Efforts

As part of its #waveofchange initiative, Iberostar opened its first on-land coral reef laboratory on the beach of the Grand Bávaro property. Guests can visit the lab & learn more about the science being used to improve the health of our oceans.

Community Programs

In concert with its kid-friendly approach, the Royalton Splash supports the Higüey orphanage by donating school supplies & personal hygiene kits, teaching the children the importance of taking care of themselves & the environment.

Sustainability Projects

Zoëtry Agua runs an abundance of green initiatives, including: multiple recycling programs; composting; diesel, electricity & detergent reduction; beach cleanups; as well as a pesticide-free greenhouse that produces both organic plants & fauna for reforestation.

Recommended Properties

There are so many options in Punta Cana; it can start to get overwhelming. So, we’ve selected some of our favorite resorts & excursions to get you started.

We feel strongly about partnering with organizations that give back their communities. All the resorts featured meet that criteria, through conservation, sustainability, social work or a combination thereof.

Experience a little piece of paradise & Zoetry's Endless Privileges at this tranquil 96-room resort, located on the Eastern tip of the island where the Atlantic meets the Caribbean.

This family-friendly property is all about fun & with free access to its sister property, there's no shortage of it. You'll find a huge water park, an arcade, Escape Room, Virtual Reality games, casino & spa.

This Greco-Roman inspired adults-only resort, located on one of the country's most famous beaches, offers guests a luxurious experience, including butler service.

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Optional Excursions

Girl holding squirrel money at Monkeyland in Punta Cana Dominican Republic


Time to monkey around! This 5-hour excursion will start with a visit to a traditional country house where you'll meet a local family & learn about life in the Dominican while enjoying some regional coffee & cocoa. Then, it's time to meet the squirrel monkeys at the 5-acre nature sanctuary they call home. You'll get to feed, pet, play with & maybe even hold them. Suitable for everyone, except pregnant women.

Basilica Catedral Nuestra Senora de la Altagraciain Higuey, Dominican Republic

Higüey City Tour

Get to know Higüey, one of the Dominican Republic's largest cities, on this 5-hour excursion. Learn about the country's history through its art & jewelry at the Altagracia Museum; marvel at the architecture of Our Lady of Altagracia; & step back in time at the Church of Saint Dionysius (one of the first churches on the American continent). Then get a feel for the city as you walk past street vendors on your way to the marketplace to shop & watch the master craftsmen hand-roll the island's famous cigars. Suitable for all ages.

Palm tree on beach on Saona Island, Dominican Republic

Saona Island

This full-day excursion starts with a trip to the friendly fishing village of Bayahibe, where you'll hop aboard a speedboat or catamaran to Saona Island. Stop at a hidden natural pool for a peaceful swim. Then, look for bird & marine life as you pass the ecological reserve on your way to Saona's gleaming white sands. Dance to the tropical music, play some beach volleyball or swim in the warm Caribbean Sea. Massages available for an extra fee. Suitable for everyone, except pregnant women.

Zipline in the rainforest

Scape Park

With so much to do at this 247-acre nature park, you can choose the activities that interest you. Options include: Hoyo Azul eco-tour, Iguabonita cave expedition, zip line eco-tour, freshwater sinkhole swim at Cenote Indigena Las Ondas, Xenote Taino, zip line eco splash, Cultural Route, Iguanaland, Xenotes Azules, 'El Rancho' farm animal encounter & a beach getaway. Minimum age requirement: 2.