The Punta Cana Vacation Checklist

When you choose to vacation in the Caribbean, there’s a must-have criteria, and Punta Cana undoubtedly hits all the items on your checklist. From world-class beaches and luxury resorts to beachside greens and exciting entertainment, Punta Cana has the perfect blend of lively activities and relaxing retreats.


Powdery Paradise

Bavaro Beach Punta Cana Dominican Republic

A vacation in the Caribbean demands a pristine beach, and there are no shortage of them in the Dominican Republic. The island boasts just under 1,000 miles worth of shimmering sands, and in Punta Cana, you’ll find Bávaro, Uvero Alto, and Macao. These powdery paradises are routinely named some of the best in the world. Bávaro teems with excitement, featuring restaurants and hotels located right on its turquoise waters; water sports adventures abound at this beach — parasailing, speed-boat riding, and snorkeling (with more than 30 miles of coral reefs). Uvero Alto offers those famous DR golden sands with large waves and a calm tide, perfect for enjoying the warm waters of the Caribbean. UNESCO recently applauded Macao as one of the best beaches in the Caribbean, and here, surfers find paradise.


World-Class Golf Courses


Golf lovers have their pick of courses on the DR with more than 10 located on the island, and Punta Cana challenges every skill and game with courses designed by golf greats like Jack Nicklaus, Tom Fazio, and P.B. Dye. They are also located either on resort grounds or nearby, plus some stays include unlimited green fees. The Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Punta Cana has game with a Jack Nicklaus course on property (18 holes, 72 par), and IBEROSTAR Bávaro Golf Club wows with panoramic views from its world-class championship course.

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Luxurious Accommodations

Dreams Punta Cana

Dreams Punta Cana Resort & Spa

We hate to name drop, but all the big names come to the party in Punta Cana. Hard Rock. Zoetry. Secrets. Dreams. Breathless. Excellence. IBEROSTAR. Barceló. Majestic. RIU. If you have a favorite all-inclusive brand, it’s in the DR. Choose from the pampering amenities of the Unlimited-Luxury and the over-the-top extras of rock royalty. Get exclusive luxury at boutique properties, or go big at mega resorts. Whatever your preference, Punta Cana has the perfect resort for you—with a spectacular beach, a delectable menu, and an unforgettable experience.


Up the Ante!

Hard Rock Hotel and Casino Punta Cana

Hard Rock Hotel and Casino Punta Cana

The Dominican Republic is the leading gambling destination in the Caribbean, and many resorts have a casino on-site. Hard Rock Hotels & Casino Punta Cana sports the largest on the island at 45,000 square feet and 450 slot machines, followed by Majestic Colonial, Melia Caribe Tropical, Dreams Palm Beach Punta Cana, and Excellence Punta Cana. Punta Cana has more than half of the island’s casinos (18 in Punta Cana, 30 in total in the DR)m, and hey, if you go double-or-nothing and win, you should double the length of your visit!

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Of course, you might have a few unique points on your checklist, like a preferred level of luxury or an authentic Indian restaurant, but we’re sure with the endless activities, resorts, and facilities, you’ll cross off every item in Punta Cana. Call your travel agent today to start planning your Punta Cana getaway.