The best beaches of Punta Cana: confirmed


This is undoubtedly the best known beach of Punta Cana, as along its coast are located the main all-inclusive hotels such as Barceló, Vista Sol or Palace. Its beauty is so impressive that it was declared by UNESCO as one of the best beaches in the world.

Its white sands and calm, crystalline waters make Playa Bávaro one of the most paradisiacal beaches in the Dominican Republic, so it is almost always full of tourists, mainly guests from nearby hotels.

Being a beach so touristic and recognized, it also has all the services such as restaurants, shopping malls and gift shops. In addition, among the many activities to do in Playa Bávaro Punta Cana you can do numerous activities such as scuba diving, snorkeling, kayaking, renting jet skis and even catamaran rides.


If you go further south, very close to the Punta Cana International Airport, you will find Playa Blanca, a white sandy beach with turquoise waters located at the beginning of the most exclusive sector of this tourist destination: Cap Cana. It has many palm trees, its waters are very calm and is ideal for kitesurfing and windsurfing.

For me it is a spectacular beach if what you are looking for is relaxation, in addition to being considered one of the best beaches in Punta Cana for children because of the calm and low waters. In addition, quite close to the shore is a coral reef in which you can snorkel for a while.

The only detail to keep in mind is that Playa Blanca is a private beach, dedicated mostly to the guests of the Punta Cana Resort & Club hotel. However, it is possible to get there if from the entrance of the place you tell the security personnel that you only want to get to Playa Blanca and spend the day there.


Playa Juanillo is also located in the exclusive area of Cap Cana and has unparalleled beauty. It has a much larger extension than Playa Blanca and its sand is even finer. It also has two of the best restaurants in Punta Cana: El Little John and La Mona Restaurant.

In spite of being in a highly touristic area (Exclusive for 5 star hotels such as the Sanctuary Cap Cana or the Alsol Luxury Village), its maintenance is impeccable, so the experience of spending a day on this beach is worth a lot.

It is possible that in this beach you will find some wedding, since its landscapes are the perfect scenery. Also, as a curious tip of this beach in Punta Cana I tell you that you can take a picture with the colorful van Little John, an icon for everyone who visits Playa Juanillo. To enter you have to identify yourself as I told you before in the case of Playa Blanca.


Located next to Playa Bávaro to the north, Playa Arena Gorda is another of Punta Cana’s best beaches for relaxing and spending a quiet day at the beach. Its sand is soft and white (although a little “voluptuous”, hence the name of the beach) and its crystalline waters, although with slight waves. Several hotels are located on its coasts, especially Iberostar and Gran Bahía Príncipe.

It is freely accessible from the neighboring beaches of Bávaro Punta Cana or from Kukua Restaurant. In this beach, besides relaxing and lying down to take the sun, different aquatic activities can be carried out. In Arena Gorda Beach you can also find 2 of the most famous discotheques in Punta Cana.


Going north from Playa Bávaro, it is possible to get to Playa El Cortecito. Unlike the previous one, this beach has the best of both worlds: It is close to several hotels but you can also feel the warmth of the local people, as it is close to a small fishing village of the same name.

El Cortecito has all the services, and its restaurants are ideal for eating fish and seafood. In addition, it has gift shops for a little cheaper and “no harassment” shopping. (On certain beaches in Punta Cana, if they see you as a “tourist”, they’ll probably come up to you and want to sell you with a little overwhelming insistence.)

The waters of this Dominican beach are warm and don’t have as many waves. The Cortecito area is also characterized by different activities such as games and aerobics, and it is also possible to practice one of the most extreme activities to do in Punta Cana: parasailing.


Although Playa Macao is not really close to the hotel zone in Punta Cana, I decided to include it in this part of the list because it is really worth a visit and it is not so far from the tourist centers.

Its distinctive feature is that it is a wild beach with many waves, in addition to its sand is earth-colored, which makes it ideal for surfing. This is one of the best surf schools in Punta Cana, so if you want to learn or practice this sport, you should visit Playa Macao.

Being one of the best beaches in the Dominican Republic chosen by the locals, their prices are usually more affordable than in Bavaro or Cap Cana. To get there you have to take the north direction towards Uvero Alto, and here it is also possible to go on horseback rides or buggies (small rustic 4×4 traction carts).


Cabeza de Toro is another beach not to be missed in your list of what to visit in Punta Cana. At first I’ll tell you that this curious name comes from the fact that the shape of the beach, seen from the air has a shape similar to that of the head of this animal.

It is located near several hotels, and even though it is not so crowded it is worth a visit. It has 2 sectors, the first one more touristic, where the loungers are located in the middle of the sand, while in the second one you will find a lot of fishermen’s boats, ideal place for one of the best photos in Punta Cana.

Its white sands, turquoise waters and the line of coconut palms that form on its coasts have earned it the “Blue Flag” certificate that measures the quality of beaches around the world. Also, if you are a fishing lover, don’t miss the Cabeza de Toro Yatch Club, which hosts numerous fishing tournaments.


Cabo Engaño is located between the cities of Punta Cana and Bávaro, being a beautiful beach of white sands and crystal clear waters worth visiting. Here you can appreciate very tall coconut palms and a considerable amount of seabirds.

It is geographically located in the most outstanding point of the Dominican Republic, which is why it has a huge lighthouse in its southern part. It has strong winds ideal for surfing and also offers other options of water sports to do,


This is the northernmost beach in the entire Punta Cana area, and getting there is a bit complicated. However, it could not be missing in this list of best beaches in Punta Cana due to its stunning natural beauty.

This beach is practically virgin and its waters are clean and clear. Its waves make it perfect for water sports such as surfing and windsurfing.

Being farther away than the rest of the beaches of Punta Cana, it can enjoy much tranquility and relaxation because it does not have many visitors. The distance from Punta Cana airport can be traveled by car in about 30 minutes.



Although not strictly on the coast of Punta Cana, it is the most sought-after excursion for those visiting the area, accessible after approximately 1 hour sailing from the port of Bayahibe, located about 30 minutes by highway from Punta Cana. Isla Saona is one of the largest islands in the Dominican Republic, which in addition to being famous for its coastal lagoons, biodiversity and archaeological sites, has unspoiled beaches of white sand and turquoise waters with beautiful coral reefs. Among the beaches of Isla Saona, it is worth mentioning the beautiful Canto de Playa (Beach Song).


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