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The 12 best activities to do in Punta Cana

If you are thinking of traveling to the Dominican Republic, perhaps you will be encouraged to make a free itinerary around the country or perhaps you will opt for a more relaxing trip, where an all-inclusive accommodation to spend a few days in complete comfort will be your best option.

Whatever your type of trip, it's always a good idea to add fun activities. Sunbathing for a while is fine, but if you are one of those people who needs a bit of adrenaline like me, in this post I will tell you about the most fun activities that can be done in Punta Cana.

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1. Punta Cana buggy tour

If you want to get to know more about Punta Cana, beyond your beach at the hotel, a good idea is this Buggy tour. Not only will you enjoy the experience in this very fun car, but you will go into the interior to cross hills, roads between forests and the coffee plantations of the area. You will also enjoy some free time on Macao beach, many say that it is the best beach for surfing although I have never seen a tide and finally you will visit indigenous cenotes where you can enjoy swimming in these crystalline waters. It is a short excursion of about 3-4 hours, ideal for all audiences.

2. Quad tour in Punta Cana

If the buggy option doesn't encourage you much, they follow the same route and stop at the same places with quads.

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3. Chocolate Workshop in Punta Cana

Apart from being very cheap, they include collection and for less than 15 euros you can have fun creating sweets with this delicious chocolate.

4. Dominican Cooking Class

This activity lasts a little longer than the previous one and its cost is already higher, almost 70 euros, however if you are interested in cooking and you are a cook at home, it is a good opportunity to learn how to cook Sancocho borracho or fish with coconut as a true Dominican.

5. Macau Bike Tour

If you like nature and, above all, cycling, this is a good option and it is made for you. During 4 hours you will cross hills, mountains, fields and small towns. Although apparently it is only 18 km by bike, it is important that you do not have fatigue problems or that you are not physically prepared. Because at 18km you have to add the heat, the burning sun and above all the humidity. The experience is great, but it is not suitable for everyone.

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6. Excursion to Isla Saona, an essential thing to do in Punta Cana

The island of Saona only has two small populations in all its extension; Catuano, to the northwest of the island, made up of just a handful of houses, and Mano Juan, located to the south and with close to a hundred houses, among which there are some accommodation for travelers and some restaurants.

Mano Juan is probably the little town that almost all travelers will pass through and where they can enjoy the beaches, sun, food and drink that many tours offer included in the visit to the island. You can also visit it on your own and even spend a night here away from the luxurious all-inclusive resorts.

Saona Island is part of the Cotubanamá National Park; formerly called Parque Nacional del Este, making it a unique place to enjoy its flora and fauna. There are several endemic species on the island and it has an abundant variety of birds and reptiles and exuberant flora that make it an idyllic landscape.

A place worth visiting is the Turtle Recovery Center, in Mano Juan. There they collect the turtles as soon as they are born and keep them for 3 or 4 days and then release them into the sea. This increases the number of specimens that reach the sea.

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7. Excursion to Los Haitises National Park

Samaná Bay is located within the town of Sabana de la Mar, and although this town used to not be very touristy, little by little its popularity has increased thanks to the tours that are made to visit the Parque de los Haitises.

Some say that Sabana de la Mar was founded in 1762 thanks to Diego de Lira, a Spaniard who lived in the area during colonial times. One of the buildings from the colonial era is the bell tower. The church has already been destroyed.

Within the Bay of Samaná you can enjoy different tourist attractions, such as Playa Rincón, which is in the vicinity of Las Galeras, Cayo Levantado and a small island to the northeast of the bay, round lagoon, lemon lagoon and of course the famous mangroves of Los Haitises National Park.

8. Whale watching in Samaná + Lemon waterfall

In the Bay of Samaná you can enjoy watching humpback whales. From January to March, more than 3,000 specimens pass through the Samaná Bay.

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9. Making Park with transportation, zip lines in the middle of nature in Punta Cana

This activity for the whole family is the perfect opportunity to enjoy the natural environment of the Dominican Republic, enjoy sliding down the zip lines, taking a buggy route, taking a ride on its chairlift and enjoying a buffet meal.

10. Excursion to Scape Park

Another activity park in Punta Cana is the Scape Park. Zip lines, springs hidden in the jungle, visit a farm with animals...

11. Excursion to Catalina Island

Catalina Island is another of the paradisiacal islands to visit from Punta Cana. Full of coconut palm trees, crystal clear waters, coral reefs and plenty of fish to enjoy thousands of colorful fish.

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12. Excursion to Santo Domingo

Visiting Santo Domingo is an essential stop on your trip to the Dominican Republic. The colonial city is beautiful, full of interesting places to visit. I advise you to go for free and once in the city, hire a guided tour or a free tour of colonial Santo Domingo. However, if you do not want to complicate yourself with transportation, you can book an excursion that includes transportation and a guide.

Posts about Santo Domingo that may interest you

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I hope you enjoy your trip to the Dominican Republic very much and that this article has been useful to you. You can continue reading many more related articles on the blog.

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