Where to stay in Punta Cana

Where is the best area to stay in Punta Cana?

Punta Cana is one of the most beautiful places in the Dominican Republic and has been a popular tourist destination since the 1970s. This area is best known for its beaches as well as the town itself, which offers wonderful views of both the Atlantic Ocean and the Caribbean. There are many things to do in Punta Cana with the majority of activities involving the sea, which includes: Swimming with sharks and dolphins, snorkelling cruises, sailing, deep sea diving, discovery cruises, whale watching, reef exploring and much more. There are also plenty of shopping options and some historic attractions as well as a bustling nightlife.


The best area to stay in Punta Cana is the Bavaro area as this is where the main tourist hub is located. The majority of the resorts are found in this neighbourhood, which straddle the coastline and the pristine white beaches that offer some of the cleanest and most outstanding waters on the planet and is where you can do a whole host of sea-orientated activities. Bavaro is what dreams are made of and if you love beaches then this should be top of your list of places to see, which also comes with a brilliant nightlife, plenty of shops and many other tourist attractions.

Hotel   Avg price
Karibo Punta Cana
Italia Avenue in White Sands Golf Club & Beach Resort
59€ - 68$
Hotel   Avg price
Green Coast Hotel
Avenida Alemania 10
54€ - 63$
Playa bavaro
65€ - 75$
Ducassi Suites Beach Club & Spa Rooftop Pool
Calle Aruba
73€ - 85$
whala!bávaro - All Inclusive
Residential Coral Golf
86€ - 100$
Hotel   Avg price
Secrets Royal Beach
Av Alemania S/N | El Cortecito
291€ - 338$
Ocean Blue & Sand Beach Resort - All Inclusive
Playa Arena Gorda, Bavaro
398€ - 462$
Barcelo Bavaro Beach Adults Only All Inclusive
Carretera Bavaro Km. 1
450€ - 522$


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Bavaro, the best area to stay in Punta Cana

Bavaro Punta CanaBavaro is one of the major areas for tourism in the area, which has a brilliant selection of resorts to pick from with the majority overlooking the sea. Bavaro is only a short trip from Punta Cana international Airport with many shuttle buses and taxis taking you from the airport to Bavaro as well as hotel transfers arranging your transport. This neighbourhood is super safe and has lot so of tourist police on hand, though it would be very surprising to ever have to speak to them unless you want to know how to get to a specific place.


Without a shadow of a doubt the first thing that you will want to do after finding your superb hotel is to run to the beach and you shouldn’t have to go too far as most of the hotels are found only a short distance away.


The beaches in the country are some of the best in the world and the beach at Bavaro is no exception, which has some of the purest and softest sands as well as some of the cleanest waters to swim in. The scenery here is one you will never forget and is certainly one that you have seen on postcards, which give the exact picture of paradise with the glorious sun, divine palm trees, exquisite sand and sparkling sea water. You can hire sun loungers, snorkel gear, diving equipment, stand up paddle boards, surfing gear, jet skis, sea kayaks, paddle boats, sailing boats and much more.


Other things to do include going to the local theme park, Manati Park, where you will experience various wildlife shows including dolphins, seals, parrots and horses and there are spectacular gardens that are home to a great variety of flowers, trees, plants and much more. There are also tours that are arranged at most hotels, with some trips taking you to see typical Dominican homes, authentic plantations, horse riding as well as fishing trips, whale watching, swimming with dolphins and sharks, diving trips and coast exploring. For shopping, head to the beachfront of the resorts as the majority of them are found here and is where you can buy all your essential needs for the beach and generally for you holiday with a  good supply of supermarkets, banks, pharmacies and lots of beach shops.


Again, for restaurants, bars and clubs, this is the area to come to as there are an ever increasing number of international places opening up that offer something for everyone. The hotels here are generally low rise buildings and are relatively new with most of them providing breath-taking views, spacious rooms and excellent customer service. Most resorts offer brilliant facilities too like tennis courts, swimming pools, Jacuzzis, discos, satellite TV, games rooms, gyms, spas and their own restaurants.



Hotels in Bavaro


Other places to stay in Punta Cana


Cap Cana


Cap Cana Punta CanaCap Cana is a top quality neighbourhood, which is particularly famous for its upscale vibe and is a perfect place to stay in. It is a very safe neighbourhood and one that is well connected to the airport as well as the rest of the area. You can visit the outstanding marina, where you can watch the 150 foot yachts go by as well as join a cruise, fishing or diving trip as well as sunbathing at one of the golden beaches including Caleton Beach, Fishermen’s Beach and Juanillo Beach. Other things to do include having a go at golf at one of the various world-class courses, bird watch at the Scape Park, which is also home to tropical flora or head to the Iguabonita Cave to see some stunning crystal and limestone formations.


There are numerous 5 star hotels to check out with a lot of them being positioned close to the marina, though just a few streets back you will see many other cheaper options like hostels and lower graded hotels. There are many restaurants, bars, clubs and shops that are found along the waterfront too, where you can eat foods from around the world, drink some of the most delicious rum at some of the finest bars before hitting one of the biggest and most famous clubs in the country.



Hotels in Cap Cana




Uvero Alto


Uvero AltoAnother place you should consider staying in Punta Cana is Uvero Alto, a secluded village located in the north of the famed Coconut Coast. Playa de Uvero Alto is one of Punta Cana’s best-kept secrets, and this unspoiled beach is everything you would expect from a Caribbean paradise. With something to offer for both beach-lovers and adventure seekers, holidaymakers can either find a spot on the long stretch of white sand beach to relax or spend the day surfing in turquoise blue waters.


If you’re new to surfing but would like to give it a try, rest easy because one of the best features of this beach is the consistent waves. The offshore reef creates perfect breaks for both beginners and intermediate surfers and wind surfers. There are many surf schools and equipment rentals along the shore, so everyone no matter what their ability can enjoy the waves. Snorkeling and scuba diving on the pristine reef are also popular activities here, or you could take a horse ride along the beach, which provides the most unforgettable sunset experience! After your long day in paradise, head back to one of the fabulous all-inclusive hotels that Uvero Alto has to offer.



Hotels in Uvero Alto