A Guide to a Relaxing Holiday in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic
Punta Cana can be the perfect Caribbean escape to disconnect and relax. With miles of private tranquil beaches lined with soft white sand – you'll be sure to get lost in the crystal-like waters, warm sun and kind locals. It’s the perfect place to indulge in an all-inclusive vacation and take advantage of its perks. And yet, there are still plenty of options to venture out of the resorts and meet the local life on the island.
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Where to stay
Live Aqua Beach Resort Punta Cana
Opened in 2021, this adults-only newbie is a winner for its elegant rooms, five pools, palm-lined beach and all-inclusive plan.
Iberostar Grand Bávaro
A low-key favorite with a true all-inclusive set up for adults only, plus nightly activities and a huge spa.
Hyatt Zilara Cap Cana
In the upscale Cap Cana enclave, a luxe new addition with 25 bars and restaurants and access to championship golf courses.
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Things to do
When opting for an all-inclusive holiday in the Dominican Republic, you have the option to take full advantage of everything the resort offers. Many properties have included on-site activities at no additional cost – including spas, multiple pools and private beach fronts. So indulge!
Looking for something more adventurous? Head to Hoyo Azul at Scape Park to visit a blue cenote sinkhole, enjoy the ziplines and more. Also, the Seaquarium in Punta Cana offers snorkeling and swimming with abundant sea life.
If you’re looking for a night out, consider venturing out to the local-favorite Oro Nightclub.
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Take a trip out to Isla Saona. It is a great boat ride to enjoy this paradisiacal island's water and pristine beaches. Next, the Montaña Redonda in Miches offers a hilly landscape with mountain views for a change from the seaside. Finally, you can head out to Santo Domingo, the island capital, for its historical and colonial value.
Eat & drink
Most all-inclusive resorts will have around three to seven restaurants on-site, not including room service, the cafe or butler service. After exploring the food options on-site, you can head out to town.
Bohemian Tapas & Wine Bar: A fun and cute restaurant bar with superb wines.
Herman 311 Seafood Restaurant & Bar: A seafood restaurant serving heart-warming mojitos and the best lobsters in town.
Comadrita's: Local favorites restaurant serving Dominican specials like habichuela.
Pepe's Tavern: A Spanish tavern in Punta Cana with live music on Fridays.
La Yola: Oceanfront restaurant with delicious dishes and wonderful cocktails.
Nakamura: Japanese restaurant featuring sushi and Nikkei cuisine.
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