Punta Cana is, of course, famous for its spectacular beaches. Regardless of which resort or hotel you are staying at, you will most likely be staying directly on or very close to the beach. However, during your vacation, you might also want to try going to another beach or to a beach club - just to see and experience something new and different.
This is definitely the best known and most famous of all the beaches in the area. Bavaro Beach (pictured) is technically only the beach in front of Barcelo Bavaro Grand Resort. However, the entire stretch of beach where most of the resorts are located (from Bavaro to Macao) is commonly referred to as Bavaro Beach. One could say that Bavaro Beach is broken into smaller beach areas known as Bibijagua, Los Corales, Cortecito, White Sands, and Arena Gorda.
For families with children, we can recommend Playa Blanca at Puntacana Resort & Club. The ocean at Playa Blanca is very shallow too, which makes it perfect for children. The waves break on the reef further offshore, so that the ocean in front of the beach is usually very calm. There is also a water sports center on the beach offering snorkeling, diving, and equipment rental.
Playa Blanca also has a nice restaurant and bar. Do try their famous Punta Cana Ceviche and spicy goat with rice (it's not really spicy). As Playa Blanca is located inside a private resort, you'll most likely need a reservation at the restaurant or at the water sports center (e.g. for snorkeling or diving) in order to get access to the resort and the beach.
Tucked away nearby the marina of Cap Cana, you'll find the API Beach Club - right at the mouth of the channel that leads into the marina. The beach is a small, private cove with plenty of lounge chairs and shade. Facilities also include a swimming pool, restaurant, and bar.
As Api Beach is located inside a private resort, you'll most likely need a reservation in order to get access to the resort and the beach.
Considered one of the best beaches in the Dominican Republic, Juanillo Beach is a great place to spend the day. This beach is getting a lot more people since they opened the Secrets Cap Cana and Hyatt resorts right on the beach. Locals typically go to Little John beach restaurants at Juanillo.
As Juanillo Beach is located inside a private resort, you'll most likely need a reservation at one of the restaurants in order to get access to the resort and the beach.
Pearl Beach Club is probably the coolest and most IN place to be. This is the place where you will want to wear your fanciest bathing suit to show off, especially if you are going during the weekend where the beach club tends to be more crowded than during the week. Being a beach club, Pearl of course has a restaurant and bars with service on the beach and poolside. You'll find Pearl Beach Club in Cabeza de Toro and you'll need to make a reservation before going.
For the most authentic beach experience, head to Macao Beach about 25 minutes north of Punta Cana. You won't find any fancy bars or restaurants at this beach, but you will find a few small beach restaurants offering Dominican food, fresh fish & seafood, coconuts, and ice-cold Presidente beer. The beach is different from the white powdery beaches of Bavaro/Punta Cana and Cap Cana, but it's no less gorgeous. There is no coral reef breaking the waves in front of the beach, so be mindful when you go into the ocean, which can be rough, and watch out for the rip currents.
Located at the Cap Cana Resort, the Eden Roc Beach Club is one of the most upscale places to go. However, you won't be able to go here unless you're staying at the Eden Roc Cap Cana hotel - or in one of the few private vacation rental properties that have the membership to the beach club. These vacation rental villas are members of the Eden Roc Beach Club, so if you rent them you can enjoy this beautiful facility: Las Palmas 77, Caleton Villa 5, Caleton Villa 8, and Caleton Villa 9.
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