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Macao Beach (Playa Macao) Tours

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Macao Beach (Playa Macao)
Macao Beach (Playa Macao) is one of the Punta Cana region’s least-crowded public beaches, set away from most resort hotels. A favorite among locals, this stretch of white sand is considered one of the Dominican Republic’s most beautiful coastal escapes, with clear blue waters and a beach break known for its surf-friendly waves. 

The Basics
Lounge on the sand, boogie board, or learn how to surf near the beach’s bigger breakers. If you prefer to stay dry on land, an afternoon horseback ride serves up coastal views and fresh air. For a dose of adrenaline and an overview of the area’s natural highlights,  visit the beach and the nearby Macao Cave during a dune buggy adventure from Punta Cana. 

Things to Know Before You Go
  • Several stands sell cold beers and local grub, including fresh-caught fish and lobsters.
  • There are no restrooms on-site.
  • Bring along some cash to purchase souvenirs from the beach vendors.

How to Get There
Macao Beach is located on the northern side of the Dominican Republic’s Punta Cana region, roughly 20 minutes by road from most resorts. The beach is accessible by taxi or via a guided tour. Ride-sharing services were recently introduced to the nation, but are only available in big cities such as Santo Domingo, Santiago, and Puerto Plata.

When to Get There
Since Macao Beach is a favorite among locals, try to visit during the week when it’s quieter and less crowded. Expect the biggest crowds in the Dominican Republic from December through April, especially around Christmas, New Year’s, Easter, and spring break. And keep in mind, the peak months for hurricanes in the Caribbean are September and October.

Bavaro Beach
Located closer to Punta Cana, the more crowded Bavaro Beach draws visitors with its abundance of tour and cruise offerings, plus water activities such as snorkeling, parasailing, and windsurfing. This beach also boasts more amenities than Macao because of its proximity to Punta Cana’s luxury resorts in Punta Cana.
Address: Macao Beach, Macao, Dominican Republic
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Discovery Package: Snorkeling Cruise and Dune buggy Adventure At Punta Cana

Discovery Package: Snorkeling Cruise and Dune buggy Adventure At Punta Cana

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Ride a 4x4 buggy through the Dominican countryside, then board a catamaran to explore the azure waters during this combination tour from Punta Cana. Stop at an country farm to see how chocolate, cinnamon and coffee are harvested and processed, then continue to the white sand Macao Beach. Board a double-Decker catamaran to cruise the turquoise waters offshore. Don the provided snorkel equipment and jump in to swim with schools of tropical fish. If you wish, there is the option to schedule these activities on two separate days.
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  • 8 hours
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$109.00
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Dune Buggie double with Cave & Beach from Punta Cana (Half Day)

Dune Buggie double with Cave & Beach from Punta Cana (Half Day)

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This half-day tour mixes several activities for an exciting day of sightseeing and riding all-terrain vehicles. On a two-seater quad bike, drive through local villages, visit Macao Beach, explore the countryside, and discover a natural cave where you can cool off with a quick swim. A local guide is on hand to answer questions about what you see.
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  • 5 hours
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Buggies Extreme and Cenote Cave Adventure Half Day

Buggies Extreme and Cenote Cave Adventure Half Day

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Ladies and gentlemen, start your engines! It's time to rip up the Dominican off-road and get a bit muddy. Join Macao Buggies, THE Buggy experts with the BEST off-road Route in Punta Cana. Our awesome Route has THREE stops, now let us set the scene Stop 1: Visit a sleepy country plantation for an intro on some of the Dominican Republic's most sought after produce: cacao, coffee, tobacco and Mamajuana (a Dominican aphrodisiac elixir) Yes, you can drink and drive here Stop 2: Descend into a picturesque cave replete with a subterranean river perfect for swimming. Jump in, cool off and wash off Stop 3: Take in Macao Beach. One of the last ‘resort free’ coastal stretches of Punta Cana, Macao is the idealistic Caribbean shore with amber sands, rows of coconut palms and azure waters. We'll even wash it for you. Although if you read this far, we're sure you don't mind getting a bit dirty
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  • 4 hours 30 minutes
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Safari Private Jeep Tours 4x4 Open Top Experience in Punta Cana

Safari Private Jeep Tours 4x4 Open Top Experience in Punta Cana

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This tour really offers you everything in one package and it is the only one in Punta Cana that gives you the chance to drive your own Jeep, do the Zipline and Horseback riding in the hills around Punta Cana, visit typical Dominican house, enjoy lunch on the beach and visit cigar factory. All you need to bring is your sense for adventure! It is highly recommended for those who really want to soak up the Dominican Republic's natural beauty and experience its diversity while having a lot of fun and excitement. Come along on this authentic and only one OPEN TOP Jeep Safari! See beautiful scenery and exotic landscapes that will live long in your memory. This amazing and exclusive excursion is perfect for families and groups of all ages. Your adventure begins directly at your hotel in Punta Cana from where you jump into our Wranglers Jeeps and hit the road for this beautiful adventure. If you want to have unshared jeep (2 people in jeep) please contact us!
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  • 7 hours
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4x4 Dominican Adventure with Chocolate and Coffee Tasting from Punta Cana

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4x4 Dominican Adventure with Chocolate and Coffee Tasting from Punta Cana

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Stimulate all of the senses on a 4.5-hour off-road adventure from Punta Cana, ideal for thrill seekers. Drive an ATV through the Dominican Republic’s lush jungle, take a dip in a freshwater cenote, and taste chocolate, coffee, and rum at a plantation. Hotel pickup and drop-off are included on this small-group tour, limited to 15 people.
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  • 4 hours
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 Full Day Supreme Safari Punta Cana

Full Day Supreme Safari Punta Cana

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This tour allows you to see the 'real' Dominican Republic, outside the resorts. Choose from half-day or full-day tours aboard a safari truck helmed by a tour guide, driver, and bartender. Open bar and round-trip transportation from Punta Cana hotels are included; lunch included on the full-day tour.
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  • 7 hours 30 minutes
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Dune Buggy / ATV / Safari / Cave / Beach / Adventure

Dune Buggy / ATV / Safari / Cave / Beach / Adventure

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Buggies are one of the best adventure activities in Punta Cana designed to have fun. Come and drive your own machine on single, double or family occupancy and experience driving on dirt roads and wild trails where mud is an attraction and landscapes are beautiful. On our 3 hours adventure you can see it all: typical village, local school, caving, beach, shopping and more.
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Jungle Rally Cultural Adventure from Punta Cana

Jungle Rally Cultural Adventure from Punta Cana

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Buckle up for this air-conditioned 4WD adventure that offers VIP service through the jungles of Punta Cana. Enjoy the off road tour that showcases hidden secrets, epic landscapes and scenic wonders of this incredible island. Your professional guide ensures you have the best time ever!
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  • 7 hours
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$150.00
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Punta Cana Mountain E-Bike Tour

Punta Cana Mountain E-Bike Tour

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Punta Cana is the Dominican Republic’s most visited beach resort, but swimming and water sports aren’t the only activities on offer. Escape to the countryside on this thrilling 2-hour mountain bike adventure, explore the scenic back roads, and experience local life as you pedal past farms, rural villages, and coffee plantations.
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  • 3 hours
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Dune Buggies and Cenote Cave Half Day Adventure

Dune Buggies and Cenote Cave Half Day Adventure

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Dare yourself to go off-road and discover the wild landscapes around Punta Cana on this half-day buggy tour. Take the wheel and drive your own buggy through the countryside, passing farms, plantations, and beaches. Along the way, stop to sample locally made rum, chocolate, and coffee; take a swim in a cenote in the Macao Ecological Park; and visit Macao Beach. Enjoy a half day experience where you can choose doing it in the Morning, Noon or Afternoon.
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  • 4 hours 30 minutes
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Xtreme Buggy The only original Dune Buggy experience in small groups

Xtreme Buggy The only original Dune Buggy experience in small groups

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Start your engines and prepare for some outdoor excitement on this Punta Cana Half-Day Dune Buggy Adventure! Zip across the Dominican countryside in a four-seat manual transmission dune buggy, over paved roads, farmland, beaches and plantations. This adrenaline-pumping experience is a chance to explore the real Dominican Republic!
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  • 4 hours
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Buggies Extreme Tour Half Day from Punta Cana

Buggies Extreme Tour Half Day from Punta Cana

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Experience the thrill of off-roading on a buggy tour from Punta Cana. This half-day tour takes you from the jungle to the coast, and allows you to drive your own buggy or ride as a passenger. Explore the Dominican countryside without getting lost and ride along one of the last resort-free stretches of coastline. Plus, choose from morning or afternoon departures to easily fit this tour into your schedule.
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  • 4 hours
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Dominican Republic Countryside Safari Tour from Punta Cana

Dominican Republic Countryside Safari Tour from Punta Cana

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Experience the diversity of Dominican countryside in an open-air safari-style vehicle during this guided tour from Punta Cana. Venture into the Anamuya Mountains, explore an old sugar plantation, watch locals hand-roll cigars and relax on the white sands of Macao Beach. There’s even time to horseback ride and savor a typical buffet lunch before visiting a Dominican family on this tour that showcases some of Dominican Republic’s rural character. All activities, tastings, lunch and round-trip transportation from Punta Cana hotels are included.
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  • 8 hours
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Punta Cana Slingshot Excursion

Punta Cana Slingshot Excursion

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This fantastic excursion is a good chance to leave the hotel and wander around the beautiful Bavaro area in style. These unique vehicles are so much fun to drive and will keep you interested during the entire activity. The excursion will start at the Hard Rock Hotel, and we will stop at the beautiful Macao beach where you will take pictures and swim in one of the most beautiful Caribbean beaches. The second stop is at the Mundo Authentic Rum, Cigar, Caffe, and Cacao factory. Here you will have the opportunity to buy unique natural products, gifts, and souvenirs for your friends back home. When you are ready, we will take you back to the starting point at the Hard Rock Hotel.
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  • 3 hours 30 minutes
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Punta Cana 4x4 ATV Adventure and Beach Tour

Punta Cana 4x4 ATV Adventure and Beach Tour

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Explore the backcountry trails of Punta Cana on the back of a 4x4 vehicle during this guided half-day tour. Stop at a typical Dominican home, deep in the countryside to sample some of the area's local produce, coffee, cocoa, and tobacco. Take a dip in the refreshing waters of an underground cave, then stop at Macao Beach for some fun in the sun and sand. Round-trip transportation from select hotels is included.
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  • 4 hours
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Real Dominican Experience Private Tour

Real Dominican Experience Private Tour

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Learn about the history and culture of the Dominican Republic by hitting the road with a local guide. Visit typical Dominican villages, see schools and churches, drive across sugar cane and rice plantations, go horseback riding, and drive through the Anamuya mountainside to see what country life is really like here. You'll even have the opportunity to visit with a local family on their farm and coffee plantation before heading to Macao Beach.
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  • 8 to 9 hours
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Macao Buggy Adventure from Punta Cana

Macao Buggy Adventure from Punta Cana

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Drive a Macao Buggy over the Dominican Republic's back roads on this half-day tour from Punta Cana. Pass palm trees and tobacco plantations with views of the Oriental Mountain Range. Stop at a ranch for an introduction to local produce like cocoa, coffee, tobacco and Mamajuana (a Dominican aphrodisiac elixir) and green tea leaves. Continue to a subterranean cavern with a sunken swimming hole for a dip, then end the day at Macao Beach, enjoying the sun and sand.
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  • 4 hours
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Punta Cana Beach Horse Back Ride

Punta Cana Beach Horse Back Ride

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We will begin by outfitting you with the appropriate safety gear and then the adventure begins, we will introduce you to your new horse friend! We will leave from our horse ranch where you will enjoy an exciting Punta Cana Horseback Riding ride. Explore our beautiful landscape and white sand beaches of the Dominican Republic. You will mosey through local back roads and experience the real Dominican culture while mingling with the locals.
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  • 3 hours 30 minutes
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ATV Tour - Visit Macao Beach

ATV Tour - Visit Macao Beach

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Buggies one of the best adventure activities in Punta Cana designed to have fun. Come and drive your own machine on single, double or family occupancy and experience driving on dirt roads and wild trails where mud is an attraction and landscapes are beautiful. On our 3 hours adventure you can see it all: typical village, local school, caving, beach, shopping and more.
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  • 4 hours
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Punta Cana Dune Buggy Adventure

Punta Cana Dune Buggy Adventure

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Explore the countryside around Punta Cana in two ways: by dune buggy and horseback riding. You'll get off the beaten path to learn about the native flora and fauna, first with a rugged dune buggy ride and then on the back of a horse. Your guide will ensure your safety and comfort while providing information on the area's history and culture.
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  • 4 hours
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Buggys & Polaris -Best Way to Explore Punta Cana

Buggys & Polaris -Best Way to Explore Punta Cana

Buggy & Polaris Adventure is one of the best excursions in Punta Cana as you travel through the jungle and discover incredible landscapes and forms part of the heart of the Dominican Republic.
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  • 4 hours
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Buggies Extreme Half Day Adventure

Buggies Extreme Half Day Adventure

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Leave the beach crowds behind on a half-day buggy adventure from Punta Cana. Drive your own buggy or ride as a passenger along scenic trails through the Dominican countryside, passing by small villages and farmland, and explore a hidden cave and one of the last resort-free stretches of coastline. Plus, choose from morning or afternoon departures to easily fit this tour into your schedule.
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  • 5 hours
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All Inclusive Punta Cana ATV

All Inclusive Punta Cana ATV

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Take this action-packed all-inclusive Punta Cana 4WD ATV tour, where the mud will fly and you'll get down and dirty as a guide threads the way through country roads and trails in northern Punta Cana. Make a stop to try locally produced coffee, rum, wine, and honey. Continue on in search of a natural cave with an underground water source. Take a tip to cool off before heading to Macao Beach.
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  • 4 hours
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The Original Xtreme Buggy full day adventure! Small groups, VW engine!!

The Original Xtreme Buggy full day adventure! Small groups, VW engine!!

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This full-day dune buggy adventure highlights the best of Punta Cana. You’ll navigate through rice fields, forests, along scenic roads and near Playa La Vacama in your 4-passenger manual transmission vehicle. Enjoy refreshments plus lunch at a local restaurant, then head to the lagoon where you will take a boat cruise through mangroves to a beach. With a maximum of12 people per tour, you’re sure to get personalized attention from your friendly and professional guide.
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  • 8 hours
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What's the best way to experience Macao Beach (Playa Macao)?