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How to Spend 1 Day in Punta Cana

How to Spend 1 Day in Punta Cana

Punta Cana, the easternmost tip of the Dominican Republic, is a paradise for beachgoers, sun seekers, and outdoors enthusiasts. Even if your time in this tropical resort is limited, you’ll be able to enjoy the beach and some adventure on land. Here’s how to make the most of your 24 hours in Punta Cana.

Morning: Outdoor Adventure

Name an outdoor activity, and you can probably do it in Punta Cana. Plan to spend your morning taking in the island’s natural beauty: Zipline through the rain forest canopy, zip through the lush landscape on a 4WD or dune buggy, horseback ride along Uvero Alto Beach, or hike through the mountains of Anamuya in search of squirrel monkeys. If you’re having trouble narrowing things down to just one activity, consider a combo tour that combines multiple adventures into one convenient package.

Afternoon: Sun, Sand, Sea

No trip to Punta Cana would be complete without spending some time on the stunning white-sand beaches. While there’s nothing wrong with grabbing a lounger and relaxing in the sun, the area is also known for its plethora of water sports for those who prefer a more active beach experience. Hop aboard a catamaran for an afternoon of sailing and snorkeling in the warm Caribbean waters, or, for an adrenaline rush, soar above the beaches while parasailing. Scuba diving, whale watching, Scubadoo, glass-bottom boat tours, and booze cruises round out the menu of aquatic activities.

Night: Dance the Night Away

The action in Punta Cana doesn’t stop once the sun goes down. In fact, the nightlife here is legendary. Bid farewell to the island in epic fashion with a night out on the town. Start with some live entertainment at Coco Bongo, one of Punta Cana’s most famous stage shows, before heading to one of the area’s top nightclubs or discos for dancing, socializing, and drinking cocktails mixed by flair bartenders. Book a nightlife tour for a hassle-free experience; many include access to an all-you-can-drink open bar as well as safe, round-trip transportation from your Punta Cana hotel. For something a little more low-key, opt for an evening cooking class instead, and bring home the flavors of the Dominican Republic.

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Punta Cana Small-Group Sailing and Snorkeling Catamaran Tour

Punta Cana Small-Group Sailing and Snorkeling Catamaran Tour

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Set sail on the crystal blue waters surrounding Punta Cana on this small-group experience that's limited to just 16 guests. Swim in a nature reserve, snorkel in the seas and enjoy drinks aboard your comfortable catamaran. Relax in one of the boat's hammocks and let the crew paper you with strong tropical cocktails. Anchor in a sandbar and enjoy beverages from a floating bar as part of this wonderful water experience.
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Monkeyland and Plantation Safari Tour from Punta Cana

Monkeyland and Plantation Safari Tour from Punta Cana

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Observe squirrel monkeys on this trip to Monkeyland, deep in the Dominican Republic's jungle. Ride a safari truck on this half-day tour through local coffee and cacao plantations, then visit the monkey sanctuary and its botanical gardens. Learn about the local farmers' organic farming methods, sample local coffee or hot chocolate, and see and feed 20 monkeys that have been raised to be comfortable around people. Round-trip transportation from Bavaro and Punta Cana hotels is included.
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  • 5 hours
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$79.00
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Four Adventures: Parasailing, Snorkeling Cruise, Sharks & Rays from Punta Cana

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Four Adventures: Parasailing, Snorkeling Cruise, Sharks & Rays from Punta Cana

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Experience the thrill of multiple adventures on this epic tour from Punta Cana. Relax aboard a double-decker catamaran, discover wonders of the sea, and enjoy close encounters with marine life. Snorkel in a spectacular barrier reef surrounded by tropical fish and experience a marine show complete with sharks and stingrays. This popular tour option includes unlimited drinks on the best party boat around and is perfect for fun with family and friends. After you get a taste of life underwater, explore it from above with a thrilling parasail above the water!
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  • 6 hours
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Zipline Adventure in Punta Cana

Zipline Adventure in Punta Cana

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Fly through the rain forest canopy on some of the Caribbean's longest ziplines. Traverse from platform to platform in the forest across 12 cables, set side by side so that you can zip with a partner. Expert adventure guides give a safety briefing and perform a full safety check before you fly. Along the way, look out for native flora and fauna in the tropical forest.
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  • 5 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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Punta Cana Party Cruise with Snorkeling, Hooka Diving and Parasailing

Punta Cana Party Cruise with Snorkeling, Hooka Diving and Parasailing

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Enjoy the world of water sports with this Punta Cana party cruise that includes snorkeling, hooka diving and parasailing. Discover the sea and sky alongside your fellow travelers and enjoy life lived to the fullest in a tropical paradise.
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  • 4 hours
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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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Punta Cana Parasailing Tour

Punta Cana Parasailing Tour

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Parasail over the Punta Cana/Bavaro coastline during this 40-minute activity departing from Punta Cana. Benefit from the expertise of one of the most experienced parasail companies in the Dominican Republic, wiith over 60,000 flights since 2001. Get breathtaking views of the beaches, turquoise waters and sprawling resorts that line the shore while flying hundreds of feet in the air. Bring sunscreen, a bathing suit and a sense of adventure.
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  • 2 hours
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