The best beaches in Punta Cana

With its more than 40 miles of coastline, Punta Cana offers some of the most beautiful beaches that you’re ever going to see in a tropical destination. From those which look to the Atlantic Ocean, to those which fronts the Caribbean Sea and its calm waters, from those full of resorts and services, to those with a more intimate vibe. 

That’s why, if you are planning your next big trip along this Dominican destination, knowing the best beaches in Punta Cana is of utmost importance to choose the area of Punta Cana where you’re going to stay during your vacation; tropical environs, white sand, dream like blue waters, palm trees, and all the relaxation you need to enjoy the best vacations in Punta Cana you’ll find in the next beaches.


Without a doubt, Bavaro is the main beach in Punta Cana area, among the many reasons that makes this beach one of the favorites for the tourist, are its white sand like flour, the thousands of coconut trees that you’ll find along this place, and of course, the calm waves that you’ll find here. In addition to this, Bavaro beach has a wide list of amenities in this area, offering nearby shops, resorts, boat trips, snorkeling excursions, among other services. If you are planning a family vacation, Bavaro is one of your best options due to the calm waves that we mentioned previously.

However, you better have in mind that this is a very crowded point most of the time, due to the international fame it enjoys. Despite this, Bavaro is still one of the most secure options if you want to spend a day full of relaxation on the beach.


If you are looking for a private beach, Juanillo beach is located in the exclusive area of Cap Cana, in a private area with resort hotels, restaurants and a marina. This amazing beach offers some of the best beach clubs, luxury restaurants, stunning photo opportunities, as well as giant palm trees and a beautiful color in its waters. This beach is ideal for families with children due to its exclusivity and calm waves. Also, to the north of this beach, passing the Marina Cap Cana, you’ll find the Ojos Indígenas Ecological Reserve, which is another very beautiful place to visit in Punta Cana.


Next to Bavaro beach we found Arena Gorda, a beach that in addition to count with some of the most well-known hotels like Hard Rock, Iberostar or Riu, this beach is distinguished by having the finest sands of the entire coastline. Added to this, another feature of this place is its waters dominated by higher waves, that makes it one of the best beaches in Punta Cana to practice water sports, such as surfing. Finally, this place is ideal too if you are looking for a beach that does not usually have crowds.


If you’re looking for a more local feel, this is your best option. El Cortecito is known as the beach with local bars, in this beach located at the fishing village area, you’ll find (In addition to local bars already mentioned) craft markets, restaurants and cheaper accommodations. This beach is one of the most popular with both tourists and locals due to the tranquility of its shallow waters, where you can swim safely. In addition to this, in this place you’ll find some of the favorite restaurants of locals. If you want to enjoy an authentic experience far from the resorts and the habitual tourist places, El Cortecito beach is one of the best options.


Located around 25 miles away from Punta Cana’s International Airport, Uvero Alto beach is the perfect option if you’re looking for a quiet place far from the noise and crowds. Its calm character contrasts perfectly with the high waves that arrive at its shore bank, making this beach an ideal place for those who enjoy water sports such as surfing or bodyboarding. On this beach you’ll find a small offer of hotel accommodation, so it’s a perfect place to stay if you want a more relaxed atmosphere, as outside the hotels beach territory you’ll find only a few tourists and locals across the long yellowish sand.



As a little bonus, let us introduce the beach of Saona island. If you’re visiting the wonderful beaches in Punta Cana, you can’t miss the opportunity to visit Saona island and its amazing beach. Even though Saona is not a Punta Cana beach, the truth is that it is one of the most beautiful in the Dominican Republic, and most tourists visit this island from this point in the map. Saona, also being an authentic paradisiacal place, has an important weight for history, as it was discovered by Christopher Columbus on his second voyage to the Indies. Becoming with time in a natural reserve full of virgin beaches that enclose an impressive peace.