The Dominican Republic is renowned for its stunning beaches, and Punta Cana is no exception. With its world-famous Playa Bávaro, boasting seemingly endless soft white sands and warm turquoise waters, it's no wonder why Punta Cana is the country's number one beach resort destination. Whether you're looking for a place to swim or just relax in the sun, this guide will help you find the perfect beach for your holiday.
Playa Bávaro is the ideal spot for swimming, with its calm waters and blue flag. Despite news of waves of rubbish hitting the beaches of the Dominican Republic, this incident occurred at Montesinos beach in Santo Domingo, which is a long way from Punta Cana. In fact, many of Punta Cana's beaches have seen algae disappear more quickly than in other parts of the Caribbean.
For those looking to escape the hustle and bustle of the all-inclusive resorts, there are still secluded and wild beaches to be discovered. Juan Dolio is a great example, located along the Caribbean coast between Santo Domingo and Punta Cana. It's frequented by both foreign and Dominican tourists and boasts wide and flat white sand beaches that are perfect for morning or evening walks.
Next door to Juan Dolio is the Secrets Royal Beach Punta Cana, an adults-only resort with 464 suites offering garden, pool and ocean views. There's also a free-form pool that winds its way through lush gardens like a lazy river - perfect if there are big waves or seaweed.
Playa Grande is another great option for those looking for an authentic Dominican experience. This undeveloped beach lies between Playa Bávaro and Playa Macao and is a far cry from the famous tourist destinations of Puerto Plata or Punta Cana. At the opposite end of the beach is the Sanctuary Cap Cana Resort, with the newly built Hyatt Ziva and Hyatt Zilara in between.
No matter what kind of beach holiday you're looking for, Punta Cana has something for everyone. From wild and secluded spots to luxury resorts with all-inclusive amenities, you're sure to find your perfect beach getaway in this stunning part of the Dominican Republic.