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Everything Travelers Need To Know About Punta Cana Beaches This Spring

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Punta Cana is one of the closest paradisiacal tropical destinations for U.S. travelers. Whether it be for a short getaway or an extended vacation, there’s one thing visitors can’t miss: Punta Cana’s white-sand beaches. 

A tropical white sand beach view in Punta Cana

Stretching for miles on end, this coastal city is packed with award-winning beaches; from hidden, remote shores to busy resort coastlines, the variety is astounding.

Here are 5 important things travelers should know about Punta Cana beaches this spring:

Aerial picture of a Punta Cana resort area with blue tropical water

Visit These Must-See Beaches

Although travelers can find dozens of spectacular white-sand beaches in Punta Cana, there are at least a few options every visitor should tick off their list. The first is Bávaro beach, a 30-mile-long white-sand beach in the heart of Punta Cana’s resort district. 

This globally renowned beach is a great option for all sorts of travelers, offering both quieter and more touristy areas. Travelers will find countless resorts lining the beach, such as Lopesan Costa Brava, which offers direct access to the award-winning beach. The Blue-Flag-certified beach is a must-see for any traveler.

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Tropical blue water and palm trees in Punta Cana

Other beaches worth checking out include Juanillo beach in the upscale gated community of Cap Cana, which is the perfect choice for relaxing under the sun. The beach offers a great selection of resorts, beach clubs, and seaside activities. 

These Resort Areas Are Home To The Top Beaches

Punta Cana is home to several distinct resort areas or neighborhoods – each with its own unique traits. The most popular area in terms of availability and diversity of all-inclusive resorts is Bávaro, whereas Cap Cana is home to the city’s more lavish accommodations.

Beach view in Bávaro with palm trees and blue waters

Cabeza de Toro is another popular choice for nature lovers thanks to its pristine coastline, and the area also features a massive lagoon which is perfect for exploring. 

Follow These Safety Tips When At The Beach

Each year, there are several cases of drownings at Punta Cana beaches that shock travelers and locals alike.

With record numbers of travelers flocking to the coastal city this year, it’s more important than ever to be aware of the importance of swimming safely.

A pier leading to a Punta Cana beach with greenery and blue water

One of the most important things travelers can do is to check the weather forecast before heading to the beach. While it may be sunny outside, wind, waves, and currents all play an important role in swimming safely.

Opt for beaches that have lifeguards, such as popular Punta Cana resort beaches, and avoid smaller less popular beaches unless you are an experienced swimmer.

Keep Track Of The Sargassum Situation

The Caribbean is bracing itself for a record level of sargassum seaweed this year. Resort hotspots like Punta Cana and Samaná have already reported massive quantities of the foul-smelling seaweed on their shores. 

Workers collecting sargassum from a local Punta Cana beach

Authorities regularly monitor and publish updates on the sargassum situation. That being said, resort beaches are ideal for a sargassum-free situation thanks to dedicated seaweed cleaning teams that keep the shores in tip-top shape.

Try Out These Popular Beach Activities 

Punta Cana’s beaches are a hotspot for all sorts of aquatic activities. From day trips to nearby Isla Catalina and Isla Saona to local excursions, the options are endless.

Some of the most popular activities in Punta Cana include snorkeling, scuba diving, and parasailing. While travelers can certainly rent their own gear and explore the surrounding areas, guided tours provide the best value for money. 

Relaxing sun chairs in Punta Cana with tropical water in background

This top-rated $90-per-person sailing and snorkeling tour combines some of the best experiences in one convenient package. With pick up and drop off, as well as snacks and drinks, this small group tour is sure to blow and water lover away. 

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