The resorts in Punta Cana are some of the best in the world, and with so many fantastic amenities and on-site entertainment, it’s easy to forget that the world outside the front gate is full of vacation-making experiences.
Whether traveling as a family, as a couple, or in a group hunting for the ultimate party experience, there are endless activities and sights that are worth leaving the poolside.
Indigenous Eyes Ecological Park & Reserve
This ecological reserve is home to some of the most beautiful natural sights in the Dominican Republic. The care taken to preserve it while also allowing travelers to appreciate its stunning setting shows how well this country balances nature and tourism.
Past eco-tourists find this spot difficult to forget, the opportunity to swim in many of the crystal-clear blue lagoons is an almost religious experience that lasts a lifetime, and the guided tour through this reserve is accessible for everyone from toddlers to the golden generation.
@daphnebet98 This place is magical🌈 #puntacana #fyp #travel #indigenouseyesecologicalreserve ♬ Walking On A Dream – Empire Of The Sun
The entrance fee is $50, but tour packages are available with entry included, as well as the company of a knowledgeable guide. For Airbnb renters, the entrance fee plummets to just $10!
Punta Cana is quickly becoming a favorite spring break destination for Americans, but the party doesn’t stop when spring fades. Coco Bongo is world-famous for fusing vibrant live performances, such as dancers and trapeze artists, with a nightclub scene that puts the best of Miami to shame!
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The current show line-up includes a Brazilian-themed Samba show, a modern take on the ‘90s hit movie The Mask, a Spartan acrobatic show inspired by the movie 300, and a time-traveling trip to the ’60s with the music of the Beatles. With shows Wednesday through Sunday and each one as lively as the next, this is an awesome experience!
Previous partygoers have noted that the bar area gets super busy once things kick off, and that it is definitely worth upgrading to a VIP table, this costs $125 in total, but comes with table service and perfect views of both stages as well as all the performances. Furthermore, skip the line with the entrance fee included for just $85!
Sunset Horseback Riding
The beauty of a Punta Cana sunset only gets better on horseback. This movie-like activity will bring out the romantic in anyone. The journey along the soft white sand with a golden sun beating off the palm trees and turquoise waters is not to be missed.
All skill levels are welcome as thorough instruction is given to those new to the saddle, and the horses used are well-trained and do most of the work for their new companions. One past rider who is an expert with horses praised the well-behaved animals, as well as the nice touch of a professional photographer who shoots a roll of each rider to ensure the experience isn’t soon forgotten.
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The 2-hour trek along the beach with free hotel transfer is under $80 per person! A super deal for memories that last a lifetime.
Monkeyland Adventure Punta Cana
This is an activity that kids can’t wait to tell their friends in school! The super-friendly squirrel monkeys that call this place home aren’t hidden away in enclosures. These beautiful creatures love to interact with guests, and the opportunity to feed them up close always earns a smile.
Visitors stress just how happy and well taken care of these monkeys are, and according to one reviewer, the playful inhabitants’ personalities are on show at all times. This is a trip that fills visitors’ camera roll with funny snaps that’ll bring joy for years to come.
@yasya.xx the cutest🐒🌴 #puntacana #dominicanrepublic #monkeyland #monkeylandpuntacana ♬ Jiggle Jiggle – Duke & Jones & Louis Theroux
A 5-hour guided tour with transportation from Punta Cana is just $80. And at that price, tourists really get their dollars’ worth!
Montserrat Manor Restaurant
This is the top-rated restaurant in all of Punta Cana. A title not easily won in a place with so many world-class dining options on offer. With contemporary, vegetarian, and vegan options, there is a delicious choice for every diner.
Past foodies praise the service, atmosphere, and fine-dining level food. The wine and cocktail selection is one of the best in the Caribbean, ensuring no diner goes thirsty. Furthermore, no one leaves the Monserrat hungry either. While the quality is that of fine dining, the portion sizes are generous.
As well as outstanding food, the Monserrat Manor Restaurant hosts awesome themed parties. Don’t miss the live music and friendly party vibe!
@new_places #montserrat#hardrockpunta#dominicanrepublic ♬ G.A.B – Official Sound Studio
How much a diner spends here depends on the meal chosen. But, for this quality of food, the prices are surprisingly reasonable. A delicious pizza is under $20, and a mouth-watering 8oz tenderloin steak is just $52!
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