Punta Cana is one of the trendiest Caribbean destinations in 2023. A recent analysis by the online travel review platform Tripadvisor revealed that the seaside resort town is among the most popular destinations for American travelers thanks to its all-inclusive resorts and white-sand beaches. But look beyond packed resorts and palm-tree-lined beaches, and you’ll find much more in this beautiful tropical paradise, from stunning island getaways to rainforest treks. In this article, we’ve rounded up 5 of the most popular Punta Cana tours travelers are booking in 2023.
Monkeyland and Plantation Safari Tour from Punta Cana
Run by Runners Adventures, the Monkeyland Punta Cana tour has become one of the most popular guided excursions in the resort town and has earned Viator’s Badge of Excellence. The 5-hour tour is ideal for families and children and offers a unique chance for travelers to learn more about Dominican nature, especially the adorable local monkeys.
The tour takes travelers deep into the local jungles on board a safari vehicle. Along the way, visitors get to enjoy some of the most colorful native plants and flowers in the region. The tour wraps up with a guided tour of local cacao plantations – samples and tasting included. Runners Adventures tour will set travelers back just $85 per person.
Saona Island Tours
Located around one and a half hours from Punta Cana, Saona Island is an awe-inspiring slice of tropical heaven. The 110 square kilometer island is a protected area where travelers can find some of the top secluded beaches and crystal clear Caribbean waters. It’s also a prominent location for tours departing from Punta Cana and a must-see for beachgoers.
Visita Republic Dominicana’s 9-hour small-group tour is an ideal choice for travelers that want to explore the majestic island in a private setting. With hotel pick-up and drop-off as well as transportation to the island, the tour is one of the best ways to make the most of your time.
Hoyo Azul & Scape Park Punta Cana, Caribbean
The 247-acre Scape Park is a protected area near Punta Cana featuring some of the most impressive geological features in the area, full of cenotes, caves, and local flora and fauna. It’s also a popular location for tours and a must-visit for nature lovers. Several tours depart from Punta Cana to Scape Park, where the Hoyo Azul – Blue Hole – awaits travelers, with its deep, turquoise waters that are perfect for relaxation or exploration.
Viator’s $122 tour brings travelers straight from their resort to the vast grounds of Scape Park and includes full-day admission. The 7-hour tour gives plenty of time to explore the area’s unique natural features, although travelers have to pack their own lunch. The tour also grants access to a children’s play area.
Punta Cana Catamaran Tours
Catamarans provide a unique and agile way to explore the Caribbean’s turquoise waters, stunning tropical islands, and miles-long white-sand beaches. And in Punta Cana, they’re a hit among travelers, who prefer the catamaran’s high speed and ability to handle waves with ease.
Many tours, such as Viator’s Small-Group Cruising and Snorkeling Catamaran Tour, combine an afternoon trip in the sea with snorkeling – the best of both worlds. Look forward to an afternoon of lounging under the sun on the catamaran’s hammocks, plenty of refreshing drinks, and colorful reef exploration.
Ziplines Safari Combo Tours
Ziplining is one of the most thrilling ways to enjoy Punta Cana’s lush tropical landscape from a birds-eye perspective. It’s no surprise that several zipline safari tours are among the most popular options for travelers. Visitors can enjoy a variety of zipline routes that overlook jungles, cenotes, and other unique natural wonders.
With a 5-star rating on Viator, Hacienda Tuko’s half-day zipline, buggies, and horseback riding tour is one of the top-rated tours in the area. The $93-per-person tour includes snacks and drinks to keep guests going while they enjoy a day exploring the verdant outdoors. The tour also includes pick-up and drop-off.
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