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Top Things To Know About Different Resort Areas Within Punta Cana

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Punta Cana’s countless white-sand beaches and tropical all-inclusives make it the leading resort destination in the Dominican Republic. The seaside destination is home to dozens of top-rated luxury resorts distributed across several unique neighborhoods. From exclusive gated communities to miles-long beach areas, here’s a quick summary of everything travelers need to know about Punta Cana’s different resort areas.

Aerial view of Bavaro area in Punta Cana with water and beach

What Are The Main Resort Areas In Punta Cana?


Bávaro is a neighborhood and beach in Punta Cana that’s also home to a sizeable selection of good quality all-inclusive resorts and a range of services. The area is most commonly associated with Bávaro beach, one of the finest white-sand shores in the world, where crystal clear waters and towering palm trees await travelers.

Palm trees and white-sand beach in Punta Cana

Cap Cana

Cap Cana is another popular choice for discerning travelers who enjoy the utmost privacy and unbeatable luxury. The 30,000-acre gated community is home to several upscale condominiums and some of the country’s most lavish resorts, including Sanctuary Cap Cana. It also offers travelers exclusive activities, including golfing (try out the renowned Punta Espada Golf Club) and high-end restaurants.

Cabeza de Toro

Travelers shouldn’t overlook Cabeza de Toro when booking their next Punta Cana getaway. The area is increasingly popular thanks to several new resorts, including the recently-launched Dreams Flora Punta Cana. The area abounds with tropical nature, including the stunning Cabeza de Toro Blue-Flag-certified beach.

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Aerial view of the luxury Sanctuary Cap Cana
Image courtesy of: Sanctuary Cap Cana

Stay At These Top-Rated Resorts

Each area in Punta Cana is home to a handful of excellent 5-star all-inclusive resorts. Bávaro, the city’s largest and main resort hotspot, is ideal for families thanks to endless fun and beachside activities. Travelers looking for the best resort in Bávaro will want to stay in Dreams Royal Beach Punta Cana, a 373-room all-inclsuive that is packed with amenities for the whole family. Other top-rated choices include Hard Rock Hotel & Casino.

Aerial view of the Bavaro area in Punta Cana with sunny weather

Those seeking the highest levels of luxury can include Secrets Cap Cana’s astounding service and sumptuous amenities. Guests have especially loved the 457-room resort’s customer service, including its concierge and entertainment team. The brand-new Hyatt Zilara and Ziva Cap Cana are great choices for adults and families, respectively, and feature top-notch spa facilities and excellent outdoor pools. 

Relaxing outdoor facility in a Dominican Republic resort

What Are The Top Beaches in Each Area?

For travelers staying in Bávaro, the choice is clear: Bávaro beach, which stretches for over 30 miles, has everything visitors need for a day out under the tropical heat. The white-sand beach is just a couple of steps from most resorts, which are conveniently distributed along Bávaro’s long shore. On the other hand, they can also opt for quieter, more remote beaches such as Arena Gorda or Playa Macao.

White sand beach in Bavaro with sun chairs and palm trees

Despite being a gated community, Cap Cana is close to some of Punta Cana’s most visited beaches. Juanillo beach is a top choice for travelers staying in Sanctuary and Secrets Cap Cana. The attraction is full of parasols and chairs, making it an ideal stop for any sun lover. 

Enjoy These Top-Rated Local Attractions

While Punta Cana’s sunny weather and turquoise waters are some of the main reasons to visit, the city is also home to many unique cultural attractions distributed across its main neighborhoods. Punta Cana has become a hotspot for golf lovers, an activity in which travelers can enjoy a 27-hole golf course in Bávaro’s Cocotal Golf & Country Club.

Beach view in Bávaro with palm trees and blue waters

Travelers staying in Cap Cana can opt for a range of cultural and gastronomic experiences. Marina Cap Cana is an excellent hub for all sorts of aquatic activities, including yacht rentals and tours. 

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