The Caribbean country of the Dominican Republic is a fantastic tropical island destination that offers white sand beaches to stroll along, great seafood dishes to try, water sport activities galore, friendly locals and spa opportunities. In addition, the Punta Cana hotels are hard to beat with great prices throughout the year and with most offering spectacular views. If you’re thinking about planning a trip to this island escape, you’ll find that there are plenty of activities and attractions to choose from, making it so that you’ll have trouble deciding which ones to partake in. To help you decide, here’s a list of some of the best things to do.
If you love a good game of golf, you’ll find plenty of those around here. In fact, Punta Cana is known for its beautiful ocean front golf courses that offer views of the Caribbean ocean during your entire golf game. You’ll also find that most of the courses were designed by top golf designers, making for some rather good games. Most courses also offer drinks and food, as well as a club house of some sort.
A half day activity, Manati Park is great for the entire family with lots of different birds and reptiles on display. Here you’ll find a Taino dance performance and a playful parrot show along with flamingo, iguana and crocodile exhibits. Prices here are a bit on the high side, but in the end worth the cost.
There are several companies within Punta Cana that offer ziplining tours, and all of them seem to get great reviews. If you’re not afraid of heights, or at least looking to get over that fear, then ziplining through the jungle is perfect for you. Generally these tours last a few hours and are a great way to build up an appetite before heading to the beach for some lunch.
Whale Watching Tours
During part of the year, hundreds of humpback whales gather in the Samana Bay, offering guests and locals alike a chance to see these gentle beauties up close and personal. On a whale watching tour, you’ll board a boat where the crew’s knowledge about whales will be on display the entire time, allowing you to ask questions about their behavior, size, eating patterns and migration paths. This is a great opportunity to learn more about these creatures and tours are kid friendly.
Horseback riding is great for those who don’t mind strolling along beaches, on jungle paths and through town. With a horseback riding tour, you’ll find yourself enjoying some time in nature as you take in the area from a different point of view. These tours also vary in time length, making them an easy activity to fit into your day.
Remember, the longer you make your trip, the more activities you’ll be able to enjoy. This means that even though weekends getaways are great, a week or two in the country will allow for a lot more exploring.