Altos de Chavon is, perhaps, a rather unlikely attraction for the Dominican Republic – it is a recreation of a 16th-century Mediterranen village (adjacent to the Casa de Campo resort), complete with dining, shopping and entertainment. There is an on-site Grecian-style amphitheatre that plays host to major performances and concerts, and views over Rio Chavon from here are spectacular, too.
Eternalized in multiple motion pictures, the Rio Chavon and its surrounding valley are a definitive must-see. Take a cruise or join a guided Rio Chavon Jungle tour with one of the many local companies offering the service, or take in the area in its entirety from atop Altos de Chavon.
Approximately 800 meters below the ground lie the ancient las Maravillas caves, whose age is estimated to be somewhere around 100,000 years. The caves are now open to the public, and an option of taking the elevator back up exists for those not thrilled about the upwards climb. See stalactite and stalagmite formations, wall pictographs, and even local fauna (iguanas).
The charming, centrally located Trigo de Oro is a delightful French-style cafe and bakery serving a wide selection of snacks and dessert, making it an all-around good choice any time of day. Serves delectable croissants and pastries, and sandwiches for those who choose to opt for savory.
If you want to pamper and offer yourself a well deserved afternoon, then you should go to the Ocean Spa. You will embark on a boat during an entire afternoon and will benefit from bio-pilates classes, a personalized massage and a fish pedicure. Fresh beverages and snacks are also provided.
Wanna live an adventure on the dunes with the Flintstone family? Then pay a visit to the Flintstones Buggy Adventure and ride the dunes of Bavaro. The tour is only off-road. You will also a cave with stalagmites & stalactites. The company which organizes it is eco-friendly and produces its own electricity needed to run the buggies.
Tired of the beach? You can see the outback of Punta Cana aboard a truck and two guides. They will present you the traditional way of life in Dominican Republic. You will meet locals, discover the cocoa and coffee farms, as well as the schools. It will also be the occasion for you to taste cane sugar and delicious fresh fruits and see wild animals. The tour will also stop at a stop that proposes rum, cigars... at local prices! Call or visit the website for reservation.
As the name indicates it, this tour introduces you to monkeys. You can see them from close. The guide is very concerned about the wellness of the monkeys and will give you small bowls containing fruits. The animals will help themselves. On the way to meet them, the open truck will guide you through Higuey and show you the mountain and a typical Dominican house.
This company offers several tours with boats. You can choose between Saona Dive And Snorkel, Punta Cana Scuba Diving, Catalina Island Adventure, Saona Speedboat And Catamaran. All of them are well organized and the guides take care of the visitors. Pickup are made at your hotel.
On this tour, you will visit a rum factory which uses 300-year old recipes. The flavours available are café, pineapple, banana, passion fruit, coconut, coconut milk, lemon and mamajuana (a mix of rum, red wine, and honey to soak in a bottle with tree bark and herbs). You can also buy hand-decorated bottles. After this visit, you will be taken on a historic trip. You will discover more about the island's history. Your guide will show you a cave where you can observe fruit bats.
Indigenous Eyes Ecological Park is a private protected area owned and operated by Puntacana Ecological Foundation. This is the explorer’s dream. 1,500 acres of reserve await you in this tropical wonderland. Contact the foundation directly to inquire touring.
Punta Cana offers great fishing opportunities with over seven months of billfish season. Fishing off the East Coast is regarded as one of the top five of the world’s best bill-fish areas. Blue marlin, barracuda, and dorado are among some of the fish that you can expect to catch. Punta Cana has hosted several international bill-fish tournaments, including ESPN’s 2009 Billfish Xtreme Tournament.
At the La Cana Golf & Beach Club, dine at the AAA Four Diamond Award-winning Bamboo Restaurant. Nestled at the exclusive Tortuga Bay, Bamboo blends locally sourced food with Mediterranean style for innovative fusion dishes. As a part of careful marine conservation programs, they serve a variety of Lion Fish dishes with the purposes of supporting the Lion Fish Control initiative.
The friendly Langosta del Caribe features inexpensive main courses and a delightful staff. The house drink, "Mammajuana," consists of rum marinated in mixtures of wood bark, berries, and leaves - give it a try! Bring your friends and family with you to have fun together.
The Hard Rock Cafe, one of the favorites among tourists, is conveniently located in the Palma Real Shopping Village, an upscale mall in Bávaro. Enjoy its signature, authentic rock atmosphere and great American fare. Stop by and enjoy a yummy meal or a refreshing cocktail.
See the history behind Don Lucas Cigars and enjoy the poolside on a fair Caribbean evening. The Don Lucas cigars are very popular in the area and by visiting the factory, you will have the chance to listen to the history of the different types of cigars. Contact the factory for free transportation.
A bank and outdoor ATM, money exchange possibility, Internet access, a pharmacy, gift shops, and two mini-markets are just a few things that you'll find at Uvero Alto. Visit the plaza for some fun and enjoy the colorful kiosks full of handicrafts, paintings, ceramics, and other gift items as well.
The public bus system covers both Punta Cana and Bavaro and it is low cost but tricky. Bus stops are not clearly marked and you can hail a minibus (Guacas) anywhere, that´s why it is recommended to tell the driver in advance where you want to get off. Tickets can be purchased on boards.
Taxis and shuttles are commonplace and can be found most everywhere you want to travel to. Don’t forget that many attractions will provide free transit if you call ahead or get your resort’s travel desk to book for you. Taxi services in Punta Cana are safe and common, but make sure to set a price before taking a ride. You can book a taxi at hubs at the airport and at most resorts, shopping venues, and attractions. They have fixed rates, which are displayed on a white board in the outer arrivals hall.
Three pharmacies are located throughout Punta Cana, with Pharmacia Estrella open Sunday - Friday 24h. The pharmacy features a big, green sign and a red cross on the outside. Pharmacia Estrella: Plaza Estrella Bavaro, Avenida España, Punta Cana +1 809 552 0344 Pharma 360: Primer Nivel 106, Punta Cana +1 809-455-1708 Farmacia: Avenida Barceló 23000, Punta Cana