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Beaches picture in Punta Cana
Beaches picture in Punta Cana

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No trip to Punta Cana would be complete without some time spent on its gorgeous beaches. Playa Bavaro is one of the most popular shorelines in Punta Cana, with its white, powdery sands, swaying palm trees, blue waters and bevy of amenities, including water sports rentals, dining options and nearby accommodations. Visitors will find this beautiful (but busy) beach stretched in between El Cortecito and Cabeza de Toro, but keep in mind that the public access point is a road just south of the Melia Caribe Tropical resort. Boats bound for the Dolphin Island water park embark from Bavaro Beach as well.

El Cortecito is another popular beach, and it's also convenient as it abuts the Bavaro-Punta Cana downtown district of restaurants, grocery stores, gift shops and more. Travelers will find this small beach directly north of Playa Bavaro. Arena Gorda is the next beach, north of El Cortecito, and its wide sands and shallow waters make it a favored spot among families with young kids in tow. Others say it's a wonderful place for a long walk. Keep in mind that much of the beach is backed by large resorts, but there is a public access point along the Ocean Blue & Sand service entrance.

Macao Beach is a 20- to 30-minute drive north of Playa Bavaro, but its virgin, undeveloped sands are worth the car time. This remote spot is also home to Macao Surf Camp, where visitors can learn to surf from the experts. Recent visitors raved about this gorgeous beach, but they say that vendors hawking goods can be bothersome; however, saying a firm "no" sends them away.

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#1 Punta Espada Golf Course The green fees to play at Punta Espada are hefty, but hear us out before you write it off: This par-72 course is a Jack Nicklaus signature course and the ... Read more » BCWH / Getty Images

#2 Boat Tours One of the best ways to view Punta Cana is to get off the resort and take a boat tour. Various operators offer different experiences, from private catamarans to group ... Read more » Bonacci Elisa / EyeEm / Getty Images

#3 La Cana Golf Course La Cana Golf Course boasts paspalum grass (a grass seed that can be hydrated with sea water), four holes directly along the seafront (and an additional 10 with ocean views ... Read more » Courtesy La Cana Golf Course

#4 Beaches No trip to Punta Cana would be complete without some time spent on its gorgeous beaches. Playa Bavaro is one of the most popular shorelines in Punta Cana, with its ... Read more » © Marco Bottigelli / Getty Images

#5 Hoyo Azul The Hoyo Azul Lagoon, also known as the "Blue Hole," is a cenote (or a natural swimming hole usually found in limestone caves) located at the foot of a cliff ... Read more » adam w / Flickr

#6 Barcelo Bavaro Golf Course Redesigned and remodeled by architect P.B. Dye in 2010, this par-72 course is one of the most popular spots to tee off in Punta Cana. Recent golfers said the ... Read more » mayakova / Getty Images

#7 Dolphin Discovery Punta Cana For around $100 you'll get a chance to learn about dolphins and even take a 40-minute swim with them. But is it worth it? Some say no. "Swimming" with ... Read more » Sami Sarkis / Getty Images

#8 Manati Park If you're trying to decide between Manatí Park and Dolphin Discovery Punta Cana (another popular interactive animal excursion), visitors generally agree: visit Manatí if you like birds and reptiles ... Read more » gerisima / Getty Images

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The prestigious Punta Espada Golf Course is one of three courses in Cap Cana. BCWH / Getty Images

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