Dolphin Discovery Punta Cana#7 in Best Things To Do in 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 the dolphins was a stretch – most just got to pet them and take a picture alongside them (which is an additional cost). Some travelers were chagrined by the treatment of the animals and the cost of the pictures.
But other travelers are quick to note that Dolphin Island seems more humane than the Manati Park, and if you're looking for a day excursion away from the resort (the park is situated at Bávaro Beach) this might be a better fit for you.
Rates for the various experience start at $99 and can cost as much as $284, depending on how much interaction you wish to have with the dolphins. A DVD of your experience costs extra. Park hours vary but experiences are offered daily; check Dolphin Discovery's website for more information. The attraction also offers a shuttle service from hotels located in Bavaro, Punta Cana and Uvero Alta, included in your package price.
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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 site of top tournaments like the PGA Champions Tour. It's one of the most gorgeous courses in Punta Cana, with winding pathways and a top-notch view. In fact, the sprawling course is most often described by visitors as "golf heaven" – likely because of its mix of the vibrant colors (from sage greens to the aquamarine surf) and various amenities.
Your day rate includes the use of a cart and a caddy (mandatory), driving range practice and water around the course. There's also a restaurant with a patio on-site. As you drive the course, keep an eye out for the million-dollar mansions and the private beach club.
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