Vacationing in Punta Cana is one of the best decisions you can make, but if you don’t have any activities planned you can end up wasting your time here. No one wants that! The Dominican Republic is a beautiful island and there’s a lot to do! Make the most out of your time here by booking the best activities in Punta Cana. Your family won’t forget this trip, and you’ll want to come back again and again!

So let’s take a look at the top 7 activities in Punta Cana that you can do with your family. Ready?

1: Take a tour

If you’ve been reading the blog for some time you should know that Punta Cana isn’t an island or a beach, but a region of the Dominican Republic with several small towns and wonderful shorelines. There’s so much territory to cover, you won’t believe just how much there is to explore! A tour will not only help you familiarize yourself with the area and history but there are plenty of sights to enjoy on their own. It makes for an excellent first-day activity! Here are some of my favorites.

2: Enjoy the beach

It’s probably the main reason you’re here, but there is no valid excuse to skip a day at the beach! Who would want to miss out on the crystalline water and white sand that Punta Cana has for you? The beaches are clean and safe, so everyone can join in on the fun without a single worry. Make sure to pack enough sunscreen, though!

3: Eat out at a restaurant!

When you think of restaurants you’re probably thinking about the same old stuff you’d find at home. But remember, you’re on a tropical island! A wide variety of fresh, local ingredients ensures that you enjoy the best of our cuisine during your travels. Have I ever mentioned Jellyfish Restaurant before? Because you absolutely must go there! Enjoy the flavors and uniqueness of our dishes, and indulge in some seafood while you’re at it. Try the lobster at Jellyfish too, it’s one of a kind!

4: Take a dip at one of the cenotes

There are plenty of cenotes you can visit while you’re in Punta Cana, most of which you can swim in! Unlike beaches, these little lakes of freshwater will offer a more relaxed and private experience. Foliage, wildlife, the middle of the island – it’s unique and new, and you’re guaranteed to have a good time. You can visit Hoyo Azul, for example, which has the deepest and most vibrant shade of blue you can ever imagine; or the Ojos Indigenas reserve, with their smaller ponds surrounded by the island’s natural beauty! These are some of the most unique activities in Punta Cana you can experience.

5: Why don’t you visit the chocolate museum?

Many people don’t know about it, but ChocoMuseo offers free tours to anyone who visits! They guide you through the entire process of how chocolate is made – from the beans until the final product you typically eat. What’s more, there’s also the option of making your own chocolate there! It’s fun for everyone involved, from the kids to the grownups, and you’ll create incredible memories with your family. Don’t miss out! Come on, everyone loves chocolate!

6: Altos de Chavon

When you’re out of options a little sightseeing is a good way to spend the day. Punta Cana is not just beaches and tropical goodness, there’s also architecture to explore! Altos de Chavon will transport you all back in time with its Mediterranean architecture, reminiscent of an old Italian town. A short walk through the amphitheater will be enough to bedazzle you, let alone the whole villa! This is one of those activities in Punta Cana that will take your breath away. Schedule a photoshoot here and you won’t be disappointed by the result.

7: Have a photoshoot!

There’s no reason why you shouldn’t have a photoshoot in Punta Cana. The conditions really are perfect! Sun shines brightly from above, the beaches are spectacular, and your family is all together and having fun. Why don’t you celebrate this moment? Their smiles will complement the beautiful scenery, and you can play around the area in between pictures. Maybe take some candid shots while you’re enjoying yourselves! Here are some tips to have an amazing photoshoot with your kids.

And there you have it! These are some of the best activities in Punta Cana to do with your family, no matter how many times you’ve been to the island. Every time you come around there’s something new to do, so don’t think you’ve seen it all yet! Everyone in your family can be involved and have fun. Take a chance!