It’s no secret that the beaches in Punta Cana are amazing! The Dominican Republic is known for its beautiful beaches and perfect weather all year round. And Punta Cana is the top destination in the DR. So the beaches must be spectacular. With their white sand, turquoise water, and towering palm trees, you’ll be ready to jump on a plane after hearing about the best beaches in Punta Cana.
The name Playa Blanca literally translates to “white beach.” It’s called that because of the white sand that lines the shores. And the sand is so soft you’ll feel like you’re walking on powder. Playa Blanca is located in the gated community of the Punta Cana Resort & Club. It’s five minutes away from the Punta Cana International Airport and about 25 minutes from the resorts in Bavaro.
The water is very shallow so this beach is great for families with kids. You can walk out quite a ways with the water hitting at your hips. The restaurant by the same name has great food and drinks, but beware that it is on the pricier side.
Juanillo Beach is another luxury beach with white powder sand. The shore is lined with palm trees and the water is a gorgeous turquoise blue. Juanillo Beach is located inside the gated community of Cap Cana. You have to pay an entrance fee (usually between $20-$30/person) that you’ll use as a credit at the restaurant there, Little John.
If you’re staying at one of the resorts in Cap Cana, you’ll have free access to Juanillo Beach.
Bavaro Beach is the most popular public beach. The water is calm and the sand is silky soft. It is also the longest beach, stretching for over 6 miles. There are a ton of resorts that line the shores of Bavaro Beach, but if you walk just a short way, you’ll also find lots of shops and popular beach restaurants like Huracan Cafe, Soles Chill Out Bar, and Onno’s.
If you’re looking for a more local experience, Macao Beach is the place to be. You can pack a cooler with your own snacks and drinks or eat at one of the little hut restaurants that line the beach. They have some of the best fried fish on the island and delicious pina coladas served straight from the pineapple.
Macao Beach is one of the only places you’ll see waves in Punta Cana. That’s why it’s a popular spot for surfers. If you want to learn how to surf, check out Macao Surf Camp for lessons.
Uvero Alto is another local spot and is one of the quieter, less populated beaches. While there are resorts that line its shores, if you go to the public entrance, you’ll likely be one of the only people around. The waves are a little stronger, so exercise caution if you’re going swimming. Uvero Alto is a popular spot for surfing and kitesurfing. It’s a beautiful beach to spend the day surrounded by nature and away from the crowds. But definitely pack a cooler because there aren’t many restaurants or markets on the beach.
Whatever beach you decide to visit on your vacation, you’ll absolutely love the beaches in Punta Cana!
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