Best Beaches in Punta Cana

Relaxing on Playa Bavaro - Punta Cana Best Beaches

Relaxing on Playa Bavaro – Punta Cana Beach

With 35 km of continuous white sand, Punta Cana has no shortage of beautiful beaches.  The beaches around Punta Cana are some of the best in the Caribbean, and without doubt the most spectacular beaches of the entire Dominican Republic .  Ask anyone who’s been to Punta Cana, and they will tell you that the beaches are among the most picturesque that they’ve ever seen. Here, tall coconut palms dot much of the seashore, and the soft, white sand is inviting.  If you are beach freaks like us, you will likely want to drive around to visit all of them.  Yes we gotten lost, digged car out of sand pit, and drove for 2 hours on a dirt road only to have to turn around.

In general, sands are softest and whitest around Playa Bavaro area.  As you make your way down south toward Juanillo and Cap Cana, the beach have some more rocks, seaweeds, and less pristine.   Beaches in the North such as Macao and Uvero Alto are golden sand, but are largely undeveloped and very secluded.  Below are our picks of the best beaches in Punta Cana that are easily accessible.

North Part (Starting from Playa Bavaro and Continuing to the North)

Bavaro Beach - Playa Bavaro - Punta Cana Best Beaches

Playa Bavaro

Bavaro Beach - Playa Bavaro - Best Beaches in Punta Cana

Playa Bavaro – Punta Cana

Playa Bavaro – The main tourist beach in Bavaro, Playa Bavaro is beautiful with powdery white sand and coco palms leaning onto the shore.  Bavaro beach is very long and an evening walk along Playa Bavaro can seem endless.   The public access to this beach is a road (very clear sign) located just south of Melia Caribe Tropical Resorts.  The road ends at a large parking lot, which is mainly for the gift shops/market .  Walk pass the gift shops and find your perfect spot on the beach.

El Cortecito - Punta Cana Best Beaches

El Cortecito Beach – Punta Cana

El Cortecito – El Cortecito Beach, in the heart of Bavaro, is the closest to a small beach town/fisherman village in the area. This area is considered to be the downtown of Bavaro-Punta Cana.  You will find restaurants, bars, pharmacies, supermarkets, shopping centers, gift shops, and  banks.  Just walk pass the beach front restaurant and gift shops to get onto the beach.

Arena Gorda Beach - Best Beaches in Punta Cana

Arena Gorda Beach – Punta Cana

Arena Gordo – Also known as the Fat Sand Beach because of its wide sand beach that slopes gently down to the sea. Shallow water give this beach its beautiful blue color and many people say this beach it’s perfect for kids.  Public access can be difficult and you pretty much have to stay at one of the resorts in the area.  However, we found a public beach access via Ocean Blue & Sand Service Entrance.


El Macao - Macao Beach - Punta Cana Best Beaches

El Macao – Macao Beach – Punta Cana

Macao Beach –  An undeveloped, virgin beach around 20 to 30 minute drive north of Bavaro.  Driving there you pass through the little town of El Macao, and as you reach the crest of the hill you’ll see the beautiful sight of Macao beach spread out before you.  There is Macao Surf Camp, where you can rent or get surfing lesson, and restaurants right on the beach.   Macao beach is popular with local Dominicans (especially at weekends), and serves as a stop off point for a cooling swim for many of the safari truck tours and the ATV/buggy tours.


Uvero Alto - Best Beaches in Punta Cana

Uvero Alto Beach – Punta Cana

Uvero Alto – Our favorite but a bit out of the way to get to.  We founded it by accident because we were lost trying to get to Miches.  Uvero Alto is not a well-known beach area.  Unless you are staying in one of the secluded high-end resorts in this area, you likely will never know about it. The area outside of the resorts and hotels is relatively undeveloped and with nowhere else to eat or shop.  On the 105 from Macao going toward Miches or Laguna de Nisibon, look for a road on the right side with a sign that says Miches/Uvero Alto.  Follow this narrow 2 lane road through the country side, pass a few secluded resorts, pass the Sivory resort, and all the way until it ends and turn into a narrow dirt road.  Continue for another 100 meters on this narrow dirt road and you will come to a secluded beach.  The beach is very wide, with lush green coconut forest leaning onto it.  With the exception of a couple of folks on horseback riding tour, you may be the only people on this long, wide, beautiful beach.


South Part (Starting from Playa Bavaro and Continuing to the South)

Cabeza De Toro - Punta Cana Best Beaches

Cabeza De Toro Beach – Punta Cana

Cabeza de Toro – Playa Cabeza de Toro is the perfect place if you want to be surrounded by the natural beautiful forests and wildlife of Punta Cana. If you like you can take a horseback riding excursion through the forests at the Natura Park Eco-Resort.  South of the Barceló Bavaro golf course, along the Bulevar Turistico del Este, you will see a road with a sign toward Cabeza de Toro.  At the end of the road, you will pass through a military area and then come to a parking lot.   Walk north pass the Dream Palm Beach Resort to get to the more secluded/natural area.

Playa Blanca Punta Cana Best Beaches

Playa Blanca – Punta Cana

Playa Blanca – A shallow water beach area that is perfect for kids as well as kite and windsurfing.  This white sand beach has very calm/clear water and can be a good photo spot.  To get there, you will have to pass through the gated area of the Punta Cana’s Resorts.  Just tell them you are going to Playa Blanca or its restaurant and they will give you a day pass in exchange for your passport or driver’s license.  Because it is located inside this gated resort area, Playa Blanca is very secluded.  Secluded and beautiful, with a nice restaurant/bar next to it, one can spend a whole day here.

Juanillo Beach - Punta Cana Best Beaches

Juanillo Beach – Punta Cana

Juanillo – Juanillo is a beautiful secluded beach toward the south end of Punta Cana, in Cap Cana area.  It is located right next to the Sanctuary Cap Cana Resorts. There is a beautiful beach restaurant here with cabanas and beach lounge sofas.  The food is a bit pricy, but the area is luxurious and beautiful.    We spend the afternoon here, eating lunch, playing frisbee, and even bought fish from local fisherman.  The colorful Volkswagen van next to the restaurant makes for a good photo.  To get there, take the road toward Cap Cana.  You will then come to a gated area and you have to go through the same method as Playa Blanca above.  Just mention you are going to Juanillo and hand over your ID, driver license, or passport.

Public Beach of Dominicus at Bayahibe, Dominican Republic Beaches

Bayahibe Beaches

Public Beach of Dominicus at Bayahibe - Dominican Republic Beaches

Dominicus Beach – Bayahibe

Other Beaches in the 1 hour driveWithin 1 hour, you can make your way south to Bayahibe, Playa Dominicus, and then perhaps a boat ride to the must visit Saona Island.

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  1. I will be visiting Punta Cana next month. We plan to rent a car so we can explore the island.

    Where are beaches that have parking and where you can rent beach chairs/chaise lounges?

    • Other than ulvero alto, u can rent beach chair at all the places. All has parking.

      • ET, I would like to come down alone for the surf. I found an airline that will carry my board. Budget does not allow a fancy resort but I also do not want an empty room.. How would the best way to get to Macao beach each day if driving is as dangerous as it appears. (I kited in Cabarete a few time, so understand some basics) Thanks. Jim

        • Driving in Punta Cana area is not dangerous. Just rent a car and drive to Macao beach each day.

  2. Hi

    Is it a long continuous beach all the way from Bavaro to Macao beach?

    • Almost. At Macao beach there is a cove/rocks on the Southside cutting off the connecting beaches. But safe to say, long continuous miles of beaches.

    • Thanks ET… Safe journeys. Jim

  3. You listed two of our Jeep Tour locations (Macao Beach and Uvero Alto beach) , and I can confirm 100 % – beaches in and around Punta Cana are amazing, to say the least.

  4. We are considering booking at the new Breathless Punta Cana in Uvero Alto and we have been three times to the Bavaro Beach area resorts (RIU etc) and have completed our daily run south towards the airport. Love those beaches. Worried that the beach will not be as nice in the north where this new resort will go. Any advice?

    • The beach will look just like the pictures in the post and the video. It is not white sand, but it has its own beauty as the beach is clean, good waves, and no one around you to share it with. At this spot, you are locked to the hotel and its surrounding area. Harder to hike down to Bayahibe, etc, but a good spot for horseback riding, ATV, Catamaran, etc. Uvero Alto was our favorite because we felt like we had it all to ourselves and the clean beaches and waves made for a fun day. It is just different.

  5. What beautiful beaches! Looking forward to visiting one day…

  6. I just booked a trip to the Dreams Resort Punta Cana after rave reviews from AAA. I’m a bit concerned after reading several reviews on Trip Advisor about the beach itself. Looking at the map it looks close to Uvero Alto which you say is your favorite beach. Several reviews talk about their disappointment in the beach itself due to the coral reefs and being on the Atlantic side. And that it’s not a swimming beach. Do you know anything about this resort or this area?

    • Shelly,

      Dream Resort is really more like in Arena Gordo. Uvero Alto is much farther north and we liked it because there are absolutely nothing there and it is very rustic. Dream resort in Arena Gordo is on a nice beach and it is ok to swim in. Don’t expect any good coral along Punta Cana beaches, there isn’t a lot. The beaches and the coconut forests are beautiful, but the coral is so so.

      • I really liked your recommendation for the excursion, not only to Saona Island but also to Canto de la Playa. If you’re looking to snorkel – is this a better opportunity to do so? I’ve read several comments about those staying at Dreams and they want to try the Caribbean side next. My concern was that we were choosing to stay on the wrong side of the Island, facing the Atlantic Ocean. I was thinking some excursions could help us see different places.

        • Both sides are good. The La Romana area are not bad, but we believe the beaches along Punta Canna on the Atlantic side are better. The beach around Dream in Bayahibe is ok as you can see in the pictures on this article. Punta Cana was born because of its great beaches, and it became popular because of that. There are more activities around there. We would choose to stay in Punta Cana (Atlantic side where the airport is) vs. the southeast which is where La Romana and Bayahibe is. However, in either case, you must do Saona and request for a tour taht goes to Canto de la Playa.

          • Great recommendations, Isla saona is great 2.

  7. see my blog and you will find that Indonesian beaches are wonderful, the southern part of Lombok island. Still so quiet, virgin, and away from hustle bustle of tourist. Gotta love it loads….

    cheers… 😉

  8. Just got back from the Dominican and while we were there we decided to have a day on the new julgne safari. It was fantastic and we were treated like VIP’s. Our driver Leandro was a real gem!!! I highly reccommend this excursion we had the best day out and not one minute of it was boring.

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