Welcome to Punta Cana! This gorgeous area on the easternmost tip of the Dominican Republic is eager to welcome you. You’ll explore breathtaking beaches, enjoy mouthwatering food, and create memories that will last a lifetime. If you’re wondering what you should do while you’re in Punta Cana, check out the following itinerary for some inspiration.

Morning: Grab Breakfast to Go at Brot Bagels & More

Brot Bagels & More, which is located near the airport, is the place to go for a quick and healthy breakfast. There are low-fat and low-carb options for folks who are watching their figures, but if you want to indulge, Brot Bagels is still your best bet. Enjoy an everything bagel with scrambled eggs and lots of cheese.

The bagel shop is small, but there is some seating where you can relax to enjoy your morning meal. You could also take your meal to go and get started on exploring your surroundings right away.

Another option for breakfast is to stay at your hotel. Many of the hotels in the city are resorts, which means they take pride in offering delicious food to their guests. Four Points by Sheraton has a reputation for serving excellent breakfasts.

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Bavaro Beach in Punta Cana.

Mid-Morning: Lounge on the Beach

Punta Cana is all about the beaches. In fact, it has roughly 35 kilometers of uninterrupted white sand paradise. Playa Bavaro is the main tourist beach of the area. It has majestic palm trees, pristine water, and gorgeous white sand. Bring your towel, your bathing suit, and plenty of sunscreen so you can soak up the rays. You don’t have to lounge, of course. You could also splash in the water or rent a kite or paddle board to enjoy some fun activities.

Noon: Grab Lunch

Melia Caribe Tropical Resorts is close to Playa Bavaro, and it has several restaurants from which you can choose. Enjoy Italian food at La Gondola, French food at Ma Maison, or Asian fusion food at Hokkaido.

If you would rather go someplace else to eat lunch, you can explore local eateries. Nam Nam Restaurant in the Bavaro area is a family-owned treasure in a residential area. The very name of the restaurant means “yummy” in Serbian! Try one of their fresh Angus beef burgers or indulge in a hearty salad. Also, be sure to try the coffee. Italian espresso and refreshing cold drinks are available. Nam Nam has won a TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellent numerous times, so you know it’s worth checking out!

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Altos de Chavon in Punta Cana.

Afternoon: Play a Round of Golf

There are numerous golf courses in the Punta Cana region. If you’re just learning the game, you might consider taking lessons at one of the area’s resorts. However, if you’re a discerning golfer, you could head to one of the two golf courses that are south of the airport in a less touristy part of Punta Cana.

Punta Espada and Corales are both worth checking out. Punta Espada was designed by Jack Nicklaus and features some challenging holes, including a 250-yard 13th hole that adds ocean spray to make the shot even more daunting. Corales, slightly north of Punta Espada, is a less-challenging course but it is no less beautiful.

Evening: Enjoy a Delicious Dinner at Passion

With a name like Passion, you would expect this dinner-only restaurant to provide an unparalleled dining experience. You won’t be disappointed. The à la carte menu by chef Martin Berasategui features Spanish dishes with lots of seafood. The wine pairings are excellent, too. Use the sampling menu to try a bit of everything so you don’t miss out on any of the deliciousness. Passion is located at Paradisus Palma Real Resort.

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A Luxury Resort Located in Punta Cana.

Late Evening: Experience the Punta Cana Nightlife

Although Punta Cana isn’t known for its nightlife, it does have a few options that are worth staying up late for.

Check out Drink Point, which caters to locals just as much as it does to tourists. This place is crowded every night of the week, so you can have a good time even if you aren’t visiting on a weekend. The music is all Latin and Caribbean, so you can learn some spicy dance moves as you mingle with the locals. If dancing isn’t your thing, that’s all right. Head to the bar and sip on a refreshing cocktail as you watch the crowd tear up the dance floor.

Punta Cana is a gorgeous area, and it is eager to welcome visitors. Plan lots of time for lounging on the beach and eating delicious food!