January is here and so are sub-zero temperatures, it is the time of year many people want to turn into a bear and hibernate. After all, not everyone wants to be like us head for the cold winter destinations. Come winter time all-inclusive resorts in Punta Cana bring in large crowds of tourists looking for a winter escape.
We’ll be the first to admit the beach is our happy place. If you’re feeling down about the cold winter blues then trade in your down jacket for a swimsuit and suntan lotion and head to a tropical destination. We’ve been all over the world and the beaches of the Carribean can indeed compete with the best of them. In fact, the Dominican Republic has the most Blue Flag beaches of any Caribbean destination. Punta Cana is regarded as one of the most beautiful regions to travel with a plethora of great all-inclusive resorts, such as Barcelo. The appeal is real with full catering, drinks, no schedule, and a gorgeous beach. It’s tough to argue against the appeal for many travelers.
There’s plenty of sun and beautiful white sand beaches with gentle waves to lap away your days. Of course, if sitting on the beach isn’t the only thing you desire the island’s resorts have plenty of activities to offer guests. By plenty, we mean 18 hole golf courses, baseball diamonds, soccer fields, beach volleyball, pools, and fitness centers. Punta Cana is the perfect place to catch a tan, have a few drinks and get a good workout in before heading back to reality. If you’re wondering what all there is to do in Punta Cana, we have you covered!
Things to do in Punta Cana
Go for a sunset horseback ride
Going for a horseback ride is one of the best things to do in the Dominican Republic. We’ve taken a wide array of tours, but our favorite to do is a horseback tour. (We just went in Iceland!) There are a number of companies that offer horseback riding tours around Punta Cana. After all, nothing says romantic like a horseback ride on the beach at sunset. For those looking for romantic things to do in Punta Cana with your significant other, this tops the list.
Hit the links
With plenty of sunshine and warm weather, Punta Cana makes for a great place to hit the links. There are several world-class golf courses stretched along the Dominican Republic coast. It’s the perfect spot to head for those looking to keep their game strong while the winter rages back at home.
Go to Samana on day trip
Head to one the most beautiful regions in the Dominican Republic as a day trip. There are plenty of tours to explore the Samana peninsula via land, bus, and boat. Cool off in the turquoise waters of El Salto del Limon considered the most serene waterfall in the country. Most day trips also include a visit to Cayo Levantado (aka Bacardi Island) and lunch!
Try a dune buggy tour
If you love a bit of a thrill on your holidays then a dune buggy tour or ATV tour is the perfect thing to do in Punta Cana. You get a chance to explore the beauty of the island in a whole new and thrilling way!
Drink it up
If you’re looking to let loose and drink some rum on the beach then you’re in luck – it’s the Carribean! You can find cocktail bars, swim up pool bars, and beach bars at many of the all-inclusive resorts as well. So don’t hold back on the margaritas and tequila sunrises! To make matters better, or worse, you can find nightclubs scattered around Punta Cana so the party never has to stop. Popular clubs include ORO, Imagine, and Legacy Disco Club.
Catch some waves
Since Punta Cana is on the Dominican Republic’s windward Atlantic side you get some great surf. If you’re a novice at surfing there are a number of resorts and companies that offer surf lessons with board rentals. We couldn’t think of a better place to learn then the gorgeous beaches of Punta Cana.
Take a catamaran cruise
A catamaran cruise is a popular excursion for visitors to Punta Cana. The trip involves a day of island hopping, snorkeling, drinking pina coladas, and lounging on the deck. Finish the day with a cookout on the beach with some tasty local seafood. Don’t worry there’s plenty of drinks and sun to go around.
Take a day trip to Santo Domingo
The capital of the Dominican Republic also happens to be the very first European settlement in the Western Hemisphere. It is here that you can travel back five centuries to check out the preserved colonial buildings from the past. Fun Fact! The city was founded by Christopher Columbus’s brother in 1496, which makes it the oldest inhabited European settlement in the Americas.
Get to the chopper!
We’ve only taken one helicopter tour in Cape Town before and ever since have sung praises about chopper life. Punta Cana and the surrounded water are an impressive sight, especially from above! You may get lucky and even spot a few shipwrecks!