Punta Cana Beaches
Where To Go
When To Go
Where To Stay
What It Costs
What To Do
What To Pack
Flora & Fauna
Punta Cana has 10 different beaches extending for more than 30 miles, many wide and all boasting clean golden yellow sands. Several beaches are ranked as among the world’s best by the European Blue Flag organization notorious for its stringent environmental and water quality standards. The DR, overall, has more Blue Flag beaches than any other Caribbean island. .
Playa Juanillo: My favorite beach in the world, this gorgeous palm-filled coastline usually is rarely crowed. Cleaned daily by resort staff, Playa Juanillo has a cafe/bar with extensive menu. Check for kayak and small sailboats nearby. For access, pass through a guarded gate at Cap Cana resort and swap your passport or driver’s license for a day pass.
Cabeza de Toro: This popular beach offers good beach snorkeling in wide shallows full of fish. For snorkel locations, look for the calm shallows at the Catalonia Bavaro Resort and the boat-traffic free side of the Catalonia Royal Beach resort, which has public access. Two resorts here-- Natura Park and Be Live Grand Punta Cana--have “Blue Flag” status.
El Cortecito/ Las Corales: These adjoining beaches have no access restrictions and offer everything for the day. Like a small fishing village, it has several beach restaurants, shops and water sports vendors. Off the beaches are some of the area’s main commercial centers containing supermarkets, shopping centers, gift shops and restaurants., The famous seafood restaurant Captain Cook’s is at Cortecito.
Playa Arena Gorda: The name translates as "fat sand," meaning it’s wide and the name is appropriate since this is one of the widest beaches. Arena Gorda slopes gently into shallow, usually calm water, making it a good beach for swimming and relaxing. Get here early to claim the shade of a palm tree. With three resorts-- Barceló Punta Cana, Grand Bahia Principe Bavaro, Iberostar Grand Hotel Bavaro--earned “Blue Flag” status. Arena Gorda is an exceptional beach.