Through our long-established partnerships and real-life destination knowledge, we will take you off the beaten track to experience the best this island has to offer. Here, one of our favorite local resources shares her idea of a perfect day in Punta Cana.
Start your day by waking up the mind and body with guided sunrise yoga, facing the clear waters of Bavaro Beach. The yoga classes are just one of many fitness and wellness activities available at Paradisus Palma Real Golf & Spa Resort—others, include salsa, tennis, volleyball, meditation and an impressive golf course that offers unlimited tee times for guests. Our advisors will handle booking this all-inclusive Dominican Republic getaway for you.
Head into town to Breakers Café for breakfast, a local favorite. Try homemade granola, Nutella crepes, ham and cheese croissants and cappuccinos, in a bright, colorful environment right on the beach.
Embark on a diving and snorkeling catamaran excursion that will pick you up at Breakers Café. Explore reefs and swim with aquatic animals in a unique undersea adventure you can only experience in Punta Cana. The 3-hour experience makes for the perfect morning expedition.
Venture to the centric beachfront restaurant Jellyfish for lunch, an uber-romantic wedding destination featuring swoon-worthy dishes that will leave an impression. You’ll fall in love with the lobster spaghetti, seafood platters and tropical ambiance as you dine under a thatched roof with tall coconut trees swaying gently in the wind.
See the natural habitats of Dominican Republic’s plants and animals at the preserved Indigenous Eyes Ecological Park. With nearly 50 acres of natural beauty, you’ll find more than 500 plant species in this private forest used by students around the world for scientific research. Make sure to keep your swimsuit on if you want to take a dip in one of the park’s lagoons.
Head back to the hotel to visit YHI Spa for eco-friendly treatments in a stunning, open-air environment surrounded by gardens. Go for an exfoliating massage featuring hibiscus flower, a muscle-soothing Samunphrai treatment or a healing massage tailored to your needs. Post-massage, luxuriate in the water ritual area that features therapeutic baths and showers, a hot tub, steam room and sauna. Top off the day of indulgence by treating yourself to a manicure or pedicure.
End the day with a culinary journey into the heights of fine dining at Passion by Martin Berasategui at Paradisus Palma Real Golf & Spa Resort. The acclaimed chef, recipient of 8 Michelin stars, puts his creative touch on Spanish-focused cuisine, with a tasting menu that will sate the culinary curious, as well as the option of a-la-carte ordering. Expect unique flavors and decadent touches like Champagne foam. Pair your dishes with selections from an extensive wine list.
Punta Cana’s nightlife is worth staying up for. Take a cab (or private transfer) to Coco Bongo where you can experience live shows that run the gamut from aerial performances like Cirque du Soleil to world-famous DJs. It’s said by many to be the hottest nightlife stop in the Dominican Republic, and the Vegas-style shows have been known to go on past 3 a.m.
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