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Best Family Activities in Punta Cana


Best Family Activities in Punta Cana

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As you know, Punta Cana is one of the most highly recommended places to travel to, regardless of what your plans are. Whether you are visiting as a couple or with friends, you’ll enjoy this destination like never before. If you’re travelling as a family, all your family members are sure to remember this holiday for years to come.

To give you an idea of how great of a time you can have with your family, here are some plans that you can all enjoy together:

Snorkelling at Playa Bávaro

Family snorkelling in the waters of Punta Cana

The sea is the undisputed protagonist of the landscape in Punta Cana and enjoying it can be a very fun family activity. However, if you dive deeper into the water, you’ll see that it’s home to many more beautiful things than you had ever thought. For this reason, we recommend planning a day to go snorkelling as a family in Playa Bávaro

We can assure you that the littlest ones in the family will have a great time seeing all of the colourful fish up close and the incredible seabed. But they’re not the only ones. The adults will also have a hard time containing their excitement when they get to marvel at the world of underwater marine life.  

There are many places to go snorkelling in Playa Bávaro, so as soon as you find one you should ask about booking this activity for the day you’d prefer.

Saona Island

Visiting Saona Island is one of the most incredible experiences to do as a family on your holiday in Punta Cana. This island is a reserve that is part of the Del Este National Park, and you’ll find that it looks like something out of a film.

It is located about 80 kilometres from Punta Cana and is very easy to access from Playa Bávaro, from where you can get there by catamaran. 

Once you’ve arrived, discovering its mangroves and coral reefs will be an incredible adventure. In addition, seeing how it’s a protected area, its beaches are a haven of peace and relaxation where your little ones can have a fantastic time.

Did you know that there is a turtle sanctuary on the island? The Saona Island turtle sanctuary is located in the fishing village of Mano Juan. Here their job is to guarantee the survival of four native species of turtles, among which is the prized hawksbill turtle, one of the most endangered species today. From here, you can teach your little ones the importance of taking care of these animals so that they don’t go extinct and can continue to live on and reproduce. 

Cave of Wonders

The mysterious caves in the Dominican Republic are the best setting for a day of family adventures. The Cave of Wonders is perhaps one of the most famous. It is located approximately an hour and 15 minutes from Playa Bávaro, and it is totally worth exploring.

The cave is famous for its geological formations, but also for having incredible specimens of Taino art, whose rock art is known throughout the Dominican Republic and the Caribbean. 

The cave can be visited with children, as they are the ones who will enjoy this activity the most as they fantasise about the cave’s exciting past.

Once inside, the pictorial gallery will leave you speechless. This area features an artificial lake that was created to reflect the cavity’s ceilings for an even more striking effect.

On the other hand, the so-called Great Panel is where the Taino representations can be found. According to studies, these drawings refer mainly to funeral rituals, although there are other isolated drawings of a different nature. 

There is one thing that is important to keep in mind, which is that the cave has several inhabitants, including bats, who take centre stage when kids see them flying around the stalactites. Quite an experience indeed!

Indigenous Eyes Ecological Reserve

This natural ecological reserve has numerous freshwater lagoons where the whole family can cool off in the most jungle-esque environment.

But that’s not all it has to offer, since the park has a section that explains all about the island’s natural and cultural history, which will give you the opportunity to learn lots of new things that may surprise you. In addition, there is a zoo with animals from the island and other activities such as sugar cane exhibits. And you can find all of this in one place!

Blue Hole

Blue Hole in the Dominican Republic

The natural pools of the Blue Hole are so dreamy that they’ll make the perfect option for an incredible family plan.

The water is an intense turquoise blue colour and the pools can be found at the foot of a cliff, in one of Punta Cana’s many natural parks. 

Of course, it is possible to swim in these pools, so make sure you don’t forget your swimsuit so that you can go for a refreshing dip. 

Water parks

In Punta Cana there are several water parks where you can have a really fun day. At The Boulevard shopping centre, you’ll find the fabulous Splash Island: slides and pools for the littlest ones in the family, for a wet day full of fun and laughter. 

The Boulevard

The Boulevard is a large space with all kinds of recreational activities for the whole family, located next to the Lopesan Costa Bávaro Resort, Spa & Casino. The older ones will find places as interesting as a theatre or the Disco Chía nightclub. But there are spaces designed for all ages, such as “Vibe” with ping pong tables and recreational areas for teenagers, or the Pachi Kids Club, where specific activities are put on for children between the ages of 4 and 12. Great plans for everyone, every day!

In Punta Cana there are so many activities to do as a family that these are just a few of them. If you are going to travel here as a family, especially if you’re travelling with children, the best thing you can do is to look for a family resort and take these recommendations into account to ensure you have an unforgettable holiday. 

Vibe teen club, located in The Boulevard, at the Lopesan Costa Bávaro Resort, Spa & Casino

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