What to Do in Punta Cana
Well, you've got your resort booked in Punta Cana so now its time to plan your stay in the Domincan Republic. If you stay on your resort the whole time you won't have the opportunity to truly experience all this beautiful country has to offer.
The first questions that may come to mind may be "Is it safe to travel off the resorts?" Trip Advisor has an article regarding this stating " Since 2006 Punta Cana has been reported as having one of the lowest crime rates in the world, mostly because of the low drug crime here." read full article here Violent crime is rare in the Dominican Republic and you should always use common sense as you would in any city of the world. Protect your belongings, don't carry large amounts of cash and avoid traveling at night. The Domincan people are very friendly and helpful and you should not be afraid to travel amongst them.
There are a large number of tours available in the Punta Cana area. Some of them you can reserve through your resorts and others you need to reserve directly through them. Your resort may tell you that it is unsafe to book with anyone other than their tour operators, however, keep in mind that they are getting a portion of your payment. I will try and list as many of the tours below that I can with their direct website address or contact information.
Macao Surfing - This is a great opportunity to try your hand at surfing. They give you instructions and provide you with a teacher that will help you get set out on the board and before you know it you'll be hanging ten. This is a must do if you are adventurous at all. You won't find this at the resorts, you can contact them by email at email@example.com or you can just take a taxi to Macao Beach, they're open every day.
Macao Beach - This beach is a must see. It is one of the most beautiful beaches anywhere with a great surf that gets quieter the further along the beach that you go. If you keep an eye out, you might be able to see whales off in the distance. They have a few primitive restaurants set up along it where you can get freshly cooked fish or lobster that is done on a fogón which is an outdoor wood stove. The capitan (type of fish) is absolutely delicious. Caution should always be used when eating any food in the Dominican - eat only freshly cooked hot food and avoid any fresh produce unless it has been peeled or cooked. Of course these restaurants also have ice cold Presidente! There are also a few people selling souvenirs.
All of the safaris pick you up in one the big jeeps and take you through the countryside stopping at plantations, ranches and include a typical Dominican lunch. There is time to stop for souvenirs and some of them also take you to Macao Beach
Country Adventure Half Day and Full Day Safari - the full day safari visits our ranch for lunch and a 20 minute horseback ride. This tour can be reserved in the resorts. Country Adventure Tour
Outback Adventure Tours https://www.outbackadventuresdr.com/ Half Day and Full Day Safari
Punta Cana Safari http://www.puntacanajustsafari.com/punta-cana-jeep-tour/
Monster Truck Safari http://www.monstertrucksafari.com/ Full Day Safari
For a more personalized tour try Mike's Country Adventure http://www.puntacanamike.com/ These tours are smaller and more personalized than the the mega truck tours.
Swim with Dolphins
Swim with Dolphins at Dolphin Explorer http://www.dolphinexplorer.com.do/
Swim with Dolphins at Manatee Parkhttp://www.manatipark.com/
Deep Sea Fishing
First Class Fishing http://www.firstclassfishing.com/
Gone Fishing https://www.gonefishing-puntacana.com/
Marina Caribe Catamaran Tours http://www.marinacaribe.com
Mike's Marina http://mikesmarina.info/
Kathy Buttigieg is a former competitor and instructor she now devotes herself full time to managing HorsePlay Punta Cana.