The Dominican Republic lies on the same landmass as Haiti, but the two places couldn’t be more different. Tourism sustains the Dominican Republic’s economy, which means the beach is full of resorts that attract tourists from around the world. But there is so much more to this beautiful island in the Caribbean. It might be tempting to lie around on the beach sipping fruity cocktails, but there is a world of adventure and nature to discover in the Dominican Republic.
Check out some of these wonderful sport and adventure hotels in Punta Cana to enjoy more in Punta Cana than sand.
Barcelo Punta Cana
This all-inclusive resort is grand, but it feels like home. The Barcelo Punta Cana offers beachfront property, but you will also have access to a rock-climbing wall, a fitness centre, tennis courts, and even a flying trapeze. I suggest using the opportunity to take a boogie board out for a spin.
Tortuga Bay Hotel
If a golf holiday is what you’re after, you’ve found it at the boutique Tortuga Bay Hotel. You can easily relax under palm trees and enjoy their full-service spa. The real advantage of staying here is that you can keep up your golf swing: you’ll be near Catalonia Caribe Golf Club, The Lakes Barcelo Bavaro Golf Course, and La Cana Golf Course — all great places to get out on the fairway.
Zoetry Agua Punta Cana
The Zoetry Agua Puna Cana offers a top quality restaurant that services Latin and Creole cuisine as well as a private stretch of beach where you can enjoy plenty of activities. Here they like to keep you entertained with activities like horseback riding, which you can follow up with a yoga class to unwind. For real adventure, join them on one of their outings to the underground caves or on a nearby jungle trek.
The Reserve at Paradisus Palma Real Resort
When you’re looking for a high-end spot with almost limitless options for activities, this is the place for you. The Reserve features outdoor tennis courts, a jogging track, and a host of active and convenient day trips. If you want to learn something new, why not sign up for one of the salsa classes?
Majestic Colonial Punta Cana
The Majestic Colonial represents a small piece of luxury in Punta Cana where you can access gourmet restaurants, a swim-up bar (that’s motivation to do some exercise!), and lovely private hot tubs. Sports lovers get a kick out of playing basketball, volleyball, and ping-pong. Water sports enthusiasts will appreciate free access to catamarans, kayaks, and snorkelling gear during their stay.
Secrets Royal Beach Punta Cana
This adults-only retreat offers tranquility and time away from the children. But that doesn’t mean The Secrets Royal Beach is dull. During the daytime, you can schedule a full day’s worth of activities, such as walks through Los Haitises National Park and introductory scuba diving lessons. In the evening, you can try to win back some of the money you spent on your holiday at the casino or dance to live music with staff and other vacationers.