Caribbean beaches are renowned for their soft sand and clear water, and that’s especially true in Punta Cana. This Dominican Republic locale is packed with hotels and mega-resorts designed to take advantage of the lovely ocean, and we found those that offer a stellar beachfront getaway — often alongside perks such as all-inclusive rates, big pools with swim-up bars, and chic rooms with outdoor spaces. Here are the best beach resorts in Punta Cana.
Easily one of the best properties in the Dominican Republic, the luxury Tortuga Bay Hotel stands apart for its stunning beachfront setting, Oscar de la Renta-designed interiors, and phenomenal service provided by personal butlers. It’s set within an exclusive gated community a quick eight-minute drive from the airport. All 30 spacious and elegant rooms come with jetted tubs, ocean-view balconies or terraces, and golf carts to get around. Extensive features include a gourmet restaurant serving free breakfast, a top-notch spa, three nearby golf courses, and a pleasant pool and adjacent hot tub.
An adults-only all-inclusive resort, the Iberostar Grand Bavaro Hotel has a prime location on beautiful Bavaro Beach. The 272 elegant rooms here have large bathrooms with jetted tubs, iPod docks, minibars with mini bottles of premium liquor, and outdoor spaces -- some with swim-out access. This serene, upscale property provides guests (mostly couples) with a two-story spa, three pools -- one with a swim-up bar -- two hot tubs, and free water sports. Four a la carte eateries are covered by the room rate.
The family-friendly Majestic Colonial Punta Cana is an upscale all-inclusive resort on gorgeous Bavaro Beach. A stellar all-inclusive package covers nearly a dozen buffet and a la carte eateries, a late-night snack bar, 11 bars serving premium liquor, and a range of non-motorized water sports. The 658 suites here are divided into two sections: the main kid-friendly section and the Colonial Club, which provides an upgraded experience for adults only. All are sophisticated and have walk-in showers, separate jetted tubs, and furnished terraces.
The 96-suite, all-inclusive Zoetry Agua Punta Cana is luxurious, tranquil, and romantic. It has an uncrowded beachfront location, setting it apart from many area resorts on bustling Bavaro Beach. Although children are accepted, the lack of kid-friendly features means most guests are couples. High-quality amenities here consist of a main pool with a swim-up bar, a gorgeous spa with a free-to-use hydrotherapy circuit, and free activities such as horseback riding and kayaking. Unlimited top-shelf liquor and dining at the four a la carte restaurants are also included.
Removed from the bustling resort areas, the adults-only Le Sivory Punta Cana by PortBlue Boutique has a secluded beachfront setting. There are just 55 rooms here, all of which are chic and spacious, featuring terraces, living spaces, and free minibars. Some have couple-friendly showers or outdoor whirlpools. This all-inclusive resort offers a pretty outdoor pool with adjacent bar, four restaurants (including one buffet), free room service, and free alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages. A peaceful spa is also on-site.
One of four Paradisus resorts in Punta Cana, the upscale, 554-room Palma Real Golf & Spa Resort has a spectacular beach setting. This all-inclusive property has a well-regarded food and beverage program, with both buffet and a la carte restaurants, multiple bars, and 24-hour room service. A big outdoor pool, open-air spa, and pleasant suites with outdoor spaces, daily restocked minibars, and free Wi-Fi are also available.
The 450-suite Excellence Punta Cana completed a 45-million dollar renovation in 2017, which helped cement it as one of the best luxury all-inclusive resorts in the area. This adults-only hotel has a largely peaceful atmosphere, especially at the secluded Macao Beach that can be walked for miles. The beach-chic rooms have jetted bathtubs and separate rainfall showers, furnished terraces, and free minibars with liquor. In addition to the impressive beach, the resort has two pools, a swim-up bar, an expansive spa, and tons of dining and drinking outlets.
Set in the exclusive Cap Cana development, Eden Roc is a luxury boutique attracting both couples and families. The 60 rooms here include oceanfront suites with stellar beach views, and spacious villas with private pools that are farther from the ocean. Excellent features include three restaurants -- two with ocean vistas -- two infinity-edge pools, a spa, and two kids’ clubs with playgrounds. There’s not a ton to do in the area, but guests are largely here for the peaceful setting.
Opened in 2013, the all-inclusive Breathless Punta Cana Resort & Spa is set on an uncrowded white-sand beach in the Uvero Alto area of Punta Cana. There are a whopping 750 suites here, though expansive grounds and tons of on-site amenities keep it from feeling too crowded. All suites have outdoor spaces with whirlpools, comfy beds, and coffeemakers. The excellent all-inclusive package covers well-regarded buffet and a la carte restaurants, a coffee shop, 24-hour room service, alcohol at the nine bars and lounges, and entertainment such as live music and pool parties. A small casino, water sports, a gorgeous spa, multiple pools, and a lazy river round out the amenities.
The upscale TRS Turquesa Hotel is the adults-only section of the huge Palladium resort complex on Bavaro Beach. The vibe here is peaceful, thanks to a prime stretch of private beach dotted with lounge chairs and hammocks. The 372 rooms here all have canopy beds, jetted tubs, and outdoor spaces. Swim-up options are available. In addition to the several bars and restaurants on-site, guests get access to those within the larger complex. A chic pool with a swim-up bar, a pleasant spa, tennis courts, and butler service can be used by guests.
The Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Punta Cana is downright massive, with 1,790 rooms, 13 pools (including one for adults only) and restaurants, 23 bars, an 18-hole golf course designed by Jack Nicklaus, 65,000 square feet of meeting space, and the largest casino in the Dominican Republic. This luxury all-inclusive hotel is set along a large stretch of beautiful beach. A huge spa and wedding services make it popular with couples, while a waterslide, a kids’ club, an arcade room, and mini-golf attract families.
The adults-only Barcelo Bavaro Beach is an upscale property set along a gorgeous white-sand beach that’s considered one of the best in the area. This 381-room resort is next to the larger Barcelo Bavaro Palace, where you’ll find features such as a 24-hour casino, spa with an infinity pool, and tons more restaurants. The pool on-site acts as the centerpiece, with its adjacent bar and ocean views. All meals, alcohol, and non-motorized water sports are covered in the all-inclusive package.