Discover sand, surf & sun on Punta Cana's best beaches

Sun, sand, and surf. During your all inclusive vacation at Occidental Punta Cana, discover some of the very best Dominican beaches.

Your Dominican Republic getaway is bound to be filled with inspiring culture, authentic food, exciting nightlife and fun eco-adventures. But let’s face it: the beach is going to be a big part of any Dominican vacation. What makes a great beach? Pristine sand, crystalline waters and balmy temperatures are common threads.In Punta Cana, (home of the all inclusive Occidental Punta Cana, Occidental Caribe and Barceló Bávaro Grand Resort, consisting of two all-inclusive resorts: Barceló Bávaro Palace and the adults-only Barceló Bávaro Beach), you’ll find plenty of incredible stretches of sand to enjoy. Punta Cana’s best beaches offer sun, sand and plenty of adventure. During your vacation at Occidental Punta Cana, discover some of the very best Dominican beaches.

Playa El Cortecito

With wide white sands, sunny skies and sparkling waters, Playa El Cortecito in Punta Cana is renowned as one of the best Dominican beaches. If you’re staying at Occidental Punta Cana, you’re in luck. You’ll be just steps from this magnificent beach. It’s a great place for snorkeling, kayaking, paddleboarding, windsurfing and much more. Of course, it’s perfect for just relaxing, too, with a beverage in hand if you’re so inclined. Stick around until the evening, too. The sunsets on Playa El Cortecito are to die for, filled with crimson and gold – a natural fireworks display!

  • Travel Tip: Occidental Punta Cana offers rejuvenating massages on the beach in charming, sheltered open-air treatment rooms. Relax and let the sound of the gentle waves take you away …

Uvero Alta

Want to get away from the crowds? Try Uvero Alta. This secluded Dominican Beach is a hidden gem in Punta Cana, with golden sands and a wide-open feeling. Located at the northern tip of Punta Cana, it’s one of the best Dominican beaches for a relaxing sun-and-sand escape. But adventurers take note: it’s also one of the best places for surfing and windsurfing in Punta Cana, thanks to great waves and turquoise waters. However, if you just want to relax under the hundreds of palm trees that line Ulvero Alta, that’s just fine, too.

Bávaro Beach

Bávaro Beach in Punta Cana isn’t just one of the one of the best Dominican beaches. It’s one of the world’s best beaches. Just ask millions of TripAdvisor® reviewers across the globe, who named names Bávaro Beach one of the Top 10 Beaches In The World in 2018. “Bávaro Beach is an excellent example of why visitors flock to Punta Cana: for the soft sand and clear waters,” wrote TripAdvisor® reviewers. “Protected by an offshore reef, this beach is a nice place for snorkeling!”Barceló Bávaro Grand Resort is just steps from the 1.5 mile-long Bávaro Beach. The adults-only Barceló Bávaro Beach features spacious rooms with high-quality touches; 80 percent of them are located just in front of Bávaro Beach, offering easy access and beautiful views, making the resort an ideal destination for romantic getaways. Both Barceló Bávaro Palace and Barceló Bávaro Beach allow guests to enjoy exciting Bávaro Beach water sports such as scuba diving, snorkeling, kayaking, and windsurfing.

Playa Arena Gorda

If you’re staying at Occidental Caribe in Punta Cana, you’ll enjoy great cuisine at seven specialty restaurants, elegant suites, refreshing pools – and extremely easy access to Playa Arena Gorda, one of the best Dominican beaches. The name translates to “Fat Sand Beach,” meaning that it’s a wide stretch of sand, with plenty of room to spread out and find your own perfect spot. It’s a great beach for kids, with shallow calm waters, just right for splashing around in. There’s also a kids’ pool located right on the palm-tree-lined beach. The resort offers a wide variety of aquatic and sports activities both on its stunning fine sandy beach and in its facilities. It also features a fully equipped park for the little ones with relaxation areas around the beach.

  • Travel Tip: Falling in love with those Playa Arena Gorda sea views? Then book the Ocean View Double Room at Occidental Caribe – you’ll be able to feast your eyes on spectacular panoramas from the comfort of your room.

Macao Beach

Surfers will also want to check out Macao Beach, located in the province La Altagracia. The waves here attract serious surfers on the hunt for the best waves in the Dominican Republic. But that’s not all. Macao Beach is one of the most beautiful Caribbean beaches, too. UNESCO itself said so! Once you’ve got your toes in the sand, you’ll see why. The scenery here is absolutely picture-perfect, with gorgeous blue waters, fine white sand and palm trees swaying gently in the breeze.No matter which of the best Dominican beaches you end up visiting on your Punta Cana getaway, you’re in for a treat. But remember to stay safe when you’re out in the sun – here are a few skincare tips to follow.