Everyone needs to experience the beauty of Punta Cana at least once in their life. Between how kind and welcoming the locals are, the gorgeous glass-looking water, and the exotic wildlife, this Dominican oasis will capture your heart from the second you arrive.
Plus, booking your vacation at a place like the Nickelodeon Resorts ensures the whole family has the time of their life. Keep in mind there’s so much to discover outside of the hotel, though!
Here are the top 7 Punta Cana excursions you can’t miss out on while you’re here.
1. Sailing and Snorkeling
It’s not a tropical vacation until you get in the water – and what better way to do so than on a sailing and snorkeling excursion? This is the best way to settle into vacation mode and let your worries slip away.
Not to mention, it’s pretty refreshing after a day of traveling to the Dominican and it gives you the whole afternoon to go back to the hotel to relax and explore. The only thing is you may end up wanting to do another at-sea excursion before you leave. It’s just that good!
There’s nothing like hopping on a boat with your loved ones and seeing what the island really has to offer. You get a beautiful view of Punta Cana from the water, then you get to dive in and discover all kinds of marine life.
2. Soana Island Excursion
If you’d rather not spend your entire excursion on the boat, opt to go to Soana Island instead of going sailing. This is a small slice of paradise off the coast of the mainland.
There’s soft white sand waiting for you on the beach and crystal clear waters for you and yours to splash around in. You can take a nap under a tree or get all the Instagram-worthy vacation photos you want!
3. Swimming with the Dolphins
Another awesome water activity you can do in Punta Cana is swim with the dolphins. There are a few sanctuaries in the area you can choose from, some in man-made pools and some in enclosed areas that have been set up in the ocean.
Wherever you go, though, it’s sure to be an amazing experience. Dolphins are gentle, yet powerful creatures. They’re curious and friendly, but also perfectly capable of giving you a thrilling ride through the water or putting on a fantastic show.
4. Horseback Riding on the Beach
As if riding a gentle water creature isn’t enough, picture how amazing it would be to take the family horseback riding on the beach. Or, maybe get away and turn this into a romantic date for two while the kids play at the hotel!
Horseback riding on the beach is nothing like it is in a field or through the mountains. It’s an incredibly serene experience. You get to watch the current flow up and down the beach as the horses gently walk along the sand, all the while talking to your loved one(s) about the trip you’re having and the memories you’re making.
Don’t spend the whole time talking, though. This excursion will be over before you know it and you want to make sure you take it all in.
5. Zip-lining and Cave Exploring
Are you coming to Punta Cana in search of adventure? If that’s the case, say no more. What you need is a day of zip-lining and cave exploring to satisfy your taste for adrenaline.
Don’t be fooled by the soft sandy beaches. There are a few mountainous areas in Punta Cana that are ideal for zip-lining. You get to climb up the side on safe steps and railings, then zip above the trees from one stop to another.
Then, cool off in a cave hole! There are plenty of hidden caves with deep blue waters waiting to give you a vacation experience you won’t soon forget. Adults will be mesmerized and the kids are sure to have the time of their life.
6. Buggy Adventures
For an excursion that’s a little more out of the ordinary, book a day of buggy riding. Buggies are great for people who love ATVs and other extreme sports mobiles.
These are like go-karts that have been made for going off-road. They sit low to the ground and make you feel super high on life as you drive around and explore the sights. The only thing is they can get a little hot after a while… so good thing this buggy excursion gives you a beach break before heading back.
It’s the best of both worlds, you just have to sign up and experience it for yourself!
7. A Santo Domingo City Tour
Last but not least, consider taking a day trip to Santo Domingo. This is the oldest European city in the Western Hemisphere, a place where you can walk in the footsteps of Christopher Columbus and learn about the early days of the New World.
A lot of the architecture resembles the time of Columbus and it feels like history is around every corner here. Make sure you set a day aside for this tour if you like educating your children about the places you go and the historical figures who have been there before you.
Discover the Best Punta Cana Excursions for the Whole Family
Already dreaming of the tan you’re going to have after vacation? Can’t wait to see how much your kids love the Nickolodean Resort and everything it has to offer?
Don’t get so caught up in the hotel that you forget to explore the breathtaking area around you. Click here to discover all the Punta Cana excursions we offer.