Destination guide

Paradise at Punta Cana vacation home rentals

Like willowy supermodels on a white sandy runway, the palm trees on Punta Cana's dreamy beaches—hence the locale's nickname, "the Coconut Coast of the Dominican Republic"—are just begging to be photographed and shared on your social media feed. But make it a quick photo shoot, because there are lots of adrenalin-pumping things to do underwater, on land, and even high up in the air (helicopter tour, anyone?). At the end of the day, kick back in your Punta Cana vacation rental and make yourself a cuba libre or two.

Things to do

Attractions near Punta Cana vacation rentals

About an hour's drive from Punta Cana vacation rentals lies Altos de Chavon, an artists' village designed to look like a medieval Mediterranean town. This popular attraction is in the city of La Romana, where it sits on a cliff high above the Chavon River. Swing by the archaeological museum, peep inside the galleries and artists' studios, and play some air guitar at the Roman-style amphitheater as you imagine how it must have felt to be one of the huge musical acts who have performed there (Frank Sinatra and Pet Shop Boys, to name a couple).

Activities

Things to do near Punta Cana vacation homes

There's the standard menu of water activities such as fishing, snorkeling, and scuba diving, but why settle for the usual aquatic adventures when you can don a special diving helmet and go for a stroll at the bottom of the ocean. Or take to the skies in a helicopter for unbeatable views of Punta Cana? Head to the adventure parks for zip lines and horseback rides, or choose from the many eco tours available—there's even a spa excursion, where you'll be pampered with massages while lying on a floating mattress in a natural pool.

Weather

Best time to visit Punta Cana vacation homes

Punta Cana has the two seasons that are typical of tropical destinations: wet and dry. The dry season lasts from December to May. June to November are the wet months; if you're visiting during this period, don't forget your umbrella and brace yourself for some very humid days. That said, temperatures remain steady and warm all year long, falling between 77 and 82 degrees. Punta Cana vacation rentals tend to have lower price tags during the wet season, but do note that this is also hurricane season, so the golf courses and beaches may be no-go spots.

Natural features

Punta Cana's dive forecast: corals with a chance of manatees

Make room in your itinerary for the Parque Nacional del Este (East National Park), home to some 300 bird species and over 500 kinds of flowers. Saona Island, also part of the park, is a slice of paradise—its stunning beaches, with their palm trees and powdery white sand, belong on a postcard or a magazine cover. Scan the sand bars for starfish, hop on a catamaran and keep your eyes peeled for dolphins leaping and playing alongside your boat, or scuba dive in the coral reefs and make friends with some manatees.

Beaches

Best beaches near Punta Cana vacation homes

Punta Cana has gorgeous beaches for swimming and sunbathing. Vacation homes are available near places like Bávaro Beach, a popular beach with calm, turquoise waters and nearby amenities, and Arena Gorda Beach, a relaxed, palm-lined beach with a tranquil atmosphere and ideal conditions for watersports. You'll also like Macao Beach, a tropical beach with surfing, palm trees, and lounge areas.

How to get there

Transportation options to and around Punta Cana

Fly into Punta Cana (PUJ-Punta Cana Intl.), the closest airport, located 2.6 mi (4.1 km) from the city center. If you can't find a flight that's convenient for your trip, you could also fly into La Romana (LRM-La Romana Intl.), which is 36.1 mi (58.1 km) away.

Family friendly

Family vacation rentals in Punta Cana

Families with children will enjoy the array of kid-friendly attractions in Punta Cana. Vacation homes can be found near places like Manati Park, a zoo with colorful birds, animal shows, and dolphin performances, and Scape Park, a natural theme park with zip lining, cave expeditions, and a beach. Kids will also like Dolphin Discovery Punta Cana, an attraction with live dolphin encounters and shows.

Where to stay around Punta Cana?

Our 2019 property listings offer a large selection of 1,468 vacation rentals near Punta Cana. From 419 Villas to 158 Houses, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best places to stay near Punta Cana for a holiday or a weekend are on HomeAway.

What is the best area to stay when traveling to Punta Cana?

Whether you're traveling with family or friends, here are the areas with the largest selection of vacation rentals for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Punta Cana:

  • Bávaro: 923 vacation rentals
  • Cap Cana: 386 vacation rentals
  • El Cortecito: 706 vacation rentals
  • Punta Cana Village: 30 vacation rentals
  • Cap Cana Marina: 62 vacation rentals

For other neighborhoods, please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

What are the popular points of interest near where I can stay when traveling to Punta Cana?

HomeAway offers a large selection of vacation rentals near lovely places in Punta Cana. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • Dolphin Island: 1,467 vacation rentals
  • Cap Cana Marina: 62 vacation rentals
  • Los Corales Beach: 1,468 vacation rentals
  • Manati Park Bavaro: 1,475 vacation rentals
  • Bavaro Lagoon: 1,464 vacation rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Punta Cana listed on HomeAway where you can find your place to stay. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available near the point of interest of your choice.

Can I rent Villas in Punta Cana?

Yes, of course. HomeAway has 419 Villas in Punta Cana. Our other popular types of vacation rentals in Punta Cana include:

  • Houses: 158 rentals available
  • Condos/Apartments: 789 rentals available
  • Resorts: 43 rentals available

But you can also enjoy a great stay in one of our other vacation rentals including Bungalows and more.

Can I find a vacation rental with pool in Punta Cana?

Yes, you can select your preferred vacation rental with pool among our 1,150 vacation rentals with pool available in Punta Cana. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.