13 Insider tips on how to find the best all-inclusive resort in Punta Cana

The selection of all-inclusive resorts in Punta Cana can be overwhelming. There are over 45 properties and more than 80 all-inclusive resorts in this part of the Dominican Republic. So how to choose the right one when planning a vacation in Punta Cana as there are major differences to take care of? The following resort guide definitely will help, as I am happy to share my personal recommendations (all based on first-hand experiences) from our stays in around 50-60 all-inclusive hotels in Punta Cana. After reading, you will be able to find the best Punta Cana resort for your vacation in the Dominican Republic.

After you have found the perfect all-inclusive resort for you, make sure to continue reading with “12 expert tips on how to save money when booking an all-inclusive vacation“!
Looking for a list of the best resorts? Check out the following articles:
best Punta Cana Resorts with a water park
best affordable all-inclusive resorts in Punta Cana
cheapest all-inclusive resorts in Punta Cana
best all-inclusive family resorts in Punta Cana

the best resorts for couples in Punta Cana
the best honeymoon resorts in Punta Cana
best party resorts in Punta Cana
best swim-up rooms in Punta Cana
the best resorts in Bayahibe

Completely UPDATED December 2023

Quick overview – the best Punta Cana Resorts 2024

 I often see people cluelessly browsing through the tons of available resorts in Punta Cana, not knowing the actual differences between resort A and resort B (and C, D, etc.). Exactly for this reason this resort guide was written – to give you an idea of what the different resorts in Punta Cana are about. That’s why it is highly recommendable to read the full guide, especially as it is based on our experiences of visiting more than 50 Punta Cana all-inclusives. That’s why each section comes with a helpful box of resort suggestions. 

 Still, if you don’t have time to read it all, I have picked the very best of the best resorts in Punta Cana for each category, so you can quickly check if rooms are available and if prices are according to your travel budget:

 Even though those places mentioned are indeed some of the best resorts in Punta Cana, I’d highly advise you to read through the entire article to understand more about the characteristics and differences of the all-inclusive hotels in the Dominican Republic. 

Preamble – what is the best all-inclusive resort in Punta Cana?

There is a reason why this article about the best all-inclusive resorts in Punta Cana is one of the most popular here on Punta Cana Travel Blog – because there is no clear answer to the question of what is the best resort in Punta Cana. Each hotel has its advantages and different resorts cater to different groups of travelers. For example, what might be the best resort in Punta Cana for families might be awful for couples and the best all-inclusive in Punta Cana for party people is probably not very suitable for young kids.

This is why it is important to know the differences among all the all-inclusive resorts in Punta Cana – and that’s what this article is for. Among the approximately 80 Punta Cana resorts, we’ve visited at least 50-60 over the last years, hence we have a pretty good overview of what is the best all-inclusive resort in Punta Cana for you – depending on what you expect.

For this reason, we have divided the question of the best place to stay in Punta Cana into a lot of categories, hence you should be able to find a suitable place for you. Among the categories are the best resorts for families, party people, adults and honeymooners as well as the hotels with the best beaches, best rooms, best entertainment, best service and the best location. We’ll also have a look at where you can get the best food in Punta Canas’ all-inclusive resorts and – of course – the best bang for your buck.

Punta Cana resort reviews

Before we start with a detailed analysis of how you can find the best all-inclusive resort in Punta Cana, it is also important to mention that Punta Cana resort reviews can help you get a better impression of each hotel. Thanks to our many recent visits, we have been able to get a better impression of so many resorts in Punta Cana and have put our experiences into some of the most extensive and comprehensive Punta Cana all-inclusive reviews you will find on the internet. All of these visits have been after Covid-19 hit our world, hence you can regard them as pretty recent experiences. 

So far, the following resort reviews of Punta Canas’ and Bayahibes’ all-inclusive resorts have been published:

If the information published in the following article about the best Punta Cana resorts are not enough for you, you still can use one of the all-inclusive resort reviews mentioned above for additional information. Furthermore, there are several articles according to specific themes (see graphics below) which can help you find the best all-inclusive in Punta Cana:

Map of Punta Cana Resorts

In case you want to know where all of the Punta Cana all-inclusive resorts are located, you have two options to check out a proper map:
– a Punta Cana resort map designed by Punta Cana Travel Blog with all the exact locations of the hotels 2024
– a standard map where I have selected exclusively the all-inclusive resorts*, the overview won’t get interfered by other hotels. This map shows live availability. For the map, click on the link* and then on “show on map”.

But now let’s start with the 13 ways which help you to find the best all-inclusive resort in Punta Cana.

1) Know your budget!

 When people are asking about hotel recommendations in Punta Cana during my personal travel coaching, I am always asking for their budget first as this gives the first hint on where to look. If someone got attracted by a cheap all-inclusive promotion offer, you don’t have to recommend high-end all-inclusive resorts and if someone is looking for the best possible option and the most luxurious hotel, I won’t recommend them a budget accommodation.

 Likewise, if people are thinking that the Dominican Republic is a super cheap holiday destination and they can splurge for just a few bucks they might be right compared to other countries, but you still have to pay your share if you’d like to expect exceptional quality.

 Speaking in numbers, you can get an all-inclusive holiday in Punta Cana for as cheap as 75 USD per person per night – including all meals, drinks, entertainment and all the offers from the resort. Taxes and fees are included as well. That’s an amazing bargain compared to if you just would book an ordinary hotel and go dining at a decent restaurant plus have a drink at the bar. 

Beach section with bali beds at Presidential Suites, one of the many all-inclusive resorts in Punta Cana

 And while you have to lower your sights when booking the cheapest all-inclusive resorts in Punta Cana (for further information, check here for plenty of tips and recommendations about how to save during your all-inclusive vacation), you can have a worry-free holiday as the quality in nearly all hotels is pretty good, especially the price-value ratio. That’s my experience from over 60 hotel visits in Punta Cana.

 Nevertheless, it can be worth spending a few extra bucks on your resort, especially if you are planning a stay for a week or more – to prevent getting bored from your hotel. You will notice the higher price in terms of food, drinks and room quality.

All-Inclusive holidays in Punta Cana are already starting at 75 USD per person per night. However, it might be worth to spend a few extra bucks to enjoy significantly better services and quality.

 In the low season, the cheapest all-inclusive resorts in Punta Cana start from 75 US-Dollars per person per night, in the high season from around 100 US-Dollars. For better resorts with higher quality, you should plan with around 100 US-Dollars per person per night in low season and at least 150 US-Dollars in high season. High-end hotels in Punta Cana with an all-inclusive meal plan start at 175 USD per person per night in low season and 250 USD per person per night in high season. Prices during Christmas and New Year’s Eve might easily be doubled for some all-inclusive resorts in the Dominican Republic. 

 The low season usually runs from May to the pre-Christmas period, the high season from January to the end of April. If you’d like to read more information on the seasons in Punta Cana, check out this article.

Editor’s Choice: the best experiences 2024

Most unique experience in a small group: Authentic rum tasting* (rating 4.78/5)
Best Rated Punta Cana excursion: Isla Saona Premium in small groups* (rating 4.95/5)
Most booked through Punta Cana Travel Blog: Small-Group Snorkeling* (rating 4.91/5)
Best off-the-beaten-track excursion: Montana Redonda & Costa Esmeralda* (rating 4.79/5)
Best excursion for family fun: Jungle Buggies + Zipline Combo* (rating 4.91/5)
New and trending for 2024: Evening Buggy Tour with Water Cave and Dancing*

Not the right tour for you?
Check out the 45 best Punta Cana excursions here at Punta Cana Travel Blog!

Best budget all-inclusive resorts in Punta Cana

When looking for affordable all-inclusive resorts in Punta Cana, some of Punta Cana Travel Blogs’ favorites are:

The beach at Impressive Resort in Punta Cana

Impressive Premium Resort Punta Cana

Impressive Resort Punta Cana features a beautiful beach as well as a large tropical garden. If you are visiting this affordable Punta Cana all-inclusive resort for your honeymoon, you shouldn’t miss a romantic dinner at the marvelous pier leading into the water. It is much more recommended to book Impressive Premium Resort* instead of the regular Impressive Punta Cana, as the premium section offers better services and amenities and is just slightly more expensive.

Stunning lobby at Serenade Resort

Serenade Punta Cana

Serenade Punta Cana was newly built in Cabeza de Toro and opened its doors at the end of 2020. Considering its small size, it offers plenty of à-la-carte restaurants and bars for families and adults alike. Serenade Punta Cana is one of the Punta Cana resorts with the best price-value ratio, as it was the 2022 winner in the list of the best affordable resorts in Punta Cana. They have raised their prices significantly since them, but you still can expect new rooms, good à-la-carte menus, premium liquor brands and a well-maintained property.

Enjoy the panoramic view from the Mix Bar at dreams flora

Dreams Flora 

Dreams Flora Punta Cana is not necessarily an ultra-budget resort, but considering the great food and completely renovated rooms they offer, prices here are very affordable. Dreams Flora is located in Cabeza de Toro and has a very effective ocean fence against seaweed in Punta Cana. We particularly loved the huge buffet, modern rooms and large pool areas during our stay. Our secret tip: order the Sushi Boat at the Asian restaurant.

Please note that this is only a selection of the best all-inclusive resorts in Punta Cana if you’re on a budget. I could mention dozens of them here and you will find many more affordable options further down in this article.

If you are interested in further cheap all-inclusive resorts of 100 USD per person and under, continue reading here. There is also a list of the best affordable all-inclusive resorts here, which is currently led by Serenade Punta Cana, Grand Sirenis Punta Cana and Bahía Principe Grand Aquamarine – you’ll find all those Punta Cana resorts mentioned further below in other categories.

It might also be worth checking if a holiday package to Punta Cana (flight + hotel booked together) is cheaper. If you already have chosen your favorite resort you can check with the following link for some of the best package prices from your departure airport.

Best medium-budget all-inclusive resorts in Punta Cana

If you’d like to enjoy a higher quality during your Punta Cana vacation and are ready to spend a few dollars more, the following medium-budget all-inclusive resorts are some of the best Punta Cana has to offer. No high-end luxury, no cheap crap, but in general a very attractive price-value ratio is characterizing these resorts.

The lazy river and one of the longest pools in Punta Cana at Dreams Royal Beach

Dreams Royal Beach

Predominantly renovated and with a new location at Bavaro Beach, Dreams Royal Beach Punta Cana is expecting you with one of the longest pools in Punta Cana. With more than 1000 feet of pool length, you definitely won’t stay dry in this recommendable Punta Cana all-inclusive resort for families, couples and all generations.

The pools at Riu Palace Macao, an adults-only resort in Punta Cana

RIU Palace Punta Cana

RIU Palace Punta Cana is a well-balanced hotel for families and adults among the big RIU Resort in Punta Cana. Offering high-quality services, great food and an appealing combination of entertainment and relaxation, this all-inclusive resort in Punta Cana is perfect when looking for a quality but not high-end luxury hotel. Furthermore, you can also have great parties thanks to the amazing Riu pool parties next door.

Cocktails at El Cortecito beach in Punta Cana

TRS Turquesa

TRS Turquesa is the highest tier of Palladium Resort in Punta Cana. With less than 400 rooms, it is one of the smaller hotels of Palladium, catering to couples and honeymooners. This adults-only all-inclusive resort features a prime beach location, modern suites and a full choice of à-la-carte restaurants.

Best high-end all-inclusive resorts in Punta Cana

If you’d like to splurge, some of the best luxury all-inclusive resorts in Punta Cana are:

cozy and comfortable room at live aqua punta cana

Live Aqua Punta Cana

A pure couples’ heaven is Live Aqua Punta Cana. Spacious suites, outstanding food, relaxed pool, plenty of Bali Beds and a huge array of activities (even though usually on a lower pace with not much hustle and bustle) are just some characteristics of this very couple-friendly resort in Punta Cana. You’ll love this resort if you’re looking for pure relaxation, upscale dining and an elegant atmosphere.

Beach at RIU Resort in Punta Cana, Arena Gorda Beach

Excellence El Carmen

Often named as one of the best all-inclusive resorts in Punta Cana, Excellence El Carmen is a modern luxury hotel in the Uvero Alto area with plenty of small pools, a very intimate vibe, excellent service and large suites with terraces, rooftops and private pools. Is there anything more you can ask for for your Punta Cana vacation?

The amazing all-inclusive resort Paradisus Palma Real in Punta Cana

Paradisus Palma Real

Paradisus Palma Real was completely renovated in 2023 and has (finally) changed its classy (and outdated) rooms to modern and contemporary suites.
The perfect beach location, excellent service and top-notch restaurants (even though with new menus) are still the same.

2) Pick the right resort depending on your travel companions

 While most all-inclusive resorts cater to many different crowds and can’t be narrowed down to a certain target group, some resorts have found their specific niche. Obviously, as a spring-breaker you would not pick a family resort, a gourmet foodie would not want to visit the cheapest hotels with average restaurants and families with kids are not allowed to book an adults-only resort. Therefore, it’s important to know the specific characteristics of the hotels to make sure you book the right all-inclusive resort in Punta Cana. 

When traveling as a couple

 When visiting the Dominican Republic on a romantic getaway, you probably have the biggest choice of all-inclusive resorts, as most properties have their certain amenities for couples, such as honeymoon suites, romantic dinners and adults-only zones. Furthermore, couples are the most predominant form of travelers in Punta Cana, so you can be sure to find like-minded people in every resort.

The new Dreams Macao Beach Resort in Macao, Punta Cana - a Pool View Swim-Out Junior Suite

 However, if you’d like to dig a bit deeper and get a more couple-oriented atmosphere in your hotel, you might opt to pick an adults-only all-inclusive resort. There are plenty of them in Punta Cana, which only allow access for travelers of 18 years and older. This guarantees you the right setting as a couple and the one or other additional romantic experience.

Best adults-only all-inclusive resorts for couples with a decent price level in Punta Cana (Punta Cana Travel Blogs’ favorites):

Bibijagua Beach in Punta Cana next to Barcelo Bavaro Resort

Barceló Bavaro Beach

Barceló Bavaro Beach is an all-time favorite among Punta Canas’ resorts, thanks to its fantastic beach and the huge amount of amenities they are offering. Located at the southeastern end of Bavaro Beach, it is an adults-only resort perfectly suitable if you don’t want to break the bank.

View at Bahia Principe Luxury Ambar, one of the many Bahia Resorts in Punta Cana

Luxury Bahía Principe Ambar

Combining all the 7 hotels of Bahía Principe, this all-inclusive resort in Punta Cana is the biggest one in the entire Dominican Republic with more than 3000 rooms. Among them, Luxury Bahía Principe Ambar is a particularly recommendable option with satisfying food, affordable rates, very modern rooms, good drinks and a perfect beach location. While Luxury Bahía Principe Ambar is an adults-only resort, neighboring Luxury Bahía Esmeralda accepts all ages.

Beautiful details and photo opportunities at Catalonia Royal Bavaro in Punta Cana

Catalonia Royal Bavaro

Catalonia Royal Bavaro is a particularly small resort with just around 250 rooms, perfect for those looking for peace and tranquility. With interesting restaurant concepts, a beautiful design and hidden romantic corners, this hotel is perfect if you’d like to experience a different vibe than the typical all-inclusive resort in Punta Cana.

Best high-end adults-only all-inclusive resorts for couples in Punta Cana (Punta Cana Travel Blogs’ favorites):

If you are looking for a high-end adults-only resort, Punta Cana has several great options so that it might be hard to decide. You can check one of the following hotels to see if it suits your budget and your comfort level.

Preferred Club area at Secrets Royal Beach, an adults-only all-inclusive resort in Punta Cana

Secrets Royal Beach

Completely renovated and in a new location, Secrets Royal Beach Adults Only awaits you with a beautiful setting and a spectacular Preferred Club section, which features a two-story infinity pool, a long lazy river with a waterfall and an excellent beachfront à-la-carte restaurant for breakfast and lunch.

The VIP Club Lounge of Hyatt Zilara in Punta Cana

Hyatt Zilara Cap Cana

Hyatt Zilara Cap Cana is one of the newest additions to the Punta Cana All-Inclusive Resort family – and one of the best ones. Receiving raving reviews, this adults-only hotel spoils you with top-notch cuisine, modern suites and a fantastic beach. And if you’d like to have some fun, change over to neighboring Hyatt Ziva and enjoy the resort’s entertaining water park.

A beautiful sunset in Bavaro, Punta Cana

Iberostar Grand

Attention wine lovers! With one of the biggest (included) wine selections of all all-inclusive resorts in Punta Cana, Iberostar Grand is your place to go when looking for some of the best food and drink options during your vacation in Punta Cana. And for some extra pampering, you have a butler and 24-hour room service included as well.

Do you need further help in picking the right resort? Contact me and we can speak about your preferences and which hotel might be most suitable for you.

When traveling as a family

 Families are the second-biggest traveler group in Punta Cana. That’s not surprising, considering the conditions in the Dominican Republic which might appear like a land of milk and honey, especially for kids. Large pools, free use of waterparks, finest sand to play and to build sandcastles, entertainment and activities with other children, food and drinks around the clock and so much more – there are only a few reasons why families should not spend their Caribbean holiday in an all-inclusive resort in Punta Cana. 

The new Dreams Macao Beach Resort in Macao, Punta Cana - the kids water park

 While nearly all resorts offer the features mentioned in the last section, there are some which are particularly suitable for families, especially thanks to its large waterparks (Grand Sirenis Punta Cana, the Riu Palace hotels, Hyatt Ziva, Dreams Onyx and Royalton Splash/Punta Cana do have the largest waterparks in the entire Punta Cana area), spacious family suites and special kids entertainment, hence it pays off to take care of these specific amenities when booking your family vacation in Punta Cana.

Best family all-inclusive resorts in Punta Cana (Punta Cana Travel Blogs’ favorites):

The water park Sirenis Aquagames at Grand SIrenis Resort Punta Cana

Grand Sirenis Punta Cana

Being one of the most affordable family resorts in Punta Cana, it is surprising what amount of value you are getting at Grand Sirenis Resort Punta Cana. Fully renovated suites, a large tropical garden, plenty of à-la-carte restaurants, attentive service and one of the biggest water parks in Punta Cana make this all-inclusive resort the perfect choice for your Punta Cana family vacation.

The fantastic family resort in Punta Cana, Nickelodeon Resort in the Dominican Republic

Nickelodeon Punta Cana

The name says it all! When booking your family holiday in Punta Cana at Nickelodeon, you are sure to fulfill every kid’s dream. Sponge Bob, Cosmo, Wanda and all the other Nickelodeon stars will make this a unique Punta Cana holiday with kids and booking one of the creative and outstanding Pineapple Villas will complete the trip to paradise.

Overview of Royalton Punta Cana Resort

Royalton Punta Cana

When it comes to combine affordable luxury and family amenities, Royalton Punta Cana is a family all-inclusive resort in Punta Cana hard to beat. Different sections for young and old, several family zones and a resort with one of the best water parks in Punta Cana – your family vacation is starting here. And if you need some extra amenities, just book a Diamond Club room with access to a gorgeous beach club.

Please note that this is only a selection of amazing Punta Cana family resorts. Other options for family hotels in Punta Cana include the very affordable Tropical Princess Deluxe, the high-end resort Finest Punta Cana, the newly designed Princess Family Club, the elegant Paradisus Grand Cana* or Hyatt Ziva*, one of the best resorts in Punta Cana.

If you’d like further ideas on where to stay with your family, you can check out this post about the best all-inclusive resorts with a water park in Punta Cana. It is always great fun for the kids if they can splash around in several pools and rapid slides.


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When traveling and looking to party 

 If you are coming to Punta Cana to party, some all-inclusive resorts get you more than covered. Alcohol included, pool and beach always within walking distance, unlimited food (most resorts have food available 24 hours) and activities and parties every day and night – you won’t get bored during your vacation in Punta Cana. It doesn’t matter if you travel as a group of party animals, if you are hopping over to the Dominican Republic for spring break or if you are a couple who want to connect with like-minded travelers – Punta Cana offers perfect conditions for everyone. And if you would like to venture out of your all-inclusive resort, the party continues at Booze Cruises, Coco Bongo or Imagine Disco.

Important: for the most massive parties in Punta Cana, make sure to check out the Riu Party events, which are happening 4 times a week.

Best party all-inclusive resorts in Punta Cana (Punta Cana Travel Blogs’ favorites):

The pool at RIU Republica, one of the several RIU all-inclusive resorts in Punta Cana

RIU República

If parties, spring break activities and a young crowd to socialize with are what you are looking for, RIU República might be your best choice when booking an all-inclusive resort in Punta Cana. On top, you get plenty of restaurants, various and large pools, a beautiful beach section and even an adults-only in-resort water park.

Asian Restaurant at Riu Palace Macao, an adults-only resort in Punta Cana

Riu Palace Punta Cana

Sorry to have Riu mentioned twice among the best resorts in Punta Cana for parties, but their Riu Party events are indeed massive and unique. If you don’t want to stay at Riu Republica with its always spring-breakish vibe, try one of the Riu Palace Resorts (such as Riu Palace Punta Cana) with much better food, rooms, service and even 4 weekly Riu party events. While Riu Palace is usually super quiet, you can change into party beast mode when hopping over to the neighboring party place.

Royalton Chic Punta Cana, formerly Chic by Royalton, a popular resort in Punta Cana to socialize and party

Royalton CHIC Punta Cana

Royalton Chic is another Punta Cana all-inclusive resort where themed activities and social upscale entertainment is one of the top priorities. With some good live performances, great dining options and a beautiful pool area, you’ll get everything you need to spend your Punta Cana vacation in style.

For further hotels in Punta Cana with a party focus, make sure to check out the list of the best party resorts in Punta Cana.

When traveling to Punta Cana as a single

In my opinion, there are no specific all-inclusive resorts for singles in Punta Cana. However, single travelers can find something in nearly every hotel in the Dominican Republic.
If you are traveling alone and are a party-avid traveler, you can check out the recommendations mentioned in the section above, as those would be perfect for you. If you want to connect with like-minded people but without having too much booze, you can check some of the resorts catering for a general crowd, such as Dreams Royal Beach, Riu Palace Punta Cana or Iberostar Punta Cana. Thanks to the activities and open-minded people as well as other single travelers, you will have plenty of options to socialize in every all-inclusive resort in Punta Cana.

Best all-inclusive resorts for single travelers in Punta Cana (Punta Cana Travel Blogs’ favorites):

Overview of RIU Republica in Punta Cana

RIU República

Obviously, a hotel good for parties and activities is also a perfect option for singles to socialize and get to know others. You definitely won’t have any problems in doing so at RIU República. Furthermore, you can enjoy drinks from more than 10 bars, plenty of pools, several à-la-carte restaurants and an on-site water park just for adults.

The Luxury Bahia Principe Ambar, part of the biggest all-inclusive resort in Punta Cana

Grand Bahía Principe Aquamarine

Grand Bahía Principe Aquamarine is Bahía’s newest concept of combining an affordable Punta Cana holiday with a daily activity program created to enable the connection among travelers. Adding a new beach club and an improved quality in food and drinks you have the perfect recipe for a worry-free all-inclusive vacation in Pùnta Cana and good chances to meet some other guests.

Breathless Punta Cana, one of the most vibrant Punta Cana resorts

Breathless Punta Cana

Elegant entertainment and plenty of well-elaborated social activities – this is what you can expect at breathless Punta Cana. Add some very recommendable restaurants, international brands for your drinks and access to neighboring Dreams Onyx and you’ll get one of the most complete all-inclusive resorts in Punta Cana.

3) What kind of beach you are looking for?

 The good news ahead: all all-inclusive resorts in the Dominican Republic are located right at the beach or have beach access through their sister resorts. Furthermore, when coming from the US or cold Europe, all beaches in Punta Cana are pretty, beautiful and will satisfy your daily need for Vitamin Sea. They are some of the most beautiful beaches in the Dominican Republic.

The beach Arena Gorda in Punta Cana behind Hard Rock Hotel

 However, there are still differences when it comes to the beach. For me, one of the best stretches is located in the main Bavaro area, as it is the widest part, palm-fringed and you can walk along the beach without interruption for more than 10 miles. Furthermore, there is some public access, so even if you are staying outside of an all-inclusive resort, you can easily reach Bavaro Beach. Hotels such as Dreams Royal Beach, Secrets Royal Beach, Paradisus Palma Real and Melia Punta Cana are located along Playa Bavaro.

 For other people, Playa Juanillo or Playa Blanca in the southern area of Punta Cana – Cap Cana – might be the best beaches in Punta Cana, as they are the whitest beaches with very calm and turquoise water. Sanctuary Cap Cana, Secrets Cap Cana and both Hyatt Hotels, Zilara and Ziva, are located here. 

 Another type of beach is Macao, which is popular among locals and very suitable for surfing. There is just one resort at this beach, Dreams Macao Beach, so if you prefer to stay away from the other all-inclusive crowds, this is your beach to go.

 As you can see, the best all-inclusive resort in terms of the beach depends on you when finding the right all-inclusive resort in Punta Cana. While you can’t go wrong with any beach resort, it is important to know the differences. Check out my post about the 10 best beaches in Punta Cana to get to know more about the characteristics.

All-inclusive resorts on the best beaches in Punta Cana (Punta Cana Travel Blogs’ favorites):

The beach of Hyatt Ziva Cap Cana

Hyatt Ziva Cap Cana

If you are looking for particularly white and shiny beaches, the area around Cap Cana shall be your area to stay at. Hyatt Ziva Cap Cana is one of the best all-inclusive resorts here, offering top-notch accommodation and perfect family conditions, including a very shallow ocean where it’s perfectly for your kids to play in the water.

Bavaro Beach in Punta Cana at Secrets Royal Beach

Secrets Royal Beach

Bavaro Beach is without a doubt Punta Cana’s top beach with more than 10 miles of sand, thousands of palm trees and some beach areas as wide (!) as 300 feet. One of the Punta Cana all-inclusive resorts at these particular wide sections is Secrets Royal Beach, a perfect hotel in the premium segment with well-selected drinks, spacious and modern suites and an amazing Preferred Club Lounge – right at the beach.

The new Dreams Macao Beach Resort in Macao, Punta Cana - the main bar between pool and beach

Dreams Macao Beach

Until recently, Macao Beach was a wild and unpopulated beach famous among locals during the weekend. It still is, and it still is one of Punta Canas’ most beautiful beaches, but now you also have the chance to stay at a newly opened (2020) all-inclusive resort, the wonderful Dreams Macao Beach.

Travel resources

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If you want to know at which beach your specific hotel is located, you can use the following Punta Cana resort maps:

4) Large resorts with tropical gardens or smaller properties with direct beach access?

 Another important point when talking about the beach is to pick the right all-inclusive resort in Punta Cana in terms of the size. While some resorts have beach access in less than 2 minutes from every room, there are other super large properties where you walk around 15 minutes from your room to the beach. 

The smallest all-inclusive resorts in Punta Cana (size of the property)

 The advantage of these small and compact resorts is obvious. You can walk everywhere without problems, have the pool, beach and restaurants always close and might be lucky to get an ocean breeze in your room, even you have not booked an ocean view suite. However, most of these resorts can’t compete with the Caribbean charm of other resorts, as most rooms are located in bigger buildings and there is not as much space for tropical vegetation. Luckily, there are (still) no high-rise resorts in Punta Cana up to now.

Overview of Sanctuary Cap Cana Resort, all-inclusive in Punta Cana

Sanctuary Cap Cana

This compact luxury all-inclusive resort in Punta Cana offers high-end services and plenty of suites to choose from: rooms in a castle-style building, beachfront villas or imperial, tower and premium suites are just a few of the well-equipped and stylish rooms you can choose from. And at Sanctuary Cap Cana you are never far away from a picturesque and white sandy beach …

The Marina in Cap Cana

 TRS Cap Cana

 TRS Cap Cana is an incredibly intimate resort with just 115 suites and a maximum distance to the beach of 300 feet or less – there are hardly any smaller Punta Cana resorts existing.

The hotel is located right at the marina of Cap Cana, which is the most exclusive luxury community in Punta Cana.

Buffet at Occidental Caribe, one of the many all-inclusive resorts in Punta Cana

Occidental Caribe

The room farthest away from the beach at Occidental Caribe is 550 feet, but it is much more likely that you are being accommodated less than 300 feet away from the beach in this cheap all-inclusive resort in Punta Cana, which is built nearly parallel to the beach and therefore offers at least a partial ocean view from many rooms.

Tropical Princess Bavaro, one of the many all-inclusive resorts in Punta Cana

The largest all-inclusive resorts in Punta Cana (size of the property)

 When booking a large all-inclusive resort in Punta Cana with a huge property, it might be surprising for people when they get to know that their room is 15 minutes walking away from the beach. While this indeed might be frustrating, there are other advantages of these types of resorts: they are usually set in a beautiful tropical garden with lots of colorful flowers, most rooms are located in very small units rather than big buildings, which gives it a more intimate atmosphere (and less noise from your neighbors) and you need some time to explore your resort thoroughly, which is perfect to prevent “cabin fever”, especially when you are not planning to leave your all-inclusive resort a lot. 

 And don’t worry, most of these large resorts offer shuttles and mini-train rides within the hotel for free, so you don’t have to walk if you don’t want to.

Wonderful tropical gardens at Melia Punta Cana Beach Resort Adults Only

Melía Punta Cana Beach Resort

If you love tropical gardens, smaller buildings and an ample area, Melía Punta Cana Beach Resort is your Punta Cana resort to book. It features a beautiful natural area, mangroves and plenty of refugium for smaller wildlife so that you more will feel like being in a natural park rather than a big all-inclusive resort.

All-Inclusive Resort Grand Bahia Principe Punta Cana

Grand Bahía Principe Punta Cana

Even the distance to the beach at Grand Bahía Principe Punta Cana might be a bit farther than in other resorts (but there is a free trolley covering the entire property), the impressive capacity of 3000 rooms from the entire Bahía Resort also has its advantages: plenty of activities, a huge sports program and many restaurants and entertainment options.

Flamingos and wildlife are omnipresent at Grand Bavaro Princess

Grand Bavaro Princess

Grand Bavaro Princess is another huge resort in Punta Cana, but the space here is well-used. While there is a mangrove section in between the hotel which divides the property into two areas, it is a perfect place to relax as those mangroves are home to various animals, some small hiking trails and an artificial lake, which counts for a great nature experience at Grand Bavaro Princess. It is also one of the best resorts in Punta Cana to see wildlife.

5) Recent openings: do you want Punta Canas’ latest all-inclusive resorts?

 Punta Cana is always reinventing itself as new all-inclusive resorts are opening every year. If you are not caring that much about the reviews from the last 3 years (because the resort has just recently opened its doors) and don’t mind if there are some little hiccups every now and then, the newest all-inclusive resort in Punta Cana might be the best pick for you.

 Recently opened resorts in Punta Cana come with many advantages. You get the newest rooms, can enjoy contemporary designs and state-of-the-art concepts. Furthermore, all facilities are brand new and if you are lucky, you can catch a great introductory rate which is lower than what you usually pay for a comparable standard of the hotel.

 If you are looking for very new resorts, but some of which are already well established, you can check out Club Med Miches*, Lopesan Costa Bavaro, Dreams Macao Beach, Hyatt Ziva* and Hyatt Zilara*, which all opened their doors more or less shortly before Covid-19 hit Punta Cana and the world. After Covid-19, Finest Punta Cana, Live Aqua, Serenade Punta Cana, Dreams Flora and Margaritaville Island Reserve* were some of the most recent openings.

 And the list of hotel openings in Punta Cana never ends: if you always wanted to be the first guest in an all-inclusive resort, you can have a closer look at Secrets Tides, St. Regis Cap Cana and S Beach Hotel, which are all scheduled to open in the next months and years.

Currently, the following Punta Cana all-inclusive resorts are among the newest, all opened or about to open during winter 2023/2024.

The beach in Uvero Alto, an area very north of Punta Cana

Secrets Tides

Opening in January 2024, Secrets Tides Punta Cana will be the first Secrets Resort in Uvero Alto. You can expect the same flawless quality as at Secrets Royal Beach or Secrets Cap Cana. With 688 rooms and 9 restaurants (among them 6 à-la-carte), it offers something for everyone.

The beach in Cabeza de Toro at Be Live Collection Punta Cana

Sunscape Coco

 Just opened in December 2023, Sunscape Coco Punta Cana is one of the newest resorts in Punta Cana for budget travelers. The former Be Live Punta Cana was completely renovated and upgraded and is a great option for families in Punta Cana. 

Serenade Punta Cana from the water, a newly opened all-inclusive resort in Punta Cana

Serenade All Suites

 Serenade All Suites Resort is the neighboring resort of Serenade Punta Cana and the newest addition to the Serenade family. Serenade All Suites is an adults-only resort and features 325 rooms, making it a more intimate resort in Punta Cana.

6) Rooms: what type of suite do you want?

When traveling to Punta Cana, you have tons of options when it comes to choosing your room. Some Punta Cana all-inclusive resorts offer up to 20 room categories, so it pays off to take a minute and have a look at the different options.

 Among others, you have the following choices:
– do you prefer a room with a contemporary design or do you prefer a more classy style?
– is a garden or pool view enough for you or do you want to book an upgrade for a beautiful ocean view room?
– would you like to have a swim-up room with direct access to the pool?
– or are you even looking for rooms with private pools?
– it is also important to note that some all-inclusive resorts in Punta Cana do have regular rooms, others do have only suites, which are bigger and feature additional amenities.
– if you are traveling as a family, connecting rooms or a 1-bedroom suite with an additional sofa bed could be the best option for you.
– many hotels and resorts in Punta Cana also offer a VIP Level, called Preferred Club, Premium, Club Level or other similar names. Those rooms are more expensive but are coming with additional amenities

 As you can see, there are plenty of options when it comes to your room in Punta Cana.

 While it is difficult to name the best rooms in Punta Cana as this completely depends on your preferences, I will name three particular hotels with unique room categories as Punta Cana Travel Blogs’ top picks for this category.

The beach in Uvero Alto, an area very north of Punta Cana

Excellence Punta Cana

Besides the typical suites with swim-up, oceanview, VIP level and all those varying amenities, Excellence Punta Cana can count on some really cool private pool suites. The best is that the suites with a private plunge pool are among the cheapest at this hotel. If you want more creative rooms, you can also check partnering Excellence El Carmen*.

The beach of El Cortecito with numerous bars and shops

Palladium Bavaro Suites

The all-suites resort Palladium Bavaro Suites lives up to its name and does not only offer regular junior suites, but also some extraordinary room categories such as a Romance Suite with a private palapa and outdoor shower or a rooftop suite with jacuzzi, Bali bed and a beautiful view from your rooftop terrace.

The extraordinary pool and garden view at live aqua resort punta cana

Live Aqua Punta Cana

We have visited dozens of all-inclusive in Punta Cana, but hardly have we seen such beautiful AND luxurious rooms as at Live Aqua Punta Cana. Attention to detail, a wonderful design, state-of-the-art technology and gadgets – Live Aqua has it all. Live Aqua is also a great option if you’re looking for a resort with a swim-up suite in Punta Cana.

7) Food: buffet or à-la-carte? Reservations or not? Gourmet or a casual eater?

 For most people, the food in their hotel might be as important as the beach and the right budget. While all all-inclusive hotels in the Dominican Republic offer decent and plenty of good food, there are differences in terms of the quality you can expect. While you have some really delicious dishes and buffets in all the hotels, you would have to choose a little bit more expensive resorts to get culinary highlights with every meal.

 Furthermore, the best choice of an all-inclusive resort in Punta Cana in terms of food depends if you prefer to eat at the buffets or in the à-la-carte restaurants, especially for dinner. 

 For breakfast and lunch, there are hardly any differences between the resorts – just the quality varies, which usually increases more or less proportionally to the price of the hotel. However, even at the cheapest all-inclusive resort in Punta Cana, you can get a decent breakfast with bread, omelet, fruit, cheese and much more. Breakfast is served as a buffet nearly everywhere, just VIP levels in some of the hotels and a couple of high-end hotels might feature an à-la-carte breakfast and lunch. 

 For dinner, the differences between the all-inclusive resorts in Punta Cana are bigger. Your best choice depends on your preferences – do you prefer to eat on a buffet or would you like to have a full à-la-carte menu?

Buffet at Occidental Caribe, one of the many all-inclusive resorts in Punta Cana

 All all-inclusive hotels offer a buffet restaurant, usually with different themed nights, such as Mexican, Dominican, Italian, etc. 

 Furthermore, all hotels have à-la-carte restaurants, depending on the size of the resort usually around 4 to 8. While I prefer that kind of restaurants as they offer menu-style dining compared to the typical all-inclusive buffets, you have to take care of how your hotel handles the access to those à-la-carte restaurants:

 1) Free choice and no reservations required. You can visit the á-la-carte restaurants as often as you like and at the time you want (e.g. RIU Palace Punta Cana, Dreams Flora, Secrets Royal Beach, RIU República, Finest Punta Cana, Live Aqua)

 2) Reservations required. You can make reservations for à-la-carte restaurants every day, but there is a certain capacity. If they are fully booked, you can only eat at the buffet restaurant. (e.g. Occidental Caribe, Vista Sol Punta Cana, Hard Rock Punta Cana (reservations not required but recommended), Paradisus Punta Cana, Grand Sirenis, Serenade Punta Cana, Lopesan Costa Bavaro, Catalonia Punta Cana, Caribe Deluxe Princess)

 3) Reservations required with restrictions. You have to make reservations for your à-la-carte dinners and can only visit them a few times a week, for example a maximum of 3 per week. The remaining evenings you have to eat at the buffet restaurant (e.g. Grand Bahia Bavaro/Punta Cana)

 Tip: There is no transparent star rating in the Dominican Republic which is why almost every all-inclusive resort falls into the category of 5 stars. Even big tour operators often copy this classification. Therefore, it is more recommendable to pay attention to personal recommendations and unbiased reviews than to the star rating of an all-inclusive hotel in Punta Cana.

 Choose wisely which option you prefer. I am always a big fan of the “no-reservation policy” as this allows me to stay flexible and spontaneous, even if there might be some waiting involved when you visit in the peak dining hours between 7 and 8 pm.

Best all-inclusive resorts for foodies in Punta Cana (Punta Cana Travel Blogs’ favorites):

Now Onyx Punta Cana, the neighboring resort of breathless for families

Dreams Onyx Punta Cana

Actually Dreams Onyx (formerly called Now Onyx) is a family resort with a water park in Punta Cana and not necessarily known for top-notch cuisine. And while you shouldn’t expect the most spectacular menu, Now Onyx stands out as you have the choice between 14 reservation-free à-la-carte restaurants, 2 buffets, a beach grill and a coffee shop, thanks to the full access (for adults) to neighboring breathless Punta Cana.

The new restaurant at Hard Rock, The Market, with a new dining concept and delicious food

Hard Rock Hotel & Casino

Hard Rock Hotel & Casino has always offered top dining options with themed restaurants and creative menus. But with the 2021 opening of “The Market”, a re-designed former buffet now working with a kind of food truck concept on the highest level, you can explore all-inclusive food in Punta Cana on the next and unparalleled level. Add some unique specialty restaurants like the Lebanese bistro or the biggest ice cream shop in Punta Cana and you will find your new foodies heaven at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Punta Cana.

The buffet restaurant at Melia Punta Cana

Melía Punta Cana

What we ate during our stay at Melía Punta Cana Adults Only was simply incredible, particularly considering the affordable prices this all-inclusive hotel in Punta Cana usually offers. The best octopus in our lives, super healthy breakfast options, an amazing array of seafood and vegetarian dishes plus a well-balanced buffet was what convinced us here. You won’t have dozens of restaurants here, but quality is top-notch.

Besides the general idea, that you usually receive better food the more you’re paying for a resort (even though you might be surprised about the quality at cheap resorts considering you only pay 70-100 USD per person per day), there are some remarkable restaurants and food options you shouldn’t miss during your Punta Cana vacation.

Best Punta Cana resorts for vegan and vegetarian travelers

I have planned a separate post about the best vegetarian and vegan Punta Cana all-inclusive resorts. Until this is ready, the following options shall also be of great help if you’re looking for the best vegan food in Punta Canas’ all-inclusives. 

In general, it is important to understand that you find vegan and vegetarian options in every all-inclusive in Punta Cana. Obviously, some hotels have more options, some have fewer. We are also pescatarians and mostly vegetarian travelers and therefore always have an eye for what healthy options are on the menu, particularly if it’s meat-, sugar- and fat-free.

As a general rule, you’ll always find plenty of choices at the main buffet, especially when it is a large buffet. You can count on large salad stations, plenty of cooked vegetables, bread, spreads and Dominican vegan favorites such as Mangu (mashed plantains), Moro (rice and beans) or Yucca Encebollada (Yukka with onions). 

Also at the à-la-carte restaurants, there is usually always a vegetarian dish available – but not necessarily a vegan option. However, they can usually put together a plate for you – but you might need to ask and be flexible and patient. 

If you’re a vegan, it definitely is recommendable to choose one of the better resorts, at least one in the mid-price range or even better a premium all-inclusive in Punta Cana. Like this, you’ll find à-la-carte restaurants with more creative menus and usually at least 1 or 2 vegan options.

Considering this, the following hotels are among the best all-inclusive resorts in Punta Cana for food, particularly for vegan travelers:

Free coconuts at this Punta Cana all-inclusive resort: Finest Punta Cana

Finest Punta Cana

Finest Punta Cana is one of the best resorts for vegans as they have a vegan/vegetarian menu in each restaurant – industry-leading and some of the best all-inclusive food in Punta Cana for vegans. You also get coconuts for free.

A great beachfront restautant in Punta Cana at Grand Bavaro Princess Platinum section

Grand Bavaro Princess

Grand Bavaro Princess is one of the resorts with a super large main buffet where we found tons of vegan options + Grand Bavaro Princess has vegan-friendly Indian, Asian or Italian à-la-carte restaurants.

Beautiful details and photo opportunities at Catalonia Royal Bavaro in Punta Cana

Catalonia Royal Bavaro

As far as I know, Catalonia Royal has the only vegetarian à-la-carte restaurant among Punta Canas resorts, even though it is not open every day. You can also head over to the buffet of Catalonia Punta Cana which has the most extensive salad buffet I have ever found so far in Punta Canas’ all-inclusive hotels.

Punta Cana resorts with the best à-la-carte restaurants

I don’t know how many restaurants in Punta Canas’ resorts we have visited in the last few years among our dozens of hotel visits, but we shall have dined at at least 50 à-la-carte restaurants in Punta Cana, probably even more. While this category is not necessarily about the best overall food in all-inclusive resorts in Punta Cana, it is more about remarkable menus, unique restaurants or outstanding experiences – even though all the resorts mentioned here also offer pretty well-elaborated food options in their other restaurants.

Delicous a-la-carte restaurants in this all-inclusive resort in Punta Cana, Royalton Chic

Royalton Chic

If you are looking for the best Indian food in Dominican Republics’ resorts, Royalton Chic could be the leader. Of all the Indian restaurants we tried so far, “Taj” at Royalton Chic was the best, including taste, menu choices and the general vibe.

Isla, one of the restaurants at Hard Rock Punta Cana All Inclusive

Hard Rock Hotel & Casino

Featuring the international food truck style “The Market” and the Lebanese “Bistro” (both are partially à-la-carte), Hard Rock Punta Cana has two restaurants that are unique and one-of-a-kind. In addition to its other approx. dozen of restaurants, it is one of the options with the best all-inclusive food in Punta Cana

Pizzeria restaurant at Dreams Punta Cana Royal Beach

Dreams Royal Beach

 I can’t count how many Asian restaurants at Punta Canas’ resorts we have already visited – and most of them only have been mediocre, especially as we have had the opportunity to try authentic Asian street food right in Asia before. But Dreams Royal Beach convinced us. All dishes at their “Fusion” restaurant were top-notch, incl. the delicious soup, the well-elaborated sushi and the to-die-for peanut pad thai.

Punta Cana Resorts with the best restaurant location

Sometimes it is all about the best location – and not only about the food in Punta Canas’ all-inclusive resorts. Can you imagine having lunch or dinner with a spectacular view of this turquoise ocean or with seeing the palm trees swaying in the wind? With those views, all-inclusive food tastes even better. 

The wonderful Tapas oceanfront restaurant at Catalonia Bayahibe with view of Dominicus Beach

Catalonia Bayahibe

Definitely the best restaurant location all over Punta Cana and Bayahibe. The “Terrace” at Catalonia Bayahibe (only for Privilege rooms) has an amazing beachfront location with incredible views and a very decent Tapas menu, plus it’s open for breakfast, lunch AND dinner.

One of the best beachfront lunches in Punta Cana at Riu Palace Macao

RIU Palace Macao

Besides the main lunch buffet, Riu Palace Macao resort has a hidden secret spot, the “Krystal” restaurant, surrounded by palm trees and white powdery sand. If you’re lucky and there aren’t a lot of people, the chef can even prepare your favorite dishes.

Spectacular view from one of the restaurants at the all-inclusive resort whala Bayahibe

HM Alma de Bayahibe

The cheapest all-inclusive resort also gets its spot in this category. HM Alma de Bayahibe, formerly called Whala Bayahibe, features an à-la-carte restaurant right over the cliffs, where you are surrounded by the ocean. It is so close that your feet are nearly getting wet.

8) Is alcohol important for you?

 All all-inclusive resorts in Punta Cana always have alcohol included – so no worries about this. But the quality might vary, especially the availability of premium brands and top-shelf spirits. While you usually get no-name alcohol in the most economic hotels, better brands are served in more upscale all-inclusive resorts in Punta Cana. It is hard to draw a line here as the offers are varying, but when picking a resort for your vacation in the Dominican Republic, make sure they have at least a few branded spirits. A local Brugal or Barcelo rum is a must and some basic Johnny Walker whiskey, Beefeater gin and Stolichnaya or Smirnoff vodka should be included as well – but they aren’t when you book the cheapest resorts such as Presidential Suites Punta Cana or Tropical Deluxe Princess. Therefore, it’s better to spend a few bucks more to get decent drinks and save on other ends – such as those expenses mentioned here which you can easily cut down. If you are looking forward to some hand-crafted, creative and delicious cocktails with high-quality ingredients, you should book one of the upscale and high-end resorts.

 But beware, even some expensive resorts might mix your cocktails with no-name alcohol (which isn’t harmful, it just doesn’t have the best quality).

 Tip: When ordering a drink, always specify the brand of alcohol you want to have in it. Like this, you are preventing the hotel from using their cheapest house brand.

 By the way, it doesn’t matter which resort you choose, you always have all non-alcoholic and alcoholic drinks included (beer, house wine and local spirits) throughout the entire day, usually 24 hours. As long as you don’t want to buy bottled wine, premium champagne or other exclusive drinks, you don’t have to pay a single dollar for your entire stay to get your thirst satisfied.

Bar at Paradisus Punta Cana, one of the many all-inclusive resorts in Punta Cana

 In case you are a night owl, make sure that drinks are included in the disco as well. Some resorts close their bars at 11 pm and charge extra for drinks at the hotel’s night club.

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The best drinks at Punta Canas’ all-inclusive resorts

Even though “you get what you pay for” with regard to the quality of alcohol, we’d love to highlight a few particular hotels which have some outstanding locations, bars or characteristics. 

Over the years, the following hotels have caught our attention with the best drinks at all-inclusive resorts in Punta Cana:

Large beer selection at Finest Punta Cana

Finest Punta Cana

I was positively surprised when we realized that coconuts – which most of the resorts charge extra for – are included at Finest Punta Cana. Furthermore, you have plenty of Mexican beers, premium spirits and high-quality international brands to choose from, as well as a natural juice bar.

Delicious bars and cocktails are awaiting at one of the 23 bars at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Punta Cana

Hard Rock Hotel & Casino

Hard Rock Punta Cana sets standards with the 26 bars it has available throughout the resort. While you’re not getting the most spectacular cocktail at every bar, in particular the craft cocktails and pop-up bars are worth mentioning, as they are what makes Hard Rock different from other resorts in Punta Cana.

The beach in Uvero Alto, an area very north of Punta Cana

Zoetry Agua Punta Cana

Being one of the smallest resorts in Punta Cana, Zoetry Agua Punta Cana offers carefully selected drinks with top-shelf spirits, all of them prepared by hand with time and passion. You get your Piña Colada in a fresh pineapple, can participate in wine tastings and can also enjoy coconuts and fresh juices.

Best bars in Punta Canas’ resorts

During our past all-inclusive stays in Punta Cana in different hotels, there have been some bars that called our particular attention as they are different from what you can expect in similar all-inclusive resorts in Punta Cana. 

The amazing beach club of Tropical Deluxe Princess and Caribe Deluxe Princess in Punta Cana

Tropical Deluxe Princess

The “Beach House Rooftop” at Tropical Deluxe Princess bar has an amazing view, probably the most spectacular view from a bar in Punta Canas’ resorts. Furthermore, it is tastefully designed and equipped with attention to detail, hence it is a joy to sit and relax at this very special place at Tropical Deluxe Princess.

Royalton Chic Punta Cana, formerly Chic by Royalton, a popular resort in Punta Cana to socialize and party

Royalton Chic

“Taboo Bar” set standards when it comes to drinks in reasonably priced all-inclusives in Punta Cana. The preparation of a cocktail at this pre- and after-dinner drink bar in Royalton Chic Punta Cana lasted at least 10 minutes, but this was well worth it considering the amount of passion and love the bartender put into each drink.

A beautiful and gorgeous juice bar with fresh fruit juices at Catalonia Punta Cana

Catalonia Punta Cana

“Mahoo Juice Bar” at Catalonia might be the most beautiful smoothie bar you’ll find in any of the hotels in Punta Cana. It is located directly at the beach and extremely photogenic + offers a wide array of juices. Considering Catalonia Punta Cana is one of the more affordable resorts in Punta Cana, it is also rare to find such a kind of fresh juice bar.

9) Entertainment & Sports: where to have the most fun

All resorts feature daily entertainment, various activities and a fun or interactive night show every evening – such as magic shows, Michael Jackson revivals, love nights or musicals.

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 In these terms, Hard Rock Punta Cana is standing out for me due to their boulevard with various bars and (usually) daily live music, which is always crowded (before Covid-19 and even now as travel has resumed after Coronavirus) and where a lot of fun is going on. Also breathless is a good option as they have daily activities and parties you can’t find in most other hotels, even though it can’t compete with the massive Riu Party events, accessible from nearly all Riu hotels in Punta Cana. 

Night view of Hard Rock Punta Cana Resort and Casino

 If you are looking for sports options, check the watersport activities in your desired all-inclusive resort in Punta Cana. In a good hotel, kayaking, Hobie-cats, surfing, paddleboarding, etc. are included. Golf courses are also widely available, the same as tennis or basketball courts. In the last years, a couple of hotels added a bowling alley to their amenities, however, most of them charge extra to use it.

Best all-inclusive resorts in Punta Cana for entertainment and sports (Punta Cana Travel Blogs’ favorites):

Amazing RIU Pool Party events at RIU Punta Cana - also at night

Riu Palace Bavaro

It is not a specific thing of Riu Palace Bavaro (you could also choose Riu Palace Punta Cana or Riu Palace Macao as they have the same entertainment options) that there is so much entertainment, it is more a characteristic of the entire Riu property. You have a modern gym, one of the biggest water parks in Punta Cana, massive Riu pool parties in a separate venue, a golf course not too far away, several watersports and ball game options, a popular disco and much more. What else can you ask for?

One of the main original music exhibits at Hard Rock Punta Cana

Hard Rock Hotel & Casino

Hard Rock Hotel & Casino is not only famous for its food & drinks but also for the great variety of live shows, entertainment and music acts. Especially at night, there is hardly any other more lively all-inclusive resort in Punta Cana than Hard Rock, so if you want to get entertained, this is definitely your place to go.

Beautiful details and photo opportunities at Catalonia Royal Bavaro in Punta Cana

Catalonia Royal Bavaro

Don’t expect any nightlife when booking Catalonia Royal Bavaro (well, there is some decent entertainment at neighboring Catalonia Bavaro Beach where you have free access to), but be prepared for some good sports opportunities, especially when you like water sports (kayak, Hobie cats and snorkeling for free) and golfing (free green fees at neighboring Catalonia Golf Course). There are also occasional pool parties at neighboring Catalonia Punta Cana.

10) Location: do you want to immerse yourself into local life?

 Another point when deciding on all-inclusive resorts in Punta Cana might be the location in terms of the local life. Most resorts are located far away from everything and the only way to leave them is by rental car (check here if it’s worth to rent one in Punta Cana), taxi (prices are pretty high and Uber in Punta Cana sometimes is a bit tricky), excursion (find the best activities here) or by public transport (get to know the details of the Punta Cana public transport here).

However, there are few resorts which are right in the busy center of Bavaro, where you can walk to local colmados, food trucks, Dominican bars and other supplies of daily life. Most of them are located along the Los Corales and Cortecito stretch, where you have plenty of authentic local life just outside of your resort. Check out some further free things-to-do in Punta Cana here.

For a better overview of the location of each hotel, you can have a look at these detailed Punta Cana maps with the exact location of all the all-inclusive resorts in the area.

All-inclusive resorts in Punta Cana with the closest proximity to local life (Punta Cana Travel Blogs’ favorites):

The beautiful Bavaro Beach in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic

Impressive Premium Punta Cana

Impressive Premium Punta Cana is (besides whala Bavaro) the closest Punta Cana all-inclusive resort to the famous beach and restaurant area of Corales, an area that can be called the center of non-resort tourism in Punta Cana. It is just a 5-minute walk to plenty of local restaurants, where you can get a better impression of Punta Cana’s daily life than in your resort.

Vista Sol Punta Cana, one of the many resorts in Punta Cana

Vista Sol Punta Cana

Vista Sol Punta Cana is located between Corales and Cortecito, two areas in Punta Cana with public beach access. Both are reachable in walking distance and popular among local tourists with plenty of restaurants and smaller shops.

Our excursion to the beautiful Isla Catalina, south of La Romana

Occidental Punta Cana

If you are looking for the local Punta Cana nightlife outside of the all-inclusive resorts, Occidental Punta Cana is your hotel to go to when it comes to the closest location. Less than 10 minutes walking away (or less than 2000 feet), you can find two famous places when it comes to having a drink with locals: Corner Bar is a good choice to start the evening, Drink Point next door is the place to be at night for some proper Punta Cana nightlife.

If you want to know more about the location of your all-inclusive hotel, a Punta Cana resort map might come in handy. We have prepared two different ones for you, so you can check the hotel location properly:

11) Reviews: choose the visitors’ favorites!

 I agree, with more than 80 all-inclusive resorts in Punta Cana it sometimes might be very difficult to find a suitable choice. One option on how to find the best resort in Punta Cana could be by relying on hundred of thousands of other opinions. Each all-inclusive resort has on average around 3000 reviews on Tripadvisor and more than 1000 reviews on Booking. com, sometimes even more than 10000. Multiply this by the number of all-inclusive resorts and you get a base of more than 200.000 hotel reviews.

 More than 200.000 opinions shall be sufficient to find the top-rated all-inclusive resort in Punta Cana. While you can perfectly dismiss some of the “awards” published by Tripadvisor or other platforms, such as “Travellers Choice” or other fluff (usually, those are just driven by marketing and not the actual share of positive reviews), looking at the review results of the different all-inclusive resorts gives you an interesting idea on what might be the best all-inclusive resort in Punta Cana.

At booking.com, there are currently only 5 Punta Cana all-inclusive resorts out of more than 70 which can reach at least 9 out of 10 points, with Hyatt Ziva Cap Cana, Hyatt Zilara Cap Cana and breathless Punta Cana being the leaders. Particularly breathless Punta Cana’s score is impressive, as it can’t get into the top 10 resorts on most other review platforms. Sanctuary Cap Cana and Iberostar Grand Bavaro tentatively lost their 9.0 score, but still feature very good resort reviews (8.9 respectively 8.8)

The following are the best resorts in Punta Cana according to Bookings’ reviews:

All-Inclusive Resort on booking. comReview Score
January 2024
Review Score
October 2022
Review Score
June 2021
Hyatt Zilara Cap Cana9.4/109,2/109,4/10
Hyatt Ziva Cap Cana9.2/109,4/109,4/10
Breathless Punta Cana9.2/109,3/10below 9,0
Secrets Cap Cana9.1/109,1/109,0/10
Live Aqua Punta Cana9.0/109,0/109,2/10
Sanctuary Cap Cana8.9/109,0/10below 9,0
Iberostar Grand Bavaro8.8/109,0/109,4/10
Best all-inclusiere resorts in Punta Cana according to Booking resort reviews 2023/2024

Hyatt Zilara, Sanctuary, Hyatt Ziva and Iberostar Grand are the best Punta Cana resorts 2024 according to Expedia, scoring between 9.4 and 9.6 points. They are followed by Secrets Cap Cana, Excellence El Carmen, Finest Punta Cana and Excellence Punta Cana with 9.2/10.

The following table shows all of the Punta Cana all-inclusive resorts which reach at least 9 out of 10 points with Expedia.

All-Inclusive Resort on expedia.comReview Score
January 2024
Review Score
October 2022
Review Score
June 2021
Hyatt Zilara Cap Cana9.6/109.4/109.4/10
Sanctuary Cap Cana9.4/109.4/109.2/10
Hyatt Ziva Cap Cana9.4/109.4/109.2/10
Iberostar Grand Bavaro9.4/109.4/109.4/10
Secrets Cap Cana9.2/109.2/109.0 or below
Excellence Punta Cana9.2/109.2/109.0 or below
Excellence El Carmen9.2/109.0/109.0 or below
Finest Punta Cana9.2/109.0 or belowNot open
Breathless Punta Cana9.0/109.0 or below9.0 or below
Majestic Mirage9.0/109.0 or below9.0 or below
Live Aqua Punta Cana9.0/109.0 or below9.0 or below
Hilton La Romana9.0/109.0 or below9.0 or below
Margaritaville Cap Cana8.7/109.0/109.0 or below
Best all-inclusive resorts in Punta Cana according to Expedia resort reviews 2023/2024

At Tripadvisor, the best all-inclusive resort according to the hotel reviews is a little bit hard to guess as they don’t publish the individual scores and add some marketing features to their ranking. However, the only resorts that currently (as of December 2023) do have at least 4.75 out of 5 points are Hyatt Ziva, Secrets Cap Cana, Hyatt Zilara, Live Aqua, Iberostar Grand and Dreams Royal Beach.

The following list shows the best all-inclusive resorts in Punta Cana according to Tripadvisor – all hotels that have (or had before) a rating of at least 4,75 out of 5 as of January 2024.

All-Inclusive Resort on TripadvisorReview Score
January 2024
Review Score
October 2022
Review Score
June 2021
Hyatt Ziva Cap Cana4.89/54,90/54,75 and over
Hyatt Zilara Cap Cana4.89/54,89/54,75 and over
Secrets Cap Cana4.83/54,83/54,75 and over
Dreams Royal Beach4.79/54,83/54,75 and over
Live Aqua Punta Cana4.78/54,80/54,75 and over
Iberostar Grand Bavaro4.76/54,76/54,75 and over
Dreams Macao Beach4.69/54,73/54,75 and over
Best all-inclusive resorts in Punta Cana according to Tripadvisor resort reviews 2023/2024

 As you can see, Hyatt Zilara, Hyatt Ziva and Secrets Cap Cana are scoring top positions at all of the three big booking and review platforms, so it is pretty safe to say that these three are the top recommendations when you are looking for the best overall all-inclusive resort in Punta Cana.

Hyatt Ziva Cap Cana, one of the best family resorts in Punta Cana

Hyatt Ziva Cap Cana

This family all-inclusive resort can be considered as “everybody’s darling” in 2023 and 2024. Hyatt Ziva, only opened in 2019, is striving to offer top-notch service and amenities and can be considered as one of the high-end resorts in Punta Cana. Guests are saying thank you with some of the highest ratings in the industry.

The VIP Club Lounge of Hyatt Zilara in Punta Cana

Hyatt Zilara Cap Cana

The adults-only section of Hyatt in Punta Cana doesn’t fall short of its family neighbor and pleases guests with culinary highlights, a perfect white sandy beach and luxurious rooms and suites. When visiting adults-only Hyatt Zilara, you also have access to the family resort of Hyatt Ziva, including all the additional restaurants, bars, pools and the huge water park.

Secrets Cap Cana, a fantastic all-inclusive resort in Punta Cana

Secrets Cap Cana

Located at the beautiful white beach of Juanillo, Secrets Cap Cana is a fantastic high-end all-inclusive resort in the south of Punta Cana. Enhancing your stay with amazing swim-up, beachfront and master suites, it features unlimited à-la-carte dinners, premium drinks and an impeccable service.

12) Punta Cana all-inclusive resorts with the best spa

Another way how to find the best all-inclusive resort in Punta Cana is according to the spa – especially if you love wellness, massages, hydrotherapy and facials. With very few exceptions (whala Bavaro is the only one I can think of so far) every all-inclusive hotel in Punta Cana does have its spa, but the quality varies.

To be honest, I am not a spa expert. Even though I have seen dozens of spas already, I have so far only had one massage at Melia Punta Cana Beach Resort. Therefore I can’t help you with a lot of personal experiences in this case but have used Tripadvisor as a neutral help. 

Therefore, the following three hotels are among the best Punta Cana resorts when it comes to the wellness area and the spa. It is important to note that all spa services are not included in your all-inclusive stay and have to be paid extra, except for some room categories at Melia Punta Cana Adults Only.

The spa at Melia Punta Cana Beach Resort Adults Only

Melia Punta Cana

YHI Spa at Melia Punta Cana Beach is one of the most popular and – according to Tripadvisor – also the best spa within all-inclusive resorts in Punta Cana. Furthermore, Melía Punta Cana Adults Only has implemented a wellness inclusive concept, which includes daily spa treatments with some room categories. During our stay at Melia Punta Cana, we were also able to enjoy a relaxing massage at the incredibly thoughtfully designed YHI Spa, a real oasis to relax. 

Covid-19 safety protocols are in place at Hard Rock Hotel Punta Cana

Hard Rock Hotel & Casino

The Rock spa is amongst the largest spas in Punta Cana and even in the Dominican Republic. This is no surprise, as Hard Rock Punta Cana’s spa comes with 42 treatment rooms, the Caribbean’s most complete hydrotherapy center and endless facilities such as whirlpools, steam room, sauna, foot creek pathway, hydro-reflexology, sensory expertise pool and an ice room.

The beach in Uvero Alto at Excellence Punta Cana

Excellence Punta Cana

Miile Spa at Excellence Punta Cana (Excellence El Carmen has a Miile Spa as well) receives top reviews due to its attentive staff and the very charming and relaxing atmosphere. Therefore it scores third place when it comes to the best spas in Punta Cana

13) Not finding the right options? Alternatives to Punta Cana

Bayahibe: better snorkeling options

 If the resorts above don’t suit your preferences, you can also check some alternative options in the surrounding tourist destinations of the Dominican Republic. One of them is Bayahibe (check out the full Bayahibe travel guide here), which is particularly recommendable if you are looking for turquoise ocean water and some better snorkeling opportunities. While Punta Cana has a fantastic reef, which protects the beaches from the Atlantic waves, the reef is too far away for snorkeling. That’s why snorkeling in Punta Cana is not always possible, as you can read here in this article. Therefore, if snorkeling during your vacation in the Dominican Republic is very important for you, you can check out this article about the best snorkeling spots in Punta Cana and beyond, including Bayahibe.

Beach at Dreams Dominicus, an all-inclusive resort in Bayahibe

 A nice side effect: as Bayahibe has a different direction of ocean currents, you’ll hardly find any of the typical Punta Cana seaweed here, which sometimes might be a problem in Punta Cana.

Bayahibe is less than one hour driving away from Punta Cana, so it is a perfect alternative to a Punta Cana vacation. Airport transfers from Punta Cana International Airport are readily available.

 The best all-inclusive resorts in Bayahibe (Punta Cana Travel Blogs’ favorites):

Bayahibe Lighthouse at Playa Dominicus in Bayahibe

Iberostar Hacienda Dominicus

Iberostar Hacienda Dominicus is one of the leading all-inclusive resorts in Bayahibe: impeccable service, comfortable rooms, quality food and a prime beach location – everything you can ask for when booking an all-inclusive vacation in the Dominican Republic.

Beach at Dreams Dominicus, an all-inclusive resort in Bayahibe

Dreams Dominicus

Dreams Dominicus is one of the most recent additions to the all-inclusive resorts in Bayahibe. It features modern and spacious suites, various reservation-free à-la-carte restaurants, international drinks and an attractive price-value ratio.

Restaurant at Catalonia Gran Dominicus, an all-inclusive resort in Bayahibe

Catalonia Bayahibe

Catalonia Bayahibe is located at Dominicus Beach and offers great value for money. Highlights are the Privileged Club restaurant with an amazing ocean view, the newly renovated pool with a swim-up bar and several themed activities throughout the week. Catalonia Bayahibe is a suitable hotel for adults and families likewise who want to spend their holidays in Bayahibe.

Puerto Plata: looking for adventures, mountains and local life

 If Punta Cana sounds too posh and fancy for you (which it sometimes is) and if you are looking for authentic adventures in the countryside, Puerto Plata might also be a good pick for you. While most all-inclusive resorts here can’t compete with those in Punta Cana, the surrounding definitely can. Check here how you can get from Punta Cana to Puerto Plata.

View of Playa Dorada at Grand Paradise Playa Dorada, an all-inclusive resort in Puerto Plata

Especially the mountains right north of Puerto Plata are a highlight of the Dominican Republic. They are offering endless outdoor activity options such as canyoning, waterfall chasing, rappelling, caving, hiking or mountain biking. Furthermore, they form a dramatic backdrop and stunning scenery. Additionally, when staying in one of the all-inclusive resorts of Puerto Plata, you are much closer to the Dominican life than in Punta Cana, so you get a more authentic impression of what the Dominican Republic is about. Interested? In this article, you can find further thoughts about why Puerto Plata might be worth a consideration

 The best all-inclusive resorts in Puerto Plata (Punta Cana Travel Blogs’ favorites):

All-Inclusive Resort in Puerto Plata, emotions by Hodelpa Playa Dorada

Emotions Playa Dorada

Emotions Playa Dorada is a fully renovated and modern all-inclusive resort in Puerto Plata with contemporary suites, some interesting restaurants and a chic appearance. Besides a family section, it does have some adults-only rooms. All the buildings are located super close to the beach.

The beach Playa Dorada in Puerto Plata

BlueBay Villas Doradas

BlueBay Villas Doradas is one of the older all-inclusive resorts in Puerto Plata, but does offer an attractive price-value ratio, especially considering that you can choose between various à-la-carte restaurants, Bali beds at the beach and that it is an adults-only hotel at Playa Dorada.

View of Playa Dorada at Grand Paradise Playa Dorada, an all-inclusive resort in Puerto Plata

Sunscape Puerto Plata

Sunscape Puerto Plata can be seen as the leading family resort in Puerto Plata, as it offers a kids and a teens club, family suites and daily activities for younger and older visitors. It was completely renovated in 2016 and is located right at the golden beach of Playa Dorada.

 Do you need further help deciding for the right destination and the best all-inclusive resort? If so, check out my travel coaching, and I am happy to help you by analyzing your needs and proposing the best options based on your preferences. You can also continue reading my article about how to save money when booking an all-inclusive vacation or check out the best budget all-inclusive resorts in Punta Cana.

 Or do you have any questions? Let me know in the comments what is important for YOU when deciding on an all-inclusive resort. Have you been to Punta Cana already? What’s your favorite resort in the area? I am super excited to hear from you.


The face behind Punta Cana Travel Blog: Chris


Author, Travel Coach & Punta Cana based digital nomad

Hey, I am Chris, a born and raised German, travel-addictive and Caribbean Soul. Since 2011 I have been living in the Caribbean, among them 5 years in the Dominican Republic. Punta Cana is my home-base here in the country and I’d love to tell you more about how to experience Punta Cana off-the-beaten-track and give you all the advice you want to know for your vacation in Punta Cana.

23 thoughts on “13 Insider tips on how to find the best all-inclusive resort in Punta Cana”

  1. Hi Chris,
    What can you tell me about Ocean Blue and Sand, Punta Cana resort? I noticed it was not listed under any of your above mentioned all inclusives.
    Thank you.

    1. Hi Debbie,
      Ocean Blue & Sands Punta Cana is a decent hotel without that many spectacular amenities. It is pretty good in many aspects, but not leading, which is why it is not mentioned as “the best resort” for a certain type of traveler.
      I hope this helps.
      Cheers, Chris

  2. 3 kids under 5 with 3 adults and trying to choose from the Dream Onyx, Palm, and Royal w/ upgraded package. What do you recommend?

    1. Hi JH,
      regarding the quality, all three hotels are similar but I would probably pick Dreams Royal Beach, as it has the nicest beach and is mostly renovated. Dreams Onyx also is beautiful and the newest of all resorts + it has a huge waterpark. Dreams Palm Beach is a bit older, but has the calmest ocean (even though Dreams Royal Beach beach is also pretty calm). Dreams Royal Beach has the most centric location.
      I hope this helps.
      Cheers from Punta Cana

  3. Hi Chris,
    This will be our first all-inclusive stay and are confused by the options. We would really appreciate any help in narrowing down to a couple resorts that we can pick based on availability.

    Medium budget (leaning towards high-end is fine)
    Traveling as a family of 3 (includes a 9 year old child)
    Calm beach
    Relatively newer property is preferred
    Food quality is important and vegetarian friendly is preferred
    No Alcohol required
    Good overall Entertainment for a 9 yr old

    I was leaning towards Hyatt Ziva, Club Med and Finest. However, Grand Palladium seems to have better food options for vegetarians. Also, how is Paradisus?

    Would it be very rainy between Nov 6 to 12 or should we plan for December after hurricane season ends?

    1. Hi Nr,
      Finest and Hyatt Ziva are indeed great options, Club Med is a bit older (as long as you don’t mean the Club Med Miches, which is much newer). You could also check out The Reserve at Paradisus Palma Real, which is undergoing renovations currently and ticks most of your boxes. Dreams Onyx is another option you can check out.
      Make sure to check out this post about the best family resorts in Punta Cana: https://www.puntacanatravelblog.com/accommodation-resorts/best-punta-cana-all-inclusive-family-resorts/
      November is a good month to travel with usually no hurricanes and not too much rain. However, you might have more stable weather in December. You can find out all the information about the weather in Punta Cana here: https://www.puntacanatravelblog.com/general-information-faq/the-weather-in-punta-cana/
      Cheers from Punta Cana

      1. Thank you so much for the information, Chris.
        Which one do you think is better between Reserve at Paradisus Palma Real and Paradisus Grand Cana? There are so many options for Paradisus. We prefer a beachfront resort.
        Hyatt Ziva is over our budget, unfortunately.
        Really appreciate your inputs. Thank you.

        1. Hi,
          Paradisus Grand Cana is not beachfront, even though they have their own beach section.
          In this case, The Reserve would be the better option – but only if you can get a beachfront room. Otherwise I would pick the “regular” Paradisus Palma Real as this is the closest to the beach.
          Cheers from Punta Cana

  4. Chris, thanks for all of your information. One thing I did not see was your overall #1 resort. I am traveling with my girlfriend, we are mid 30’s, love the beach, pool, nice entertainment, nice accommodations and great food. The reviews online are just so hit or miss for us since we’ve never been to Punta Cana. What is your suggestion for us on a mid-high budget? Thanks, Jarrod

    1. Hi Jarrod,
      the reason why I have not included an overall No. 1 is because this always depends on what you’re looking for. In general, Zoetry Agua, Hyatt Ziva/Zilara, Iberostar Grand and Excellence Punta Cana are considered to be some of the best all-inclusive resorts in Punta Cana.
      In your case, I would especially check out Excellence Punta Cana/El Carmen, Hyatt Ziva, Secrets Cap Cana/Royal Beach and Live Aqua.
      An extensive review of Secrets Royal Beach can be found here: https://www.puntacanatravelblog.com/accommodation-resorts/secrets-royal-beach-punta-cana-all-inclusive-resort/
      Cheers from Punta Cana

  5. my husband and I will be traveling in May and I am torn between the Bahia ambar and barcelo bavaro beach. I don’t see much mention of barcelo in your reviews. do you have any advice?

  6. Help me Chris!

    Traveling first time! I’m taking my mom so 60 and 30 age. I like to feel spoiled and catered too. Medium to lower side of the high end price range)
    my want list:
    Good food
    Good alcoholic drinks (think fun and sweet)
    Good beach
    Great service

    These are ones I have weeded it down too:
    Iberostar Grand, Serenade Punta canta, or Bahía Gran Aquamarine. Unless you have a better recommendation?? Help a girl out! Thank you!!!!

      1. Hi Jamie,
        good question. In my opinion, none of the resorts is in the “Medium to lower side of the high end price range”. Iberostar Grand is absolutely high-end (if the price fits for you, book it – it has one of the best levels of service, drinks and food) and the other ones are more like in the medium price range (and quality). Have you checked out Paradisus Palma Real, Hyatt Zilara (also high-end), the Majestic Resorts, Secrets Royal Beach (would tick all your boxes), orExcellence Punta Cana (also more high-end)?

  7. Hi Chris,
    We are traveling to Punta Cana in October. We are traveling with approximately 10+ families and with 10+ boys 17-18 years old. We want an all-inclusive resort with lots to keep our boys busy, good food, pool entertainment, good nightly shows, etc.
    Thank you so much,

  8. Hi Chris,
    Can you help me out
    I am traveling with 2 friends and we are trying to deside between RIU Republica and Bahia Principe Luxuary Ambar. We will be there on July for 5 days

  9. Hi Chris,

    What are your recommendations for best resorts with vegetarian options?

    I read the post and was also hoping to find your follow up post on this topic.



    1. Hi Mike,
      thanks for your comment. Did you read the section “Best Punta Cana resorts for vegan and vegetarian travelers” in the article above?
      There you have a couple of options listed: https://www.puntacanatravelblog.com/accommodation-resorts/how-to-find-the-best-all-inclusive-resort-in-punta-cana/#7-food-buffet-or-%C3%A0-la-carte-reservations-or-not-gourmet-or-a-casual-eater (not sure if this link works in your browser, if not, just scroll up or search for “Best Punta Cana resorts for vegan and vegetarian travelers” here on the page)
      Furthermore, you can also consider Melia Punta Cana Adults Only – we had some amazing vegetarian dishes there, especially if you have a The Level room. You can read our extensive review about Melia here: https://www.puntacanatravelblog.com/accommodation-resorts/melia-punta-cana-beach-resort-all-inclusive/
      Best regards

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