Punta Cana is typically associated more with honeymooning than traveling alone, but this Dominican oasis has much to offer the solo traveler in Punta Cana. From heart-racing activities to relaxing in the warm, sunny sands, there is plenty to do alone, whether you’re exploring or using your trip as a chance to rejuvenate. Plan your itinerary with some of the following activities for the solo traveler in Punta Cana.
If you’re more of a beach bum than a daredevil, pick from one of Punta Cana’s 10 pristine, lively beaches for a perfect tropical dip. Bavaro Beach is a real-life postcard, stamped with swaying palm trees and crystal-clear blue waters. Step onto the palm-lined golden white sand as you breathe in the warm, salty breeze and bask in blissful solitude. If you’re looking for privacy, rent a private beach hut and order an afternoon cocktail from the bar service for a cherry on top. Try a refreshing kokosnoot (coconut) cocktail for a boozy taste of the tropics in an actual coconut—the perfect prop for envy-inducing selfies for your friends back home.
With its snow-white sands, surrounding rocky coasts, and relaxing sounds of the surf, Macao Beach is perfect for a relaxing afternoon beachside. However, if you’re looking to get your adrenaline pumping when traveling alone, sign up for a private one-on-one beginners surfing lesson at Macao Surf Camp. With individual attention from your experienced instructor, you’ll be gliding across the idyllic waves in no time. Once you’ve worked up an appetite on the water, hit up one of the many seaside restaurants to sample some locally sourced seafood, such as the jumbo fried shrimp with a side of tostones (fried plantain).
The numerous day trips and local attractions around Punta Cana are well worth peeling yourself off the sand to explore if you’re traveling alone. Head to the nearby Cap Cana and spend a day exploring Scape Park, a 74-acre national park. Surrounded by forest, there are roughly 10 miles of hiking trails that are home to many of the island’s endemic species. Don’t miss the breathtaking Hoya Azule (Blue Hole), a natural spring lagoon in the forest where you can go for a swim. The cool cerulean waters look like they are from another world entirely and make for the perfect place to sit and reflect on your trip to the Dominican Republic.
Back at the water, there are several Punta Cana tour operators who offer scuba diving in the nearby reef systems. From brightly colored reefs, tropical fish, and turtles to a possible dolphin sighting or two, scuba diving in Punta Cana is a dream come true for any diver. Choose from one of Scuba Caribe’s numerous scuba diving packages, including certification courses, catamaran lessons, fishing expeditions, and windsurfing.