6 Romantic Things to Do in Punta Cana

You and your partner will absolutely love (pun intended) these activities and excursions.

A couple relaxing by the pool at a beautiful resort in Punta Cana

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Published 25 January 2024

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You and your partner will absolutely love (pun intended) these activities and excursions.


So, you decided to go on a romantic getaway to the Dominican Republic? Great call! This Caribbean island was made for couples — there are pristine beaches and all-inclusive resorts everywhere you look. But especially in Punta Cana, romantic excursions are plentiful.

Ready to fall even more in love with your partner? Keep on reading to discover our list of the most romantic things to do while you’re on vacation in Punta Cana.



Couple relaxing in pool after a couples massage at a Punta Cana resort
Couple relaxing in pool after a couples massage at a Punta Cana resort
Couple relaxing in pool after a couples massage at a Punta Cana resort

Treat yourselves to a relaxing spa treatment

Okay, no… this isn’t really an excursion. But it is one of the most romantic things you can do in the Dominican Republic. And honestly, the fact that you don’t have to leave your hotel to enjoy it is a bonus. 

Almost every resort in Punta Cana offers spa treatments (from couples massages and facials to aromatherapy), so take your pick! A few of our favourite experiences include:

  • Sanctuary Lovers ritual at Sanctuary Cap Cana: Recharge and reconnect with a 50-minute massage and a 25-minute private hot tub — complete with champagne and strawberries.
  • Coconut for Two at Iberostar Punta Cana: Go (coco)nuts for each other and this tropical fruit during a pulp exfoliation, a milk bath in a private Jacuzzi, an emulsion body wrap and a couples massage.
  • Hydrotherapy circuit at TRS Cap Cana Waterfront & Marina Hotel: Take advantage of the sauna, steam room and Jacuzzis in the resort’s Zentropia spa — access is included with your booking. 

You can’t take care of someone if you don’t take care of yourself, and this romantic activity will make sure everyone gets the TLC they deserve. 

Couple horseback riding on a beach in Punta Cana at sunset
Couple horseback riding on a beach in Punta Cana at sunset
Couple horseback riding on a beach in Punta Cana at sunset

Ride into a beautiful sunset on horseback

Relaxing on sandy shores and frolicking in crystal-clear, shallow waters is probably at the top of your Dominican Republic to-do list. After all, the island (especially Punta Cana!) is home to some of the most stunning beaches on the planet — and they look even more beautiful during sunset. 

There’s nothing quite as romantic as watching the skies above Bávaro Beach, Juanillo Beach or Macao Beach change from blue to purple, pink and orange… except maybe for taking it all in on a sunset horseback riding tour. 

After meeting with the horses and getting a brief riding lesson at a local ranch*, you’ll go on a relaxing ride through the countryside before arriving at a beach. From here, it’s all about enjoying the breathtaking views as you gallop along the edge of the Caribbean Sea and watch the sun dip below the horizon.

*Many tours include roundtrip transportation with hotel pick up and drop off.

A couple ziplining above the trees at a natural park in Punta Cana
A couple ziplining above the trees at a natural park in Punta Cana
A couple ziplining above the trees at a natural park in Punta Cana

Get your hearts racing at a natural theme park

They say distance makes the heart grow fonder — but that’s certainly not the only way to deepen your connection with your partner. Conquering fears together can also do wonders for a relationship, which is why we recommend you spend a day at a natural theme park like Scape Park at Cap Cana.

This is where you have the option of doing a bunch of different adrenaline-pumping activities, from exploring underground caves and diving into a cenote known as “Hayo Azul” to rappelling down cliffs, ziplining above the trees, and getting up close and personal to rhinoceros iguanas.

We wouldn’t describe any of the attractions at Scape Park as “scary,” but do think they could help you overcome your fear of tight spaces, heights and lizards. Good thing your partner will be there to hold your hand through it all. 



Having dinner on the beach is one of the most romantic things you can do in Punta Cana
Having dinner on the beach is one of the most romantic things you can do in Punta Cana
Having dinner on the beach is one of the most romantic things you can do in Punta Cana

Enjoy a romantic candlelight dinner

Want to spend a little quality time together? Book a romantic dinner (or two!). Not only will this excursion help you relax on vacation, but you’ll also get to discover a new cuisine and take in the beautiful island scenery. 

It’s likely that your hotel in Punta Cana offers special candlelight dinners and other gastronomic experiences, but you can also head to one of the beachfront restaurants and fine dining establishments off your property:

  • Jellyfish Beach Restaurant serves up delicious Caribbean, American and European dishes — think tuna tartare, grilled seafood platters, paella and more. This is a popular spot for destination weddings in Punta Cana, so it’s guaranteed to be romantic.
  • The menu at the amazing Noah Restaurant and Lounge is extensive, meaning there’s something for every palate. 
  • Lobster! Steak! Pasta! Wine! La Cava Kitchen & Bar has everything you’d expect to find on a Valentine’s Day tasting menu.

Imagine listening to the waves crash against the shore as you dig into authentic Dominican dishes and other worldly plates. It’ll be an intimate, memorable experience you and your partner won’t soon forget.

A couple learning to cook Dominican Republic cuisine at a private cooking class
A couple learning to cook Dominican Republic cuisine at a private cooking class
A couple learning to cook Dominican Republic cuisine at a private cooking class

Spice things up at a private cooking class

Cooking classes are always a good date night idea — and that’s especially true in Punta Cana, where delicious food is just waiting to be devoured. The best part about this type of excursion? There are so many options and tours to choose from, including hands-on lessons that will teach you all about Dominican and Taino recipes. 

Whether you’re learning how to cook chillo al coco (red snapper with coconut sauce), stirring a pot of sancocho (a traditional stew) or making chocolate bark from freshly roasted and ground cocoa beans, you and your significant other will feel the heat in more ways than one. This is truly one of the most romantic things you can do in the Dominican Republic. It’s an activity that lets you try something new and enjoy quality time together — the perfect combination! 



A street in the Santo Domingo's Colonial Zone
A street in the Santo Domingo's Colonial Zone
A street in the Santo Domingo's Colonial Zone

Get lost together in Santo Domingo

While luxuriating at your all-inclusive resort is bound to be fun, don’t miss your chance to explore more of the island. A relationship is a big adventure — so you should treat your vacation like one!

One of the best ways to do that is by going on a day trip to Santo Domingo. The capital of the Dominican Republic is only a two-and-a-half hour’s drive from Punta Cana, and definitely worth a visit. As one of the oldest cities in the Caribbean (it was established in 1498), there’s a lot of history to discover and learn about. Head to the Colonial Zone, a UNESCO World Heritage Site to visit the cathedral, hospital, customs house and university — all of which were the first buildings of their kind in the Americas — and to simply wander around the cobblestone streets.

The Dominican Republic is also famous for its nightlife, so make sure to stick around Santo Domingo until after dark. Drinking rum cocktails and dancing to merengue beats? That sounds like a great way to finish the day with your loved one.

 

Now that you know about the most romantic things to do in Punta Cana, it’s time to plan your trip! Our consultants can help with everything, from booking flights and accommodation to finding activities excursions that suit your and your partner’s travel style. Contact us today!

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