ELLE Escapes: Punta Cana

Dreaming of a beach getaway with amazing food, drinks, and the adventurous atmosphere to match? Look no further than Punta Cana. After spending merely a few days in the Caribbean hot spot, we can confirm it’s as beautiful as the photos you see all over Instagram. Located on the eastern coastline of the Dominican Republic, Punta Cana is covered in white sand beaches, clear blue waters, and picturesque views. It’s pretty much the definition of pure relaxation. And thanks to JetBlue Vacations’ Insider Experience Program, we didn’t even have to stress over an itinerary.

Currently included in all flight and hotel packages to Aruba, Cancún, Montego Bay, Nassau, and, of course, Punta Cana, the program connects you with a trusted local expert who basically serves as a personal concierge. For our trip, we stayed in Cap Cana, an exclusive enclave within the region, and our “Insider” came through with top restaurant recommendations, booking fun adventures, airport transfers, and more. Below, find some of the best that this gorgeous resort town has to offer.

elle escapes

Scape Park at Cap Cana

scape park

Courtesy Scape Park

Do yourself a favor and stop by Scape Park if you’re looking for an adrenaline rush. From zip-lining along the El Farallon cliff to swimming in an underground cave, the adventures are endless at this theme park. If you’re not looking for a cheap thrill, relax on a catamaran with an open bar and snacks (we won’t judge).

Playa Blanca

playa blanca beach

Getty Images

Punta Cana is filled with stunning beaches for you to choose from, but we must give an honorable mention to Playa Blanca. Its name, which literally translates to “white beach,” captures exactly what you’ll find. Just imagine yourself taking a stroll along the white sand as the ocean breeze hits your face. Don’t forget your sunscreen…

Indigenous Eyes Ecological Park & Reserve

indigenous eyes ecological park reserve

Courtesy Indigenous Eyes Ecological Park & Reserve

Take a guided tour on foot, via Segway, or on horseback to take in all there is to see at this this unique 1,500-acre nature reserve, from freshwater lagoons to gardens and unbelievably scenic hiking trails.

Citrus Slice Tank

The Series Citrus Slice Tank

Now 17% Off

Hendrix Cotton Mini Skirt

Le Superbe Hendrix Cotton Mini Skirt

Now 56% Off

Chuck Taylor All Star Lift Platform Canvas

Converse Chuck Taylor All Star Lift Platform Canvas
elle escapes

Florecita Restaurante

florecita restaurante

Courtesy Florecita Restaurante

One cursory scroll through Florecita Restaurante’s reviews alone is enough to make us jump on a flight. Known for its international flavors, which include beef carpaccio, sushi, and tiramisu, this foodie heaven is located within Playa Palmera Resort, but you don’t have to be a guest to make a reservation. Oh, and let’s take a moment for the ambiance— it gets a 10/10 for its cozy interiors and artsy drink wall.

La Yola Restaurant

la yola restaurant

Courtesy Tortuga Bay

With an open-air terrace and panoramic ocean views, you’ll feel like you’re living your rom-com dreams with a meal at this award-winning restaurant. Tortuga Bay’s La Yola is an unbeatable option for Mediterranean and seafood dishes. Don’t forget to take a look at the extensive wine menu, too.

Minitas Beach Club & Restaurant

minitas beach club restaurant

Courtesy Casa de Campo

Grab lunch with a side of ocean at Casa de Campo’s Minitas Beach Club & Restaurant. Not only are the tropical vibes top tier, but the offerings range from kid-friendly dishes to some extremely tasty adult beverages. Plus, you can shop from an extensive cigar collection, if that’s your thing.

Glass Ring

Keane Glass Ring

Matte Crepe Backless Dress

Proenza Schouler Matte Crepe Backless Dress

Waterfall Sandal

Call It Spring Waterfall Sandal

Now 46% Off

elle escapes

Excite Sports Bar & Lounge

excite bar lounge

Courtesy Royalton Chic Punta Cana

Come for the sports, and stay for the drinks at Excite Sports Bar & Lounge. This is the place to be if you’re looking for a casual setting, live sports, and grilled specialties.

Imagine Punta Cana

imagine punta cana

Courtesy Imagine Punta Cana

A nightclub inside an ancient, real-life cave? Sign us up! An open bar ticket at Imagine Punta Cana gets you unlimited drinks for four whole hours. Musicians from all over the world have held concerts at this space, so we recommend taking a look at its calendar before visiting.

Love Bar

love bar

Courtesy Sanctuary Cap Cana

Beers and cocktails are the main characters at this piano bar. Located in the lobby at Sanctuary Cap Cana, it’s a prime place to grab a drink and end a long day in a relaxing spot set to the soundtrack of Beethoven. Did someone request “Für Elise”?

Silk Headscarf

Devon Windsor Silk Headscarf

Antonia Crochet Halter Dress

A.L.C. Antonia Crochet Halter Dress

Now 60% Off

14K Gold Plated Hoops

Gacimy 14K Gold Plated Hoops

Now 22% Off

elle escapes

TRS Cap Cana Waterfront & Marina Hotel

trs cap cana

Courtesy TRS Cap Cana

To conjure an image of TRS Cap Cana, think: stunning views and a sea salt breeze. Just 10 minutes from the Punta Cana International Airport, this adults-only luxury hotel features a 24-hour sports bar, live shows, and four à la carte restaurants. You must try Helios, if you’re looking for delicious seafood dishes (and, let’s be real, who isn’t?).

Tortuga Bay Hotel Puntacana Resort & Club

tortuga bay hotel

Courtesy Tortuga Bay

Tortuga Bay is the only AAA Five Diamond Awarded property in the Dominican Republic. Designed by Oscar de la Renta (yes, the designer), the hotel boasts 13 beachfront villas and five-star service. There’s something for everyone, whether you want to stay active on the seaside golf course, take a lesson at the on-site tennis center (where de la Renta used to play), shop Silvia Tcherassi’s boutique for a new vacation wardrobe (including limited-edition handbags launching December 27), or unwind with a spa day. Bonus: each residence comes with its own golf cart.

Zoëtry Agua Punta Cana

zoëtry agua punta cana

Courtesy Zoëtry Agua Punta Cana

Zoëtry Agua Punta Cana is an all-inclusive resort that blends its local heritage with eco-friendly practices and unique experiences that cater to your health and well-being. Accommodations include a daily teatime with live plant infusions, horseback rides on the beach, and wine tastings with a sommelier. At the end of the day, cozy up in its luxury linens (just make sure not to spill).

Futuro Sunglasses

Vada Futuro Sunglasses

Flower Trim Shirred Triangle Bikini

Nasty Gal Flower Trim Shirred Triangle Bikini

Now 60% Off

Blair Slide

TKEES Blair Slide
elle escapes

Prime Lab Up to 24H Matte Setter

L’Oréal Prime Lab Up to 24H Matte Setter
Credit: Ulta

In tropical weather, it’s easy for makeup to slide right off your face. Stay camera-ready by using this matte primer, which helps give skin a blurring effect, and grips your makeup for all-day wear. It’s non-comedogenic, so it won’t clog your pores.

Aloe Lemon Balm Face Mist

Polk Beauty Aloe Lemon Balm Face Mist
Credit: Pholk

You’re on vacation—make sure your skin is, too. This facial mist is formulated with aloe water to unclog pores and smooth textured skin, as well as anti-inflammatory lemon balm water to detoxify pores and minimize the appearance of hyperpigmentation.

Sun Veil

MONAT Sun Veil
Credit: Monat

Wear sunscreen every single day. And don’t forget to reapply every few hours. Sun Veil is a reef-safe formula that’s lightweight and fast-absorbing. It also contains hyaluronic acid, creating a product that will keep your skin hydrated and safe from the sun. Win-win!


Leave a Reply

Skip to toolbar