Editors' Pick: Top Punta Cana Resorts

Punta Cana is a top Caribbean vacation destination in the Dominican Republic for families, spring breakers and honeymooners, with an amazing choice of all-inclusives, beach resorts and hotels. Here are our favorite places to stay on any budget — with spectacular photos to inspire your next Punta Cana vacation.

Melia Caribe Tropical Punta Cana Dominican Republic resort beach
Melia Caribe Tropical Punta Cana The beach is stunning. It's about the only thing that'll pull you away from the all-suites resort, which offers Royal Service suite upgrades if you want butler service. Visit the Melia Caribe Tropical Punta Cana website.Melia Caribe Tropical Punta Cana
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Melia Caribe Tropical Punta Cana On Playa Bavaro, this all-inclusive resort has the beach, of course. What you can't see in this photo is one of the most family-friendly amenities: the Flintstones. Your kids could have a Yabba Dabba Doo surprise. Visit the Melia Caribe Tropical Punta Cana website.Melia Caribe Tropical Punta Cana
Paradisus Palma Real Punta Cana all-inclusive Dominican Republic resort exterior
Paradisus Palma Real Everything about this all-inclusive is special. Go beyond the usual all-inclusive offerings with salsa and merengue lessons, wine tastings, painting classes and more at this luxury getaway. Visit the Paradisus Palma Real website.Paradisus Palma Real
Iberostar Punta Cana Dominican Republic all-inclusive resort pool
Iberostar Punta Cana This is one of the best pools we've seen, an "I want to be there right now" place. The fact that this is an all-inclusive resort in the Dominican Republic is just a bonus. Visit the Iberostar Punta Cana website.Iberostar Punta Cana
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Paradisus Palma Real This is one of the most sophisticated all-inclusives you'll see in Punta Cana or anywhere, with the ultimate in elegance. And yet, there's still a Kids Zone. Visit the Paradisus Palma Real website.Paradisus Palma Real
Iberostar Punta Cana Dominican Republic all-inclusive resort exterior
Iberostar Punta Cana The Iberostar can be as active or as quiet as you want it to be, whether you want to have activities for the kids, sports for you, dancing for all night -- or just retreat to a quiet corner of your own. Visit the Iberostar Punta Cana website.Zach Stovall
Paradisus Palma Real Punta Cana all-inclusive Dominican Republic pool
Paradisus Palma Real The main pool is complemented with seven whirlpools. And tucked throughout are Bali daybeds -- as if you weren't relaxed enough already. Visit the Paradisus Palma Real website.Paradisus Palma Real
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Iberostar Punta Cana On a great stretch of Dominican Republic beach, Playa Bavaro, the 427-room all-inclusive luxury family resort has all you could want in a vacation. Visit the Iberostar Punta Cana website.Iberostar Punta Cana
Secrets Royal Beach Punta Cana All-Inclusive Resort grounds
Secrets Royal Beach We love Punta Cana because of all the resort choices. If you want an adults-only romantic getaway set on the perfect Playa Bavaro, then this is the place. Visit the Secrets Royal Beach website.Secrets Royal Beach
Hard Rock Hotel and Casino Punta Cana Dominican Republic spa
Hard Rock Hotel and Resort Punta Cana The Rock Spa is just one of the high-end amenities here, besides the nine restaurants and seven bars. Visit the Hard Rock Hotel and Resort Punta Cana website.Hard Rock Hotel
Secrets Royal Beach Punta Cana All-Inclusive Resort beach
Secrets Royal Beach The restaurants and bar are just steps away from your beach getaway at Secrets. Visit the Secrets Royal Beach website.Secrets Royal Beach
Hard Rock Hotel and Casino Punta Cana Dominican Republic beach
Hard Rock Hotel and Casino Punta Cana Escape the buzz of the Hard Rock for the tranquility of Macao Beach just outside, a classically perfect Dominican Republic beach. Visit the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino Punta Cana website.Hard Rock Hotel Punta Cana
Sivory Punta Cana Dominican Republic resort pool
Sivory Punta Cana Balancing the big all-inclusive resorts on this popular stretch of the Dominican Republic is this boutique getaway, with only 55 suites and an attentive staff. Visit the Sivory Punta Cana website.Sivory Punta Cana
Hard Rock Hotel and Casino Punta Cana Dominican Republic exterior
Hard Rock Hotel and Casino Punta Cana For Hard Rock's first all-inclusive resort, this is a truly remarkable place. Stocked with music memorabilia, styled like nowhere else, a stay here is a must. Visit the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino Punta Cana website.Hard Rock Hotel Punta Cana
Sivory Punta Cana Dominican Republic resort beach
Sivory Punta Cana The beach is right there for guests, and the Sivory has the amenities of larger all-inclusives, including three restaurants and a wine cellar boasting more than 8,000 bottles. Visit the Sivory Punta Cana website.Sivory Punta Cana
Excellence Punta Cana Dominican Republic all-inclusive resort pool
Excellence Punta Cana Two swimming pools, outdoor Jacuzzis, poolside and beachside bars, 24-hour room service -- this really is the life. Visit the Excellence Punta Cana website.Excellence Punta Cana
Sivory Punta Cana Dominican Republic resort view
Sivory Punta Cana Room service 24 hours a day, valets meeting your needs on the beach -- the Sivory has thought of everything. Visit the Sivory Punta Cana website.Sivory Punta Cana
Excellence Punta Cana Dominican Republic all-inclusive resort patio
Excellence Punta Cana Wherever you look at the adults-only Excellence, you see the beauty of the Caribbean worked into the very design of the resort for an open feel. Visit the Excellence Punta Cana website.Excellence Punta Cana
Tortuga Bay Punta Cana Dominican Republic villas beach
Tortuga Bay This isn't an "all" inclusive -- only breakfast is included. But within the beautifully sprawling Puntacana Resort & Club, Tortuga Bay is as relaxing as any full all-inclusive. A private beach and vacation villas designed by Oscar de la Renta? In Punta Cana? That's all we have to say for most people to start booking a vacation here. Visit the Tortuga Bay website.Tortuga Bay
Excellence Punta Cana Dominican Republic resort grounds
Excellence Punta Cana This luxury all-inclusive is an adults-only property just 35 miles from Punta Cana International Airport, so it's perfect for a quick romantic getaway.Excellence Punta Cana
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Tortuga Bay This Punta Cana favorite launched the Dominican Republic’s first-ever Oscar de la Renta boutique, featuring exclusive offerings in his esteemed resort collection and a new clothing line for kids. Visit the Tortuga Bay website.Tortuga Bay
Excellence Punta Cana Dominican Republic resort grounds
Excellence Punta Cana This Dominican Republic all-inclusive has a classic colonial feel alongside the best that the Caribbean offers: perfect beach, cool pool. Visit the Excellence Punta Cana website.Excellence Punta Cana
Tortuga Bay Punta Cana Dominican Republic villas beach view
Tortuga Bay Yes, this beach is reserved for Tortuga Bay guests. Enjoy. Visit the Tortuga Bay website.Tortuga Bay
Club Med Punta Cana all-inclusive Dominican Republic resort pool
Club Med Punta Cana Ah, to lay out by the Club Med pool all day as the Dominican Republic breezes tickle your toes. That relaxation is included in the all-inclusive Club Med price. Visit the Club Med Punta Cana website.Zach Stovall
Tortuga Bay Punta Cana Dominican Republic villas interior
Tortuga Bay It can be very difficult to pull yourself away from these spectacular villas. Yet you do have access to a Six Senses spa, golf course, high-end restaurant and much more. Visit the Tortuga Bay website.Tortuga Bay
Club Med Punta Cana all-inclusive Dominican Republic resort bar
Club Med Punta Cana As a pioneer in all-inclusive vacations, Club Med has thought of everything in the amenities at its Punta Cana resort, including the Cielo bar. As Islands travel expert Cynthia Psarakis wrote of her recent stay there: "If you're going all-inclusive, either go big or go home. The Club Med Punta Cana is the quintessential all-inclusive in the heart of the quintessential all-inclusive destination." Visit the Club Med Punta Cana website.Zach Stovall
Club Med Punta Cana
Club Med Punta Cana For a classic all-inclusive resort vacation with a European vibe -- you might stumble across guests from Italy playing boccie -- visit the Club Med Punta Cana. See the Club Med Punta Cana website.Zach Stovall
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Alsol Luxury Village Built on docks around Cap Cana’s marina, the new Alsol Luxury Village (sister to Ocean Club) boasts 299 spacious villas. Check out the grass-surrounded pool south of Main Street; it’s quieter than the larger pool. Visit the Alsol Luxury Village website.Fishing Lodge
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Eden Roc at Cap Cana While Punta Cana is known for its huge all-inclusives, the Eden Roc gives a more intimate feel to guests, with only 34 beautiful suites. Visit the Eden Roc at Cap Cana website.Eden Roc at Cap Cana
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Eden Roc at Cap Cana Newly opened Eden Roc at Cap Cana is perfect for families. Kids will love the play area in the open-air water lagoon, and parents won’t be able to get enough of chef Gianluca Re Fraschini’s fresh Euro-influenced creations. Visit the Eden Roc at Cap Cana website.Eden Roc at Cap Cana
Zoetry Agua Punta Cana Dominican Republic resort aerial
Zoetry Agua Punta Cana These aren't rooms or bungalows. They're sanctuaries, a fitting name for the peaceful escape offered here. Visit the Zoetry Agua Punta Cana website.Zoetry Agua
Zoetry Agua Punta Cana Dominican Republic resort pool
Zoetry Agua Punta Cana Everything about the Zoetry Agua is peaceful. The pools have "serpentine water trails and quiet lagoons." Relax poolside all day, if you like. Or go for a complimentary horseback ride, one of the many, many luxury offerings and amenities included here. Visit the Zoetry Agua Punta Cana website.Zoetry Agua
Zoetry Agua Punta Cana Dominican Republic resort spa
Zoetry Agua Punta Cana Local fruits and flowers of the Caribbean are part of the treatment at the spa, a must-do activity for the full Zoetry experience. Visit the Zoetry Agua Punta Cana website.Zoetry Agua
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Zoëtry Agua Seclusion is easy at Zoëtry Agua’s remote perch, set on a three-mile sandy stretch. A palapa-roofed lobby leads to rustic-posh buildings and a tapestry of tropical gardens. The romantic retreat boasts a natural palette of wood, stone and cane, and many of its 51 rooms have tubs with garden views.Debbie Snow
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Zoëtry Agua Dining alfresco beside Zoëtry Agua’s serpentine beachfront pool is a luxurious experience at this Punta Cana all-inclusive.Debbie Snow
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Casa de Campo OK, Casa de Campo, one of the most beautiful resorts in the Caribbean, isn't technically in Punta Cana, but it's closer than ever. A brand-new expressway — the Autopista del Coral — lets you get to blissful Casa de Campo in just 45 minutes from the Punta Cana airport, shaving nearly an hour off the original time. Visit the Casa de Campo website.Casa de Campo
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Best Luxury All-Inclusives:
Zoëtry Agua
Instead of scaling towering high-rise room blocks, Zoëtry Agua's guests repair each night to suites clustered in two-story casitas with views of a serpentine pool and tropical gardens. And buh-bye, buffet lines. Zoëtry Agua's chefs cook seafood and local specialties to order. Three restaurants offer beachside and poolside dining, and there's a wine cellar for romantic private dinners. —Debbie Snow
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