Best beach clubs and free access beaches in Punta Cana

As you all know for sure, Punta Cana is the biggest resort city of the Dominican Republic. The resorts own the major part of the beaches that only the hotel guests can access. If you are traveling to Punta Cana and staying in an all-inclusive resort for sure you will pass most of your time there. It won’t be possible to go to the beaches of the other hotels but you can definitely enjoy the free access beaches and the coolest beach clubs of Punta Cana as well. So if you want to know a bit more of Dominican Republic you should definitely get out of your hotel.

On the other hand, if you are traveling to Punta Cana and staying at an apartment or B&B or similar this will be a very useful article for you to know where to go to have the best of your Punta Cana vacation.

We are going to introduce you the 5 best beach clubs and free access beaches in Punta Cana recommended from Getaway DR!


The first beach to visit that we recommend is Playa Juanillo. Playa Juanillo is synonymous of calm, fluky and coolness. This paradisiacal corner possesses a wide-open beach, crystal blue pool-like located in Cap Cana. Cap Cana, which is an ultra-luxury resort and real estate community.
Playa Juanillo is the perfect combination between harmony, huge spaces and breezy wind. The atmosphere is nice, thanks to the huge spaces this place is never crowded. Beach chairs are available as well as desks and armchairs.

Little Jhon's, Playa Juanillo, Punta Cana

Little John is the restaurant that you can find on this beach. A really nice, cozy beach restaurant. The drinks are tasty and the seafood is fresh. Prices are totally affordable and the services are kind and generally fast except the weekend when usually the place is full. International music is piped throughout the beach area to add to the ambiance. No need to go anywhere else!

Little Jhon's, Playa Juanillo, Punta Cana

Playa Juanillo is open to the public and very easy to find. When you arrive at the security gate of Cap Cana, you may be asked for your ID. They seem to go back and forth between registering and simply letting people through without asking for their ID. Let them know you are going to Playa Juanillo and you can go and just enjoy your day!


Playa Blanca is located in the gated community of the Punta Cana Resort & Club between Club Med Punta Cana and The Westin Punta Cana Resort & Club on the Caribbean sea.

Fancy, chilling and casual! The Caribbean water is crystal clear, lagoon-like as you can walk for quite a distance without getting in over your head. The water almost appears white in some areas. The sand is like flour with coral pink shadows somewhere, palm trees and gardens lining the restaurant and beach. There is an exquisite palm grove where private parties are catered to by Playa Blanca Restaurant. The tropical and international menu is excellent and the drinks divine!

Playa Blanca, Punta Cana

If you want to try paradise this is the place to be, do not miss it out during your stay in the Dominican Republic.
To get to Playa Blanca you may give your ID at the gate and you will have a daily pass to get into the area.


Do you like to party by day? Would you like to escape in a place where the drinks are perfectly refreshing, finger food is served at your table and live music is on? Pearl Beach Club is your place to be. Young, cool and always cheerful environment. This little corner of the Caribbean Ibiza is the perfect place for people that likes to dance barefoot in the smooth sand and enjoy the beautiful Caribbean sunset with a tasty drink in hand. The party is by day as well as by night.

Pearl Beach Club Punta Cana

If you want to relax, at Pearl Beach Club this is also possible. You can choose between beach chairs and canopy beds. This canopy beds are not just perfect for chilling but also to take nice pictures on a gorgeous Caribbean beach lying in a fancy bed in the middle of paradise.

Located in the heart of Punta Cana, the entrance is free except at special events.


Declared by UNESCO as one of the best in the Caribbean for its fine sand and abundant palm trees, this stunning beach is virtual eye candy!
Natural, expansive, virginal and 3.2 miles long, Playa el Macao is what dreams are made of. As soon as arrive atop the hillcrest, all you will be able to say is… “WOW”! There is so much space to explore and not many people. On one end of the beach, you can enjoy calm water perfect for swimming and watching the fishermen come in on their small boats loaded with red snapper (chillo) and Caribbean lobsters ready to be bought or cooked and served either on the beach or back under the rich foliage sipping an ice-cold beer! Very primitive but a delicious experience!

There are no beach clubs on this beach. This place is more like wild and untouched. You can experience here a bite of the real Dominican Republic. Little kiosks will welcome you with their “just fished” seafood. The owners of the kiosks are simple Dominican people that will cook personally for you real Dominican meals that every tourist must try.

This is the only beach in the area of Punta Cana that is wild and adventurous where you can feel the real Caribbean jungle.


Fun, active and very international. Playa Bavaro is the most popular, most developed and most populated beach in the Punta Cana area with tourists, expats, and locals. Here you can stay at five-star all-inclusive resorts or if you prefer to have a more authentic experience, you can find, vacation rentals, hotels, hostels, and public beaches that are boasting with recreational activities and an amazing array of amenities to choose from. While being one of the most sought after beaches, Playa Bavaro still remains pristine with its palm trees, powder white sand and little nooks where one can carve out some privacy. Parts of the beach have been awarded Blue Flag status and the offshore reef provides protection.

Bavaro, Punta Cana

These 5 places are the must visit while your stay in Punta Cana. We believe that is essential to get out from your hotel and discover local life, the real Dominican Republic that is simply awesome. Get out from your comfort zone and have the most impressive experience of your life with Getaway DR!

For any info or more details just contact Getaway DR!

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