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Punta Cana: Three reasons why you should visit Macao Beach

Updated: Jun 9, 2023

Atmosphere picture of Macao Beach, Punta Cana
Picture Credits: Cindy Van Dyck

Planning a vacation to Punta Cana soon? Then definitely put a day (or two) of Macao Beach on the schedule. From adventure to water sports and relaxation, this beach offers you several options and is the ideal place to escape the hustle and bustle of all-in resorts and tourism.

Relax, sit back and enjoy your Piña Colada.

One it is easy to reach. Because Macao Beach (or Playa Macao) is just beyond the busiest point of Punta Cana's tourist center. Ideal for those who want to enjoy a day at the beach without being crowded by people (especially in high season). It is the only beach in the area that is not directly surrounded by a hotel or resort. Ideal, right?

Do you have your own car? Then the beach is easily accessible from the highway (Boulevard Turistico del Este). In less than 30 minutes you can get from downtown Punta Cana to Macao. Going by public transportation? Then let us know where you want to be, the locals know Macao Beach like the back of their hand! But besides escaping the crowds, here are a few more reasons why a day at Macao should not be missing from your schedule. And we are happy to list them for you!

Atmosphere picture of drinking a Piña Colada at Macao Beach, Punta Cana
Picture Credits: Cindy Van Dyck

Surf all year around

Although the Dominican Republic is not at the top of the list of the country with the highest waves, there is a lot of surfing. One of the most popular spots is Macao Beach. This is not only because this side of the island has the biggest waves, in fact, you can surf there year-round.

Macao Surf Camp is the best place for this. For years they have been an established fixture of the Dominican Republic and are known worldwide for their surf school. Keloke's team also took some surf lessons there, and with success! Read this article that gives you all the information about Macao Surf Camp and plan a trip soon.

Atmosphere picture of Surfing at Macao Surf Camp in Macao Beach, Punta Cana
Picture Credits: Cindy Van Dyck

Adventure on the beach

Macao Beach is not just for those who want to surf or enjoy a day of sunbathing. You can also come there to spend a few hours riding around in a baby carriage or an ATV. Perhaps the unique setting is a big reason for that: beautiful white beach and clear water. You can most easily book some tours from downtown Punta Cana or through the hotel. This includes transportation to the beach and back.

Avoid the sargassum

For several years now, several countries in the Caribbean have been plagued by an abundance of sargassum. Sargassum is a species of brown algae that becomes a real eyesore as soon as it washes ashore. It looks and smells unappetizing. But the good news is that you can avoid dealing with sargassum. Just go to Macao Beach and you won't see any of it. You can take all your favorite beach photos there.

Atmosphere picture of Macao Beach, Punta Cana
Picture Credits: Cindy Van Dyck


Need more travel tips for your next vacation in Punta Cana? Then be sure to check out all of our articles about the city and it's excursions. And if you want more advice about the Dominican Republic, you can always contact us.

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