When the sun goes down over Punta Cana, the night heats up with delicious food, flowing drinks and lively music.
Whether you are in the mood for quiet drinks on the beach or partying all night long, there is something for everyone in Punta Cana. The nightlife and dining scene here is excellent, and there are many great bars and restaurants to choose from. Make sure that you go beyond the walls of your resort and check out everything that this great destination has to offer.
Great Places to Enjoy Punta Cana Nightlife and Dining
Jellyfish Beach Restaurant
This is one of the best spots in Punta Cana to watch the bright Caribbean sun sink into the sea as the vibrant hues of the sunset stream across the sky. Jellyfish is a beach club on multiple levels, located near the Melia Caribe Tropical. It has an atmosphere similar to luxurious clubs in the South of France, and it serves high-quality fresh seafood.
You can dine on the beachfront terrace, which is lit up at dusk so that you can admire the ocean. The restaurant serves a great menu of tasty cocktails and sometimes features live music, such as a steel drum band.
This small and welcoming beach bar has a laid back vibe, perfect for grabbing a cold beer after a long walk on the sand. It is located in the southeastern part of Bavaro, near the Los Corales Beach and the Lakes Barcelo Bavaro Golf Course.
If you are looking for somewhere to have a fresh and delicious seafood dinner, Langosta Roja serves up the catch of the day. In fact, you can even go on a deep sea fishing day tour and have your catch prepared and served.
Imagine is a very cool nightlife experience, located within a cave located a 15-30 minute ride from most of the leading resorts in Punta Cana. There are four different caves that you can party in, each with its ambiance. The club holds exciting themed events, and it stays open until 4 am so that you can dance the night away.
It is possible to purchase packages that include free drinks, one week’s free transportation to and from your hotel and one week of free entry into the nightclub. If you think that you might want to go dancing more than once during your stay – you might find that these packages are worth it.
Poseidon Restaurant and Pub
Poseidon is a great place to go for dinner with a group of people, as the menu is diverse and there is a good chance you will find something to satisfy everyone – from buffalo wings to pasta to fresh seafood. You can finish off your meal with typical Dominican desserts or fresh tropical fruits. There is also a massive wine list – with wines from all over the world including Spain, Australia, Chile, and California.
Poseidon is known for hosting theme nights, such as a Bonfire on the Beach night or a singles party with a Traffic Light theme. It is a great place to meet people and make new friends. The restaurant is located on a beach of lovely, powdery white sand in Playa Bavaro.
If you are looking for a very casual and chilled out place to have a few beers and enjoy yourself, you will love it here. Una Mas can be found across the street from the Bavaro Princess Hotel and Casino. You can head up to the club on the second floor, where you will feel like you are outside even if you are not.
This is also a great place to head if you are on a budget during your trip to Punta Cana. The drinks here are much less expensive than anywhere else, so you will save money if you start the night here and then head to the nightclub later.
Located on El Cortecito Beach, Captain Cook Bar is a legendary hangout in Punta Cana. It has been a favorite among travelers for quite some time, and it has earned a lot of awards and praise. It is also known for having the best lobster in town.
Many people head to Captain Cook for dinner because of the fantastic open grill and huge seafood platters. You will be able to choose your preferred catch – such as red snapper, lobster, and langoustines – and decide exactly how you want it prepared. Captain Cook is also known for serving “Mamajuana” which is a type of local rum liquor that is made right here in the Dominican Republic.
Passion by Martin Berasategui at Paradisus Palma Real
If you want to treat yourself to an unforgettable meal, you can indulge in this superb cuisine of this fantastic restaurant. It won a TripAdvisor’s Traveler’s Choice Award in 2013, and it is managed by Martin Berasategui, one of the most famous chefs in the world.
He has won seven Michelin stars, and he has put together a creative menu inspired by Spanish cuisine that will blow your tastebuds away. You can choose a la carte dining, or you can opt for the spectacular full tasting menu which is beautifully presented and made with local freshly sourced ingredients.
Tips for Enjoying Punta Cana Nightlife and Dining
The main brand of beer is called Presidente, but if you like a beer with a little more of a fuller flavor, you should try Bohemia.
You can also check out the restaurants at the all-inclusive resorts around Punta Cana – many of them offer excellent food.
Some restaurants may be quite busy, and dinner reservations might be necessary. Check before you go, so that you are not disappointed.
When it comes to dining at buffets, try to avoid food that has been sitting out for a long time.
Make sure that you keep drinking plenty of water when you are enjoying food and alcohol, as the heat can make you more dehydrated than you realize.