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Macao Beach (Playa Macao)
Macao Beach (Playa Macao)

Macao Beach (Playa Macao)

Macao Beach, Macao

The Basics

Lounge on the sand, boogie board, or learn how to surf near the beach’s bigger breakers. If you prefer to stay dry on land, an afternoon horseback ride serves up coastal views and fresh air. For a dose of adrenaline and an overview of the area’s natural highlights, visit the beach and the nearby Macao Cave during a dune buggy adventure from Punta Cana.

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Macao Beach Surf Lessons
Macao Beach Surf Lessons
$94.00 per adult
Traveler Favorite
Very good!
It was great! Very well organised. Videos and photos available and sent the same day. Overall great experience.
EugenijaB, Dec 2021

Recent reviews from experiences in Punta Cana

star-4
We would do it again!
Jenna_F, Jan 2022
River Cave and Macao Beach Half-Day Quad Bike Adventure
The actual tour was great. You spend a lot of time riding the ATV but caution…you will get super dirty and bring some towels and maybe a change of clothes. The best thing is to bring a waterproof backpack. After the tour is over they do have outside showers to rinse off in. We had a lot of fun.
star-4
Wild
Lucia_S, Jan 2022
Dune Buggy + Breef Safari, River Cave and Macao Beach
It was a wonderful experience. The dune buggy, water cave and beach was so much fun! The dune buggy was a perfect time to get messy. It would have been nice to spend more time on the water cave and the beach.
star-5
Highlight of our holiday
Lucy_L, Dec 2021
Montana Redonda and Macao beach pick up in Punta Cana
Great tour! We were picked up by a great driver in a very comfortable car. The tour to the mountain was a surprise highlight of our holiday. It was absolutely beautiful up there, and there was a great view from every angle. Lunch was included, and was delicious (a very generous size too!). The guide Alex was friendly, helpful and knowledgable, and happily took photos for us. Would highly recommend this tour!
star-4
Great time.
John_A, Sep 2021
Macao Buggy Adventure from Punta Cana
Loved the excursion. The cave was a highlight. The cultural aspect was educational. Chocolate tea was good. Recommend to others to do.
star-4
Good, but could’ve been better
Michael_L, Aug 2021
4x4 Tour Polaris and Macao Beach with Cenote Bath
This would have been 5 stars had our ATVs not stalled numerous times and if we weren’t bombarded with begging children. Outside of that it was an awesome experience.
star-5
Awesome time
JoTee, Jul 2021
Family, Buggy Adventures, Tours, Macao Beach. Lowest Price.
Our tour guide B was great. We upgraded to a private atv tour and we had fun. We were a little late and they waited for us, which we definitely appreciated. Was able to drive through punta Cana and enjoy the sites and get muddy. Would definitely do it again.
star-5
Amazing
Victor_S, Jun 2021
4WD Quad Terracross + Breef Safari, River Cave and Macao Beach
Amazing guides and people! We really loved the scenery and would definitely do it again! The family for the chocolate and coffee tasting really made us feel at home!
star-5
High octane adventure!
Tahnda_B, Jun 2021
ATV Dune Buggy and Macao Beach Adventure from Santo Domingo
Loads of fun-The guides are friendly & knowledgeable & the ATV trail is just what you want-bumpy, twisty & muddy. :-)
star-4
Fun excursion
SHAWN_K, May 2021
Macao Buggy Adventure from Punta Cana
Our experience with this excursion started off rocky but it was very fun. Would definitely recommend. I will say, the gift shop is as expensive as can be so be ware. Also, more time should be spent at the beach as 15 min is such a tease.
star-5
Excellent Instructors
Kara_F, Apr 2021
Macao Beach Surf Lessons
The instructors were excellent. They had both of us able to paddle and stand up alone by the end of the lesson.
star-5
Surf lesson
gstrelyte, Nov 2019
Macao Beach Surf Lessons
Amazing experience - waves perfect for beginners, pretty beach, friendly instructors and they take pictures which you can purchase after your lesson. You also pay for a 'group' lesson, but you have an instructor each so feels like a private lesson!
star-5
Punta Cuna vacate trip
MONICA_M, Jul 2018
Punta Cana Buggy Adventure to Macao Beach with Cave Swim
The buggy adventure was fun, the beach was beautiful and the cave was awesome. I would of love to stay more in each spot but overall it was a nice afternoon with the family.

Things to Know Before You Go

  • Several stands sell cold beers and local grub, including fresh-caught fish and lobsters.

  • There are no restrooms on-site.

  • Bring along some cash to purchase souvenirs from the beach vendors.

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How to Get There

Macao Beach is located on the northern side of the Dominican Republic’s Punta Cana region, roughly 20 minutes by road from most resorts. The beach is accessible by taxi or via a guided tour. Ride-sharing services were recently introduced to the nation, but are only available in big cities such as Santo Domingo, Santiago, and Puerto Plata.

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When to Get There

Since Macao Beach is a favorite among locals, try to visit during the week when it’s quieter and less crowded. Expect the biggest crowds in the Dominican Republic from December through April, especially around Christmas, New Year’s, Easter, and spring break. And keep in mind, the peak months for hurricanes in the Caribbean are September and October.

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Bavaro Beach

Located closer to Punta Cana, the more crowded Bavaro Beach draws visitors with its abundance of tour and cruise offerings, plus water activities such as snorkeling, parasailing, and windsurfing. This beach also boasts more amenities than Macao because of its proximity to Punta Cana’s luxury resorts in Punta Cana.

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