The Dominican Republic. Dream beaches, wild jungle, countless activities and why not a little partying? Every year more and more people come on vacation to enjoy the Caribbean nightlife.
Today we want you to know it first hand, making a practical guide of where and how you can enjoy a good party in Punta Cana.
First of all, you have to create a good atmosphere for the party. We are sure that the hotel pool is full of fathers, mothers, children,... and it is not the best place to lose control and have a few too many mojitos.
That is why, if your intention is to go to Punta Cana wanting to party and, if the situation arises, get some flirt, it is best to go to adults-only hotels. There you will feel that the atmosphere is much more similar to what you are looking for both in the common rooms and in the restaurants, bars and pools of the hotel, full of young and not so young people who like you are looking for some Dominican fun.
There are many options. Some of the best known are Iberostar Grand Bávaro and TRS Cap Cana Hotel, but look for the one that best suits your budget and type of trip.
Punta Cana is recognized as one of the best party areas in the Caribbean. It is so for several reasons: the type of tourism, its privileged climate, the Dominicans and the Dominicans. But much of the blame lies with its clubs and discotheques, which are among the most distinguished in the Dominican Republic. That's why we've made this short list of the best places to party in Punta Cana.
Let's start with the main course. Coco Bongo is an international chain of nightclubs that has locations in Mexico such as Playa del Carmer and Cancun. But today we come to talk about its Punta Cana location.
Located near Laguna Bávaro, it is characterized by its live shows before the party. On stage we can find musical performances with dancers set in different groups and movies: Mad Max, Queen, The Beatles or Moulin Rouge, among others.
Its ballroom is gigantic, with more than 4,000 square meters, making it one of the largest nightlife venues in Punta Cana.
It is distinguished by its 3-level bleachers to watch the shows and enjoy the party. In addition, with the entrance fee comes included the open bar, so you will have to forget about paying extra money for your drinks. Enjoy Coco Bongo!
Remember that you can book your ticket from here.
Our next party destination is Imagine. Its slogan "Welcome to the Cave" is to be taken literally, because its dance floors with different atmospheres are located inside a natural cave.
As in Coco Bongo, Imagine has live concerts and shows. However, its strong point is in the theme parties, where you have to get into action by putting on a costume to match the atmosphere. We assure you that fun and funniness are guaranteed.
They have 3 main rooms where we will find techno, Latin music, house and many more styles depending on what we want.
But the most special place of the discotheque is the Universo room. It is there where the great performances take place. Artists such as Nicky Jam, Myke Towers, Plan B and Yandel, among many others, have performed on the Universo stage.
We don't know if you want to get married with such a great party plan, but we let you know that this room can also be rented for celebrations and banquets. We'll leave it there.
Don't let the party stop! But this time we move it to a very different place from the previous ones. If you are tired of so many tourists and want to know the real Dominican night, the Drink Point is the perfect place.
This is where the locals usually go out to party, mainly to dance to the rhythm of bachata, merengue, salsa or cumbia. This Latin music is perfect to hold on tight and dance close.
The place has a main dance hall and an outdoor terrace, so you can enjoy different atmospheres in the same place.
If you like electronic sound and luxury, nothing better than ORO Night Club.
Located in the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, it is one of the best options if you want to feel like a millionaire for little money. Its dance floor is among the best illuminated in the Dominican Republic, in a perfect environment to dance to the sound of electronic music. In addition, on their website they boast of having the best sound system in the world, the FunktionOne.
The walls are filled with more than 300 LED screens that give a great atmosphere to the place. Its Infinity Edge Bar is another of the attractions that can lead you to spend a night of scandal in the ORO Night Club.
But this place also stands out, and a lot, for its music. They bring international artists very often, and the best dj's in the world always show up at ORO Night Club.
Next to the Occidental hotel in Punta Cana is one of the most varied nightclubs. In fact, the disco is part of the hotel, and if you are staying in it with all inclusive, you will surely have an open bar and free entrance to the Mangú.
Once inside the disco, you choose what you prefer. The disco has a Latin atmosphere, with the rhythm of reggaeton, salsa, bachata and much more on the first floor.
On the upper floor, there is always a local or international DJ that makes the bodies move to the rhythm of techno. There, you will also find an open-air terrace that on good weather days is a delight.
Normally in the Mangú there is no entrance fee, unless there is a special event. However, you will have to pay for drinks inside.
Kviar is a very different proposal from the previous ones. Mainly because it is based in three locations in the Dominican Republic: Bayahibe, Puerto Plata and Punta Cana. In addition, it combines its status as a nightclub with its casino, one of the most prestigious in the area.
Kviar is located in Cabeza de Toro, between the Bávaro Lagoon and the Caribbean Sea. In a privileged location, it is one of the most popular places of entertainment for tourists.
A good plan to go to Kviar is to go to the casino first to warm up. There, while you have a drink, you can play Texas hold'em, blackjack, roulette or Caribbean Poker, a modality that will surprise you. There are also slot machines. We only recommend that, if you are going to play, you do it responsibly.
Then we can move on to the main course. In Kviar you will find one of the liveliest discos in Punta Cana, where you will also find different styles of music in its two levels.
In its Lounge room, every day of the week there are different themed events. For example, on Tuesdays there is Ladies Night, where girls who come will have a free drink with their entrance ticket from 11 p.m. to 1 a.m.
Fridays and Saturdays are the other days on Kviar's calendar, when special bottles are discounted up to 20%.
One of the most authentic places in Punta Cana is the Smoke Room Disco & Lounge. We say authentic because within its walls we can find many Dominicans, who usually come for a reason.
That reason is that in Smoke Room there are many live music concerts with local artists of hip hop, reggaeton and more genres. Normally, these artists are not well known, so you may be in for more than one surprise to boost your Spotify playlist.
To enjoy the concerts more at ease, we have the option to buy VIP packages, in which we will have all kinds of luxuries.
They say it is also a good place to enjoy sex tourism, but we leave that to you and your seductive gifts.
There are many myths and legends about the danger of partying in Punta Cana. We always focus on the worst, such as robberies or fights, but Punta Cana is no different from any other place on the planet where nightlife is one of the booming sectors.
Occasional things have happened, as in every nightclub in the world. You simply have to take some precautions, such as keeping your wallet and cell phone under control at all times. It is also best not to carry a lot of cash on you. Beyond all this, do not worry too much, and try that the only thing you do not return to the hotel with is more desire to party. Enjoy the best nightclubs in Punta Cana!
Now that we've covered the best of Punta Cana in terms of nightclubs, it's time to take a look at the local drinks that you absolutely must try in Punta Cana. Staying stuck in your usual drinks is not recommended, so dare to try the best of the Dominican Republic.
The first local drink we want you to try, of course, is rum. In the country it is one of the main exports, as there are brands as famous as Brugal, Barceló or Matusalem. If you have the opportunity, we recommend you try Relicario and Presidente Martí rum. On their own or with soft drinks, they are an excellent choice.
When it comes to beer, Punta Cana has an undisputed champion. The brand is Presidente, which you will find in every bar, restaurant and nightclub in the Dominican Republic. Other options are Bohemia, Soberana or Quisqueya.
But if there is one essential alcohol to drink at all Dominican parties, it is the famous mamajuana. This drink consists of wine, rum and honey mixed in a bottle with different herbs and tree bark. With a very intense flavor, it is perfect for a round of shots.
If the idea of getting into a nightclub with lots of people doesn't appeal to you, we want you to know that there are very different party options (even if it takes place during the day) to enjoy with friends or a partner.
One of them is the Party Boat. A party with a private group on a boat is pure luxury, and it's within reach of just a few dollars. So, if you want to do it, it is a perfect option for small groups.
In addition, you can snorkel, visit the largest natural pool in the world and many more things that are not normally done between laughs and parties with friends.