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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
$89.00 per adult
Traveler Favorite
Excellent Instructors
The instructors were excellent. They had both of us able to paddle and stand up alone by the end of the lesson.
Kara_F, Apr 2021

Recent reviews from experiences in Punta Cana

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
Hola from Canada. We booked online...
Chad R, Jan 2018
Macao Beach Surf Lessons
Hola from Canada. We booked online for 3. The shuttle picked us up on time, very friendly and spoke English well. Our 8 year daughter was given two instructors and not only learned to surf quickly, she was well looked after for safety and comfort. We used another surf school before and I rate this one higher. Very recommended for anyone nervous about the logistics of it all or a language barrier concern. We will be back!
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
Great Tour
Gary V, Jun 2018
Caribbean Dune Buggies with Macao beach and Cave
We had a great time. They pick you up and bring you back to the hotel. We would like to have spent more time at the cave and Macao beach. It was a lot of fun.
star-4
Amazing
she0372, Aug 2018
Macao Buggy Adventure from Punta Cana
This excursion was one of my favorite!! The guys were very patience and made sure everything was taken care and we had a large group but it was well organized. I just wished it was a lot of mud so we could have gotten dirty, dirty!!
star-5
Amazing experience
Rosa F, Jul 2018
Macao Buggy Adventure from Punta Cana
We really recommend Macao Buggy adventures, the staff are friendly and the trip was completely awesome!
star-5
What we expected and more
Kyemba, Aug 2018
Macao Buggy Adventure from Punta Cana
Excursion was as advertised. Small stops in each area, seeing the country side, a dip into the natural pool and enjoying the beach was a must-do experience

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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