From Punta Cana: Full-Day Island Tour with Lunch

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Discover the Dominican Republic on this day trip from Punta Cana. Explore a sugarcane plantation, relax on the beach, enjoy local food at a family's home, and visit the iconic Altagracia Basilica.


  • See the Altagracia Basilica in Higuey
  • Sip on rum at a traditional sugarcane plantation and watch a cigar-rolling demo
  • Savour an authentic lunch made from local produce in a Dominican family home
  • Soak up the sun rays relaxing and swimming on the picture-postcard Macao beach


This snapshot of Dominican life beyond the Coconut Coast has all the makings for a great day out. A sugarcane plantation, a cigar-rolling demonstration, and a blockbuster beach break are just some of the highlights. But the star turn of the day has got to be lunch in a local family's home. As Ramon, one of our local guides, says, ‘I'm always proud to show off my heritage through our food. Like the island itself, Dominican cuisine has been influenced by Taino, Spanish and African flavors. There's even a hint of the Middle East in some dishes. You'll see, smell and taste a whole new side to our country.' We kick off early, with a trip to Higuey to see the famous Altagracia Basilica – a pilgrimage site because of its miraculous image of Our Lady. Then, make sure to have your camera at the ready as we take a scenic drive through rustic villages, on our way to the next stop – a coconut oil producer. You'll also visit a sugarcane plantation for a rum-tasting session and watch a cigar-rolling demonstration with a master of his craft. After such a busy morning, you'll be ready for your lunch. Greeted by a Dominican family, you'll be welcomed into their home for a feast of typical dishes made with locally sourced produce. You'll also get to see the family's farm and coffee plantation, and taste freshly grown cocoa and fruit. We'll round the day of exploration with some time on Macao beach, where you can relax with a Cuba libre, swim, or enjoy some water sports.


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