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Food Lover’s Guide to Punta Cana

Food Lover’s Guide to Punta Cana

While Punta Cana is best-known for its white-sand beaches and turquoise Caribbean waters, this resort destination in the Dominican Republic is also an excellent place to sample local cuisine. Treat your tastebuds to the flavors of the Caribbean with these foods and activities.

Must-Try Dishes

Dominican cuisine displays cultural influences from Spain, Africa, and the indigenous Taino people. Fuel your day with*Los Tres Golpes***, a hearty breakfast of fried eggs, salami, cheese, andmangú (boiled plantains).La Bandera, perhaps the most popular dish in the Dominican Republic, is made from rice, stewed beans, stewed or roasted meat, and a side salad. If you’re looking to warm up after a dip in the sea, opt for a bowl of***sancocho***, a hearty meat-and-vegetable stew. Another popular dish,mofongo, hails from Puerto Rico and includes fried plantains, garlic, and chicharróns (fried pork skins).

Must-Do Experiences

  • Get a hands-on introduction to Dominican cuisine during a cooking class led by a local chef.
  • Taste your way through Punta Cana during a culinary tour to some of the city’s local foodie hot spots.
  • Sample locally made rum and cigars while learning more about the island’s economic exports.
  • Try Dominican coffee, chocolate, and spirits during a guided shopping excursion.
  • Treat your tastebuds to traditional Dominican dishes while spending a day on Saona Island.
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6 Tours and Activities | All Punta Cana Tours

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Chillo coco

Chillo coco

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Immerse yourself in the culinary culture of the Dominican Republic—beyond simply eating in local restaurants—with this hands-on cooking class. Food-loving travelers will love learning about traditional Taino cooking and tasting fresh local ingredients. Suitable for participants of all ages, this class finishes up with a feast of the creations the class made.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$87.18
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$87.18

Sancocho Borracho

Sancocho Borracho

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Dominican food and drinks are on the menu this evening with a 4-hour class at the Taino Gourmet Cooking Lab. Participants will prep “sancocho,” a typical Dominican soup paired with side dishes and dessert, and learn about the culinary culture of its origins. No matter your skill set, the chefs make cooking lessons interactive, comprehensive, and easy to follow—ideal for a group of friends or families with kids.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$75.00
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$75.00

A Taste of Punta Cana Culinary Tour

A Taste of Punta Cana Culinary Tour

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Experience the Dominican Republic as you never have before. Taste your way through the country’s most popular foods during a half-day Punta Cana culinary tour. With a bilingual guide, visit three locations that are sure to whet your appetite. Sample some coffee at the Bavaro area, savor traditional Dominican dishes, and nosh on beach food. Plus, local beer and cocktails are included to help wash it all down.
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  • 5 to 6 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$205.72
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Caribbean Lobster

Caribbean Lobster

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Steep yourself in Dominican food and culture during this Taino cooking lab. Even beginners can follow the chef guides step by step and learn how to make traditional Dominican food. With the freshest possible ingredients, make a meal, then sit down to enjoy the feast with your group. You'll learn much more about Dominican food than simply eating in local restaurants during your stay.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$128.21
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Punta Cana At Night

Punta Cana At Night

Enjoy a night out on the town in Punta Cana with this 5-hour party package. Visit El Kan and Legacy nightclubs, two local nightlife spots, and dance the night away to merengue, salsa, bachata, and more and make some fun memories of your time in the Dominican Republic. Enjoy an open bar of vodka, rum, whiskey, tequila, beer, soda, and water as well as complimentary round-trip transportation from your hotel.
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  • 5 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$80.00
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Cigars and Rum Tour from Punta Cana

Cigars and Rum Tour from Punta Cana

Get a full rundown on the role of rum and cigars in the Dominican Republic's culture and economy on this tour. With a small group of just 15 people, learn all about rum and tobacco production through a guide's insightful commentary as you visit the Vega Fina cigar factory and the Ron Barcelo distillery. Lunch at a local restaurant included, where you can relax and ask questions of your guide over a meal.
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  • 7 to 8 hours
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$248.00
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