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Cayo Arena

Puerto Plata


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If you’ve ever wanted to visit Paradise, the Cayo Arena tour will give you the chance to do so! Cayo Arena in the Dominican Republic is a small sandbar nicknamed Paradise Island — and it will feel like heaven when you stand on its white sand, surrounded by clear, aquamarine waters.
  • Visit the small fishing village of Punta Rucia on La Isabela Bay
  • Sail across the bay on a speedboat, passing mangroves and possibly manatees
  • Snorkel in Cayo Arena with hundreds of fish
  • Enjoy a Dominican buffet lunch when you return to Punta Rucia
  • Activity duration: 8 hours (not including transportation time to and from activity)
  • Hotel pick-up and drop-off included


Panoramic views on land and by sea

The all-day Cayo Arena tour takes place every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday, departing from Puerto Plata on the Dominican Republic’s northwest coast. Board an air-conditioned bus to begin your 10-hour visit to paradise, first passing scenic landscapes and mountains en route to a small fishing village known as Punta Rucia. Located on La Isabela Bay in Puerto Plata, you’ll next board a speedboat for a 45-minute sail across the bay, taking in mangroves and national parks before reaching Cayo Arena. If you’re lucky, you’ll get a glimpse of a manatee swimming among the mangroves!

Snorkel on your Cayo Arena tour

Once arriving at Cayo Arena, which is both a coral island and sandbar in the midst of the Caribbean, you’ll be provided with snorkel gear. Swim in the clear shallow waters, and encircle the island to check out the schools of fish and other sea life. When you’ve had your fill of water time during your Cayo Arena tour, hop back on the speedboat and sail back to the fishing village, where you’ll be served a Dominican buffet lunch with soft drinks and water. Finally, you’ll return to the bus for a relaxing ride back to your resort.


  • Round-trip transportation
  • Lunch
  • Beer, soft drinks and water

Practical Information

  • Wear bathing suit, comfortable clothing and footwear
  • Bring a beach towel, hat, biodegradable sunblock, mosquito repellent, sunglasses and money for local goodies, tips & souvenirs (tipping is optional)
  • Pick-up and drop-off times will vary according to resort location.

Note: There’s a local charge for transportation from the Bahia Principe San Juan resort.

Good To Know

  • Tour Language: English/Spanish
  • Tour Location(s): Puerto Plata
  • Season: All year long
  • Duration: 8 hours (approx.)
  • Minimum Age Requirement: 2 years old
  • Hotel Pick-up Available: Yes
  • Good Physical Condition Required: No
  • Suitable For Children : Yes
  • Suitable For Elderly: Yes
  • Pregnant Woman Allowed: No
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