Dreams’ family resort in Punta Cana has a huge selection of activities, events and entertainment for kids, teens and adults. There is always something to do, rain or shine. The resort publishes a daily schedule of events that begins at 8:00 a.m. and ends at 2:00 a.m. including rain-out alternatives.
We weren't able to do everything (especially evening entertainment, because our family is early-to-bed, early-to-rise), but we had fun everyday. For example, we enjoyed dance lessons, beach aerobics, paddleboard yoga, trampoline fitness and events like a foam party and Dominican cultural festival.
Our daughter loved the counselors at the Explorer's Club. She particularly enjoyed the piñata party, cookie baking and bonfire on the beach.
Here is our best attempt to categorize the free activities and entertainment. Activities rarely start on time (we were stuck waiting for as long as 20 minutes), but the resort's entertainment begins promptly (we arrived at the Fire Show 10 minutes late and missed it).
The "Explorer's Club" is Dreams Punta Cana's program for children aged 3-12.
Families with very young children may want to consider a stay at Beaches Turks and Caicos. (There are childcare options for newborns and toddlers.) Our daughter loves both resorts, but enjoyed the activities at Dreams more than at Beaches.
The camp counselors are friendly and fun, and they work hard to make sure the kids are having a great time. Here is a sample of weekly activities:
Bungee Trampoline (waiver required)
Giant Jenga Game
There is a section of the resort called the "Core Zone," which is exclusively for teenagers between 13 and 17. Some daytime activities (mostly sports) are supervised and co-mingled with adults, but we don't have any firsthand experience.
Here is a sample of the activities for teens:
Rock Wall Climbing
Outdoor Movie Theater
Most daytime activities at the resort are open to anyone. For example, our daughter joined a trampoline fitness class that was full of adults. There are age-restricted activities, but they are obvious (e.g. cocktail making, water polo, etc.).
Here is a sample of weekly activities:
Aqua Bike Fitness
Hula Hoop Fitness
Arts and Crafts
Water Balloon Fight
Iron Man Competition
Paella Cooking Lesson
Catch of the Day (fresh fish cooked on the beach)
Tiki Cocktail Experience
Dreams Punta Cana includes a variety of non-motorized watersports like Hobie Cat lessons, windsurfing, kayaking and scuba lessons (at the pool).
We weren't enticed to try these activities because Uvero Alto beach has rough water. (There was a yellow flag on the beach each day of our trip, which means that some activities are suspended.)
The Punta Cana government seems to prohibit watersports on religious holidays, so be mindful when booking a trip.
We regret that we missed nearly all the evening entertainment at Dreams Punta Cana. There is a DJ and dancing each night at 8:15 p.m. in Santo Domingo Plaza (we were impressed that the resort provides dance partners), but that is one of the few "early bird" events.
The night life really begins at 9:30 p.m., after the kids' club closes.
The resort has a beautiful indoor theater that hosts a show five nights per week. There is a casino beside the theater (we didn't step inside) and an adults-only music lounge called Desires (we poked our heads in and it looked fun).
Outdoor events at Santo Domingo Plaza include a "glow" party, talent show, cocktail party and fire show. There is also a Wednesday night beach party that starts at 9:00 p.m. and has a great DJ. Dancing on the sand is a lot of fun.