Scape Park Punta Cana is one of the most exciting theme parks in Punta Cana. Ziplining, waterfalls, cave tours, cultural immersion, a cenote, some animals and the famous Blue Lagoon (Hoyo Azul) are just a few things you can explore when visiting Scape Park Cap Cana. The great thing: with a Scape Park ticket for the full day you have access to all of those attractions. If it is worth visiting this unique place in the Dominican Republic and how you can find the best prices you can read in our extensive Scape Park Punta Cana review, as we have visited the park already twice.
Scape Park and its Blue Lagoon are part of the most exciting attractions in the area. To check out more amazing things to do in Punta Cana, continue reading here.
If you only would like to visit the Blue Lagoon, continue reading this comprehensive article about Hoyo Azul.
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Completely UPDATED: July 2022
What is Scape Park Cap Cana?
Scape Park Cap Cana is an amusement park designed around a tropical and Caribbean theme. Even it has the organizational and pricing structure of a theme park (the entrance fee allows you to stay in the park the whole day and to use all the attractions as much as you want) it is not like Six Flags, Disney World, etc. Instead of roller coasters, white-water rides or bumper cars this Punta Cana theme park is designed around a tropical theme with activities such as ziplining, blue lagoons and lots of other water attractions.
Scape Park Punta Cana offers attractions related to warm and tropical temperatures, among them a lot of water action, ziplining, cenotes, tropical panorama views and (artificial) waterfalls (check out this article here about all other waterfalls in Punta Cana). Some of the activities are guided, which gives it a more personal and interactive touch than a regular visit to a theme park. One of the main attractions of Scape Park is Hoyo Azul, which is the famous Blue Lagoon of Punta Cana, a cenote with extremely turquoise and crystal-clear water (find more information about Hoyo Azul further below in this Scape Park review).
Furthermore, you can get an authentic impression of the rather dry vegetation in the south of Punta Cana, even if the park itself is relatively tropical.
You can find out more about the activities at this Punta Cana theme park at the list of attractions below or further down in this Scape Park Punta Cana review when we are writing about our experiences.
Where is Scape Park Cap Cana located?
Scape Park Cap Cana is in the south of Punta Cana, a few kilometers south of Punta Cana Village and the Punta Cana International Airport. It is part of the gated luxury project Cap Cana. It takes around 30 to 45 minutes from most all-inclusive resorts in Bavaro and Punta Cana to reach Scape Park Punta Cana.
If you book your tour online in advance* and indicate your hotel with the booking, you will be picked up accordingly from your resort, so you do not have to worry about anything. You can also head to Scape Park Punta Cana with your rental car on your own if you don’t like the transfers, but the Scape Park ticket price will be the same.
Prices for Scape Park Cap Cana
Scape Park Cap Cana is not cheap, but if you compare the entrance fee to the price of a ticket for Disney World or one of the Six Flags Parks, Scape Park is not as expensive as the price of around 120-130 USD might appear at the first moment.
Furthermore, if you consider that a typical excursion in Punta Cana usually costs around 70-120 USD per person and Scape Park is comparable to a combo package of various activities (as Scape Park offers Ziplining, a cave visit, animal shows, cultural guided tours, a cenote, the famous Hoyo Azul at Scape Park DR and much more), the Scape Park price is more affordable. If you would book all those excursions separately you would certainly pay more than for Scape Park. Particularly combo excursions with ziplining are usually pretty expensive, hence the Scape Park Punta Cana price is more than reasonable.
As an additional plus, some of the activities are guided, so you are led by a guide through certain parts of the park.
Still, Scape Park DR does not belong to the cheapest of the attractions in Punta Cana.
If you book in advance, the Scape Park Punta Cana price includes transfer from and to your all-inclusive resort and all the guided and non-guided attractions as listed in the next chapter (except for the Scape Park buggies and the Cap Cana sunshine cruise, which require an additional charge).
If you have your dates already set, you can check the current best price for Scape Park Punta Cana with the following link.
The price you get here is usually the best price around. It is hard to find any Scape Park Punta Cana discounts, as most websites are sticking to the park’s official price.
What are the attractions at Scape Park Cap Cana?
So what can you experience at Punta Cana’s Scape Park?
The park offers the following attractions which are all included in your Scape Park ticket:
- Zipline Eco-Adventure: a zipline circuit with 8 cables and a short Via Ferrata
- Zipline Eco-Splash: another double zipline which is ending in the water (amazing!)
- Cultural Route: a self-guided tour through a bit of Dominican history including the visit to a typical remodeled countryside house
- El Rancho: a Dominican ranch with horses and goats for petting and feeding
- Iguanaland: kind of an iguana zoo
- Saltos Azules: artificial waterfalls with blue water in a beautiful setting, including ropes for jumping into the water and the Yaya Cave
- Iguabonita Cave: a guided tour through a cave system
- Hoyo Azul: a fascinating blue lagoon where you can jump into and swim, including a hanging bridge on the short hike to the Hoyo Azul at Scape Park
- Cueva Las Ondas: a cave with a crystal-clear and illuminated underground lake, similar to the cenotes in Mexico
- Parrot & Monkey Island: animal sanctuaries, where you can see parrots, animals and snakes.
These are the main attractions at Scape Park Punta Cana, which you can visit throughout the day and according to your pace.
All around the park you will also see photographers, which will take professional photos of you during the activities. At the end of your day, you can buy the Scape Park photos directly in the shop. It is still recommendable to take your own phone (except for the water activities) to capture all those unique moments at Scape Park Punta Cana, which might be a highlight of your Dominican Republic vacation.
There are two further attractions you can buy additionally to your full-day Scape Park ticket:
- Sunshine Cruise: a catamaran cruise through the shallow waters of Cap Cana with snorkeling, music, open-bar and entertainment
- Scape Park Buggies: A buggy adventure right within Scape Park, where you explore the area with an ATV and get dirty and wet
Both of these tours, the Cap Cana Sunshine Cruise and the Scape Park Buggies (double-seater when with 2 persons) currently (as of July 2022) cost 40 USD per person. This has to be paid in addition to your regular Scape Park ticket in case you want to go on these tours.
Even though a catamaran cruise and dune buggy adventure are belonging to the most popular excursions in Punta Cana, I probably would not book both add-ons. This is not because they are not recommended – those are indeed nice add-ons. However, particularly for the sunshine cruise you have to leave Scape Park Punta Cana already before 2 pm (your transfer to the departing point of the cruise is included) and therefore don’t have enough time to experience all the attractions Scape Park is offering. You can check out this post if you’re looking for some of the best catamaran tours in Punta Cana.
The buggies, just taking 45 minutes, is a quicker add-on, but in my opinion, the countryside where the tour takes you is not as interesting as other dune buggy adventures in Punta Cana. However, if you only have this particular day to have some fun in Punta Cana and want to experience an ATV tour, you can add the Scape Park buggies to your itinerary. You can do this right on spot, there is no need to prebook this option.
Our experiences at Scape Park Cap Cana
So how did we like our (multiple) visits to Scape Park in the Dominican Republic? That’s what we also want to talk about at this Scape Park review.
Let us start with the zipline, which is, together with Hoyo Azul, definitely the main attraction in the park. It consists of 8 cables and runs once along the cliff of Scape Park Punta Cana. Many cables are located on the edge of some rock formations which allows for some spectacular views of Cap Cana, including the ocean. So if you are looking for an ocean view zipline in the Dominican Republic, Cap Cana is your place to go (even there is another one at the other end of the country, close to Puerto Plata).
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After 5 or 6 cables of Scape Park Punta Cana’s zipline, there is a little extra waiting for you – a Via Ferrata! Here you can climb one of the cliffs, supported by steps and handles. It is a pretty cool and quick activity during the zipline course.
The last zipline, No. 8, is the longest zipline with a length of around 1500 feet (!) and very fast speed. The adrenaline was pumping here, it was an awesome ride. It is also one of the fastest ziplines in Punta Cana, as you can see in this ziplining comparison.
Compared to the last years, when Scape Park Punta Cana featured a 12-cable zipline course, which was ending in the water, this was divided into two separate attractions recently. While you have the 8-cable zipline course (Zipline Eco-Adventure) as described above in this Scape Park review, you have the separate Zipline Eco-Splash, which is one ride composed of a double cable (so two persons can fly simultaneously) sending you straight into the water. After all the sunshine and adrenaline, you get a very welcomed water cool down when splashing into the pool waiting at the end of the zipline. An awesome feeling with a lot of fun and laughter. Check out this article for some more details about this and other ziplines in Punta Cana.
While the division between the Zipline Eco-Adventure and the Zipline Eco-Splash quits a bit of the surprise of having a water zipline at the end of a full zipline circuit (and you need to get the water equipment twice), in the end it is pretty cool for all visitors at Scape Park DR, as it has two main advantages:
– you can take your phone for the Zipline Eco-Adventure and take stunning photos (without the phone getting wet)
– you can divide your day at Scape Park Punta Cana into “dry adventures” and “wet adventures” (for example do all the dry adventures in the morning, then put on your swimsuits and afterwards do all the activities where you get wet such as the Zipline Eco-Splash, the Scape Park Cap Cana waterfall or the water hammocks)
– you still can do the zipline circuit in case you don’t want to get wet
Hoyo Azul at Scape Park Punta Cana (Blue Lagoon)
The second highlight for me was the blue lagoon, the so-called Hoyo Azul. There are several of these lagoons throughout the Dominican Republic and also a few of them in the area of Punta Cana (among them the “Hoyo Claro” and the “Ojos Indigenas”), but the color of the Hoyo Azul is extraordinary and hard to believe. Blue Lagoon is basically an understatement for the blue color which is expecting you here and besides that, the water is extremely clear. You can see several meters deep, which adds to its fascination as the water originates in an underground cave system. Last but not least, the jump into and swim in the cold water of the blue lagoon was very refreshing.
You can find more information about this cenote here in the separate article about Hoyo Azul & Blue Lagoon.
To best enjoy Hoyo Azul and to see it with as few people as possible, I’d recommend visiting it on one of the following three occasions:
– first thing in the morning right when you enter Scape Park Punta Cana
– during lunch time (1-2 pm), when most people are having a break at the center of the theme park
– last activity in the afternoon, shortly before the park closes at 5 pm (take into consideration that you need approx. 15 minutes per way to reach the Blue Lagoon at Scape Park Punta Cana)
You can also jump into the water here and get some of Scape Park Punta Canas’ cool photos. Even if you don’t want to jump, it is fun to watch other people jumping from the viewing platform. Stay some time here and enjoy!
Cave Swim (Cueva Las Ondas)
The “Cueva Las Ondas”, a cave for swimming with crystal-clear water similar to a Mexican cenote, was also very pretty, especially since it reminded me of my exciting experiences at the Yucatan Peninsula.
While the Blue Lagoon in Punta Cana is an open cenote, the Cave Swim attraction at Scape Park Cap Cana resembles a closed cenote located in a cave. You have to go down around 50 stairs and be careful a bit, as it might be slippery.
Also, the cave swim at Scape Park DR shall be visited outside of the peak hours as it otherwise can get pretty full. With too many people, the Cueva Las Ondas loses its magic, hence it is best visited right in the morning at 9 am, during lunchtime, or before the park closes.
Saltos Azules & Yayas Cave
Saltos Azules is the huge waterfall at Scape Park Punta Cana, which is, at the same time, also the center of most of the water activities. Yayas Cave is a cave behind the waterfall, which can be either accessed through a small tunnel or by entering the waterfall pool.
While the area here is very nice and the pool counts for a refreshing dip, obviously the Salto Azul waterfall is not as pretty as the many natural waterfalls I have already seen in the Dominican Republic. Still, if you have never seen a waterfall, you will love the scenery here.
Furthermore, the area is home to what can be called the relax or chill-out area of Scape Park Punta Cana. Once you’re done with all the activities or attractions you want to do, you can take a sunlounger (included) here and relax with some good music and get yourself a drink or a snack (not included). The area is beautiful and in case you are visiting Scape Park Punta Cana as a family, your kids can enjoy the pools, hammock rides or water swings, while you are relaxing.
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Ropes, Swings and Hammock Rides
Exactly this area is also home to a couple of smaller attractions (which are officially part of Saltos Azules and the Eco-Splash Zipline). There are three easy ziplines, where you simply take the handle, swing over the water and let yourself fall down. Another Scape Park Punta Cana attraction here is the hammock ride. Here you are using a swinging hammock and are flying zipline style into the water, which is pretty cool fun.
The Iguabonita Cave, a cave at Scape Park Cap Cana, definitely cannot compete with other caves in the Dominican Republic. I have done this tour twice now during my visits to Scape Park DR and both times it was pretty boring. The only reason to do this activity is if you have never seen a cave system in your life.
Considering that most people don’t know much about the history of the Dominican Republic, the Cultural Route at Scape Park Punta Cana is pretty interesting. It is a short walking trail of around 15 to 20 minutes with plenty of educational presentation boards, telling you more about the history of the culture, especially the Tainos, the arrival of Christopher Columbus and the mixture of the native inhabitants, the Europeans and the African slaves. It is a very interesting walk with a nice learning effect.
The cultural route at Scape Park Punta Cana combines perfectly with the Cave Swim, as this is located at the end of the walk (but you can skip the walk if you just want to do the Cave Swim).
During the walk, you can also see a replication of a local Dominican house with a garden. Here you can not only learn about traditions but also taste a typical Dominican coffee.
Rest of the attractions: Iguanaland, El Rancho, Monkey Island
The animal-focussed attractions at Scape Park Punta Cana can mostly be disregarded.
A visit to “Iguanaland” doesn’t replace a road-trip to the southwest of the Dominican Republic, where dozens or even hundreds of iguanas roam around Lake Enriquillo and Laguna Oviedo, to name just a few examples.
At Monkey Island you can see a few monkeys which occasionally get fed. At least they are not living in a cage, but it is still nothing to rave about.
And finally, El Rancho, where you can see animals and goats, is also not a big highlight, hence it is better to stick to the other attractions mentioned in this Scape Park Punta Cana review.
Besides that, you can expect a well-maintained theme park with clean facilities, paths easy to walk and a dedicated service staff, which makes your visit as pleasant as possible.
Therefore it’s a great way to see more from the Dominican Republic than just your resort and you enjoy many activities in less than one full day.
Further things to know when visiting Scape Park Punta Cana (what to bring, WiFi, food, etc.)
Food is not included in your Scape Park Punta Cana ticket (if not otherwise specified). There are two areas in the park where you can buy food. The first one is the main entrance area where you have a café, snacks bars and the main restaurant (usually with prices between 10 and 13 USD per plate). Just note that the restaurant menu is not super extensive. Most of the items are typical fast food options and the vegetarian options are very limited.
An alternative option to eat something is the pizzeria next to Saltos Azules, which in my opinion is a better option for lunch (with prices of around 18 USD for a very large pizza). It is better in terms of the vibe of the sitting area and the price-value ratio. However, capacity at the pizzeria is very limited, hence you might wait a while in case you head there during peak hours.
It is recommended to take some snacks to Scape Park Punta Cana which gives you more flexibility in terms of food options. For lunch, I’d recommend having lunch before 12:30 pm or after 2:00 pm to avoid peak hours.
Officially there is WiFi available in the restaurant / main entrance area, but it is pretty poor. With my local phone provider (Altice) I also didn’t have any cell phone coverage, hence it is better to prepare for a day without connection and enjoy your visit to Scape Park Punta Cana to the fullest.
What to bring
Besides swimsuits, towels and changing clothes as well as all personal items, you should bring the following items to make your trip easier and save a considerable amount of money, especially when traveling as a family:
- a lock (to store your stuff while you’re ziplining or joining water adventures) – alternatively you can buy a lock at Punta Cana’s Scape Park for 5 USD
- water (you can also buy water in the park)
- a waterproof case for your phone (so it doesn’t get wet during some of the activities – you can also buy them directly in the park or store your phones in the locker)
- snacks (food and snacks are for sale at Scape Park DR but it is recommendable to have a few snacks with you so you don’t have to buy every single peanut)
Most of the attractions at Punta Cana’s Scape Park are doable for everyone which makes the theme park a perfect family activity in Punta Cana as well. However, there are a few restrictions on some of the attractions:
- Ziplining is not recommended for pregnant women or guests with back problems
- The hiking trails (to Hoyo Azul, to the Iguabonita Cave, to the Cave Swim and the Cultural Walk) are in natural conditions, hence they are not wheelchair-friendly
- For the zipline at Scape Park Punta Cana, there is a minimum age limit of 6 years, a maximum weight limit of 330 pounds and a maximum waist limit of 44 inches
Transfers from any all-inclusive resort in Punta Cana (and a couple of guesthouses and Airbnbs) are included when you book your ticket in advance. Pick-up time from your Punta Cana resort is usually between 07:30 am and 08:30 am, the return from Scape Park is at 5 pm. You will receive the exact pick-up time either with your booking confirmation or a few days before your visit via e-mail.
Summary: is it worth to visit Scape Park Cap Cana?
After all, you can have a super fun day at Scape Park Cap Cana, it doesn’t matter if you are a family or an individual traveler. Especially the zip lining and the blue lagoon are belonging to the must-visits of Punta Cana and guarantee unique experiences. Furthermore, Scape Park Cap Cana is fitting in the tropical environment and offers some great fun and water action with all the water-based activities. Children will love all of this.
In case Punta Cana is just the start of your holiday and you are planning to explore the Dominican Republic on your own pace during a self-drive tour or a road-trip then you have the chance to get most attractions of Scape Park Cap Cana elsewhere in a more natural environment (and usually cheaper). So in this case, I would recommend you a well-crafted itinerary to see all the things the Dominican Republic has to offer.
However, if you are only staying in the Punta Cana area (like for most of the all-inclusive holidays in Punta Cana) and are planning multiple activities during your stay in Bavaro and surrounding, plus zip lining (the main attraction) is one of them, then Scape Park is a great deal for you. It is also recommendable if you are visiting with children and are looking for family activities, as they simply will love all the different water activities.
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Alternatives to Scape Park Cap Cana
In terms of a similar amusement park, Bavaro Adventure Park* is a suitable option you can check. It is older than Scape Park Cap Cana and has different attractions.
La Hacienda Park is another full-day adventure park with ziplining and it even has more tropical and lush vegetation than Scape Park Cap Cana. Furthermore La Hacienda Park offers very competitive pricing*.
If you are looking for alternatives to the single elements of the park, you can have a look at the various zip lining offers in the area of Bavaro and Punta Cana*.
For the Hoyo Azul you can visit Hoyo Claro instead – nearly for free. Check out my article about this alternative blue lagoon.
If you would like to learn about Dominican culture I recommend you either a self-drive tour through the country (click here for customized itinerary proposals) or – in case you just want to stay in the Punta Cana area – one of the several countryside & culture excursions*.
And last but not least, if you’d like to see waterfalls in the area of Punta Cana, you can visit Salto de la Jalda, Cascada Blanca or Los Haitises National Park with its unique waterfall eco-lodge.
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Hey, I am Chris, a born and raised German, travel-addictive and Caribbean Soul. Since 2011 I have been living in the Caribbean, among them 5 years in the Dominican Republic. Punta Cana is my home-base here in the country and I’d love to tell you more about how to experience Punta Cana off-the-beaten-track and give you all the advice you want to know for your vacation in Punta Cana.