Beaches on Dominican Republic

The Dominican Republic has some of the most beautiful unspoiled beaches in the Caribbean

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The beaches in the Dominican Republic are unspoiled Caribbean jewels that sparkle in the island sun. The country boasts almost 800 miles of coastline, featuring some of the most stunning sands in the Caribbean. With so many beaches on one island, vacationers will never have to search for great surf and sand.

Sugary white sands and crystalline blue waters are just a few reasons to visit any of the Dominican Republic's pristine beaches. In addition to the ample sunshine and powdery sands, an assortment of watersports are available at many of the island's beaches. Also, because the Caribbean's tourism industry is mainly focused on other islands in the region, vacationers won't have to deal with heavy crowds, which gives beachgoers a truly relaxing time on the island's seashores.

In 2012, Barceló Bávaro Beach Resort's beaches earned blue flag status, making the Dominican Republic the country with the most Blue Flag Beaches in Latin America. Being a blue flag beach means that the beach has passed a number of qualifiers that make it an environmentally friendly location. There are 14 such locales in the Dominican Republic.

The beaches of the Dominican Republic vary greatly in their individual characteristics and overall appeal. You can find beaches all along the island, but here are some of the more popular areas:

  • The small colonial town of Puerto Plata is one of the island's top beach destinations. Visitors come to this area mainly for the brilliant beaches, which consist of soft white sands and aquamarine waters. These clear blue waters are home to an offshore coral reef formation that is an excellent place for snorkeling. The coastal area in Puerto Plata also has a good selection of beachfront accommodations. If you want to visit more secluded sands in this area, head over to Guarapito, which provides a wonderfully relaxing beach experience, complete with sunshine, peace, and quiet.

  • Heading east from Puerto Plata, you'll find Sosua, one of the island's small fishing villages. Though the town doesn't have a lot to offer, the beaches here are truly amazing. The locals say that the beaches at Sosúa are some of the most beautiful in the Dominican Republic.

  • The northern shores of the Dominican Republic are famous for windsurfing, especially in Cabarete. These northern beaches feature steady winds, making them ideal for this sport. Located about 25 minutes from Puerto Plata, Cabarete is easy to reach, so vacationers should have no problems getting to these shores. An annual windsurfing competition is held in Cabarete every June, so you can enjoy a little competition while catching some amazing winds and waves.

  • Samana is another popular beach area on the island. Located on the Samaná Peninsula, the weather here is exceptionally good, the sands are snowy white, and the waters are crystal clear. A few small villages are situated along these shores, and this area only about an hour from Puerto Plata. From December to March, boats will take vacationers on whale watching excursions, where whales can be spotted mating and calving. Yachts from all over the world visit this harbor during the winter months, creating a colorful display against the blue Caribbean waters. While visiting the beaches at Samaná, keep in mind that there may not be a life guard on duty and the undertows here can be extremely dangerous.

  • Probably the most popular beach destinations for tourists is Punta Cana, where many of the island's top beachfront resorts are located. Along with amazing oceanfront scenery, there are plenty of places for entertainment and activities along these beaches. Numerous bars, restaurants, nightclubs, and shops edge the sands here, so you can find plenty to do after spending the afternoon on the gorgeous beaches.

  • The undeveloped region of Barahona, also known as the "Pearl of the South," is unique. Unlike much of the island's other coastal property, the development of beach resorts has not spoiled its beautiful beaches. In Barahona, the beaches are amazing and the waters are superb, creating the perfect beach experience without the hustle and bustle of more crowded shores.

  • Santo Domingo, the Dominican Republic's capital city, is also home to several popular beaches. A few of Santo Domingo's beaches feature perfectly calm shallow waters, such as at Boca Chica, and are very popular with families. Other beaches are frequented by vacationers who enjoy bathing in the sultry island sun. Still others boast plenty of activities such as sailing, diving, snorkeling, windsurfing, and much more.

Pick Your Ideal Beach

There are a large number of beaches to enjoy in the area. Regardless of whether you're looking forward to people watching, or you prefer a quieter stretch of sand, you can find what you want. Just click on the name of the beach for detailed information about that specific beach.

Bayahibe

Playa Palenque: Jutting out to form a spearhead in the water, Playa Palenque is used mainly as a beach for boats and kayaks. While there is plenty of space for laying down and swimming, the nearby tropical beaches tend to attract more of a crowd.

Another option to consider is Playa Juan de Balanos. While not a particularly pretty beach, Playa Juan de Balanos makes up for its aesthetics with convenience. Located on a main road and just a couple of minutes form the largest city in this part of the Dominican Republic, it is a popular beach to visit.

Playa Ensenada: Despite the shacks lining the shore, natural and pristine beaches come with the region, and Playa Ensenada is no different. The tranquil beach sounds and the gentle hustle of the shops behind you if the perfect company for a warm nap.

The beaches on Dominican Republic can be seen in the chart below.

Beaches In Dominican Republic
Name Location Island Coast
ALSOL Tiara Beach 1.3 mi. Northeast of Central Juanillo Hispaniola East
Alicia Beach 0.8 mi. Northwest of Central Sosua the Dominican Republic North
Arena Gorda Beach 1.6 mi. East of Central El Macao Hispaniola East
Bahoruco Beach 2.8 mi. Southeast of Central Barahona the Dominican Republic East
Bavaro Beach 1.8 mi. North of Central Friusa Hispaniola East
Bayahibe 0.5 mi. Northwest of Central Bayahibe Hispaniola East
Bergantin Beach 4.3 mi. East-Southeast of Central Puerto Plata the Dominican Republic North
Boca Chica Boca Chica, Central Dominican Republic the Dominican Republic South East
Bonita Beach 2.2 mi. West of Central Las Terrenas Hispaniola North East
Bozo Beach 0.5 mi. Northwest of Central Cabarete the Dominican Republic North
Cabarete Beach 0.4 mi. East of Central Cabarete the Dominican Republic North
Cabeza de Toro Beach 4.3 mi. Northeast of Central Pueblo Bavaro Hispaniola East
Cabo Engano Beach 4.8 mi. Northeast of Central Punta Cana Hispaniola East
Caleta Beach La Romana, Eastern part of Dominican Republic Hispaniola East
Caleton Beach 1.2 mi. North of Central Rio San Juan Hispaniola North
Caribe Beach Central Dominican Republic Hispaniola East
Catalina Island Beach West Serena Cay, Eastern part of Dominican Republic Hispaniola East
Cayo Levantado 4.7 mi. Southeast of Central Samana Hispaniola North
Cofresi Beach 3.5 mi. Northwest of Central Puerto Plata the Dominican Republic North West
Colorada Beach 1.3 mi. West of Central Las Galeras Hispaniola North East
Cosita Rica Beach 0.9 mi. East of Central Puerto Plata the Dominican Republic North
Coson Beach 4.9 mi. West-Southwest of Central Las Terrenas Hispaniola North East
Diamante Beach 4.2 mi. South of Central Cabrera Hispaniola North
Dominicus Beach The vicinity of La Romana, Eastern part of Dominican Republic Hispaniola East
Dorada Beach 0.1 mi. Northeast of Central Playa Dorada the Dominican Republic North
El Breton 2.6 mi. Northwest of Central Cabrera Hispaniola North
El Calento de Dario Beach 1.0 mi. Southeast of Central Cabrera Hispaniola North
El Jobo Beach 4.2 mi. South West of Central Puerto Viejo the Dominican Republic South
El Portillo Beach 0.4 mi. Northeast of Central Abra Grande Hispaniola North
Encuentro Beach 3.1 mi. Northwest of Central Cabarete the Dominican Republic Northeast
Fronton Beach 3.3 mi. East of Central Las Galeras Hispaniola North East
Grand Laguna Beach 1.9 mi. North-Northeast of Central Sosua the Dominican Republic North
Grande Beach 7.0 mi. West-Northwest of Central Cabrera Hispaniola North
Gringo Beach 0.4 mi. East of Central Matancita Hispaniola North East
Guayacanes Beach Juan Dolio, Central Dominican Republic Hispaniola East
Guibia Beach Downtown Santo Domingo the Dominican Republic South East
Isla Saona The Eastern side of the Dominican Republic, Eastern part of Dominican Republic Hispaniola South East
Juan Dolio Beach Juan Dolio, Central Dominican Republic Hispaniola East
Juanillo Beach 0.4 mi. North of Central Juanillo Hispaniola East
Kite Beach 1.4 mi. Northwest of Central Cabarete the Dominican Republic North
La Entrada Beach 1.1 mi. South-Southeast of Central La Entrada Hispaniola North
La Minitas 1.0 mi. South of Central Casa de Campo Hispaniola East
La Playita Beach 0.6 mi. Northwest of Central Las Galeras Hispaniola North East
Laguna Grande Beach 1.8 mi. East-Northeast of Central El Juncal Hispaniola North East
Las Ballenas 1.1 mi. Northwest of Central Las Terrenas Hispaniola North East
Las Galeras Beach 0.4 mi. Northeast of Central Las Galeras Hispaniola North East
Las Terrenas 0.5 mi. Northwest of Central Las Terrenas Hispaniola North East
Limon 4.6 mi. East of Central Abra Grande Hispaniola North East
Long Beach Puerto Plata, Northern part of Dominican Republic the Dominican Republic North
Los Corales Beach 1.9 mi. Southeast of Central Bavaro Hispaniola East
Los Icacos 7.2 mi. West-Southwest of Central Monte Cristi the Dominican Republic North
Luperon Beach 0.8 mi. North-Northeast of Central Luperon the Dominican Republic North West
Macao Beach 0.7 mi. East-Northeast of Central El Macao Hispaniola East
Magante Beach 0.7 mi. North-Northeast of Central Magante the Dominican Republic North
Maimon Beach The vicinity of Puerto Plata, Northern part of Dominican Republic the Dominican Republic North
Maimon Riu Beach 5.9 mi. West-Northwest of Central Puerto Plata the Dominican Republic North
Montesinos Beach Downtown Santo Domingo the Dominican Republic South East
Moron Beach The Samana Peninsula, Northeastern part of Dominican Republic Hispaniola North East
Orchid Bay Beach 1.0 mi. Southeast of Central Cabrera Hispaniola Northeast
Playa Aldero 1.2 mi. East-Northeast of Central Las Galeras Hispaniola North
Playa Almendros 0.8 mi. South of Central Boca Canasta Hispaniola South
Playa Anadel 1.6 mi. East-Southeast of Central Samana Hispaniola South
Playa Arriba 1.0 mi. East of Central Miches Hispaniola East
Playa Azul 4.8 mi. Southeast of Central Barahona the Dominican Republic South
Playa Bahia Jina The Eastern side of the Dominican Republic, Eastern part of Dominican Republic Hispaniola North
Playa Bahia de Las Aguilas The Western side of the Dominican Republic, Southwestern part of Dominican Republic the Dominican Republic South West
Playa Blanca The Western side of the Dominican Republic, Southwestern part of Dominican Republic the Dominican Republic South
Playa Blanca East 4.3 mi. South-Southeast of Central Azua the Dominican Republic South
Playa Boca del Soco 4.9 mi. East of Central San Pedro De Macoris Hispaniola South East
Playa Cambronal The Western side of the Dominican Republic, Northwestern part of Dominican Republic the Dominican Republic North
Playa Chiquita 1.8 mi. North of Central Sosua the Dominican Republic North
Playa Congrejo 0.7 mi. Northwest of Central Sabaneta De Cangrejos the Dominican Republic North
Playa Costambar 2.5 mi. Northwest of Central Puerto Plata the Dominican Republic North-Northeast
Playa Dorada 2.1 mi. Southeast of Central Puerto Plata the Dominican Republic North-Northeast
Playa Ensenada The Western side of the Dominican Republic, Northwestern part of Dominican Republic the Dominican Republic North
Playa Gen 2.3 mi. Northwest of Central Gaspar Hernandez the Dominican Republic North
Playa Grande The vicinity of Puerto Plata, Northern part of Dominican Republic the Dominican Republic North
Playa Guanabano The Eastern side of the Dominican Republic, Eastern part of Dominican Republic Hispaniola South East
Playa Guayacanes Guayacanes, Central Dominican Republic Hispaniola South
Playa Juan de Balanos 1.5 mi. Northwest of Central Monte Cristi the Dominican Republic North West
Playa La Isla The Western side of the Dominican Republic, Northern part of Dominican Republic the Dominican Republic North
Playa Limon 3.5 mi. Northwest of Central Las Lisas Hispaniola East
Playa Los Negros 0.3 mi. West of Central Puerto Viejo the Dominican Republic South
Playa Madama 3.3 mi. Northeast of Central Arroyo Del Cabo Hispaniola East-Northeast
Playa Monte Rio 3.5 mi. South-Southeast of Central Azua the Dominican Republic South
Playa Najayo 0.5 mi. Southeast of Central La Playa the Dominican Republic East
Playa Nena Cove The Western side of the Dominican Republic, Northern part of Dominican Republic the Dominican Republic North
Playa Nisbon 4.2 mi. East-Southeast of Central La Vacama Hispaniola North East
Playa Nizao 1.3 mi. West-Southwest of Central Nizao Hispaniola South
Playa Palenque 2.3 mi. South West of Central Sabana Grande De Palenque Hispaniola South
Playa Pedernales 0.8 mi. South of Central Pedernales the Dominican Republic South West
Playa Petit Salina The Western side of the Dominican Republic, Northwestern part of Dominican Republic the Dominican Republic North
Playa Quemaito The Western side of the Dominican Republic, Southwestern part of Dominican Republic the Dominican Republic South
Playa Rincon 3.4 mi. West of Central Las Galeras Hispaniola North East
Playa Rio San Juan 0.7 mi. Northwest of Central Rio San Juan Hispaniola North
Playa Salinas The Western side of the Dominican Republic, Southwestern part of Dominican Republic the Dominican Republic South
Playa Sousa 0.6 mi. West of Central Sosua the Dominican Republic North-Northeast
Playa de Caracoles The Western side of the Dominican Republic, Southwestern part of Dominican Republic the Dominican Republic South
Playa de Mosquea The Western side of the Dominican Republic, Southwestern part of Dominican Republic the Dominican Republic South
Playa de Nena 4.3 mi. East of Central Luperon the Dominican Republic North
Playa de la Barbacoa 2.2 mi. North of Central Sabana de Nisibon Hispaniola East
Playa de los Alemendros 1.7 mi. South-Southwest of Central Ojeda the Dominican Republic South
Playa del Barco 2.1 mi. East of Central Puerto Viejo the Dominican Republic South
Playa del Blanco 13.0 mi. South of Central Oviedo the Dominican Republic South
Playa la Larga The Western side of the Dominican Republic, Northern part of Dominican Republic the Dominican Republic North
Playa los Cuadritos Central Dominican Republic the Dominican Republic South
Playa los Ninos 1.7 mi. East-Northeast of Central Sabana Grande De Palenque Hispaniola South
Playa los Patos 2.5 mi. South-Southwest of Central Paraiso the Dominican Republic South
Playas de Meganito The Western side of the Dominican Republic, Southwestern part of Dominican Republic the Dominican Republic South
Pozo de Bojolo 0.9 mi. East-Southeast of Central Matancita Hispaniola North East
Preciosa Beach 6.8 mi. West-Northwest of Central Cabrera Hispaniola North
Puerto Pastilla Beach The Western side of the Dominican Republic, Northern part of Dominican Republic the Dominican Republic North West
Puerto del Valle The Samana Peninsula, Northeastern part of Dominican Republic Hispaniola North East
Punta Arena 0.8 mi. South of Central Paraiso the Dominican Republic South
Punta Cana Beach 1.7 mi. South of Central Punta Cana Hispaniola East
Punta Ermitano The Samana Peninsula, Northeastern part of Dominican Republic Hispaniola North East
Punta Torrecillas Beach Central Dominican Republic the Dominican Republic South East
Real Beach Central Dominican Republic Hispaniola East
Redona Beach 4.6 mi. East-Northeast of Central Miches Hispaniola North East
Rogelio Beach 4.1 mi. West of Central Rio San Juan Hispaniola North
San Rafael Beach 3.3 mi. Northeast of Central Paraiso the Dominican Republic South
Uvero Alto Beach The Eastern side of the Dominican Republic, Eastern part of Dominican Republic Hispaniola East
Villa del Mar Beach Central Dominican Republic Hispaniola East

Bear in mind, Dominican Republic has additional attractions. You can go to this page dedicated to even more attractions if you want to get more details.

So go ahead and pick where you want to enjoy the sun!

 

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