Bonita Beach

As you might imagine from its name, Playa Bonita is often called one of the most beautiful beaches in the world. But it is also quiet and calm despite its popularity. Note that watersports are not allowed on this stretch of beach, though visitors can arrange to dive and snorkel at the outlying reefs.

Set in the Samana Peninsula, west of Las Terrenas, Bonita Beach is on the North East coast of Hispaniola. You might want regardless of whether you're staying particularly close by. Travelers who want to avoid long taxi rides will probably like Bonita Beach. It's convenient to nearby hotels and attractions since it is right in the center of all the daytime activity.

How to Access The Beach
Just as you enter the town of Las Terranas driving east from Puerto Plata on the main highway, you'll encounter an arrowed road sign directing you to Bonita Beach. The road that drives to the shore is made up of sand, but it typically in good enough condition that your standard vehicle can make the trip.

Amenities and Ambiance

Bonita Beach, which means Beautiful Beach, is comprised of eight miles of fine white sand lined with spiky coconut palm trees. Looking out into the sea, you'll see clear turquoise waters, and off in the distance the rock Punta Bonita.

Unfortunately, you won't find any public restrooms along this coastline, which is something to consider if you're bringing the kids, or plan to spend all day outside.

Remember to take into account that the region in which Bonita Beach is located is rather congested, so make sure to get a spot!

What's Nearby


Positioned on the North East coast of Hispaniola. Accommodations nearby include the Casa Grande Hotel, which is perhaps the most conveniently located lodging option accessible from Bonita Beach, despite there not being too many other nearby attractions.

To some, museums and beaches may seem an odd combination, but at least a few travelers find that museums like Whale Museum Of Samana (situated 17 miles away) offer an entertaining diversion and a whole new side of the Dominican Republic's history.

Beaches are one type of attraction you can visit, but there's plenty else to see during your stay. The following chart includes some other attractions close-by.

Activities and Attractions Near Bonita Beach
Attraction Type Distance Direction Island
Baseball Stadium Sporting Event Venue 16.0 ESE Hispaniola
Whale Museum Of Samana Museum 16.8 ESE Hispaniola
Parroquia de Samana Historical Site 17.0 ESE Hispaniola
St. Peter's Church Historical Site 17.0 ESE Hispaniola
Shipwreck Maritime Museum Museum 17.2 ESE Hispaniola

Cities and Towns

The nearest area on Hispaniola to Bonita Beach is Las Terrenas. This region in the Dominican Republic is a region with interesting things to do, yet is never overly congested.


The mood here——social and lively, or virtually empty—— will depend on how many hotel guests decide to make the trip as well. You can typically expect to encounter quite a few travelers staying at the closest accommodations.

Beach-goers looking for a room close to the beach shouldn't find it very tough, as there is no shortage of hotels and resorts to pick from close-by. You'll find the closest and most convenient booking options by viewing those listed in the following table.

Accommodations near Bonita Beach
Hotel Distance Direction Type
Casa Grande Hotel 0.2 mi. W Guest house
Hotel Acaya 0.2 mi. W Hotel
Hotel Atlantis 0.4 mi. W Hotel
Aligio Apart-Hotel & Spa 0.6 mi. ENE Resort
Viva Wyndham Samana All Inclusive 1.3 mi. SW Resort
Coco Plaza Hotel -- -- Hotel
Sublime Samana Hotel 1.4 mi. SW Resort
Hotel Cacao Beach 1.6 mi. ENE Resort
Hotel Alisei 1.6 mi. NE Hotel
Hotel Tropic Banana 1.7 mi. ENE Hotel


It's no problem if you start to get the munchies while hanging out at Bonita Beach; you'll have plenty of places to dine, without having to go too far. Casa Grande Restaurant is one of the closest eateries. The restaurant has both International and Pan Asian / Pacific Rim dishes on the menu. They are also known for serving seafood.

Restaurants closest to this beach are provided in the following table.

Restaurants near Bonita Beach
Restaurant Name Phone Cuisine Style Distance Direction
Casa Grande Restaurant (809) 240-6349 International, Pan Asian / Pacific Rim Very Casual 0.2 mi. W
The Atlantis Restaurant (809) 240-6111 French Informal 0.4 mi. W
Mi Corazon (829) 566-0401 International Fine Dining 1.5 mi. E
Baraonda Restaurant (809) 240-5555 Fusion, Mediterranean Informal 1.5 mi. NE
La Vela Blanca (829) 633-2004 Caribbean Very Casual 1.5 mi. NE
Le Thalassa -- -- -- 1.7 mi. NE
El Cayuco (809) 240-6885 Spanish Very Casual 1.8 mi. ENE
El Pescador (809) 240-6202 American Very Casual 1.8 mi. ENE
Gaia Sushi (809) 914-1023 Japanese Informal 1.8 mi. ENE
La Salsa (829) 719-8060 Caribbean Informal 1.8 mi. ENE
La Terrasse (809) 240-6730 French, Mediterranean Informal 1.8 mi. ENE
La Vita e Bella (829) 686-6318 Italian Informal 1.8 mi. ENE

Other Beaches

Hispaniola has many nice beaches, so Bonita Beach is just one of your options.

Another location you might enjoy is Coson Beach, where there's usually lots of activity. You'll find it three miles to the west-southwest.

Another sun-drenched spot to consider is Las Ballenas, located a mile and a half away.

The Dominican Republic has so much to offer, and paying a visit to Bonita Beach is just one way you can spend your afternoon.


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