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.
Positioned in the Samana Peninsula, west of Las Terrenas, Bonita Beach is on the North East coast of Hispaniola. You might want to drop by even if you aren't staying in the vicinity. Eventually, visitors notice that beaches throughout the Dominican Republic are usually somewhat secluded and quiet, but Bonita Beach stands out as a pleasant exception to this rule.
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.
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.
Please note that public restrooms are not available, but you may be able to find facilities at a nearby business.
Bear in mind that Bonita Beach's location is rather congested, so make sure to get a spot!
Found on the North East coast of Hispaniola. You can stay at the nearby Casa Grande Hotel, which is perhaps the most conveniently located place to stay reachable from Bonita Beach, despite the lack of other attractions within driving distance.
Some may feel that museums and beaches are an odd combination, but a quite a few vacationers find that museums like Whale Museum Of Samana (found 17 miles to the east-southeast) offer a fun learning experience and a new way to experience the Dominican Republic's culture.
The beach is one type of attraction you can visit, but there will be more options available in the Dominican Republic. The following table contains attractions that are the closest.
|Sporting Event Venue||16.0||ESE||Hispaniola|
|Whale Museum Of Samana||Museum||16.8||ESE||Hispaniola|
|Shipwreck Maritime Museum||Museum||17.2||ESE||Hispaniola|
The nearest section of Hispaniola to Bonita Beach is Las Terrenas. This part in the Dominican Republic is in an area with interesting things to do and see, but isn't as sprawling and crowded as some other areas.
Whether or not you encounter a lot of other visitors will be influenced by everything from the time of day to the capacity of nearby hotels. You can generally expect to share the sand with more than a few vacationers who are staying in the area.
Because this beach is situated in a fairly touristed area, it is not usually very difficult to find a hotel close-by that suits your needs. If you're wanting to find a place that's on or near the beach, the table that follows lists the accommodation options closest to Bonita Beach.
|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||0.6 mi.||ENE||Resort|
|Viva Wyndham Samana All Inclusive||1.3 mi.||SW||Resort|
|Coco Plaza Hotel||--||--||Hotel|
|Hotel Cacao Beach||1.6 mi.||ENE||Resort|
|Hotel Alisei||1.6 mi.||NE||Hotel|
When lunchtime rolls around and you start getting hungry, this beach has many nearby restaurants, so you won't have to wander too far from the shore. Casa Grande Restaurant is one of the closest eateries. The restaurant offers both International and Pan Asian / Pacific Rim menu items. They're also renowned for their seafood.
Restaurants closest to this beach are shown in the table below.
|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|
|(829) 633-2004||Caribbean||Very Casual||1.5 mi.||NE|
|Colonial Risto and Lounge||(809) 974-3920||Italian||Informal||1.8 mi.||ENE|
|(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|
|(809) 240-6730||French, Mediterranean||Informal||1.8 mi.||ENE|
Visitors in search of the perfect beach on Hispaniola will have lots of options besides Bonita Beach.
You might also enjoy Coson Beach, a popular beach beloved by tourists. You'll find it three miles to the west-southwest.
Another option worth considering is Las Ballenas, which is located a mile and a half away.
There's plenty to see and do in the Dominican Republic, and dropping by Bonita Beach is just one way to appreciate a pretty afternoon.
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