Cayo Levantado

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Set in Samana Bay, to call Cayo Levatado beautiful would be under-selling it. In fact, this island was used to shoot the original Bacardi Rum campaign in 1970. Today, it is a popular tourist destination due to the upkeep of the island, the calm waters that are perfect for snorkeling and swimming, and the huts selling authentic Dominican cuisine. Several hundred tourists visit this island daily, so expect a crowd.

Located in the Samana Peninsula, Cayo Levantado is on the North coast of Hispaniola. You should consider dropping by regardless of whether you're staying particularly close by. For a change from the usual crowded beach spots, you might really enjoy an afternoon at Cayo Levantado.

How to Access The Beach

Cayo Levantado is accessible only by boat, and many tourists will opt to take the $10(USD) ferry from Samana.

Amenities and Ambiance

Lined with swaying palms and white, powder soft sand, you won't find a more picturesque beach in the Dominican Republic than this. The turquoise waters are calm, and the sand you feel between your toes while you're swimming is thick and grainy, yet soft at the same time.

Restrooms are available at Cayo Levantado. Additionally, you will have access to chairs and umbrellas, so guests seeking a shaded area to relax will get their wish. Fortunately, the water here is of good snorkeling quality, so bring along some gear if you want to do some underwater exploration.

the area surrounding Cayo Levantado is not near many tourist spots. What this means is that straining to locate an open convenience while at the beach is not a thing you will have to do often, regardless of what time of the day you get there.

What's Nearby


Cayo Levantado is always a lovely side-trip when you're in the area. Look for it on the Dominican Republic's North coast. It is close to Shipwreck Maritime Museum, which is one of a few attractions in the area.

If you're intrigued by the Dominican Republic's history, there are lots of sites which offer a historic look at the nation. For instance, nearby is St. Peter's Church, which is one of the closest places of historical significance near Cayo Levantado.

If you're looking for other nearby attractions or activity options, the beach is located near the attractions in the following table.

Activities and Attractions Near Cayo Levantado
Attraction Type Distance Direction Island
Shipwreck Maritime Museum Museum 4.3 NW Hispaniola
St. Peter's Church Historical Site 4.6 NW Hispaniola
Parroquia de Samana Historical Site 4.6 NW Hispaniola
Whale Museum Of Samana Museum 4.7 WNW Hispaniola
Baseball Stadium Sporting Event Venue 5.5 WNW Hispaniola

Cities and Towns

Cayo Levantado visitors seeking other interesting places to see might want to think about going to Samana, which is close-by and is a particularly bustling part of the Dominican Republic. From the shore, Samana is a quick trip away, maybe easily reached by taxi.


The crowdedness of the shoreline can vary widely, it depends mainly on when you visit, and how many people have booked rooms nearby. At this beach, you can expect to see a fair amount of other guests who are staying close by.

Guests will find a good assortment of accommodation options to pick from near Cayo Levantado. The most convenient of which can be seen below.

Accommodations near Cayo Levantado
Hotel Distance Direction Type
Grand Bahia Principe Samana 0.1 mi. WSW Resort
Bahia Principe Cayo Levantado 0.2 mi. W Resort
La Tambora Beach Resort 1.9 mi. NE Resort
Hotel Las Ballenas Escondidas 2.0 mi. NE Hotel
Grand Bahia Principe Cayacoa 4.5 mi. WNW Hotel
Hotel Nilka -- -- Hotel
Hotel Docia -- -- Guest house
Chino Hotel 4.6 mi. NW Hotel
Hotel Samana Spring -- -- Hotel
Hotel Bahia View -- -- Hotel


When you're starving for a midday meal, you'll have some great cuisine to choose from, and you won't have to look too far away. One of the nearest restaurants is Sol y Luna. The restaurant has a menu featuring Caribbean food. They're also renowned for their seafood.

Nearby restaurants are included in the following table.

Restaurants near Cayo Levantado
Restaurant Name Phone Cuisine Style Distance Direction
Sol y Luna (809) 495-0888 Caribbean Very Casual 2.0 mi. NE
Cayenas del Mar Beach Club (809) 538-3114 American Very Casual 3.1 mi. NW
Taberna Mediterranean (809) 994-3634 Mediterranean, Spanish Very Casual -- --
Bambu Restaurant & Bar (809) 538-2661 -- -- 4.4 mi. NW
Le Royal Snack (829) 994-2951 French Very Casual -- --
La Hacienda Grill & Bar (809) 538-2383 Caribbean Very Casual 4.5 mi. NW
La Mata Rosada (809) 538-2388 French Informal -- --
Chino Restaurant (809) 538-2215 Asian, Chinese -- 4.6 mi. NW
Sunset Garden Cafe (829) 285-0227 American, Caribbean, International Very Casual 4.6 mi. NW
El Rancho du Vagabond -- American, Italian Informal -- --
Bahia Azul (809) 538-2694 American Very Casual 4.7 mi. NW
El Cafesito Bautike (809) 538-2544 -- -- -- --

Other Beaches

Hispaniola has many nice beaches, so perhaps you can explore more than one.

Another location you might enjoy is Bonita Beach, a beach which also provides sufficient peace and tranquility. On the other hand, Playa Anadel offers a little more opportunity for excitement, and is closer to other popular destinations.

You may also enjoy Las Galeras Beach, which is an additional nearby Dominican Republic destination.

You may find that Cayo Levantado is a great fit for your vacation, but maybe you want to see more; if so, there are other beaches and natural attractions in the Dominican Republic you might like.


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