Encuentro Beach

This prime surfing location is a tip choice for experienced wave-riders. Swimmers though should stay close to shore, as the waves are rough and the currents equally so.

Set in the vicinity of Puerto Plata, 3.1 miles northwest of Cabarete, Encuentro Beach is on the Northeast coast of the Dominican Republic. You might want even if you aren't staying in the vicinity. The Dominican Republic's beaches are hardly known for being secluded, but Encuentro Beach is less exposed than the others, making it just the right spot for vacationers who aren't fond of huge throngs of tourists.

How to Access The Beach
There is plenty of parking at this easily accessible beach.

Amenities and Ambiance

The thin strip of sand at Encentro Beach is smoothed by the barrage of waves, which come almost to the wall of trees backing the beach during high tide. With that said, if you come during low-tide be sure to set-up your stuff close to the trees or the water may wash them away without you knowing.

Unfortunately, public restrooms aren't available, which is something to consider if you're bringing the kids, or plan to spend all day outside. Conveniently, visitors will have access to lounge chairs at this spot.

What's Nearby


This spot is on the Dominican Republic's Northeast coast. It is near some interesting sites like Pauhana Surf School, which is one of a number of local attractions.

If you're interested in mixing some cultural exploration with your trip to the beach, you may want to consider visiting Museo De La Comunidad Judía De Sosúa. This museum is located four and a half miles away, so it could be a welcomed alternative to hot afternoon activities.

Beaches are a great attraction to visit, but there's plenty else to see during your stay. The following chart includes some other attractions close-by.

Activities and Attractions Near Encuentro Beach
Attraction Type Distance Direction Island
Pauhana Surf School Surfing Instruction 0.2 WNW --
Casino Playa Chiquita Casino 4.5 W --
Museo De La Comunidad Judía De Sosúa Museum 4.7 W --
Jewish Museum of Sosua Museum 4.7 W --
Monkey Jungle Zip Line Site 5.0 SSW --

Cities and Towns

The closest area of the Dominican Republic to Encuentro Beach is Cabarete. This friendly part of the Dominican Republic is just three miles away, so it shouldn't take too long to make a visit. Cabarete is in an area with plenty of worthwhile sites, while still remaining less developed and congested as some other places.


The number of other vacationers sharing this coastline can vary widely, depending on everything from the time the sun sets to how packed the nearby hotels are. At this beach, you can expect to encounter a fair number of vacationers who are staying in the area.

Visitors trying to find a place to stay near the beach shouldn't have a tough time, as there are lots of accommodations to choose from in the surrounding area. You will find the closest lodging options by looking over those shown in the table below.

Accommodations near Encuentro Beach
Hotel Distance Direction Type
Cacique House 1.1 mi. W Hotel
Natura Cabana Boutique Hotel and Spa 1.1 mi. W Lodge
Extreme Hotel 1.8 mi. SE Lodge
Kite Beach Hotel 1.9 mi. SE Hotel
Agualina Kite Resort 1.9 mi. SE Hotel
KiteBeach Penthouse Rental 1.9 mi. SE Hotel
Kite Beach Inn 2.0 mi. SE Hotel
Barefoot Beach Pad 2.5 mi. SE Hotel
Viva Wyndham Tangerine 2.7 mi. SE Hotel
Olas de Oro 2.8 mi. SE Villa complex


If during your visit you start getting hungry, you'll have some great cuisine to choose from, and you won't have to look too far from these sands. One of the closest restaurants is Karaya. This restaurant has a menu featuring eclectic food. They're also renowned for their health food. You and your group can get to this restaurant and start eating in just a few minutes since it's just a short distance away.

The table below lists nearby restaurant options.

Restaurants near Encuentro Beach
Restaurant Name Phone Cuisine Style Distance Direction
Karaya (809) 571-1507 Eclectic Very Casual 1.1 mi. W
Natura (809) 571-1507 International Very Casual 1.1 mi. W
Kite Club Cafe (829) 644-8404 Caribbean Very Casual 1.7 mi. SE
La Mesa Taina (809) 571-9331 Fusion, Mexican Informal 1.8 mi. SE
Point Break Bar and Restaurant (809) 571-0878 Eclectic Very Casual 1.9 mi. SE
Vitamin D Cafe (829) 204-4360 Vegan, Vegetarian Informal 1.9 mi. SE
Barefoot Bar and Grill (809) 571-0154 Eclectic Informal 2.5 mi. SE
Maraja Beach Lounge Restaurant (809) 571-0123 Italian Informal 2.7 mi. SE
Yamazato (809) 571-0814 Asian Fusion Informal 2.9 mi. SE
The Burger Joint -- American Very Casual 2.9 mi. SE
Gordito's Fresh Mex (829) 844-3434 Mexican Very Casual 3.0 mi. SE
Acuarela Bar & Grill (809) 565-5611 Caribbean Very Casual 3.0 mi. SE

Other Beaches

The Dominican Republic has many beaches, and Encuentro Beach is just one option.

Travelers who like this beach might also enjoy Bozo Beach, situated just a short distance away. Still, if you're searching for something a little more active, you might enjoy people watching at Playa Congrejo. It's located nine and a half miles to the west.

Another location you may want to try is Kite Beach, located a mile and a half away.

You may find that Encuentro Beach is a great fit for your vacation, but maybe you want to see more; in which case you should keep looking for a beach or natural attraction that suits your vacation style.


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