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.

Located 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 think about stopping by whether or not you are staying in the vicinity. Though it's removed from some of the more heavily traveled areas, guests frequently find this a destination worthwhile as it attracts those looking for easygoing atmosphere.

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, restrooms will not be available here, but you may be able to find facilities at a nearby business. Those who love lounging in the sun will be excited to discover that guests will have access to lounge chairs at this location.

What's Nearby


Encuentro Beach is always a lovely side-trip when you're in the area. Look for it on the Dominican Republic's Northeast coast. It's located near Pauhana Surf School, which is among the the area's interesting attractions.

If you're interested in mixing a little culture with your trip to the beach, you may want to consider visiting Museo De La Comunidad Judía De Sosúa. This museum is located easily within taxi range, so it could be a welcomed alternative to hot afternoon activities.

If you're looking for plenty of activities to keep you or your family busy, this beach isn't far from any of the items in the following table.

Activities and Attractions Near Encuentro Beach
Attraction Type Distance Direction Island
Pauhana Surf School Surfing Instruction 0.2 WNW --
Monkey Jungle Zip Line Site 3.1 SE --
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 --

Cities and Towns

The closest area in the Dominican Republic to Encuentro Beach is Cabarete. This location is only three miles away, meaning it doesn't have to be a terribly lengthy excursion. Cabarete is not lacking in exploration opportunities, yet also not overflowing with buildings.


The number of other vacationers sharing this coastline can vary widely, depending on time of day, season, and how full the nearby hotels are. Typically, you can expect to encounter quite a few visitors from lodgings in the area.

Because the beach is in a pretty popular vacation area, it usually isn't very tough to find a hotel close-by that suits your needs. For visitors wanting to get a place that's on or near the ocean, the table that follows shows the closest options to Encuentro Beach.

Accommodations near Encuentro Beach
Hotel Distance Direction Type
Cacique House 1.1 mi. W Hotel
Natura Cabanas 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
Barefoot Beach Pad 2.5 mi. SE Hotel
Viva Wyndham Tangerine 2.7 mi. SE Hotel
Celuisma Cabarete -- -- Hotel
Tropical Casa Laguna Beach Resort 2.9 mi. SE Resort
Tropical Beach Club 2.9 mi. SE Hotel


If you're feeling hungry for a midday meal, you'll have some great cuisine to choose from, and you won't have to look too far from these sands. Karaya is one of the closest eateries. The restaurant serves delicious eclectic food. They're also renowned for their health food. You'll have the option of walking or taking a cab since it's just a short distance away.

Restaurants closest to this beach are shown below.

Restaurants near Encuentro Beach
Restaurant Name Phone Cuisine Style Distance Direction
Karaya (809) 571-1507 Eclectic Very Casual 1.1 mi. W
Natura Cabana (809) 571-1507 International Very Casual 1.1 mi. W
Kite Club Cafe (829) 644-8404 Caribbean Very Casual 1.7 mi. SE
Casa Mami (809) 618-6987 Creole Very Casual 1.8 mi. SE
Point Break Bar and Restaurant (809) 571-0878 Eclectic Very Casual 1.9 mi. SE
VacaBar (809) 889-1198 American Very Casual 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
Club Italia 56 (809) 571-0872 Italian Informal 2.8 mi. SE
Tropicoco (809) 571-0647 International Informal 2.8 mi. SE
Island Jacks Cabarete (849) 626-1580 American Very Casual 2.9 mi. SE
Yamazato (809) 571-0814 Asian Fusion Informal 2.9 mi. SE

Other Beaches

The Dominican Republic has many beaches, so if Encuentro Beach doesn't suit you, you can still find a great spot.

If you like the ambiance at this beach, you might also like Bozo Beach, found within a mile or so. But, if you're interested in a more active beach, you might enjoy people watching at Playa Congrejo. You'll find it nine and a half miles to the west.

Vacationers may also want to visit Kite Beach, located within a couple of miles.

There are countless experiences to enjoy in the Dominican Republic, and dropping by Encuentro Beach is just one way to appreciate a pretty afternoon.


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