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.

Situated 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 even if you aren't staying in the immediate vicinity. Peace and quiet is what you'll find at the majority of the Dominican Republic's beaches, but Encuentro Beach offers those same relaxation qualities without having to be too far removed from the city's activity.

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.

Keep in mind that restrooms won't be found on-site, though you may be able to use the facilities at a nearby business. For those who don't want to get too sandy while you're soaking up the rays, visitors can access lounge chairs at this spot.

What's Nearby


This pleasant stretch of sand known as Encuentro Beach is on the Dominican Republic's Northeast coast. It is close to Pauhana Surf School, which is one of the attractions close-by.

If you want to discover more interesting facts about the history of the Dominican Republic, some of the nearby attractions offer a historical perspective of the country. One of the nearest historical attractions is Carcel San Felipe, which is not too far from the shore, and is reachable in a cab.

If a visit to the Encuentro Beach isn't enough to keep you busy all afternoon, the beach is located near the attractions 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 nearest region in the Dominican Republic to Encuentro Beach is Cabarete. This interesting part of the Dominican Republic is only three miles from the beach, so it doesn't have to be a terribly lengthy excursion. Cabarete is in an area with plenty of worthwhile sites, while still remaining less developed and congested as some other places.


How many other people you encounter at Encuentro Beach will vary depending on the time of day, particularly in the high season when hotels overflow with tourists. You can typically expect to encounter a fair number of other guests who are staying close by.

Those seeking a place to stay near the beach should find themselves in luck, as there are plenty of hotels and resorts to choose from in the vicinity. Find the closest lodging options by looking over those shown in the following table.

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
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


If you're feeling hungry for a midday meal, this beach has you covered, and you don't have to go far from the sea. One of the closest places to eat is Karaya. This restaurant features eclectic food. They also specialize in 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.

Some nearby restaurant options 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 (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
Yamazato (809) 571-0814 Asian Fusion Informal 2.9 mi. SE
The Burger Joint -- American Very Casual 2.9 mi. SE

Other Beaches

Travelers who are looking for the ideal beach will have plenty of other choices in the Dominican Republic besides Encuentro Beach.

Another location you might enjoy is Bozo Beach, situated just a short distance away. On the other hand, Playa Congrejo offers a little more opportunity for excitement, and isn't far from nearby attractions. It's located nine and a half miles to the west.

Travelers may also want to consider Kite Beach, located a mile and a half away.

The Dominican Republic has plenty to offer its visitors, and Encuentro Beach is just one of many incredible attractions you can choose from.


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