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 want to drop by even if you aren't staying in the immediate vicinity. Many of the beaches in the Dominican Republic are quiet and secluded, but at Encuentro Beach, you'll find the same sense of serenity, without sacrificing a fun and social 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.

Please note that public restrooms are not available, so those of you traveling with small children may want to consider another spot. 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


Encuentro Beach is beautiful natural site, which you'll find on the Dominican Republic's Northeast coast; it's located near attractions like Pauhana Surf School, which is one of the closest attractions to visit.

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 four and a half miles to the west, giving you a chance to see, and learn about, even more of the area.

With a selection of nearby activities, you'll never get bored. The closest attractions are found 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 area of the Dominican Republic to Encuentro Beach is Cabarete. This interesting part of the Dominican Republic is only three miles away, which means it is a good option even if you are somewhat strapped for time. Cabarete is not an overly urbanized area, but still has its fair share of things to do.


How many other people you encounter at Encuentro Beach will depend on many factors, including the capacity of nearby hotels. You can typically expect to encounter a fair number of visitors from lodgings in the area.

Since the beach is located in a relatively popular vacation area, it shouldn't be all that difficult to find just the right type of hotel close-by. For guests hoping to book a place that's near the ocean, the following table lists the accommodation options closest to Encuentro Beach.

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 the heat at the beach has you craving a cool cocktail and a bite to eat, you'll have your pick of different cuisines and dining styles nearby. One of the nearest places to eat is Karaya. The restaurant has a menu featuring eclectic cuisine. They are also known for their health food. Some guests will choose to take a cab here, while others will want to walk since it's just a short distance away.

Nearby restaurants are listed 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

Encuentro Beach isn't the only beach worth checking out in the Dominican Republic.

You might also enjoy Bozo Beach, located just a little ways away. If you're on the lookout for more active and social, Playa Congrejo may be just what you're looking for. You'll find it nine and a half miles to the west.

Another location you may want to try is Kite Beach, located within a couple of miles.

Of course, the Dominican Republic has hundreds of natural wonders to discover, but a trip to Encuentro Beach could end up a family favorite.


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