Isla Saona

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Set just of he coast of the Parque Nacional del Este, Isla Saona is one of the most popular beach excursions in the Dominican Republic. You can visit this island as a part of a tour, or hire a local fisherman to take you, then spend a day relaxing on the warm sand and splashing around in the gentle surf.

Positioned in the Eastern side of the Dominican Republic, Isla Saona is on the South East coast of Hispaniola. You should consider dropping by even if you are not staying in the vicinity. If you plan to sunbathe or take a nap on a fairly secluded beach, you might want to plan a visit to Isla Saona.

How to Access The Beach
Tourists arrive on the island in droves, escorted by fleets of motorboats and catamarans.

Amenities and Ambiance

At 14 miles long and three miles wide, there is plenty of shore to share and explore on Isla Saona. Of course, the beach itself is a beauty with fluffy white sands and dazzlingly blue waters which are home to bountiful marine life. Starfish, manatees, turtles, dolphins, and even sharks all swim these waters.

You won't have to worry about finding a bathroom at Isla Saona because there are public restrooms. In addition, you'll have access to lounge chairs at this beach. Fortunately, the water here is clear enough for snorkeling, so grab your equipment if you've been hoping to get in some underwater exploration.

Off the beaten path, Isla Saona with its availability of amenities and services will likely be a hit for guests wishing to be free from the crowded shores, since it is situated within a calm region. Because of this, the availability of certain amenities shouldn't be negatively affected.

What's Nearby


Isla Saona is beautiful natural attraction, which you'll find some ways away from hotels and other attractions in an area both quiet and peaceful on the South East coast of Hispaniola.

If you want to mix culture with your visit to the beach, you should consider a trip to Casa Museo de Ponce de Leon, one of the closest museums, so it would be an easy side trip to take after the beach.

Beaches are a great attraction to visit, but there's even more to see during your stay. The following table contains attractions that are the closest.

Activities and Attractions Near Isla Saona
Attraction Type Distance Direction Island
Casino Dominicus Casino 15.4 NW Hispaniola
Casino Diamante Dominicus Casino 15.5 NW Hispaniola
Arte Cuseco Art Gallery 16.6 NNW Hispaniola
Bayahibe Tourist Center Tourist Information Service 17.1 NW Hispaniola
Dreams La Romana Casino Casino 17.8 NW Hispaniola

Cities and Towns

The nearest area of Hispaniola to Isla Saona is Granchorra.


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.

Don't expect to find any of the Dominican Republic's popular hotels lining this beach, but if you're trying to elude masses of tourists, the lack of accommodations will be a pleasant sight.


You might not run into any places to grab a bit to eat right on this coast, so you might want to plan a picnic for your time spent at the beach.

Other Beaches

Isla Saona is just one of many beaches you can visit on Hispaniola.

You might also enjoy Dominicus Beach, found just a cab ride away. Others might prefer Playa Guanabano, which could provide more action, and is closer to other tourist hot-spots. It's located six miles to the northeast.

You might also want to visit Bayahibe, which is an additional nearby Dominican Republic destination. The exotic destination of Bayahibe is perfect for all sorts of travelers, whether seeking rest and relaxation or fun and adventure. From lounging on the beach to booking an excurtion to the off-shore nature preserve of Catalina, Bayahibe has plenty to offer.

The Dominican Republic has so much to offer, so visiting Isla Saona is just one way you can enjoy a sunny afternoon.


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