Playa Arriba

The long shore at Playa Ariba is perfect for anyone looking for a nice place to walk, and the clam cool water make it great for a swim. Despite the size, do not expect much privacy, as the beach is very open.

Located in the Eastern side of the Dominican Republic, 1.0 mile east of Miches, Playa Arriba is on the East edge of Hispaniola. You should think about stopping by even if you are not staying in the immediate vicinity.

How to Access The Beach

When heading East out of El Centro, you cross over a bridge. As soon as the bridge ends, there is a road called "Calle Pedro A. Morel de Santa Cruz", it is the first possible turn you can take. If you turn left onto it (North) it will dead end at Playa Arriba, where you can park right on the sand.

Amenities and Ambiance

Playa Ariba is flat, smooth, and clean, with a line of trees helping block it from the road. While you will not find much on the beach itself, there is a few building where you should be able to grab a bite to eat.

Unfortunately, restrooms will not be available here, which is something to consider if you're bringing the kids, or plan to spend all day outside.

What's Nearby


This pleasant stretch of sand known as Playa Arriba is on the East coast of Hispaniola. Nearby you'll find accommodations like Cocoloco Beach Club, which is one of the closest booking options accessible from Playa Arriba, despite there not being too many additional attractions in the region.

Beaches are one type of attraction you can visit, but there's plenty else to see during your stay. The following table includes the closest attractions.

Activities and Attractions Near Playa Arriba
Attraction Type Distance Direction Island
Fortaleza Santa Cruz Historical Site 15.1 S Hispaniola
Monumento A La Cruz De Asomante Historical Site 15.1 S Hispaniola
Centro de Capacitacion Art Gallery 15.3 S Hispaniola
La Fabrica de Mabi Facility Viewing 15.3 S Hispaniola
Monumento A Los Heroes De Palo Hincado Historical Site 15.3 S Hispaniola

Cities and Towns

The closest region of Hispaniola to Playa Arriba is Miches. This interesting part of Hispaniola is only a mile from the beach, meaning it doesn't have to be a terribly lengthy excursion. This area of the Dominican Republic 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 Playa Arriba will depend on how many hotel guests decide to make the trip as well. There are not many large hotels nearby, but it's sometimes enjoyed by guests staying at smaller accommodations in the area.

While you generally won't find many accommodations close-by, those accommodations closest to the beach are shown in the table below.

Accommodations near Playa Arriba
Hotel Distance Direction Type
Cocoloco Beach Club 0.4 W Resort
Bahia del Este 1.1 W Hotel
Hotel La Loma 1.4 W Hotel


If someone in your group starts to get a little hungry at the beach, it's alright because you'll have many local dishes to choose from at nearby establishments. One of the closest restaurants is Cocoloco Restaurant. This restaurant offers both International and Latin American menu items.

The following table provides a list of dining options located near this beach.

Restaurants near Playa Arriba
Restaurant Name Phone Cuisine Style Distance Direction
Cocoloco Restaurant (809) 886-8278 International, Latin American -- 0.4 mi. W
Comedor Paulina -- Latin American Very Casual 1.0 mi. W
Bahia del Este Restaurant (809) 553-5834 -- -- 1.1 mi. W
Pica Pollo Enmanuel -- -- -- 1.2 mi. W
La Loma Restaurant (809) 553-5564 International -- 1.4 mi. W

Other Beaches

Of course, you'll find plenty of other beaches on Hispaniola, so Playa Arriba is just one of your options.

Another location you may want to try is Playa Aldero, which is located definitely within a car's reach.

Playa Arriba could be the ideal stretch of sand, but it is possible that it may not be the best choice for your family; if so, the Dominican Republic offers a variety of beaches for travelers who wish to try elsewhere.


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