Playa Ensenada

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Used mainly by the locals and the few people staying in the area, Playa Ensenada is a neat little hot-spot on the remote end of the island. With strings of shops lining the beach selling everything from food to crafts, this beach-community center is a neat place to take a dip and meet new people.

Located in the Western side of the Dominican Republic, Playa Ensenada is on the North edge of the Dominican Republic. You should consider stopping by regardless of whether you are staying in the vicinity.

Amenities and Ambiance

Despite the shacks lining the shore, natural and pristine beaches come with the region, and Playa Ensenada is no different. The tranquil beach sounds and the gentle hustle of the shops behind you if the perfect company for a warm nap.

Unfortunately, restrooms will not be available here, though you may be able to use the facilities at a nearby business. Fortunately, the water here is of good snorkeling quality, so grab your gear if you're wanting to check out the underwater sites.

If you like shores that offer a calm haven, then think about trying out Playa Ensenada; it's located within a more natural area of the Dominican Republic.

What's Nearby


Set on the North coast of the Dominican Republic. You can stay at the nearby Casa Libre, which is one of the closest hotels accessible from Playa Ensenada, despite the fact that there aren't many other popular spots you can reach quickly.

If you're intrigued by the Dominican Republic's history, many sites offer unique historical perspectives on the area. The nearest historical attraction is Villa Dona Emilia, which is one of the closest destinations of historical interest near Playa Ensenada.

With a selection of nearby activities, you'll never run out of ways to stay busy. The attractions nearest to this beach are listed in the following table.

Activities and Attractions Near Playa Ensenada
Attraction Type Distance Direction Island
Mao Sport Gambling Site 22.9 SSE --
Mambo Ranch Amusement/Theme Park 23.1 SSE --
Asociacion de Artesanos de Madera Petrificada de Imbert Studio Art Gallery 25.8 E --
El Chocal Facility Viewing 28.2 ESE --
House Of Generalisimo Maximo Gomez Museum 28.2 W --

Cities and Towns

The closest part in the Dominican Republic to Playa Ensenada is Estero Hondo. It should be noted that Puerto Plata is not overly congested, so for guests wishing to get a taste of the local culture, Estero Hondo could make for a really nice day trip.


How many other people you encounter at Playa Ensenada will depend on how many hotel guests decide to make the trip as well. Playa Ensenada is not located near many major hotels, but it's often visited by guests from the few small lodgings in the area.

Though vacationers will generally find few accommodations close-by, those accommodations closest to the beach are shown in the following table.

Accommodations near Playa Ensenada
Hotel Distance Direction Type
Casa Libre -- -- B & B
Hotel Tortuga -- -- Motel


Although this coastal destination is not exactly the area's culinary epicenter, you can still satisfy your hunger, especially if you're prepared to drive a bit. One of the closest places to eat is El Buceador, which is a delicious choice during or after a day at the beach.

The table below provides a list of restaurants closest to this beach.

Restaurants near Playa Ensenada
Restaurant Name Phone Cuisine Style Distance Direction
El Buceador -- -- -- -- --
Restaurant Damaris (829) 280-8697 American, Latin American Very Casual -- --

Other Beaches

The Dominican Republic has several beautiful beaches, so Playa Ensenada is not your only option.

Travelers may also want to consider Luperon Beach, located definitely within a car's reach. Luperon Beach is superb for all sorts of water sports, so active travelers will enjoy this destination. Fortunately, the beach is fairly large and there's plenty of room to spread out on the white sand. Scuba diving is available in the deeper waters off of Luperon Beach.

Of course, there is much more to do besides lounge on the sand in the Dominican Republic, but Playa Ensenada is both a relaxing, sunny hangout and a stunning natural feature.


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