Playa Grande

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Tucked into one of the more remote areas of the Dominican Republic, but still just a short distance from Puerto Plata, Playa Grande is an ideal beach for those looking for secluded beach feel with the convenience of a nearby city.

Located in the vicinity of Puerto Plata, Playa Grande is on the North coast of the Dominican Republic. You should consider stopping by even if you are not staying very close. Playa Grande is a distinguishable relaxation spot because it's the ideal location for escaping the typical tourist haunts. Most other beaches in the Dominican Republic may provide just as many amenities as Playa Grande, but are usually busier since they're found in the most popular parts of town.

How to Access The Beach

The beach is located between the city of Puerto Plata and the area of Bajo Hondo. Connecting the two is a coastal road that grazes the beach, which can easily be followed. However, there is little if any official parking, so you may need to get creative.

Amenities and Ambiance

Lined by a thick forest, any signs of civilization will be blocked by the tall trees, offering plenty of privacy and shade. However, with this privacy comes the trade-off of a rather dark sand and a beach that is less maintained, so you will likely find some driftwood and other things washed ashore. If such things do not bother you than no worries!

Unfortunately, public restrooms aren't available.

If you desire beach days that offer those who visit a calm environment, then you will want to try Playa Grande; it's found in a more rural sector of the Dominican Republic.

What's Nearby


This beach is positioned on the Dominican Republic's North coast. It is near Casino Riu Bachata, which is situated a mile and a half away, and it is one of the attractions in the area.

If you want to mix a little culture with your trip to the beach, you should consider a trip to Amber Museum. This museum is located within the range of a cab, and might make a nice break from the midday sun.

Beaches are one type of attraction you can visit, but there will be more options available in the Dominican Republic. The following table contains attractions that are the closest.

Activities and Attractions Near Playa Grande
Attraction Type Distance Direction Island
Casino Riu Bachata Casino 1.4 SE --
Ocean World Casino Casino 3.8 ESE --
Ocean World Park Amusement/Theme Park 3.9 ESE --
Los Mangos Golf Course Golf Course 5.2 SE --
Teleferico Puerto Plata Cable Car 6.4 SE --

Cities and Towns

Playa Grande visitors looking for some additional excitement should consider checking out Puerto Plata, because it's close-by and is a particularly busy area of the Dominican Republic. From the shore, Puerto Plata is a car ride off, about seven and a half miles (12 kilometers) away.


The popularity of this spot on any given day can vary, it depends on many factors: the time of sundown, happy hour, even how packed the nearby hotels are. Typically, you can expect to encounter a fair number of visitors from lodgings in the area.

You'll find a good amount of lodgings a car ride away. A few of the more convenient options are seen in the table below.

Accommodations near Playa Grande
Hotel Distance Direction Type
ClubHotel Riu Bachata 1.4 mi. SE Resort
ClubHotel Riu Merengue 1.5 mi. SE Resort
ClubHotel Riu Mambo 1.7 mi. SE Resort
Lifestyle Tropical Beach All Inclusive 3.5 mi. NW Hotel
Lifestyle Presidential Suites 4.0 mi. SE Resort
The Bungalows 4.1 mi. SE Resort
Sun Village Resort & Spa 4.1 mi. SE Resort
Club Villas Jazmin 5.2 mi. ESE Hotel
Hacienda Tropical -- -- Resort
Portofino Guest House 8.7 mi. SE Guest house


Although you'll be hard-pressed to find many dining options nearby, you'll still have some choices, especially if you're prepared to venture a little out of the way. Desperado Mexican Cantina is one of the closest eateries, which is a delicious choice during or after a day at the beach.

The following table lists nearby restaurant options.

Restaurants near Playa Grande
Restaurant Name Phone Cuisine Style Distance Direction
Desperado Mexican Cantina -- Mexican Very Casual -- --
Los Charros (809) 970-3332 Mexican Informal 4.0 mi. ESE
Le Papillon (809) 970-7640 Caribbean, Continental Very Casual 4.2 mi. SE
Restaurante Pizzeria Stefy E Natale (809) 970-7630 Italian -- 4.4 mi. SE

Other Beaches

Visitors searching for the perfect beach will have other options if Playa Grande doesn't suit their tastes.

If you like the ambiance at this beach, you might also like Cofresi Beach, found a quick car or cab ride away. But, if you're interested in a more active beach, you might find that Maimon Beach is just right. It's found one and a quarter miles to the south.

You might also want to visit Maimon Riu Beach, located only a short distance away.

You may find that Playa Grande is a great fit for your vacation, but maybe you want to see more; if so, there are other beaches and natural attractions in the Dominican Republic you might like.


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