Playa Madama

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Located at the very tip of La Samana, Playa Madama is a calm cove protected from the large waves of the Atlantic. Visitors will find it perfect for swimming, playing, relaxing, or really anything, as the calm and crystal clear water and soft sand are inviting all around.

Located in the Samana Peninsula, 3.3 miles northeast of Arroyo Del Cabo, Playa Madama is on the East-Northeast coast of Hispaniola. You should consider dropping by even if you aren't staying particularly close by.

How to Access The Beach
When on Samana, simply head East. At the end you will find a dirt road that take you right to the beach.

Amenities and Ambiance

Despite all the beauty that Playa Madama has to offer, it its a bit small and an easily become crowded. Luckily, its distance makes it less visited than other beaches.

Unfortunately, restrooms will not be available here, which is something to consider if you plan to spend a full day in the sun. The water here is of good snorkeling quality, so bring along some equipment if you're looking to see some exciting marine life.

Playa Madama grants a calm and peaceful environment, thanks to the fact that the location that surrounds the beach isn't too crowded at all.

What's Nearby


This pleasant stretch of sand known as Playa Madama is on the East-Northeast coast of Hispaniola. Iguanario Los Tocones is one of the favorite local destinations.

Some may feel that museums and beaches are an odd combination, but some visitors find that museums like Shipwreck Maritime Museum (located 13 miles away) offer an entertaining diversion and a new way to experience the Dominican Republic's culture.

With the choice of exciting activities nearby, you'll never run out of things to do. The attractions nearest to this beach are listed in the following table.

Activities and Attractions Near Playa Madama
Attraction Type Distance Direction Island
Iguanario Los Tocones Zoo 5.8 WSW Hispaniola
Shipwreck Maritime Museum Museum 12.9 SW Hispaniola
St. Peter's Church Historical Site 13.0 SW Hispaniola
Parroquia de Samana Historical Site 13.0 SW Hispaniola
Whale Museum Of Samana Museum 13.5 SW Hispaniola

Cities and Towns

Playa Madama is close to Las Galeras, so a trip into the city——for snacks, drinks, and other attractions——is a convenient option. Nearby, you'll find the city of Las Galeras, which is in an area with plenty of worthwhile sites, while still remaining less developed and congested as some other places.


The crowdedness of the shoreline can vary widely, depending on everything from the time of day to how many people have booked nearby hotels. At this beach, you can expect to encounter quite a few visitors from lodgings in the area.

Vacationers will find a decent selection of hotel options to pick from in the area around the beach. The closest of which can be viewed below.

Accommodations near Playa Madama
Hotel Distance Direction Type
El Cabito 0.7 mi. W Guest house
La Rancheta Guesthouse 1.3 mi. SW Guest house
Grand Paradise Samana 1.8 mi. WSW Resort
Todo Blanco Hotel 2.3 mi. W Hotel
Casa Por Que No? 2.3 mi. W B & B
El Marinique 2.4 mi. W Hotel
Villa Serena Hotel 2.5 mi. W Hotel
Sol Azul -- -- Guest house
Las Mariposas 2.9 mi. WSW Cottages
Casa Dorado -- -- B & B


It's no problem if you start to get the munchies while hanging out at Playa Madama; you'll have a variety of choices within a few miles. One of the closest restaurants is El Cabito Restaurant. This restaurant serves both Creole and Mediterranean menu items. They're also renowned for their seafood.

The table below provides a list of restaurant options near this shoreline.

Restaurants near Playa Madama
Restaurant Name Phone Cuisine Style Distance Direction
El Cabito Restaurant (829) 697-9506 Creole, Mediterranean Informal 0.7 mi. W
La Rancheta (829) 939-8285 Belgian, Creole Very Casual 1.3 mi. SW
Beach Club Playa Grande (849) 881-9536 Caribbean Very Casual 2.0 mi. W
Dominican Kitchen -- -- -- 2.4 mi. W
Gri-Gri (829) 705-2894 Creole Very Casual 2.4 mi. W
Chez Denise (809) 538-0219 French Informal 2.5 mi. W
Patiserrie Française -- -- -- 2.5 mi. W
Boutique Restaurant (809) 538-0000 Caribbean Fine Dining 2.5 mi. W
El Pescador (809) 523-3333 Creole, Spanish -- 2.6 mi. WSW
C L'Aventura de John -- Italian -- -- --
Comedor Rossy -- Latin American -- -- --
End of the Road (809) 538-0127 Caribbean Very Casual -- --

Other Beaches

There are multiple beaches to discover on Hispaniola, of course, so if Playa Madama doesn't sound like your type of scene, you have options.

You may also want to consider Playa Aldero, located a mile and a half away.

You may find that Playa Madama is a great fit for your vacation, but maybe you want to see more; in which case you should find a beach with a seclusion factor that suits you.


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