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 stopping by regardless of whether you're staying in the vicinity.

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.

Please note that public restrooms are not available, so those of you traveling with small children may want to consider another spot. The water in the area is of good snorkeling quality, so purchase or rent some equipment if you are looking to do some underwater exploration.

Playa Madama offers a calm and serene enclave, thanks to the fact that the region surrounding the beach is positioned apart from more urban areas.

What's Nearby


Playa Madama is beautiful natural site, which you'll find on the East-Northeast coast of Hispaniola; the area is home to other attractions such as Iguanario Los Tocones, which is one of the closest attractions.

Historical attractions like St. Peter's Church provide a nice compliment to a soothing day at Playa Madama, and provide beachgoers with the opportunity to learn about the Dominican Republic's past, without straying too far from the coastline. As a matter of fact, this shore is a rather short taxi ride away from this interesting historical site.

Beaches are nice for a few hours here and there, but there's plenty else to see during your stay. The following table includes the closest attractions.

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

The closest town is , which is a region with interesting things to do, yet is never overly congested.


Whether this spot is full of bodies or practically empty will depend on if you visit during a popular season, which is often indicated by how busy the hotels are. At this beach, you can expect to share the sand with more than a few other guests who are staying close by.

Guests will find a good assortment of resorts and hotels to choose from in the area around the beach. The most accessible of which have been listed in the table 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
Hotel Plaza Lusitania 2.4 mi. W Hotel
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


If you're looking for a place to eat after, or even during, your visit to the beach, you'll have a variety of choices within a few miles. El Cabito Restaurant is one of the closest eateries. This restaurant has both Creole and Mediterranean cuisines. They are also famous for their seafood.

A few nearby dining options are shown below.

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 plenty of beautiful beach locations to choose from on Hispaniola, so if Playa Madama doesn't suit you, you can still find a great spot.

Another option worth considering is Playa Aldero, located a mile and a half to the west-southwest.

Of course, there is much more to do besides lounge on the sand in the Dominican Republic, but taking a swim at Playa Madama is certainly a fun way to enjoy the area's natural attractions.


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