Playa Nena Cove

While the rough shores of the north may not be the ideal place for snorkeling, this secluded cove makes a rare exception, allowing visitors to safety explore the undersea world or simply to enjoy the beach.

Located in the Western side of the Dominican Republic, Playa Nena Cove is on the North coast of the Dominican Republic. You should think about stopping by even if you aren't staying nearby. Vacationers will notice that, while Playa Nena Cove is by no means quiet and secluded, it's also not one of the Dominican Republic's most crowded beaches. It's makes a great option for travelers who want to make the most of their trip to the beach but wish to stay away from the most populated spots.

How to Access The Beach
Wile you will have to travel down dirt roads to reach Playa Nena Cove, the roads will be relatively well maintained, though it is probably still a good idea to have a four wheel drive vehicle.

Amenities and Ambiance

Tucked away where the river and ocean meets, this cove is a perfect place to explore the waters; as not only does the junction offer unique sights, but the secluded beach is free of heavy traffic. It is not barren though, a small village does sit right at the beach, so you will likely have some company.

Unfortunately, restrooms will not be available here.

Playa Nena Cove grants an angelic and peaceful retreat, thanks to the fact that the area surrounding the beach isn't too crowded at all.

What's Nearby


Playa Nena Cove is on the Dominican Republic's North coast. Casino Riu Bachata is just a cab ride away, and it is one of the favorite local destinations.

If you want to combine a cultural experience with your visit to the beach, you might want to consider visiting Amber Museum, a lovely museum found 14 miles away, and might make a nice break from the midday sun.

If you're looking for plenty of activities to keep you or your family busy, the following table shows the closest options.

Activities and Attractions Near Playa Nena Cove
Attraction Type Distance Direction Island
Casino Riu Bachata Casino 8.5 SE --
Asociacion de Artesanos de Madera Petrificada de Imbert Studio Art Gallery 10.7 SSE --
Ocean World Casino Casino 10.9 ESE --
Los Mangos Golf Course Golf Course 12.3 SE --
Teleferico Puerto Plata Cable Car 13.5 SE --

Cities and Towns

The closest region of the Dominican Republic to Playa Nena Cove is Bajo Hondo. This interesting part of the Dominican Republic is only four and a half miles from the shore, so you needn't use up an entire day here. It should be noted that Puerto Plata is not very urbanized, so for visitors who want to see more of the area, this section in the Dominican Republic could be a great choice for a day trip.


The popularity of this spot on any given day can vary, depending on everything from the time the sun sets to how many people have booked rooms nearby. There aren't many large hotels in the immediate vicinity, but it's sometimes enjoyed by visitors from the few small lodgings in the area.

While you won't find that many accommodations close-by, those options closest to the beach can be viewed below.

Accommodations near Playa Nena Cove
Hotel Distance Direction Type
Lifestyle Tropical Beach All Inclusive 3.8 mi. ESE Hotel
ClubHotel Riu Bachata 8.5 mi. SE Resort
ClubHotel Riu Merengue 8.7 mi. SE Resort
ClubHotel Riu Mambo 8.9 mi. SE Resort


Though this coastal destination is not exactly the area's culinary epicenter, you can still satisfy your hunger, particularly if you are willing to drive or bike a few miles. The Hurricane Hole is one of the closest eateries, which is a brief car or taxi trip away.

The following table lists nearby restaurant options.

Restaurants near Playa Nena Cove
Restaurant Name Phone Cuisine Style Distance Direction
The Hurricane Hole (809) 315-1940 American, Caribbean Very Casual 4.8 mi. W
Luperon Marina Yacht Club Restaurant -- Caribbean Very Casual 4.8 mi. W

Other Beaches

Of course, there are more fantastic beaches besides Playa Nena Cove in the Dominican Republic.

Another sun-drenched spot to consider is Puerto Pastilla Beach, which is located not a great distance away, meaning a short cab ride can take you where you want to go.

The Dominican Republic offers endless ways to discover its natural beauty, and dropping by Playa Nena Cove is just one way to appreciate a pretty afternoon.


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