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 might want whether or not you're staying nearby. Playa Nena Cove is a distinguishable relaxation spot because it's one of the best spots for escaping over-crowded hangouts in the town proper. Many of the other beaches in the Dominican Republic may be just as beautiful, but tend to be more crowded because they border some of the area's most popular resorts.

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 offers those who visit an idyllic and serene retreat, especially since the surrounding area is not heavily urbanized.

What's Nearby


Found on the Dominican Republic's North coast; it's located near attractions like Casino Riu Bachata, which is eight and a half miles away.

If you want to mix culture with your visit to the beach, you might want to consider visiting Amber Museum, a lovely museum found 14 miles to the southeast, giving beachgoers the chance to escape that hot midday sunshine.

If you're looking for other nearby attractions or activity options, 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 in the Dominican Republic to Playa Nena Cove is Bajo Hondo. This location is just four and a half miles from the beach, which means you needn't use up an entire day here. Keep in mind that Puerto Plata is not heavily urbanized, so for visitors hoping to scope out the local scene, Bajo Hondo should provide an interesting experience.


How many other people you encounter at Playa Nena Cove will depend on many factors, including the capacity of nearby hotels. This beach is not near many large hotels, but you may meet visitors staying at some of the area's smaller options.

Although you won't find many hotels close-by, the closest ones are listed in the following table.

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 you'll be hard-pressed to find many dining options nearby, you'll probably still spot a few places to try, especially if you are willing to venture a little farther away. One of the closest places to eat is The Hurricane Hole, which is five miles to the west of it.

The table below lists restaurant options near this shoreline.

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

Visitors searching for the perfect beach will have lots of choices besides Playa Nena Cove.

Travelers may also want to consider Puerto Pastilla Beach, located four miles to the east.

Playa Nena Cove could be the ideal stretch of sand, but it is possible that it may not be the best choice for your family; if so, the Dominican Republic offers a variety of beaches for travelers who wish to try elsewhere.


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