Playa Palenque

Jutting out to form a spearhead in the water, Playa Palenque is used mainly as a beach for boats and kayaks. While there is plenty of space for laying down and swimming, the nearby tropical beaches tend to attract more of a crowd.

Positioned in the Eastern side of the Dominican Republic, 2.3 miles south west of Sabana Grande De Palenque, Playa Palenque is on the South coast of Hispaniola. You should consider stopping by even if you aren't staying particularly close by.

How to Access The Beach

Heading southwest along the Santo Domingo coast will eventually have you leaving the city and heading south. Doing so will bring you to Playa Palenque.

Amenities and Ambiance

Playa Palenque is littered with palm trees and resting kayaks, and the rougher, darker waters does not exactly satisfy the criteria of a tropical beach. However, the beach does draw less crowds and is an option for those looking to be further away from the tourist areas.

Please note that public restrooms are not available, though you may be able to use the facilities at a nearby business. Fortunately, chairs and umbrellas will be available for use to guests looking for a break from the hot sun.

Beach-goers that are hoping to use the amenities extended at this beach, shouldn't worry; Playa Palenque happens to be found in an area that rarely sees much of a crowd. As such, there's little need to consider what part of the day you visit, as there is very little chance that you be forced to deal with possible other tourists who might need access to the amenities and services available.

What's Nearby


This pleasant stretch of sand known as Playa Palenque is on the Dominican Republic's South coast; it's located near attractions like Iglesia de Nuestra Señora de las Mercedes, which is a brief cab ride away.

If you can't wait to see as many of the Dominican Republic's attractions as possible, the following table shows the closest options.

Activities and Attractions Near Playa Palenque
Attraction Type Distance Direction Island
Iglesia de Nuestra Señora de las Mercedes Historical Site 11.8 W Hispaniola
Palacio de Cerro Historical Site 12.2 N --
Constituents Monument Monument 13.2 N --
Casa de Caoba Historical Site 15.4 N --
Santuario de San Marting de Porres Monument 16.1 W Hispaniola

Cities and Towns

The nearest section of Hispaniola to Playa Palenque is Sabana Palenque. This location is just one and a quarter miles from the beach, so you needn't use up an entire day here. This region in the Dominican Republic is a region with interesting things to do, yet is never overly congested.


Whether or not you encounter many other people will be influenced by everything from the time of day to the capacity of nearby hotels.

Don't anticipate finding any of the Dominican Republic's large hotels close to this beach, but if you're trying to evade throngs of travelers, the lack of accommodation possibilities will certainly be a pleasant sight.


Although this spot isn't close to many restaurants, you can still satisfy your hunger, especially if you're prepared to drive or bike a few miles. The closest places to grab a bite to eat is Cafeteraa Capital, which is a delicious choice during or after a day at the beach.

The table below provides a list of dining options near this beach.

Restaurants near Playa Palenque
Restaurant Name Phone Cuisine Distance Direction Island
Cafeteraa Capital (809) 521-7082 -- -- -- Hispaniola

Other Beaches

Hispaniola has several beautiful beaches, so if Playa Palenque doesn't suit you, you can still find a great spot.

You may also enjoy Playa los Cuadritos, located 11 miles to the northeast.

The Dominican Republic has a lot to offer its visitors, but taking a swim at Playa Palenque is certainly a fun way to enjoy the area's natural attractions.


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