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.

Set 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 might want to drop by whether or not you're staying in the immediate vicinity.

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.

Keep in mind that restrooms won't be found on-site, so those of you traveling with small children may want to consider another spot. Fortunately, umbrellas and chairs will be offered here for guests hoping for a relaxing spot in the shade.

Playa Palenque's location is not near many tourist spots. With that fact in mind, struggling to acquire an unoccupied comfort at Playa Palenque is not something you will have to do often, no matter if it is the most popular time to visit.

What's Nearby


Visitors will find this beach on the South coast of Hispaniola; the area is home to other attractions such as Iglesia de Nuestra Señora de las Mercedes, which is within the range of a taxi.

With a selection of nearby activities, you'll never get bored. The attractions nearest to this beach are listed in the following table.

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 region of Hispaniola to Playa Palenque is Sabana Palenque. This friendly part of Hispaniola is only one and a quarter miles from the coast, so you needn't use up an entire day here. This area of the Dominican Republic is an interesting area that brings together the quietude of the Caribbean and the urbanization of city life.


The popularity of this spot on any given day can vary, depending on everything from the time of day to how packed the nearby hotels are.

You won't find any of the Dominican Republic's frequently visited resorts and hotels alongside this beach, though if you're looking to dodge throngs of tourists, the lack of places to stay should be a welcomed sight.


Though this location isn't located in the culinary epicenter of the area, you can still satisfy your hunger, particularly if you are prepared to drive or bike a few miles. One of the nearest places to eat is Cafeteraa Capital, which is a delicious choice during or after a day at the beach.

A few nearby dining options are included in the following table.

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

Other Beaches

Visitors looking for a beach that's right for them will have lots of choices besides Playa Palenque.

Another option worth considering is Playa los Cuadritos, which is located 11 miles to the northeast.

Of course, there are lots of other things to do and see in the Dominican Republic; then again, a trip to Playa Palenque could end up a family favorite.


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