Playa Rincon

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Playa Rincon is consistently mentioned as one of the best beaches -- if not the best -- beach in the Dominican Republic, yet it remains uncrowded almost every day of the week. Why? Because the difficult to manage roads leading to the beach turn many who lack an adventurous spirit away. Those who are willing to make the trek will be awed by the ruggedly beautiful setting and get the experience of dipping their toes in the clean, clear waters of Rincon Beach.

Positioned in the Samana Peninsula, west of Las Galeras, Playa Rincon is on the North East edge of Hispaniola. You might want to drop by regardless of whether you're staying in the vicinity. Playa Rincon is a distinguishable relaxation spot because it's perfect for getting away from vacation stresses, like overly crowded restaurants and attractions. Other nearby beaches in the Dominican Republic offer views of the sea that are just as pretty, but are usually busier because they're right around the corner from the area's major hotels and resorts.

How to Access The Beach

There are several ways to get to Playa Rincon, all of which are time consuming.

The first option is a ferry ride from Las Galeras Beach. This ride takes approximately a half an hour and costs about $12(USD) per person. Another option is a $50(USD) taxi ride from Las Galeras.

If you'd like to take matters into your own hands, you'll need to rent a vehicle with four wheel drive and excellent suspension. Departing from Las Terrenas, a well-marked road directing you to Rincon Beach will take you on a very bumpy trip that lasts 45 minutes to an hour, despite being only eight miles long.

Amenities and Ambiance

Playa Rincon is located at the base of the Cape Cabron Mountain, which stretches up 2000 feet and provides shade to the beach. Down below, the beach stretches along the coast for three miles, featuring sugar white sand, palm groves, and turquoise waters. A nearby lagoon of freshwater is the icing on Rincon's cake.

Unfortunately, public restrooms aren't available, so those of you traveling with small children may want to consider another spot.

If you happen to desire beach days that grant a tranquil environment, then think about trying out Playa Rincon; it's found in a less urbanized section of the region.

What's Nearby


Playa Rincon is on the Dominican Republic's North East coast. Iguanario Los Tocones is among the local attractions.

To some, beaches and museums may seem an odd combination, but many travelers find that museums like Shipwreck Maritime Museum (positioned a rather short taxi ride away) offer a fun learning experience and a whole new perspective of the Dominican Republic.

Being able to choose from some activities besides the beach will ensure you won't run low on things to do. The attractions nearest to this beach are listed in the following table.

Activities and Attractions Near Playa Rincon
Attraction Type Distance Direction Island
Iguanario Los Tocones Zoo 1.4 SSE Hispaniola
Shipwreck Maritime Museum Museum 7.9 SW Hispaniola
St. Peter's Church Historical Site 7.9 SW Hispaniola
Parroquia de Samana Historical Site 7.9 SW Hispaniola
Whale Museum Of Samana Museum 8.4 SW Hispaniola

Cities and Towns

Those visiting Playa Rincon who are seeking some additional excitement should consider heading to Samana, because it's in the vicinity and is a particularly busy area of the Dominican Republic.


The popularity of this spot on any given day can vary, depending on everything from the time the sun sets to how full nearby hotel rooms are. There aren't many major hotels nearby, but you may encounter guests from smaller accommodations in the area.

Beach-goers looking for a place to stay near the beach won't find it that difficult, as there are lots of accommodations to choose from in the surrounding area. You can find the closest, most convenient lodging options by perusing those shown in the table that follows.

Accommodations near Playa Rincon
Hotel Distance Direction Type
Casa Dorado -- -- B & B
Las Mariposas 3.3 mi. E Cottages
Sol Azul -- -- Guest house
Villa Serena Hotel 3.4 mi. E Hotel
El Marinique 3.5 mi. E Hotel
Hotel Plaza Lusitania 3.6 mi. E Hotel
Casa Por Que No? 3.7 mi. E B & B
Todo Blanco Hotel 3.7 mi. E Hotel
Grand Paradise Samana 4.2 mi. E Resort
La Rancheta Guesthouse 4.9 mi. E Guest house


If you visit the beach around lunchtime this beach has many nearby restaurants, so you won't have to wander too far away. One of the closest restaurants is Comedor Isabelle.

The table below lists nearby restaurants.

Restaurants near Playa Rincon
Restaurant Name Phone Cuisine Style Distance Direction
Comedor Isabelle -- -- -- 3.0 mi. E
C L'Aventura de John -- Italian -- -- --
Comedor Rossy -- Latin American -- -- --
End of the Road (809) 538-0127 Caribbean Very Casual -- --
Le Tainos (829) 713-7463 Creole Informal -- --
Pollera Pico Blanco -- Latin American Very Casual -- --
Poseidon Restaurante Typico (849) 258-6749 Creole Very Casual -- --
Restaraunte Las Galeras -- Creole -- -- --
Boutique Restaurant (809) 538-0000 Caribbean Fine Dining 3.4 mi. E
El Pescador (809) 523-3333 Creole, Spanish -- 3.5 mi. E
Patiserrie Française -- -- -- 3.5 mi. E
Chez Denise (809) 538-0219 French Informal 3.6 mi. E

Other Beaches

Needless to say, there are other beaches on Hispaniola besides Playa Rincon worth visiting.

You might also enjoy Bonita Beach, found a little ways away, but is well within reach if you've got a car. More active guests, though, may be interested in Colorada Beach, which could provide a few more possibilities for excitement, and is closer to other popular destinations.

Another option worth considering is Las Galeras Beach, located three and a half miles away.

Of course, there are lots of other things to do and see in the Dominican Republic; then again, taking a swim at Playa Rincon is certainly a fun way to enjoy the area's natural attractions.


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