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.

Located in the Samana Peninsula, west of Las Galeras, Playa Rincon is on the North East coast of Hispaniola. You should think about stopping by whether or not you're staying very close. For a change from the usual crowded beach spots, you should consider visiting Playa Rincon.

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.

Please note that public restrooms are not available, which is something to consider if you're bringing the kids, or plan to spend all day outside.

If you find that you go for beach days that bring guests a tranquil enclave, then you may want to try Playa Rincon; it is located within a less urban sector of the region.

What's Nearby


Visitors will find this beach on the Dominican Republic's North East coast. It's located near Iguanario Los Tocones, which is one of the attractions in the region.

If you're interested in combining a little culture with your trip to the beach, you should consider a trip to Shipwreck Maritime Museum, a lovely museum found eight miles away, giving you a chance to see, and learn about, even more of the area.

If your taste for travel keeps you looking for new activity and attraction options, the beach is located near the attractions 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

Playa Rincon visitors hoping to find some additional excitement might want to consider making the trip to Samana, because it's close-by and is a particularly bustling part of the Dominican Republic.


Whether or not you encounter a lot of other visitors will vary depending on the time of day, particularly in the high season when hotels overflow with tourists. There are not many large hotels nearby, but you may encounter guests from some of the smaller accommodations in the area.

Guests looking for a place to stay close to the beach won't find it very difficult, as there is no shortage of hotels to pick from in the surrounding area. Find the closest and most convenient lodging options by viewing those listed 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
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
El Cabito 5.3 mi. E Guest house


If someone in your group starts to get a little hungry at the beach, it's alright because there are lots of nearby options when it comes to dining. One of the closest places to eat is Ristorante Gambero Rosso. This restaurant has Italian cuisine. They have become well-known, however, because of their pasta. The restaurant is not very far off, so a brief car or taxi trip is a good option.

The table below lists restaurant options near this shoreline.

Restaurants near Playa Rincon
Restaurant Name Phone Cuisine Style Distance Direction
Ristorante Gambero Rosso (829) 448-5232 Italian Informal 2.9 mi. E
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 -- --
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

Hispaniola has many nice beaches, and Playa Rincon is just one option.

You might also enjoy Bonita Beach, situated a little ways off, but can be reached in the car. Others might prefer Colorada Beach, which could provide more action, and isn't far from additional things to do and see nearby.

You might also want to visit Las Galeras Beach, which is located not a great distance away, so a short ride in a taxi is an easy option.

You may find that Playa Rincon is a great fit for your vacation, but maybe you want to see more; in which case you should find a beach with a seclusion factor that suits you.


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