San Rafael Beach

Despite is distance from Santo Domingo, San Rafael Beach is one of the most popular beaches in the Dominican Republic. Beach-goers will have plenty of room for soaking up sun, while anyone looking to cool off can go jump right into the brisk Caribbean water.

Positioned in the Western side of the Dominican Republic, northeast of Paraiso, San Rafael Beach is on the South coast of the Dominican Republic. You might want to drop by whether or not you are staying in the vicinity. Those of you who spend part of the afternoon at this beach will be able to escape the city's bustle without sacrificing the chance to meet new people.

How to Access The Beach
Taking Route 44 South out of Barahona will bring you to San Rafael Beach.

Amenities and Ambiance

The beach itself is no different than your average tropical beach. However, the popularity has brought vendors of all kinds on the beach, making San Rafael Beach second as a market.

Keep in mind that restrooms won't be found on-site, which is something to consider if you're bringing the kids, or plan to spend all day outside. Fortunately, lounge chairs are available for use at this location.

A lesser known beach, San Rafael Beach and its offering of amenities and services are bound to be a safe choice among visitors that that are looking to enjoy some time free of the busy beaches and crowded shores as it is located within a quiet part of Dominican Republic. With that fact in mind, straining to find an open convenience while at the beach is not a scenario that you will have to do often, regardless of what the time is when you get there.

What's Nearby


San Rafael Beach is always a lovely side-trip when you're in the area. Look for it on the Dominican Republic's South coast; it's located near attractions like Monumento Natural Miguel Domingo Fuerte, which is six and a half miles to the northwest.

History-focused attractions such as El Arco are a wonderful compliment to the scenery of San Rafael Beach, plus they allow vacationers to learn more about the Dominican Republic, without having to venture too far from the coast. As a matter of fact, this shore will be found only a taxi ride away from this site of historical interest.

Being able to choose from some activities besides the beach will ensure you won't get bored. Attractions close to this beach can be found in the following table.

Activities and Attractions Near San Rafael Beach
Attraction Type Distance Direction Island
Monumento Natural Miguel Domingo Fuerte Nature Sanctuary/Wildlife Reserve 6.6 mi. NW --
El Arco Historical Site 12.6 mi. N --
Fortaleza Restauración Ejército Nacional Historical Site 12.9 mi. N --

Cities and Towns

The nearest area in the Dominican Republic to San Rafael Beach is La Cienaga. This destination is only three miles from the coast, which means it doesn't have to be a terribly lengthy excursion. This region in the Dominican Republic is in an area with plenty of worthwhile sites, while still remaining less developed and congested as some other places.


Whether or not you encounter many other people will depend on many factors, including the capacity of nearby hotels. The area does not have very many large hotels, but it's often visited by guests from smaller lodgings in the area.

You'll find a decent number of lodgings within driving distance. Some of the closest possibilities can be viewed in the table below.

Accommodations near San Rafael Beach
Hotel Distance Direction Type
El Hotel Kalibe 3.4 SW B & B
Hotel Paraiso 3.6 SW Hotel
Casa Bonita 5.4 NE Lodge


Though the area surrounding San Rafael Beach isn't exactly a culinary hot spot, you can still find some interesting eateries, especially if you are prepared to drive or bike a few miles. One of the nearest places to eat is Heladeraa La Cremita, which is a delicious choice during or after a day at the beach.

Restaurants closest to this beach are shown in the table below.

Restaurants near San Rafael Beach
Restaurant Name Phone Cuisine Style Distance Direction
Heladeraa La Cremita (809) 243-1167 -- -- -- --
Kalibe Restaurant (809) 243-1192 -- -- -- --

Other Beaches

Visitors in search of the perfect beach in the Dominican Republic will have lots of options besides San Rafael Beach.

You might also want to visit Punta Arena, which is located not too far away, so a quick cab ride can take you where you want to go.

There are countless experiences to enjoy in the Dominican Republic, so visiting San Rafael Beach is just one way you can enjoy a sunny afternoon.


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