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 should think about stopping by even if you are not staying nearby. San Rafael Beach is a distinguishable relaxation spot because it's perfect for escaping the hustle of the Dominican Republic's urban areas. Many of the other beaches in the Dominican Republic offer views of the sea that are just as pretty, but are usually more cramped because they border some of the area's most popular resorts.

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, so if you're visiting with small children you might want to consider a different location. Luckily, beach chairs will be available for use to visitors hoping for relief from the sultry island sun

Beach-goers that hope to enjoy the conveniences provided at this location, need not worry; San Rafael Beach happens to be situated in an area which is generally free of crowds. As such, no matter what time you show up, since there is very little possibility you be required to deal with the other visitors who might want access to the amenities available.

What's Nearby


Beachgoers will find San Rafael Beach on the Dominican Republic's South coast. It is near some interesting sites like Monumento Natural Miguel Domingo Fuerte, which is located six and a half miles to the northwest, and it is one of the favorite destinations in the area.

If you want more information on the history of the Dominican Republic, there are nearby attractions where you can learn about their culture and traditions. The nearest historical attraction is El Arco, which is 12 and a half miles away.

If a visit to the San Rafael Beach isn't enough to keep you busy all afternoon, the beach is located near the attractions 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 closest part in the Dominican Republic to San Rafael Beach is La Cienaga. This location is just three miles from the beach, so you needn't use up an entire day here. La Cienaga is in an area with interesting things to do and see, but isn't as sprawling and crowded as some other areas.


The popularity of this spot on any given day can vary, depending on when you visit, and how many people have booked nearby hotels. San Rafael Beach is not located near many major hotels, but you may see guests from the few small lodgings in the area.

Vacationers will find a fairly good range of hotel and resort options to choose from in the area around San Rafael Beach. The closest of which have been listed 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


Although this spot isn't close to many restaurants, you can still find some interesting eateries, particularly if you're prepared to drive a bit. Heladeraa La Cremita is one of the closest eateries, which is a delicious choice during or after a day at the beach.

The table below provides a list of restaurants closest to this beach.

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 who are looking for the ideal beach will have other options if San Rafael Beach doesn't suit their tastes.

You might also want to visit Punta Arena, located reasonably close-by, meaning a quick ride in a taxi will get you here pretty easily.

Maybe San Rafael Beach is a perfect spot for you to kick back, and at the same time perhaps not the the ideal fit; if so, the Dominican Republic offers a variety of beaches for travelers who wish to try elsewhere.


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