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.

Located 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 think about stopping by whether or not you are staying very close. Those of you who spend part of the afternoon at this beach will enjoy escaping the buzz of city life without missing an opportunity 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.

Unfortunately, public restrooms aren't available, which is something to consider if you're bringing the kids, or plan to spend all day outside. Fortunately, lounging chairs are available for guests seeking a peaceful spot to relax in.

the area surrounding San Rafael Beach is not near many tourist spots. Taking that into consideration, no matter the part of the day you show up, as there's little possibility that you be forced to cope with the other tourists who will be needing access to the comforts that are available.

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; the area is home to other attractions such as Monumento Natural Miguel Domingo Fuerte, which is six and a half miles away.

If you want to discover more interesting facts about the history of the Dominican Republic, there are lots of sites which offer a historic look at the nation. For example, you might enjoy a visit to El Arco, which is 12 and a half miles to the north.

Beaches are a great attraction to visit, but there's plenty else to see during your stay. The following table includes the closest attractions.

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 region in the Dominican Republic to San Rafael Beach is La Cienaga. This destination is just three miles away, so a trip here doesn't have to take all day. This part in the Dominican Republic is in an area with interesting things to do and see, but isn't as sprawling and crowded as some other areas.


Whether or not you encounter a lot of other visitors will be influenced by everything from the time of day to the capacity of nearby hotels. This beach is not near many large hotels, but it can appeal to guests staying at some of the area's smaller options.

Beach-goers will find a pretty nice selection of hotels and resorts to pick from in the area around the beach. The closest of which are shown in the following table.

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


While you'll be hard-pressed to find many dining options nearby, you'll still have some choices, especially if you are willing to venture a little farther away. One of the nearest restaurants is Heladeraa La Cremita, which is a delicious choice during or after a day at the beach.

The following table lists dining options near 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

Travelers who are looking for the ideal beach will have lots of choices besides San Rafael Beach.

Vacationers may also want to visit Punta Arena, which is located four miles to the south west.

The Dominican Republic has a lot to offer its visitors, but San Rafael Beach is both a beautiful natural attraction, and a fun hangout spot.


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