Catalina Island Beach West

Photo credit: © Ali Khosravani
 

Catalina is a secluded beach on uninhabited island off the coast of La Romana. The island is a national park, and kept both clean and undeveloped in order to allow animal life to thrive. Though this beach is a popular tourist day trip destination, time spent on the beach transports you back in time to the way one would imagine the Dominican Republic was like before beach resorts and city life overtook the country.

Situated in Serena Cay, Catalina Island Beach West is on the East edge of Hispaniola. You should consider dropping by whether or not you're staying very close. This beach is not just beautiful, it also has a private beach feel——a unique quailty in a touristy place like the Dominican Republic. While Catalina Island Beach West may be a little more difficult to reach, it allows travelers to truly relax and claim their own space on the beach.

How to Access The Beach
Catalina is reachable only by boat.

Amenities and Ambiance

This little section of beach carved into Catalina Island's west coast features refined sugar soft white sand backed by brush and palm trees. The waters are an unparalleled turquoise.

The concession stand on-site could come in handy, even if you plan to have lunch elsewhere. You may also have the option to get lunch from one of the local vendors who typically set up at this spot.

Unfortunately, restrooms will not be available here, which is something to consider if you're bringing the kids, or plan to spend all day outside. Though Catalina is uninhabited, plenty of visitors from Casa de Campo make their way to the island's shores.

If you tend to prefer sunny days which grant a calm experience, then think about trying out Catalina Island Beach West; it's hidden away in a less urbanized section of Hispaniola.

What's Nearby

Attractions

You'll find this beach on the East coast of Hispaniola. It is near some interesting sites like Bibi Leon, which is among the attractions close-by.

Being able to choose from some activities besides the beach will ensure you won't run out of ways to stay busy. The attractions closest to this beach are listed in the following table.

Activities and Attractions Near Catalina Island Beach West
Attraction Type Distance Direction Island
Bibi Leon Ceramics and Pottery Shop 5.3 NE Hispaniola
Centro Cultural BoMana Concert Halls and Performing Arts Centers 5.6 NE Hispaniola
Sports Center Sporting Event Venue 5.8 NE Hispaniola
Dreams La Romana Casino Casino 11.6 E Hispaniola
Bayahibe Tourist Center Tourist Information Service 11.9 E Hispaniola

Cities and Towns

The closest town is La Romana, which is not lacking in exploration opportunities, yet also not overflowing with buildings. From the beach, La Romana is a little ways off, maybe five and a half miles (nine kilometers) away.

Hotels

The crowdedness of the shoreline can vary widely, it depends mainly on when you visit, and how full nearby hotel rooms are. The area is not home to many major hotels, but it's often visited by guests staying at smaller lodgings in the area.

Though there aren't many places to stay within driving distance, the closest ones have been listed in the following table.

Accommodations near Catalina Island Beach West
Hotel Distance Direction Type
Hotel Riverview 5.7 mi. NE Motel
Hotel Olimpo 6.0 mi. NE Hotel

Food

There aren't any restaurants in the immediate surroundings of this shore, so you may choose to plan a picnic if you want to fully enjoy your day in the sun.

Other Beaches

Visitors in search of the perfect beach on Hispaniola will have lots of options besides Catalina Island Beach West.

Another location you might enjoy is La Minitas, situated just a cab ride away. Guests of Casa de Campo will enjoy the divinely elegant beach at La Minitas. Just a short drive from the hotel, this beach is perfect for relaxing in the tropical sun or cooling off in the cool blue water.

You might also want to visit Caleta Beach, which is located not too far away, meaning a quick cab ride will get you here pretty easily.

While the Dominican Republic has many alluring attractions, Catalina Island Beach West is both a beautiful natural attraction, and a fun hangout spot.

 

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