Dorada Beach

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Dorada Beach is located in Puerto Plata in one of the largest resort areas on the island. This, coupled with the fact that this beach is great for watersports such a kite boarding and water skiing makes this beach consummately crowded. Just off shore is some of the best snorkeling on the island, but strong currents from the Atlantic means this beach is not one of the best for swimming.

Set in Playa Dorada, Dorada Beach is on the North edge of the Dominican Republic. You should consider dropping by whether or not you're staying in the immediate vicinity. Peace and quiet is what you'll find at the majority of the Dominican Republic's beaches, but at Dorada Beach, you'll find the same sense of serenity, without having to travel too far from the buzz of the city.

How to Access The Beach
This beach is located just east of Puerto Plata.

Amenities and Ambiance

Swaying palm trees line the golden shore of Dorada Beach, which features deep navy colored waters. It boasts Blue Flag Certification and has been ranked as one of the top beaches in the world by Fodors in 2014.

If you're suddenly hungry or thirsty, the concession stand at Dorada Beach is the ultimate convenience. Sometimes, visitors will be able to get lunch from one of the mobile vendors who typically set up at this spot.

You will be able to use a public restroom at Dorada Beach.

With that said, you will need to remember that even though there are some comforts on location at Dorada Beach, it will be found inside a popular area that can get crowded. As such, if you think the amenities make or break a trip, naturally, it's an appropriate motivator to get there in the morning before the crowds do or going to a beach in a more remote area. If you arrive later, you could possibly lose the chance to fully enjoy all the services that the beach offers.

What's Nearby


Dorada Beach is beautiful natural site, which you'll find on the Dominican Republic's North coast; this area boasts other attractions such as Grand Paradise Playa Dorada Casino, which is not very far away, so tourists could take a cab or probably walk to this attraction.

Historical attractions such as Carcel San Felipe provide a nice compliment to the scenery of Dorada Beach, and allow visitors to learn more about the Dominican Republic, without having to leave the coast. In fact, this coastline is located three and a half miles to the west of this interesting historical site.

Beaches are one type of attraction you can visit, but there's plenty else to see during your stay. The following chart includes some other attractions close-by.

Activities and Attractions Near Dorada Beach
Attraction Type Distance Direction Island
Grand Paradise Playa Dorada Casino Casino 0.1 mi. W --
Amsha Paradise Beach Club & Casino Casino 0.2 mi. NW --
Playa Dorada Golf Course Golf Course 0.3 mi. W --
Costa Azul Golf Course 0.5 mi. SW --
Yasika Adventures Zip Line Site 1.0 mi. SSW --
Monumento Hermanas Mirabal Monument 1.6 mi. WNW --
Brugal Rum Factory Operating Distillery 2.0 mi. WNW --
Puerto Plata Beach Resort Casino Casino 2.5 mi. NW --
Carcel San Felipe Historical Site 3.5 mi. W --
Tropical Casino Casino 3.7 mi. W --
Amber Museum Museum 3.9 mi. WNW --
Galeria De Ambar Art Gallery 4.0 mi. NW --

Cities and Towns

Tourists at Dorada Beach who are seeking further attractions might want to consider making the trip to Puerto Plata, because it's close-by and is an active, busy area. From the beach, Puerto Plata is not far away, about three and a half miles (five and a half kilometers).


The number of other people sharing spots in the sand can vary widely, depending on everything from the time the sun sets to how full the nearby hotels are. Typically, you can expect to encounter quite a few vacationers who are staying in the area.

Vacationers seeking a room not far from Dorada Beach shouldn't find it very tough, as there are plenty of accommodations to choose from in the surrounding area. You will find the closest and most convenient booking options by looking over those listed below.

Accommodations near Dorada Beach
Hotel Distance Direction Type
Casa Colonial Beach And Spa 0.0 mi. N Hotel
Sunscape Puerto Plata 0.1 mi. NW Resort
Bluebay Villas Doradas 0.1 mi. SW Resort
Occidental Allegro Puerto Plata 0.2 mi. S Resort
Vh Gran Ventana Beach Resort All-inclusive 0.2 mi. NW Hotel
Grand Paradise Playa Dorada 0.2 mi. NW Resort
Paradise Beach Resort & Casino 0.3 mi. NW Resort
Hotel Dorado Club Resort 0.3 mi. W Resort
Celuisma Tropical Playa Dorada 0.4 mi. WNW Resort
Fun Royale and Fun Tropicale All-Inclusive Resorts 0.4 mi. SW Resort


A trip to the beach isn't complete until you walk to a nearby restaurant, where you'll be able to get a taste of the local fare, without having to stray too far. One of the closest restaurants is Lucia. This restaurant offers both Caribbean and Fusion dishes on the menu. You and your group can get to this restaurant and start eating in just a few minutes as it's just a little ways away.

A list of nearby restaurants is shown below.

Restaurants near Dorada Beach
Restaurant Name Phone Cuisine Style Distance Direction
Lucia (809) 320-3232 Caribbean, Fusion Fine Dining 0.0 mi. N
Veranda (809) 320-3232 International Very Casual 0.0 mi. N
Al Fresco (809) 320-1137 International Informal 0.2 mi. W
Angie's Coffee and Hamburgers (809) 320-1250 American Very Casual 0.2 mi. W
Coco Bongo (809) 320-2259 Mexican Very Casual 0.2 mi. W
Hemingway's Bar and Grill (809) 320-2230 American Very Casual 0.2 mi. W
Pizza Hut Puerto Plata (829) 200-2020 Italian Very Casual 0.2 mi. W
Roadway (809) 320-5355 American Very Casual 0.2 mi. W
Senor Rock (809) 320-2259 American Very Casual 0.2 mi. W
Green Jack Restaurant (809) 320-3800 Caribbean Informal 0.7 mi. W
Cariatides Bamboo Restaurant (809) 320-3434 International, Italian Informal 1.5 mi. WNW
Restaurant Pizzeria Portofino (809) 261-2423 Italian -- 2.3 mi. WNW

Other Beaches

Of course, you'll find other beaches besides Dorada Beach in the Dominican Republic.

You may also enjoy Playa Chiquita, located nine miles away.

The Dominican Republic offers endless ways to discover its natural beauty, so visiting Dorada Beach is just one way you can enjoy a sunny afternoon.


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