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.

Located in Playa Dorada, Dorada Beach is on the North coast of the Dominican Republic. You might want to drop by even if you aren't staying in the vicinity. Although travel usually involves making dozens of little decisions, picking the right beach can mean the difference between a stressful and a relaxing afternoon. Dorada Beach is one of many fun beaches in the Dominican Republic to consider.

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.

There is also a concession stand available. If available, you could also buy food from one of the mobile vendors who are generally found here.

Restrooms are available at Dorada Beach.

Dorada Beach as well as its offering of conveniences happens to be located inside an active, busy area. Taking that into consideration, if you know that the amenities are a crucial feature, it'll be an appropriate reason to make it there earlier in the morning before the other people show up or perhaps go to a different beach away from the major areas. Or you could find all those comforts being too busy.

What's Nearby


Beachgoers will find Dorada Beach on the Dominican Republic's North coast; it's located near attractions like Grand Paradise Playa Dorada Casino, which is a couple hundred yards away.

Historic attractions, including Carcel San Felipe, offer a nice compliment to the scenery of Dorada Beach, and allow visitors to learn more about the Dominican Republic, without having to go too far from the beach. As a matter of fact, this coast is three and a half miles from this place of historical significance.

There are options for close-by activities so you won't get bored. Attractions close to this beach can be found in the following table.

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

Dorada Beach visitors seeking some additional excitement might want to think about going to Puerto Plata, which is nearby and is a particularly bustling part of the Dominican Republic. From the beach, Puerto Plata is just up the road, maybe three and a half miles (five and a half kilometers).


The mood here——social and lively, or virtually empty—— will be influenced by everything from the time of day to the capacity of nearby hotels. At this beach, you can expect to see a fair amount of vacationers who are staying in the area.

Since this beach is situated in a fairly touristed area, it usually isn't very tough to find exactly the kind of hotel you're looking for nearby. If you and your party are looking to book a place that's near the beach, the table that follows lists the closest options to Dorada Beach.

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


If someone in your group starts to get a little hungry at the beach, it's alright because you'll have plenty of places to dine, without having to go too far. One of the closest restaurants is Lucia. The restaurant offers both Caribbean and Fusion menu items. When you start to get hungry, you won't need to wait too long to eat as it's only a short distance away.

The table below lists dining options near this beach.

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, there are more fantastic beaches besides Dorada Beach in the Dominican Republic.

You may also want to consider Playa Chiquita, located within the range of a cab.

Perhaps Dorada Beach is the most convenient coastline for you to visit, but some travelers itch to explore more; in which case you should find a beach with a seclusion factor that suits you.


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