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 whether or not you're staying in the vicinity. You may notice that beaches throughout the Dominican Republic are usually somewhat secluded and quiet, but Dorada Beach is a little different.

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.

The snack bar located at this spot is perfect for quick lunches and cold drinks, too. If available, you could also order lunch from one of the local vendors who typically set up on this shoreline.

There are public restrooms at this beach——something you'll appreciate if you bring the kids along.

Though, you ought to see that even if there are luckily some forms of conveniences (BLANK) if you go to Dorada Beach, it can be located in an area popular among tourist. If you would rather stay free of busy-beaches and crowded shores, it should be a smart reason to make plans to visit to beat all the other tourists, for example heading to the beach earlier in the morning. If you come later, you might risk all of the services becoming overwhelmed.

What's Nearby


The beach is wonderful, but the surrounding area has a lot to offer, too. Look for it on the Dominican Republic's North coast. Grand Paradise Playa Dorada Casino is only a short distance away, so tourists could take a cab or probably walk to this attraction, and it is one of a few attractions in the region.

Historical attractions like Carcel San Felipe provide a great compliment to the natural beauty of Dorada Beach, and they give vacationers the chance to learn more about the Dominican Republic, without having to stray too far from the beach. Actually, this site can be found three and a half miles to the west of this historical destination.

With the choice of exciting activities nearby, you'll never run out of things to do. 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 --
The American Casino Casino 0.2 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 --
Yaskia 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 --

Cities and Towns

Guests visiting Dorada Beach who are hoping to find some additional excitement might consider going to Puerto Plata, which is not far away and is a particularly bustling part of the Dominican Republic. From the shore, Puerto Plata is a quick trip away, about three and a half miles (five and a half kilometers).


The number of other vacationers sharing this coastline can vary widely, it depends on many factors: the time of sundown, happy hour, even how many people have booked rooms nearby. At this beach, you can expect to share the sand with more than a few travelers staying at the closest accommodations.

Guests trying to find a place to stay close to the beach should find themselves in luck, as there are lots of hotels and resorts to choose from in the surrounding area. You can find the closest, most convenient lodging options by looking over those listed in the following table.

Accommodations near Dorada Beach
Hotel Distance Direction Type
Casa Colonial Beach And Spa 0.0 mi. N Hotel
Barcelo Puerto Plata All Inclusive 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


Because restaurants near the beach catch the freshest seafood and the balmiest breezes, don't miss your chance to visit an area restaurant, where you'll be able to try foods you've never heard of before, without having to stray too far. One of the nearest places to eat is Lucia. The restaurant serves both Caribbean and Fusion menu items. Some guests will choose to take a cab here, while others will want to walk since it's not far off the beach at all.

The table below provides a list of nearby restaurant options.

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

Travelers looking for a beach that's right for them in the Dominican Republic will have lots of options besides Dorada Beach.

Another location you may want to try is Playa Chiquita, located just a cab ride away.

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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