Long Beach

The waters that wash ashore of Long Beach in Puerto Plata come from the Atlantic Ocean, which means they can be rough and tall at times. Still, the view of the sea from the shore is enough to keep the beach relatively populated during tourist season.

Located three quarters of a mile east-southeast of downtown Puerto Plata, Long Beach is on the North edge of the Dominican Republic. You should think about stopping by even if you are not staying in the immediate vicinity. Those of you who want the best of both worlds——a sense of seclusion, but the option for activity—— may find that Long Beach is just the right spot. It's just slightly removed from the center of it all, but it's also not completely secluded.

How to Access The Beach
Exit off Avenida General Gregorio Luperon near Hotel Caracol Puerto Plata to access Long Beach.`

Amenities and Ambiance

A thick collection of trees forms around Long Beach, forcing it into a half moon shape, despite the beach not cutting into the shore like a typical crescent moon bay. The sand is tan and the waters are aquamarine.

Unfortunately, you won't find any public restrooms along this coastline, which is something to consider if you plan to spend a full day in the sun.

Since Long Beach will be located in an area commonly frequented by travelers, you might want consider the time when you plan your visit.

What's Nearby

Attractions

Long Beach is on the Dominican Republic's North coast. It is near some interesting sites like Puerto Plata Beach Resort Casino, which is seen a few hundred yards to the northwest, and it is one of a few the area's interesting attractions.

If you're interested in learning more about the history of the Dominican Republic, some of the nearby attractions offer a historical perspective of the country. One of the nearest historical attractions is Carcel San Felipe, which is a mile and a half to the west-southwest.

If a visit to the Long Beach isn't enough to keep you busy all afternoon, the beach is located near the attractions in the following table.

Activities and Attractions Near Long Beach
Attraction Type Distance Direction Island
Puerto Plata Beach Resort Casino Casino 0.2 mi. NW --
Brugal Rum Factory Operating Distillery 0.5 mi. S --
Monumento Hermanas Mirabal Monument 0.8 mi. SSE --
Carcel San Felipe Historical Site 1.6 mi. WSW --
Amber Museum Museum 1.7 mi. WNW --
Galeria De Ambar Art Gallery 1.7 mi. WNW --
Arte Taino Art Gallery 1.9 mi. WNW --
Faro Puerto Plata Lighthouse 2.0 mi. NW --
Amsha Paradise Beach Club & Casino Casino 2.1 mi. SE --
Birgenair Flight 301 Memorial Historical Site 2.1 mi. NW --
Playa Dorada Golf Course Golf Course 2.1 mi. SE --
Fortaleza San Felipe Historical Site 2.1 mi. NW --

Cities and Towns

Long Beach is very close to Puerto Plata, so a trip into the city is a definite option. Long Beach tourists looking for further attractions will want to think about heading to Puerto Plata, which is in the vicinity and is an especially active area of the Dominican Republic. From Long Beach, Puerto Plata is not far away, roughly one and an eighth miles (a kilometer and a half).

Hotels

How many other people you encounter at Long Beach will vary depending on the time of day, particularly in the high season when hotels overflow with tourists. You can typically expect to see a fair amount of visitors from lodgings in the area.

Because the beach is in a pretty popular vacation destination, it is not usually all that tough to find just the right kind of hotel nearby. For those wanting to find a place that's near the water, the table below lists the closest options to Long Beach.

Accommodations near Long Beach
Hotel Distance Direction Type
Portofino Guest House 0.2 mi. SSW Guest house
Hacienda Tropical -- -- Resort
Grand Oasis Marien All Inclusive Resort 0.9 mi. SE Resort
Iberostar Costa Dorada 1.0 mi. SE Resort
Puerto Plata Village Caribbean Resort and Beach Club 1.6 mi. SE Resort
Blue JackTar 1.7 mi. SE Hotel
Celuisma Tropical Playa Dorada 1.9 mi. SE Resort
Caribbean Village Playa Dorada 2.0 mi. SE Resort
Hotel Dorado Club Resort 2.0 mi. SE Resort
Paradise Beach Resort & Casino 2.0 mi. SE Resort

Food

If during your visit you start getting hungry, the area around this beach has plenty to offer, so you won't have to wander too far from the sea. One of the nearest restaurants is Restaurant Pizzeria Portofino. The restaurant serves delicious Italian food. When you start to get hungry, you won't need to wait too long to eat as it's only a short distance away.

A list of nearby restaurants is included in the following table.

Restaurants near Long Beach
Restaurant Name Phone Cuisine Style Distance Direction
Restaurant Pizzeria Portofino (809) 261-2423 Italian -- 0.2 mi. SSW
La Tarappa (809) 261-2423 Italian Informal 0.3 mi. SW
La Esquina De Pacheco -- -- -- 0.3 mi. SW
Kilometro Zero (809) 244-4346 -- -- 0.4 mi. WSW
Enzo's International Pizzeria (809) 586-4740 Italian Very Casual 0.5 mi. SW
Las Palmas Restaurante (809) 586-7065 Italian Informal 0.6 mi. W
Rancho El Mocanito (809) 261-7458 Creole Very Casual 0.8 mi. WSW
Cariatides Bamboo Restaurant (809) 320-3434 International, Italian Informal 0.9 mi. SE
Mares Restaurant (809) 261-3330 Creole Informal 1.1 mi. WNW
Tostacos & Sushito (809) 261-3330 Caribbean, International, Japanese, Mexican, Tex-Mex Very Casual 1.1 mi. WNW
La Leña Restaurant (809) 970-1013 -- -- 1.2 mi. WNW
Jamvi's -- -- -- 1.3 mi. WNW

Other Beaches

Needless to say, there are other beaches in the Dominican Republic besides Long Beach worth visiting.

If the active mood at Long Beach has you wanting more of the same, you'll want to consider checking out Bergantin Beach, a beach with a similar ambiance. You'll find it three miles to the southeast. If you were hoping to find a tranquil beach scene with few crowds, consider Cosita Rica Beach. You'll find it just a short distance away.

You might also want to visit Dorada Beach, which is located within a short distance.

The Dominican Republic has plenty to offer its visitors, and Long Beach is just one of the many options.

 

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