Arena Gorda Beach

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Located in the vicinity of Punta Cana, 1.6 miles east of El Macao, Arena Gorda Beach is on the East edge of Hispaniola. You might think about stopping by even if you aren't staying in the immediate vicinity. Those planning on making a stop at this beach can make the most of their relaxation time without having to wander too far from civilization.

How to Access The Beach
Arena Groda is located in Eastern Dominican Republic near East National Park. The parking lot is located about 300 meters away from the shore, and visitors can park there then walk through the hotel zone to the beach.

Amenities and Ambiance

Translated into English, Arena Gorda means "fat sand," which crudely describes the beach. Arena Gorda is a wide beach about 1000 meters long of white sand that slopes into the topaz waters. Because of this slow slope, the water is shallow and calm.

Keep in mind that restrooms won't be found on-site.

If you enjoy coasts that offer those who visit an angelic haven, then think about trying out Arena Gorda Beach; it is found within a less urbanized sector of Hispaniola.

What's Nearby


This beach is positioned on the East coast of Hispaniola; the area hosts attractions such as Hard Rock Casino Punta Cana, which is three and a half miles to the southeast of this spot.

With the choice of exciting activities nearby, you'll never run out of ways to stay busy. The following table contains a list of nearby attractions.

Activities and Attractions Near Arena Gorda Beach
Attraction Type Distance Direction Island
Hard Rock Casino Punta Cana Casino 3.7 SE Hispaniola
Hard Rock Golf Club at Cana Bay Golf Course 4.1 SE Hispaniola
Punta Blanca Golf Course Golf Course 5.2 SE Hispaniola
Casino Riu Palace Macao Casino 5.6 SE Hispaniola
Iberostar Casino Casino 5.9 SE Hispaniola

Cities and Towns

The closest town is Friusa, which is an interesting area that brings together the quietude of the Caribbean and the urbanization of city life. From the beach, Friusa isn't out of reach at seven and a half miles (12 kilometers) away.


Whether or not you encounter many other people will depend on if you visit during a popular season, which is often indicated by how busy the hotels are. This beach is not near many large hotels, but you may encounter guests staying at the few small lodgings in the area.

Since the beach is situated in a relatively popular vacation destination, it is not typically that tough to find exactly the type of hotel you're looking for close-by. If you're looking to book a place that's near the water, the following table lists the closest accommodation options to Arena Gorda Beach.

Accommodations near Arena Gorda Beach
Hotel Distance Direction Type
Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Punta Cana 3.7 mi. SE Resort
Riu Republica 4.0 mi. SE Hotel
Barceló Punta Cana 4.2 mi. SE Resort
Memories Splash 4.3 mi. SE Resort
Royalton Resort and Casino 4.3 mi. SE Resort
Majestic Elegance Punta Cana 4.5 mi. SE Hotel
Majestic Colonial Punta Cana Resort All-inclusive 4.5 mi. SE Resort
Luxury Bahia Principe Ambar Don Pablo Collection 5.0 mi. SE Resort
Grand Bahía Príncipe Bávaro 5.0 mi. SE Resort
Riu Palace Punta Cana 5.3 mi. SE Resort


When you get hungry for an afternoon snack, the area around this beach has plenty to offer, and you don't have to go far from these sands. One of the nearest places to eat is Cafetto. This restaurant has American cuisine. The restaurant is not far away, so hailing a cab is a good option.

The table below lists restaurant options near this shoreline.

Restaurants near Arena Gorda Beach
Restaurant Name Phone Cuisine Style Distance Direction
Cafetto (809) 731-0000 American Very Casual 3.7 mi. SE
Ciao (809) 731-0000 Italian Informal 3.7 mi. SE
Ipanema (809) 731-0000 Brazilian Informal 3.7 mi. SE
Isla (809) 731-0000 Caribbean -- 3.7 mi. SE
Los Gallos (809) 731-0000 Mexican Informal 3.7 mi. SE
Pizzeto (809) 731-0000 Mediterranean Very Casual 3.7 mi. SE
Simon Mansion (809) 754-0094 International Fine Dining 3.7 mi. SE
The Market (809) 731-0000 American Very Casual 3.7 mi. SE
Toro (809) 731-0000 American Informal 3.7 mi. SE
Zen (809) 731-0000 Chinese, Japanese Informal 3.7 mi. SE
CX (809) 221-2121 Eclectic Informal 3.8 mi. NW
Elements (809) 221-2121 International Informal 3.8 mi. NW

Other Beaches

Needless to say, there are other beaches on Hispaniola besides Arena Gorda Beach worth visiting.

Another sun-drenched spot to consider is Punta Cana Beach, which is located 20 and a half miles away.

Maybe Arena Gorda Beach is a perfect spot for you to kick back, and at the same time perhaps not the the ideal fit; if so, the Dominican Republic offers a variety of beaches for travelers who wish to try elsewhere.


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