Arena Gorda Beach

Located in Higüey, Arena Gorda is a public beach complete with lifeguards daily from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Set in a resort area, the beach is always busy,but has a wide selection of amenities and stands where you can rent equipment for watersports.

Located in the vicinity of Punta Cana, 1.6 miles east of El Macao, Arena Gorda Beach is on the East coast of Hispaniola. You should consider stopping by even if you are not staying in the immediate vicinity. The beaches in the Dominican Republic aren't usually known for their peace and quiet, but Arena Gorda Beach is a little bit further from the crowds, making it a good choice for travelers who want to stay away from big crowds, but still get the most out of their beach visit.

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.

Please note that public restrooms are not available, so if you're visiting with small children you might want to consider a different location.

If you usually go for shores that offer those who visit a peaceful place to escape, then maybe head on over to Arena Gorda Beach; it's located within a more natural part of the region.

What's Nearby


You'll find this beach on the East coast of Hispaniola. It is near some interesting sites like Hard Rock Casino Punta Cana, which is a brief taxi ride's distance, and it is one of a number of area's attractions.

If you're looking for plenty of activities to keep you or your family busy, the beach is located near the attractions in the following table.

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 nearby town of Friusa is in an area with interesting things to do and see, but isn't as sprawling and crowded as some other areas. From Arena Gorda Beach, Friusa is about seven and a half miles (12 kilometers) away.


How many other people you encounter at Arena Gorda Beach will vary depending on the time of day, particularly in the high season when hotels overflow with tourists. Arena Gorda Beach is not located near many major hotels, but you may meet guests staying at some of the area's smaller options.

Because this beach is located in a relatively touristed area, it typically isn't that difficult to find a hotel close-by that suits you tastes. For guests hoping to get a place that's on or near the beach, the following table lists the closest 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


If you're on the beach and start to get the munchies, don't worry, you'll have many local dishes to choose from at nearby establishments. One of the nearest restaurants is Cafetto. The restaurant has American cuisine. The restaurant is pretty nearby, so a quick car or cab ride is a convenient way to get there.

The table below provides a list of restaurants closest to this beach.

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

Travelers looking for a beach that's right for them will have lots of choices besides Arena Gorda Beach.

You might also want to visit Punta Cana Beach, which is located 20 and a half miles away.

The Dominican Republic has some unforgettable natural wonders to explore, and Arena Gorda Beach offers just one way to spend time outdoors.


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