Macao Beach

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Once one of the Dominican Republic's most beautiful and unspoiled beaches, things are changing at Macao Beach. Construction of a sprawling resort is going on at the beach that will change the landscape or good. For now, though, Macao remains a lovely place to spend a day at the beach.

Located in the vicinity of Punta Cana, 0.7 miles east-northeast of El Macao, Macao Beach is on the East coast of Hispaniola. You might think about stopping by whether or not you're staying particularly close by. Macao Beach is a distinguishable relaxation spot because it's the ideal location for escaping the typical tourist haunts. Most other beaches you'll come across in the Dominican Republic may be just as pretty, but tend to be busier because they border some of the area's most popular resorts.

How to Access The Beach

Macao Beach is located at the end of Carretera Higuey. In fact, the road dead ends right into the sand where you can park.

Amenities and Ambiance

The view from the shore of Macao is of cliffs to the right and clear turquoise waters as far as the eye can see. Back on land, the beach is tan with clusters of coconut palms providing shade.

Please note that public restrooms are not available.

If you find that you choose beach days that bring visitors a quiet haven, then think about trying out Macao Beach; it is tucked away in a much quieter sector of the region.

What's Nearby


Visitors will find this beach on the East coast of Hispaniola; the area hosts attractions such as Hard Rock Casino Punta Cana, which is four and a half miles away.

Beaches are nice for a few hours here and there, but there will be more options available in the Dominican Republic. The following chart includes some other attractions close-by.

Activities and Attractions Near Macao Beach
Attraction Type Distance Direction Island
Hard Rock Casino Punta Cana Casino 4.5 SE Hispaniola
Hard Rock Golf Club at Cana Bay Golf Course 5.0 SE Hispaniola
Punta Blanca Golf Course Golf Course 6.1 SE Hispaniola
Casino Riu Palace Macao Casino 6.5 SE Hispaniola
Iberostar Casino Casino 6.8 SE Hispaniola

Cities and Towns

The closest town is Friusa, which is noted for its balance between seclusion and urbanization. From Macao Beach, Friusa isn't out of reach at eight and a half miles (13 and a half kilometers) away.


The mood here——social and lively, or virtually empty—— will depend on many factors, including the capacity of nearby hotels. This spot is not near many large hotels, but it's often visited by guests from the few small lodgings in the area.

Those seeking a place to stay near the beach won't find it that tough, as there are lots of hotels and resorts to choose from in the vicinity. Find the closest hotel booking options by viewing what's shown in the following table.

Accommodations near Macao Beach
Hotel Distance Direction Type
Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Punta Cana 4.5 SE Resort
Barceló Punta Cana 5.1 SE Resort
Memories Splash 5.3 SE Resort


When you're starving for a midday meal, the area near this beach provides some viable options, so there's no need to go too far from the shore. One of the nearest restaurants is CX. The restaurant serves delicious eclectic cuisine. When you start to get hungry, you won't need to wait too long to eat as it's just a little ways away.

Nearby dining options are shown in the table below.

Restaurants near Macao Beach
Restaurant Name Phone Cuisine Style Distance Direction
CX (809) 221-2121 Eclectic Informal 2.9 mi. NW
Elements (809) 221-2121 International Informal 2.9 mi. NW
Hunter (809) 221-2121 International Informal 2.9 mi. NW
Insomnia (809) 221-2121 International Informal 2.9 mi. NW
Munchies (809) 221-2121 American Very Casual 2.9 mi. NW
Pescari (809) 221-2121 Asian Informal 2.9 mi. NW
Tagine (809) 221-2121 Moroccan Informal 2.9 mi. NW
Vespa (809) 221-2121 Italian Informal 2.9 mi. NW
Barefoot Grill (809) 221-4646 American Very Casual -- --
Bites (809) 221-4646 International Informal -- --
Coco Cafe (809) 221-4646 Eclectic Very Casual -- --
Coquette (809) 221-4646 French Fine Dining -- --

Other Beaches

Hispaniola has many beaches, so if Macao Beach doesn't sound like your type of scene, you have options.

Travelers who like this beach might also enjoy Bavaro Beach, located within the range of a taxi. If you're on the lookout for more active and social, Uvero Alto Beach may be just what you're looking for. You'll find it six miles to the northwest.

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

While the Dominican Republic has many alluring attractions, Macao Beach is both a relaxing, sunny hangout and a stunning natural feature.


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