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.

Positioned 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 are staying in the vicinity. Vacationers who seek a stunning shoreline in a secluded part of town might really enjoy an afternoon at Macao Beach.

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.

Unfortunately, public restrooms aren't available.

If you choose shores that grant a relaxing enclave, then you may want to try Macao Beach; it is back in a more rural area of Hispaniola.

What's Nearby


Visitors will find this beach on the East coast of Hispaniola; it will be near other attractions like Hard Rock Casino Punta Cana, which is four and a half miles to the southeast.

If you're looking for other nearby attractions or activity options, the beach is located near the attractions in the following table.

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 town of Friusa is close-by and is in an area with plenty of worthwhile sites, while still remaining less developed and congested as some other places. From Macao Beach, Friusa is located roughly eight and a half miles (13 and a half kilometers) away.


The popularity of this spot on any given day can vary, depending on when you visit, and how many people have booked nearby hotels. Macao Beach is not located near many major hotels, but you may see visitors from smaller accommodations in the area.

Travelers trying to find a place to stay near Macao Beach shouldn't find it very difficult, as there are lots of hotels to pick from in the vicinity. Find the closest and most convenient booking options by viewing those shown in the following table.

Accommodations near Macao Beach
Hotel Distance Direction Type
Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Punta Cana 4.5 SE Resort
Riu Republica 4.9 SE Hotel
Barceló Punta Cana 5.1 SE Resort


If you visit the beach around lunchtime the area around this beach has plenty to offer, and you won't have to look too far from the sea. One of the closest places to eat is CX. The restaurant has eclectic food. You'll have the option of walking or taking a cab since it's only a short distance away.

A few nearby dining options are listed in the following table.

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

Vacationers who are looking for the ideal beach will have lots of choices besides Macao Beach.

Travelers who like this beach might also enjoy Bavaro Beach, situated within taxi range of the coast. On the other hand, Uvero Alto Beach offers more action, and is closer to other tourist hot-spots. You'll find it six miles to the northwest.

Another sun-drenched spot to consider is Arena Gorda Beach, located a mile to the east.

While the Dominican Republic has many alluring attractions, visiting Macao Beach or the other beautiful beaches in the area can make your time in the Dominican Republic even more memorable.


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