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 should consider stopping by even if you aren't staying very close. Even if you love being in the middle of all the action, there are some perks to visiting a beach that hasn't been "discovered" by thousands of tourists; relatively untouched parts of the coast like Macao Beach might not be typical "beach scenes", but are nice and private.

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.

Keep in mind that restrooms won't be found on-site, which is something to consider if you plan to spend a full day in the sun.

If you tend to choose beaches which provide a quiet experience, then you should enjoy Macao Beach; it's hidden away within a less urbanized part of the region.

What's Nearby


Macao Beach is on the Dominican Republic's East coast. It is near some interesting sites like Hard Rock Casino Punta Cana, which is seen four and a half miles away, and it is one of a number of local attractions.

If a visit to the Macao Beach isn't enough to keep you busy all afternoon, you'll find the closest ones 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

Nearby, you'll find the town of Friusa, which is an interesting area that brings together the quietude of the Caribbean and the urbanization of city life. From the beach, Friusa is about eight and a half miles (13 and a half kilometers) away.


How many other people you encounter at Macao Beach will vary depending on the time of day, particularly in the high season when hotels overflow with tourists. There aren't many major hotels in the immediate vicinity, but you may meet guests from smaller accommodations in the area.

Guests looking for a place to stay not far from the beach won't find it very difficult, as there are lots of hotels and resorts to choose from in the surrounding area. You'll find the closest booking options by looking over what's shown in the table that follows.

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


One of the tastiest ways to compliment a balmy beach afternoon is to dine at a local restaurant, where you can dive into the Dominican Republic's specialty dishes, without going too far from the coast. One of the nearest places to eat is CX. The restaurant offers a menu of eclectic cuisine. You and your group can get to this restaurant and start eating in just a few minutes since it's just a short distance away.

The following table lists places to eat near this beach.

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

There are plenty of beautiful beach locations to choose from on Hispaniola, so Macao Beach is just one of your options.

You might also enjoy Bavaro Beach, found within the range of a taxi. But, if you're interested in a more active beach, you might enjoy people watching at Uvero Alto Beach. It's located six miles to the northwest.

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

You may find that Macao Beach is a great fit for your vacation, but maybe you want to see more; in which case there are other beaches (and other outdoor attractions) worth trying.


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