Playa Rio San Juan

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A smaller beach, Playa Rio San Juan is mainly used by the locals and the nearby resort. However, the quaint beach is a nice way to spend some time if visiting the town of Rio San Juan.

Located in the northwestern outskirts of Rio San Juan, this beach is on the North coast of Hispaniola. You should think about stopping by even if you aren't staying particularly close by.

Amenities and Ambiance

Just like most of the island's beaches, Playa Rio San Juan is backed by a wall of trees that block the city from the beach. And while the beach may not be unique, it is still a tropical beach with soft sand, calm water, and a tropical breeze. It is, however, easily accessible and less active than some other in-town beaches.

Unfortunately, public restrooms aren't available, but you may be able to find facilities at a nearby business. Luckily, beach chairs are available for guests hoping for a place to relax by the water. Fortunately, the water here is of good snorkeling quality, so bring along some equipment if you want to do some underwater exploration.

What's Nearby


This pleasant stretch of sand known as Playa Rio San Juan is on the North coast of Hispaniola. It's located near the Hotel Bahia Blanca and any nearby accommodations, which can be found about a hundred yards to the northeast, making it perhaps the most conveniently located lodging option near Playa Rio San Juan, despite there not being too many other popular spots you can drive to.

Cities and Towns

This beach is close to Rio San Juan, so you can explore the city after your visit to the beach. The city of Rio San Juan is close-by and is a neat region that strikes a balance between island tranquility and urbanization. From the beach, Rio San Juan isn't far off, roughly three quarters of a mile (a kilometer).


The mood here——social and lively, or virtually empty—— will be influenced by everything from the time of day to the capacity of nearby hotels. This beach is not near many large hotels, but you may encounter guests staying at smaller accommodations in the area.


One of the best ways to round off a laid-back trek to the beach is to enjoy a meal at an area restaurant, where you'll be able to get a taste of the local fare, without having to go far. One of the closest places to eat is Cafe de Paris. This restaurant serves both French and Italian menu items. They are also known for their seafood.

The table below lists dining options near this beach.

Restaurants near Playa Rio San Juan
Restaurant Name Phone Cuisine Style Distance Direction
Cafe de Paris (809) 778-0687 French, Italian Informal 0.2 mi. E
Restaurante and Reposteria Teresa -- Latin American Very Casual 0.3 mi. ESE
Cheo's Cafe (809) 589-2377 Latin American Very Casual 0.3 mi. ESE
D' Luiggi Pizerraa (809) 589-2054 -- -- -- --
Restaurante Yolis -- -- -- 1.0 mi. SSE
El Chiringuito Italian Restaurant (809) 226-1590 Italian Informal 4.1 mi. WSW
El Rincón Mexicano Tex-Mex Restaurant (809) 226-1590 Tex-Mex Informal 4.1 mi. WSW
Orquídea Mediterranean Restaurant (809) 226-1590 Mediterranean Fine Dining 4.1 mi. WSW
Restaurante Brisa (809) 226-1590 International Informal 4.1 mi. WSW

Other Beaches

Hispaniola has many beaches, so Playa Rio San Juan is just one of your options.

Travelers may also want to consider Rogelio Beach, which is located four miles away.

The Dominican Republic offers endless ways to discover its natural beauty, and Playa Rio San Juan offers just one way to spend time outdoors.


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