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.

Set in the northwestern outskirts of Rio San Juan, this beach is on the North coast of Hispaniola. You might want whether or not you are staying very close.

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, restrooms will not be available here, which is something to consider if you're bringing the kids, or plan to spend all day outside. Conveniently, guests will have access to lounge chairs at this destination. Happily, the off-shore waters are fit for snorkeling, so purchase or rent some gear if you want to check out what lies beneath the surface.

What's Nearby


Found on the North coast of Hispaniola. Guests might consider staying at the Hotel Bahia Blanca, it can be found about a hundred yards away, making it perhaps the closest place to stay accessible from Playa Rio San Juan, despite the lack of other popular spots in the area.

Cities and Towns

This beach is very close to Rio San Juan, so exploring the city is a convenient option. Not far away you'll find Rio San Juan, a city which is a neat region that strikes a balance between island tranquility and urbanization. From the coast, Rio San Juan is a quick trip away, maybe three quarters of a mile (a kilometer).


Whether or not you encounter a lot of other visitors will depend on if you visit during a popular season, which is often indicated by how busy the hotels are. There are not many large hotels nearby, but it's often visited by guests from smaller lodgings in the area.


If you're on the beach and start to get the munchies, don't worry, there are lots of nearby options when it comes to dining. Cafe de Paris is one of the closest eateries. This restaurant has both French and Italian cuisines. They are also known for their seafood.

The table below lists restaurant options near this shoreline.

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

Of course, Playa Rio San Juan is just one of many beaches you might like on Hispaniola.

Another location you may want to try is Rogelio Beach, located not a great distance away, which means a short ride in a taxi should put you in the right spot to check out this other choice.

Perhaps Playa Rio San Juan is the most convenient coastline for you to visit, but some travelers itch to explore more; if so, there are other beaches and natural attractions in the Dominican Republic you might like.


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