Crystal clear ocean, lush green mountain ranges, deliciously diverse food, and amazingly friendly people: Puerto Plata really does have it all. Did I mention the warm sun?? Recently I had the [...]
White sand beaches that seem to endlessly run into the horizon, punctuated with slim coconut trees reaching the skies: it’s what the Dominican Republic is best known for. South to east, and north, you will keep busy finding your favorite plot of sand along our 1,600-kilometer (1,000-mile) sandy coastline. Over 200 beaches—many of which remain uncrowded and undeveloped—line the Caribbean and the Atlantic coastlines, ranging from a brilliant white to a handful of black sand stretching southwest. Visit Punta Cana’s world-renowned 48-kilometer (30-mile) stretch, but also consider Samaná’s world-ranked beaches such as Playa Rincón. On the north coast, you’ll be spoiled for choice, from Playa Cabarete to Playa Grande, or Playa Punta Rucia. Go off-the-beaten track to Playa El Valle, or Playa Frontón—reached by boat—sure to leave you speechless.
Caribbean-facing beaches are safe year round, while our northern coastline requires more attention to weather conditions before swimming. Sundays are family beach day for Dominicans, and you’ll find plenty of food and music.
Palm-studded, continuous diamond white beaches are synonymous with Punta Cana, but the DR’s stunning beaches extend countrywide.
While Puerto Plata’s city waterfront is lined with multiple beaches, the most social of them all is Long Beach. Weekend crowds flock here, particularly near sunset and into the night to enjoy the widest stretch of sand where a couple of beachside bars await.
A secluded, undeveloped white sand beach punctuated with rows of palm trees, and facing a wide, shallow turquoise natural pool, Palmilla is the ultimate Caribbean paradise.
Playa Alicia is one of the DR’s most recent beaches, formed over the last decade from sand shifting over to this location. Also known as the “miracle beach,” its ultra-wide, blond stretch sits below a couple of restaurants and cafés.
The private beach club near Samaná city offers changing rooms, a restaurant, nice bathrooms and rental loungers. Day passes available.
Playa Arena Gorda is flanked on either side by all-inclusive resorts, including the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino. Its wide shore with thick, white sands and turquoise waves make it a favorite spot for long walks, body boarding, or simply lounging on the sand all day.
Sitting at the foot of towering cliffs, and reached via a staircase from a hotel above the beach, this romantic cove has a part pebble stone and part white sand beach with turquoise waters and active waves.
Small yet photogenic, this white pebble stone beach is most popular with surfers for its big swells and with fishermen who head out daily, while the undertow keeps the swimmers away. It’s worth a stop for a stroll and scenic views of Barahona’s coastline.
World-famous Bávaro Beach–often lumped into the general “Punta Cana” reference–ranks among the longest, most continuous white sand beaches in the Caribbean. Extending 48 kilometers (30 miles) and surrounded with coral reefs, it’s also the most developed section of this Punta Cana resort area.
Occupied in part with fishing boats, Playa Bayahibe’s scenic white sand stretches are uncrowded, and lined with lively seaside bars and restaurants.
Bayahíbe, La Romana
Playa Blanca is a hub of water sports, good food, and beachside relaxation. Try out kitesurfing or stand-up paddle boarding (SUP) lessons, or join in on a diving and snorkeling excursion nearby.