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Home to 1,000 miles of gorgeous coastline, the Dominican Republic is an ideal beach destination. And it's one of the countries currently open to travelers. From a secluded island paradise to the country's most famous beach—Punta Cana—here's our five choices for an incredible beach getaway.
Our 5 Favorite Dominican Republic Beaches
The Dominican Republic is known for many things… its tropical rainforests, rich culture, famous golf courses, and of course, its beaches. This Caribbean country is home to 1,000 miles of coastline and over 200 beaches that range from brilliant white sand to a handful of beautiful black sand in the southwest. With so many to choose from, the options can be overwhelming. We’ve narrowed it down to five of our very favorites.
Often featured on lists boasting the top 10 Caribbean beaches, Playa Rincón is situated on the eastern coast of the Samaná peninsula where 2,000-foot high cliffs tower over the shore. It’s truly a stunning location to relax and soak up the sun. It’s a trek to get to the beach itself, but once you’re there it’s well worth the effort. The powdery sand is absolutely perfect and it’s highlighted by stunningly-clear turquoise waters ideal for snorkeling.
Positioned along the Amber Coast approximately 10 minutes east of downtown Puerto Plata, visitors often arrive from the two main resort areas nearby. Playa Dorada is a reef-protected beach with wide stretches that are Blue Flag-certified for their water quality and services. There’s plenty to do here beyond just taking in the natural beauty. Water sports enthusiasts can try windsurfing, water skiing, surfing, and banana boat tubing.
Located on the eastern coast of the Dominican Republic, Punta Cana is perhaps the island’s most frequented destination and its illustrious beach one of the biggest reasons. Punta Cana is an ultimate tourist spot, with luxurious all-inclusive hotels lining the silky-smooth shores. This 20-mile stretch of beach boasts wide, golden sand shores complimented by calm waters safe for year-long swimming.
Playa Boca Chica
The fine, pristine beach of Boca Chica is considered another one of the Caribbean’s best beaches. The waters are protected by coral reefs, producing relatively calm waters that make it perfect for families with younger children. It’s also a beach ideal for anyone looking to pair shore time with city time, as it is located only 20 miles from the country’s capital city, Santo Domingo. A dynamic blend of historic neighborhoods with centuries-old architecture and modern art galleries, shops, and cuisine, it’s a great way to spend an afternoon after a morning at Playa Boca Chica.
This island is set off the Samaná peninsula, near the mouth of the Bahía de Samaná, and possesses one of the premier beaches in the Dominican Republic. A short ferry ride from the mainland, you’ll feel like you’re stepping into a secluded paradise. Come prepared though, because secluded also means very little in the way of facilities. Pack a picnic lunch and plenty of drinks. Active visitors can also experience the hiking trails along the foliage-covered hills, cooling off after with a dip into the azure sea.
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La Romana is the seventh-largest city in the Dominican Republic. The city is a hub for a growing tourist industry with several nearby local resort spots, such as the beachfront Bayahibe, Dominicus, Casa de Campo, and the growing number of golf resorts that surround the area.
Punta Cana is part of the newly created Punta Cana-Bávaro-Veron-Macao municipal district in La Altagracia, the easternmost province of the Dominican Republic. The area is best known for its beaches and balnearios, which face both the Caribbean and Atlantic, and it has been a popular tourist destination since the 1970s. The Punta Cana area has an estimated population of 100,000 with a growth rate of 6%. To the north, it borders the village and beach of Cabeza de Toro, and then the Bávaro and El Cortecito beaches. The nearest city, the 500-year-old capital of the Province Higüey, is 45 kilometres (28 mi) away, and it takes about an hour to drive there. Europeans, particularly Spanish hotel chains, own all but two of the 50+ megaresorts of the Punta Cana tourism destination.
Santo Domingo, known officially as Santo Domingo de Guzmán, is the capital and largest city in the Dominican Republic. Its metropolitan population was 2,084,852 in 2003, and estimated at 2,253,437 in 2006. The city is located on the Caribbean Sea, at the mouth of the Ozama River. Founded by Bartholomew Columbus in 1496, it is the oldest continuously inhabited European settlement in the Americas, and was the first seat of Spanish colonial rule in the New World. It lies within the boundaries of the Distrito Nacional (D.N.; "National District"), itself bordered on three sides by Santo Domingo Province.
San Felipe de Puerto Plata, Puerto de Plata, often referred to as simply Puerto Plata, is the ninth-largest city in the Dominican Republic, and capital of the province of Puerto Plata. The city serves as one of the most important trading ports in the country. Puerto Plata is famous for resorts such as Playa Dorada and Costa Dorada, located east of San Felipe de Puerto Plata. There are a total of 100,000 hotel beds in the city. The only aerial tramway in the Caribbean is located in Puerto Plata, in which visitors can ride up to the Pico Isabel de Torres, a 793 meter high mountain within the city. The amber museum, is also a well-known attraction in this city. La Isabela, a settlement built by Christopher Columbus, is located near Puerto Plata.