Skip to content

Dominican Republic Beaches Guide

The 10 Best Beaches In Dominican Republic

Last Updated on June 14, 2024 ⋅ Written by Laura Schulthies ⋅ Edited by Daniel Mode

Dominican Republic Best Beaches
Dominican Republic Best Beaches

Welcome to Dominican Republic

The Dominican Republic is located on the island of Hispaniola and has some of the best beaches in the Caribbean. Whether you are looking for quiet and secluded or lively and fun, the Dominican Republic has a beach for everyone. The North side of the Dominican Republic is full of soft white sand beaches, which can be perfect for the water sports enthusiast. The South Caribbean coast can have white sand beaches and pebbled beaches. Meeting in the middle is the far east of the island, where the Atlantic meets the Caribbean Sea. This part of the island is full of luxury resorts and beautiful beaches. So no matter what type of beach vacation you are looking for, the Dominican Republic has you covered. Here we will discuss some of the best beaches in the Dominican Republic.

The Dominican Republic is located on the island of Hispaniola and has some of the best beaches in the Caribbean. Whether you are looking for quiet and secluded or lively and fun, the Dominican Republic has a beach for everyone. The North side of the Dominican Republic is full of soft white sand beaches, which can be perfect for the water sports enthusiast. The South Caribbean coast can have white sand beaches and pebbled beaches. Meeting in the middle is the far east of the island, where the Atlantic meets the Caribbean Sea. This part of the island is full of luxury resorts and beautiful beaches. So no matter what type of beach vacation you are looking for, the Dominican Republic has you covered. Here we will discuss some of the best beaches in the Dominican Republic.

Dominican Republic Map

Dominican Republic Map

The Best Dominican Republic Beaches

Bavaro Beach: Dominican Republic Beaches
Bavaro Beach: Dominican Republic Beaches

Bavaro Beach

Punta Cana

Bavaro Beach welcomes visitors with powdery white sand beaches and turquoise waters. Punta Cana is one of the premier areas of the Dominican Republic, with many all inclusive resorts along the beach. Bavaro Beach is perfect for swimming as the waters are calm and inviting. Past the roped-off swimming area of Bavaro Beach, visitors can participate in parasailing and boating. The shores of Bavaro Beach go on for miles. While there are many resorts and restaurants along the beach, visitors are welcome to walk along the coast to soak in all that Bavaro Beach has to offer.

Beach Amenities: Public Restrooms, Beach Vendors, Four Access Points (Bibijagua, Jellyfish, Corales and Cortecito), Public Parking.

Stay Nearby! Explore Bavaro hotels on TripAdvisor

Macao Beach: Dominican Republic Beaches
Macao Beach: Dominican Republic Beaches

Macao Beach

Punta Cana

One of the most stunning beaches in the Dominican Republic, Macao Beach (Playa Macao) is a wide, brilliantly ivory, palm-tree studded beach that surfers love. The natural beauty of Macao Beach and the lack of development makes it popular with both locals and visitors to the island. Located on the northern end of Punta Cana, the beach is known for its swells and trade winds. On-site surfing lessons are available year-round.

Beach Amenities: Public Restrooms, Street Parking, Easy Walkways and Pedestrian Sand Paths, Pedestrian Bridge Over Mangroves For Beach Access

Stay Nearby! Explore Punta Cana hotels on TripAdvisor

Sosua Beach: Dominican Republic Beaches
Sosua Beach: Dominican Republic Beaches

Sosua Beach

Sosua

Sosua Beach is set in a moon-shaped bay. This long stretch of beach is rimmed by green trees that provide ample shade to beachgoers. This beach is practically where the North Coast beach tourism began. The beach is known for its crystal clear waters and as an excellent snorkeling spot. In addition, Sosua Beach is famous for its great fishing, various water sports options, and yacht parties. Hundreds of stores, restaurants, and bars are waiting beyond the beach tree line.

Beach Amenities: Pay Restrooms, Limited Parking with a $2 USD charge, Beachside Vedors, No Cost For Beach Access

Stay Nearby! Explore Sosua hotels on TripAdvisor

Dominican Republic Best Beaches: Las Galeras
Dominican Republic Best Beaches: Las Galeras

Las Galeras Beach

Las Galeras

Close to the town of Rincon lies the gorgeous beaches of Las Galeras, where white sand beaches meet the blue and green hues of the ocean. Visitors can walk in either direction of the main beach to reach smaller tranquil beaches. La Playita, or Little Beach, is one of the smaller beaches along Las Galeras. This beach has calm waters which are perfect for swimming. There are a few resorts along the beach, but visitors can also catch a motoconcho or motorcycle taxi.

Beach Amenities: Public Restrooms, Public Beach Chairs, Loungers, and Umbrellas, Public Parking Lot, Beach Vendors

Stay Nearby! Explore Las Galeras hotels on TripAdvisor

Dominican Republic Best Beaches: Playa Rincon
Dominican Republic Best Beaches: Playa Rincon

Playa Rincon

Samana Peninsula

Playa Rincon is situated on the Samana Peninsula and can be reached by car or on a boat taxi from Las Galeras. Rincon Beach is quiet and underdeveloped, which makes for a great relaxing day by the water. The beach is picture perfect with palm trees shading the white sand beach meeting the aquamarine water and mountains appearing in the distance. The waves are soft, making swimming near the shore pleasant. Visitors can enjoy lunch at the small restaurant or grab some snacks at a few vendors near the parking lot. This is a perfect beach for those wanting a quieter day at the beach.

Beach Amenities: Public Restrooms, Parking Lot (Located Directly On The Beach), Public Loungers and Umbrellas, Easily Accessible, Senior Friendly

Stay Nearby! Explore Samana Province hotels on TripAdvisor

Dominican Republic Best Beaches: Kite Beach
Dominican Republic Best Beaches: Kite Beach

Kite Beach

Cabarete

If you’re looking for a beach that is a bit different, then you can head to Kite Beach on Cabarete. As the name hints, Kite Beach is one of the top kitesurfing destinations in the world. If you’re around in February, Kite Beach will be busy holding the world championship for watersports, the Master of the Ocean. The beach has a friendly atmosphere and even newbies are welcome to join in on the sport of kitesurfing. If any visitors want to try out the sport themselves, Kite Beach has many kitesurfing schools along the sands. If you want to stay close to Kit Beach, check out Hooked Cabarete.

Beach Amenities: Public Restrooms, Public Changing Rooms, Showers, Lifeguards During High Season, Sea Pool

Stay Nearby! Explore Cabarete hotels on TripAdvisor

Dominican Republic Best Beaches: Bahia de Las Aguilas
Dominican Republic Best Beaches: Bahia de Las Aguilas

Bahia de Las Aguilas

Pedernales

Bahia de Las Aguilas is near the town of Pedernales and is a part of the Jaragua National Park, which is a UNESCO nature reserve. This 5-mile long beach is one of the least crowded beaches as it is undeveloped. Many visitors come from Barahona on day trips to enjoy the turquoise waters and white sand beaches. This is the perfect beach for those that want some peace and quiet while relaxing near the water. Be sure to pack a picnic and an umbrella as there is no shade or vendors here.

Beach Details: Mainly Accessible By Boat – You will pay around $3 USD at the entrance then hire a boat at around $50 USD to take you to the beach. Located In Jaragua National Park – there is a fee to enter of 100 pesos. No Additional Amenities Are Available

Stay Nearby! Explore Pedernales hotels on TripAdvisor

Playa Bonita : Dominican Republic Beaches
Playa Bonita : Dominican Republic Beaches

Playa Bonita

Las Terrenas

Playa Bonita is just as beautiful as its name suggests. This cozy, crescent-shaped, ivory-sand beach has a calm cove that acts as a swimming pool, making the western side of the beach a great place for families to swim. The eastern side of Playa Bonita offers a kitesurfing school, perfect for those looking for adventure. This is an excellent beach if you want a bit of seclusion and to avoid crowds. Other popular activities at Playa Bonita include surfing, a variety of watersports, snorkeling, and diving.

Beach Amenities: Several Parking Areas (a few are paid), Public Restrooms, Beachside Vendors (can be aggressive, say “No Gracias”), Rentable Shaded Areas

Stay Nearby! Explore Las Terrenes hotels on TripAdvisor

Playa Moron : Dominican Republic Beaches
Playa Moron : Dominican Republic Beaches

Playa Moron

Las Terrenas

Playa Moron is one of Samaná’s most secluded and historic beaches, but few make it to the golden sands here. You will drive past farmlands, fruit trees, and on bumpy gravel roads to reach the beautiful beach entrance. Those looking for seclusion will love swimming in the turquoise waters of Playa Moron. Keep in mind there are some strong currents at this beach. While enjoying the warm sunshine on the beach, you will notice the original 18th-century French canons. These were used when Napoleon’s army invaded in 1802.

Beach Amenities: No Rentals (make sure to bring your own chairs and towels), Access Road Can Be Muddy After Rain, No Additional Amenities

Stay Nearby! Explore Las Terrenes hotels on TripAdvisor

Dominican Republic Best Beaches: Playa Dorada
Dominican Republic Best Beaches: Playa Dorada

Golden Beach (Playa Dorada)

Puerto Plata

Playa Dorada is on the Amber Coast of the Puerto Plata area of the Dominican Republic. This beach is known for its smaller resorts. The beach’s golden sand lies along the coast and meets the turquoise waters with a gorgeous mountain view as the backdrop. This beach lies on the Atlantic Ocean so the waves can be a bit higher than in other parts of the Dominican Republic. The beach is known for a few water sports like windsurfing and water skiing.

Beach Amenities: Public Parking, No Public Restrooms or Changing Rooms, Rentable Beach Chairs and Sun Beds, Lifeguards On Duty During Peak Seasons

Stay Nearby! Explore Puerto Plata hotels on TripAdvisor

Dominican Republic Best Beaches: Playa Juan Dolio
Dominican Republic Best Beaches: Playa Juan Dolio

Playa Juan Dolio

Juan Dolio

Playa Juan Dolio is between Santo Domingo and Punta Cana. Tourists and locals love this beach for its lively vibe. Visitors can relax on the white sand beach of the palm-lined shores and look out to the turquoise waves. The water here is quite shallow, which is comfortable for swimming and snorkeling. This beach has recently experienced a revival with new upscale restaurants and accommodations.

Beach Amenities: No Public Amenities, Parking Nearby Can Be Difficult, Public Beach Chairs and Umbrellas

Stay Nearby! Explore Juan Dolio hotels on TripAdvisor

More

CARIBBEAN

Islands, Beaches, Cuisine and More

Much More To Explore...

Share This Post

This Post Has 2 Comments

  1. Gina Andrews says:

    Which beach do you most recommend visiting to avoid high crowds?

    1. Daniel says:

      Playa Rincon

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Top