The 11 Best Beaches in Dominican Republic

Situated between the Atlantic Ocean and the Caribbean Sea, the Dominican Republic is the ideal place for anyone wanting that perfect beach vacation.

With over 800 miles of coastline, the number of beaches is almost endless. There are those that are near cities and have all of the shopping, nightlife and conveniences that come with the city life, and then there are those that are so isolated that you will be the only one there.

If you are a surfer or just like the mystique and sounds of the rougher water, you will want to be on the northern shores along the Atlantic. If a more tranquil, relaxed atmosphere is what you crave, the southern coast along the Caribbean is where you will want to be.

1. Punta Cana

Best Beaches in the Dominican Republic
Punta Cana is the most famous place to enjoy the beaches of the Dominican Republic. Tourists from all over the world come here to bask along the 20 miles of magnificent golden sand that stretches clear to Bávaro on the eastern coast of the country.

The best resorts in the country line the beaches as well as many restaurants, bars, shops and much more.

Spending the day swimming, paddleboarding or enjoying any other water sport you care to, and then relaxing on the warm sand with a great snack and drink has to be the ultimate in any beach lovers idea of a vacation.

2. Samaná Beach

Best Beaches in the Dominican Republic
Flickr Credit: Antonio Castagna


Playa Boca Chica
is another one of the extremely popular beaches in Dominican Republic. It is not very far from the capital city of Santo Domingo, so is easy to access.

It is one of the more family-friendly beaches you will find, with plenty of things for kids, and water that is safe for swimming. Coral reefs surround the beach which helps to break the current and make the water calm.

It also makes it an ideal place to snorkel and discover some of the most colorful and fascinating marine life that live there. The powdery soft sand is shaded by many coconut palm trees, and there are plenty of food and drink vendors as well as souvenir shops that will make your stay perfect.

3. Playa Boca Chica

Best Beaches in the Dominican Republic
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Playa Boca Chica is another one of the extremely popular beaches in Dominican Republic. It is not very far from the capital city of Santo Domingo, so is easy to access.

It is one of the more family-friendly beaches you will find, with plenty of things for kids, and water that is safe for swimming. Coral reefs surround the beach which helps to break the current and make the water calm.

It also makes it an ideal place to snorkel and discover some of the most colorful and fascinating marine life that live there.

The powdery soft sand is shaded by many coconut palm trees, and there are plenty of food and drink vendors as well as souvenir shops that will make your stay perfect.

4. Cayo Levantado

Best Beaches in the Dominican Republic
Flickr Credit: Florian Commaret

Cayo Levantado is very popular as a honeymooners retreat or an ideal spot for that perfect beach wedding. It is a tiny island just off the coast of the Samana Peninsula that was made famous when it was where Bacardi Rum commercials were made a few decades ago.

Not only will you find amazing white sand beaches here, but the island is also covered in hills and tropical forest. There are trails that take you through the jungle vegetation where you will see some amazing flora and possibly spot some fantastic birds and wildlife.

While there are little in the way of facilities on the beach, there is a resort nearby, and you will love the fact that it is not as crowded and noisy as other beaches. The short boat ride or kayak trip from the mainland is well worth the effort.

5. Playa Rincón

Best Beaches in the Dominican Republic
Flickr Credit: Ivan Ruggeri

Playa Rincón is located on the eastern coast of the Samaná Peninsula, and is one of the more isolated beaches in Dominican Republic. Surrounded by the cliffs of Cape Cabrón, this is one of the most beautiful beaches in the entire Caribbean.

A forest of coconut palm trees adds to the mystique of the area and makes you feel as if you are on a deserted island. You will love being absorbed by the surroundings, the pristine warm white sand and the fantastically blue water.

Pack a lunch and your swim fins and make the trek to this amazing place. It is no wonder that it is consistently named as one of the top 10 beaches in the Caribbean.

6. Cabarete

Best Beaches in the Dominican Republic
Flickr Credit: Dan Perelman


Cabarete
is along the Atlantic Ocean shoreline, which is known for having rougher water and steady winds.

This makes this one of the best beaches in the Dominican Republic, as well as many other places, for anyone that loves to surf, windsurf, kitesurf or any other sport that takes advantage of the great waves.

It has even been called the “windsurfing capital of the world”. Every year in June they hold a windsurfing competition where enthusiasts from all over the world come to test their skills against other surfers.

7. Eagle Bay Beach

best beaches in the Dominican Republic
Flickr Credit: hatemachine01


Eagle Bay Beach
is the most ideal beach in the Dominican Republic if you are looking for a more secluded spot to spend your holiday.

Located along the southwest coastline near the border with Haiti, this 3 mile long stretch of heaven is an amazing place to find yourself.

Not only is the beach and beautiful blue water perfect, but the surrounding rock formations and forests make the scenery second to none. The Jaragua National Park also takes in the beach, which makes it protected lands so are kept in pristine condition.

8. Sosua Beach

Best Beaches in the Dominican Republic
Flickr Credit: Olli Ronimus


Sosua Beach
is part of an underwater park, which makes it one of the best places for scuba divers. You will have the chance to see some of the most amazing, colorful creatures everywhere.

Snorkelers also get a thrill with what they find underwater and around the reefs. Sousa is also a small fishing village, so you can watch the locals fishing in the traditional methods.

Some may even be willing to let you take part. You certainly can buy some of their fresh catch to cook for your dinner, or better yet, eat in a local cafe for some of the best seafood dishes you will have ever tasted.

9. Playa Bahoruco

Best Beaches in the Dominican Republic
Flickr Credit: Monica Bansal


Playa Bahoruco
is located in the more undeveloped region of Barahona on the west side of the country. Known as the”Pearl of the South”, this unspoiled piece of heaven along the Atlantic is a surfer’s dream. Bahoruco is popular because of the major waves that are ideal for surfing.

The beach is covered in soft white pebbles and is a wonderful place to sunbathe and watch other surfers for a while. After a full day, you will want to lounge on the beach or take a moonlit stroll along the beach with your favorite tropical drink in hand.

Listening to the waves crashing on the beach adds such a wonderful mystique to the evening.

10. Playa Dorada

Best Beaches in Dominican Republic
Flickr Credit: tps58


Playa Dorada
is another beach that is along the Atlantic Ocean on the Amber Coast of the country. The waters of the ocean are rough and often windy, which makes it ideal for surfing, kitesurfing and windsurfing.

There are a number of resorts here that provide everything you need to make your holiday the most fun and relaxing one you have ever had. The door to your room or bungalow could open right up to the beach.

You could sit in the rich gold or white sand right outside your door and watch the sunrise with a good cup of coffee.

11. Playa Grande

Best Beaches in Dominican Republic
Flickr Credit: siri bl

Playa Grande is a secluded beach with rich golden sands that is for patrons of the Playa Grande Beach Club and the Amanera Resort, which helps ensure it is not crowded and noisy.

While it is a semi-private beach, the atmosphere is very friendly and not snobbish. It is a wide, crescent-shaped beach that stretches for over a mile.

It also sits on a nature reserve that covers 400 acres and includes stunning cliffs and jungles, magnificent scenery that adds so much to the beauty.

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