The Dominican Republic is in the bucket list of many travelers because of many things. The warmth of the locals, the incredible weather that features and almost eternal summer, and the many ports of arrival, whether it is by sea or air, which have made it impossible to skip a return to the eastern half of the Hispaniola island. Being surrounded by water it is guaranteed that there is a beach for just about anyone, be it to relax, to camp, to have a wedding, to have a photo session, to horseback ride, to practice watersports, or to simply take in all that nature has to offer. Let us go over three experiences you can enjoy when exploring the beaches of the Dominican Republic, some of which remain hidden gems.
Resort destination beaches are easy to access, have developed structures and a variety of restaurants and lodging options.
Bavaro Beach in Punta Cana, Province of La Altagracia, is easily the most popular beach in the entire country. Having been featured as so in TripAdvisor, and many other online travel magazines. Bavaro Beach is quite a stretch of white fine sand and turquoise crystal clear waters. These same attributes are inherited to the neighboring Playa Cortecito, Playa Arena Blanca, and Playa Arena Gorda. All being ideal for those who seek an experience of little to no waves, to chill-out and enjoy a most relaxing experience, only steps away from development.
Playa Bayahibe, located in the destination of the same name, is nestled between La Romana and La Altagracia, and also boasts the same elements that make everyone return to enjoy its shores. Nearby this location you can board the boats to Isla Saona or Isla Catalina.
Beaches to explore and live an adventure. They may be off the beaten track but are definitely worth the trip.
The undisputable champion when it comes to going off the radar is Bahia de las Aguilas in the Jaragua National Park in the Province of Pedernales. This pearl-white stretch runs five miles, boasting crystal clear turquoise waters and features no hotels, shops, or restaurants. It can be reached by either 4×4 vehicles or by boat.
Playa Rincon in the Province of Samana is underdeveloped and underexplored, and that makes it ideal for anyone wanting to simply enjoy a day at the beach with a laid back ambiance. Take in the waters of aquamarine hues and golden sands, just as the sounds of the palm trees dancing to the wind.
Punta Rucia Beach, set between the Provinces of Montecristi and Puerto Plata, is the jumping point for anyone going to Cayo Arena, a key that offers the perfect snorkeling experience. However, Punta Rucia beach also holds its own beauty, with calm turquoise waters that are flanked by the surrounding mountains. If you head to Montecristi and eventually deviate to the right, the road will literally end at another hidden gem off the beaten track, Playa Buen Hombre.
There are islets and islands where this adventure can be experienced, mostly due to the need to travel by sea to enjoy their beaches: Isla Saona, Cayo Arena, Cayo Levantado, Isla Catalinita, Isla Cabra and Cayo Siete Hermanos.
There are Beaches in the Dominican Republic that are ideal to practice watersports. They hold their own beauty and offer a level of amazement in the way the waves break, combined with the laid back and welcoming community that has developed nearby these spots.
Kite Beach, or Cabarete Beach, in Cabarete, Puerto Plata, is the go-to spot when it comes to watersports such as windsurf, kitesurf, surf and even stand-up paddle surf. Cabarete has become the top kitesurfing destination featuring world known competitions such as Master of the Ocean. One can marvel as the colorful kites populate the skies above the water and still enjoying swimming. We must say this northern beach features the best sunsets, filled with pink, orange, and purple hues.
Just about 120 kilometers to the east is Playa Grande Beach, between the towns of Rio San Juan and Cabrera. These beach of golden sand and waters of multiple shades of blue is 2 kilometers long and popular for its swells.
Another great spot of great beauty and ideal for watersports is Macao Beach, 35 kilometers away from Punta Cana.
The beaches of the Dominican Republic are beautiful, diverse, of all sizes, and even reputable when it comes to offering the perfect spot for just about anyone.
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