Dominican beaches, just wet your toes or meet and greet the fish. – Explore the Caribbean with Debbie

With more than a thousand miles of beaches, the Dominican Republic is a beach-lovers dream. Whether you love to swim, snorkel, surf, windsurf, or just lounge in the sun, the Dominican Republic has a wonderful beach waiting for you.  more…

With more than a thousand miles of beaches, the Dominican Republic is a beach-lovers dream. Whether you love to swim, snorkel, surf, windsurf, or just lounge in the sun, the Dominican Republic has a wonderful beach waiting for you. The short distance from the capital city of the Dominican Republic, the crystalline waters and the white sands, turned Boca Chica in the most crowded beach of the Dominican Republic especially on weekends and holidays. Boca Chica beach has immaculate fine sand. You can walk in the water and the depth will barely change, the water will be to your waist (or a little bit over) all the time. During the day this is the most family friendly of all the Dominican Republic beaches. There are lots of bars, restaurants, pizza stands, very tacky souvenirs stalls and loud music all day long. Further east, near Casa de Campo you find the pristine beach of La Minitas. This is the perfect relaxation beach with lovely views, blanched coral sand and many bars and restaurants. There are plenty of water sports opportunities like kayaks, windsurfing and paddleboat and you can even have a massage right on the beach. Continuing east along the south coast there is Bayahibe Beach; a public beach located less than a mile from the town center. Dominicus Beach is another great beach and just three miles drive away. Bayahibe serves as an embarkation point for boat tours to Saona Island, a thinly inhabited island with extensive beaches located in a national park. Scuba Diving is probably the most common tourist attraction in Bayahibe. There are close to 10 scuba diving shops scattered around the main beach that take scuba divers to the many dive sites around the area. Saona Island is truly a “paradise” island. Again, crystal clear turquoise waters, soft white sand and swaying palms await you. The island is a part of a National Park with only a small fishing village inhabiting the territory. Further development is prohibited. There are no active water sports from the island itself, although the surrounding area is a well-known scuba dive destination. Excursions to the island are available from all the resorts or you can arrange your own directly from the beach at Bayahibe. It takes about a one hour to sail by catamaran to reach the island and you can take a ride back by speedboat. Punta Cana, situated on the east coast, has the longest stretch of white sand in the Caribbean: twenty miles long. It is also one of the very best beaches in the Caribbean, with soft sand, swaying coconut palms, and azure blue sea. Of course, some of the Dominican Republic’s top resorts line up here, and each has its own stretch of beach. Many of these areas become crowded, but with twenty miles of soft white sand, you are sure to find a spot for yourself. To the north, it borders the village and beach of Cabeza de Toro, and the equally fantastic beaches of Bávaro and El Cortecito.

Juanillo Beach, Cap Cana is located within the gates of the massive Cap Cana luxury community-which features beach villas, resorts, a full-service marina, and many fine dining options. Juanillo’s white sand, bright turquoise water and green palms beach remains relatively undeveloped. Protected by a coral reef, the calm waters of Juanillo Beach can soothe even the most frazzled nerves.

Playa Sosua is the Sosua’s main beach. It is a fun, colorful and lively beach, which is approximately one kilometer long, with a row of shacks along the back, selling food, drinks and souvenirs. At the other end of the beach is Los Charamicos, which is the local´s neighborhood and somewhat more run-down and lively than Batey. It is best not to venture alone into the alleyways of Charamicos, as they are unsafe. The main streets should be OK. If you enjoy windsurfing, head over to Playa Cabarete. Strong waves and a steady wind make the conditions at Playa Cabarete just right for windsurfing. The element is younger here than at most beaches in the Dominican Republic. And it is a popular spot among locals and tourists alike.  This is one of the top ten windsurfing and kite boarding beaches in the world and hosts many international competitions.  There are some great reefs for snorkeling at Playa Doroda. Situated on the north´s Amber Coast, you will find many of the Dominican Republic´s luxurious resorts along this strip. Playa Doroda is especially great if you love to snorkel. When you tire, you can relax on the incredibly soft beige sand. Playa Grande, near Rio San Juan offers honey-colored sand and clear turquoise waters with lots of palms. Depending on the time of year, this beautiful stretch of beach can lull you with calm tranquil water or toss you around in huge surfing waves.  Keep in mind that when the surf’s up there can be a strong undertow.  The beach is 1-1/2 miles long and borders with the famous Robert Trent Jones Playa Grande Golf Course. 

Las Galeras is a small village at the far end of the Samaná Peninsula in the Dominican Republic. It´s famous for its world-class lonely beaches, e.g. Playa Fronton or Playa Rincon. Playa Rincon, approximately 2 miles long, with fine white sand, pristine clear turquoise waters and backed by coconut palm filled mountains and hills is postcard picture perfect! There are a number of small reefs within swimming distance from shore that are good for snorkeling and also some very fine food vendors that serve delicious fresh fish and lobster. You can drive to Playa Rincon though a 4-wheel drive vehicle is recommended.  The easiest way to reach Playa Rincon is by boat. 

Playa Bonita refers to a kilometer stretch of spectacular beach shore about three kilometers to the west of the fishing village and beach town of Las Terrenas in the Dominican Republic. The name appropriately translates to ´beautiful beach´ because of the long curve of tan sand, scores of swaying coconut trees and an aquamarine surf that is shallower and prettier than at Las Terrenas. Off the coast but well out of swimming distance are several small palm lined islands. There is no local community in Playa Bonita and the beaches here have far fewer people on them than those at nearby Las Terrenas. Besides beautiful beaches, Las Terrenas entertains with an eclectic mix of international restaurants and shops and outdoor pursuits from fishing and diving to hiking and whale watching. Some are even calling it the San Tropez of the Caribbean. ??People make a big deal about the Dominican Republic´s white sand beaches, which are beautiful, no doubt, but the golden-sanded Arroyo Salado offers so much more than a change of color. Located in the northern province of María Trinidad Sánchez and fed from the mouth of a nearby river, this little-frequented gem is surrounded by mangrove trees and intercut with wide sandbars through its brackish (salt and fresh) water. The waters of Arroyo Salado are also high in sulfur mineral content, which means you can get your mineral bath without having to pay the hotel spa.

? Finally, well out of the way of all the beaches I mentioned above, situated in within Parque Nacional Jaragua in the province of Pedernales, southwest corner of the Dominican Republic, you find Bahia de las Aguilas that translates to Eagle Bay. It’s beach Playa de las Aguilas is one of the few unspoiled virgin beaches left on the island. It is absolutely stunning in its beauty and serene calmness. A white sandy beach contrasting with the sea and surrounding cliffs and rugged landscape is a photographer’s dream and one of my favorite beaches in the world.

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