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.

Playa Rincón

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.

Playa Dorada

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.

Punta Cana

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.

Cayo Levantado

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.

Did your favorite beach make the list? With over 200 to choose from, there’s plenty to explore. Plus, for added reassurance, our Peace of Mind collection of resorts offer enhanced, quality, health, and hygiene protocols, the flexibility to cancel and/or change your vacation plans up to 24-hours prior to check in, and a low, refundable deposit of $50 per person. Contact your GOGO-backed travel advisor to start planning.

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