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Best Dominican Republic Beaches

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Known for its beautiful and scenic views, it is hard to find a place in the Dominican Republic that is not breathtaking.

While most of the Dominican Republic beaches are pleasing to the eye, here are five definite must-sees that seem to top the rest.

1) Boca Chica

This beach is noted as being one of the best in the Caribbean, complete with fine, white sand and spectacular views. Being only 20 miles east of Santo Domingo, the beach is easy and convenient to reach.  Its wide variety of shops, hotels, and resorts make it a one-stop location for many tourists.

Because of its close proximity to the major city of Santo Domingo, the beach can become very touristy and crowded. At night, the family friendly beach turns into a party scene and can become a dangerous area for tourists. However, the beach’s convenience and safe waters continue to draw tourists from all over the world.

2) Punta Cana to Bávaro

This stretch of beaches is known by many as the “resort beach”, 20 miles in length and loaded with all-inclusive resorts. The beaches are wide and safe; beautiful enough to keep resort guests there all week. The beaches are well maintained and in pristine condition, and the waters are shallow and safe to swim in all year round.

3) Cayo Levantado

This little island is perfect for those looking for an afternoon away from other tourists. The quiet, secluded beach has few facilities, but is rich in views and sand. The beach is located on a small island off the coast of the Samaná peninsula. The island can be reached easily by boat from the peninsula.

4) Playa Rincón

Also located on the Samaná peninsula, this beach is a wonderful compliment to Cayo Levantado. One of the most famous beaches on the island, Playa Rincón is surrounded by the cliffs of Cape Cabrón, 600 meters in height.

The beach has plenty of space for all of its visitors, and is complete with added amenities—beach chairs for rent and fresh seafood catches for sale—to make your visit more memorable.

Because Play Rincón is so difficult to get to, it is rarely overcrowded. The beach can be reached by car, but a four wheel drive vehicle able to handle rough roads is highly recommended. The best way to reach this beach is by boat. Boats can be taken from Las Galeras, another town on the peninsula, for about $12 USD.

5) Bahia de las Aguilas

Spanish for “Bay of the Eagles”, this Dominican Republic beach is one of the few purely unspoiled places left on the island. The beach is five miles long, boasting shallow, tranquil waters.

The bay is located on the southern tip of the Dominican Republic, this beach is also close to the Jaragua National Park, for those wanting to combine a day of hiking with the beach. The remote location of the bay makes it a little bit tricky to get to, but it is well worth the effort.

Scott S. Bateman is a professional journalist who has traveled widely throughout the Caribbean and the Americas. He is the author of four books about cruising in the Caribbean, Alaska and Mexican Riviera.
February 17, 2020

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