Every winter, as the thermometer plummets and the snow accumulates, you’ve made a tactical retreat to the delightfully warm climes of the Caribbean, taking refuge upon the sandy beaches and underneath a shady palm.
As you contemplate the banana shake that will be in your right hand shortly after arrival, you realize that your trip to the Dominican Republic will run a little longer than usual this year and thus, you might fancy a bit of beach crawling rather than staying put in one place.
To aid you in your desire for exploration around this sizable island, we have put together a guide to the five best beaches that comprise the coastline of this beautiful country, all-inclusive to secluded, west to east, north to south. It’s also easy to get to the island by searching for flights online on websites such as Travelbag etc…
Let’s begin our adventure by exploring …
1) Playa Bavaro
Located in the tourist mega centre of Punta Cana, this absurdly long beach grants many advantages to the travelers that stay here. Many of the big all-inclusive resorts are situated here, making for a festive atmosphere, and a wide slate of tourist services. The beaches stretches in both directions into the horizon (total length is about 30 kilometres), allowing the determined to find relative privacy if the crowds are a bit much at certain places on Playa Bavaro. Also, the waters here are calm for much of the year, making for safe swimming conditions for all guests.
2) Playa Rincón
Backed by 600 metre high cliffs, Playa Rincon is a stunning beach, and for those seeking solace from the raging tourist hordes of busier meccas, this place is a godsend. While services are limited here compared to Punta Cana, the exceptional snorkeling in the waters off the coast make doing without the unlimited buffets of the resort towns more than worth it.
3) Playa Cayo Levantado
This playa is on a smaller island just off the east coast near the peninsula of Samana, and its isolation will have you living out your castaway fantasies not soon after being dropped off by the ferry. Its beauty inspired a commercial shot for Bacardi Rum that was shot here in the 1970’s, and looking around at the divine scenery of the emerald waters and the lush jungle behind you, it won’t be hard to see why!
4) Playa Bayahibe
Moving to the south coast of the Dominican Republic near Santo Domingo, you’ll want to don your shades before arriving at Playa Bayahibe – the sand here is such a brilliant white, you might just be blinded by it. Strolling amongst the spectacularly situated palms that complete the scene here, find a place to roll out your towel and take in your surrounding environment, the likes of which that you once thought was just a tourist industry myth.
5) Playa El Morro
Those looking to really get off the beaten track should head for the northwestern portion of the Dominican Republic to the Monte Cristi area. Located near the border with Haiti, the developers have yet to uncover the hidden gem of Playa El Morro. A somewhat thin, but breathtakingly beautiful spot, this golden sand paradise has cliffs rising behind it only 50+ feet from the water’s edge, making you feel like you on some Greek island instead in the Caribbean.
The Dominican Republic, being larger than most islands in the Caribbean, has a wide selection of beaches to match any personality type. With the beaches profiled above, we hope you find your new hideout from the ravages of a Northern Hemisphere winter!