The Dominican Republic is full of gorgeous beaches on every coast. As amazing as it would be to visit every beach across the islands, most people don’t have the time or money, so they only travel to a few. But since the Dominican Republic is famous for its beaches, you shouldn’t settle for “just any beach.”
To make your trip to this Caribbean nation memorable, we’ve listed the top 5 best beaches worth spending the most time at.
The top five beaches in the Dominican Republic are; Kite Beach, Paya Grande, Playa Rincón, Bavaro Beach, and Macao Beach.
Keep reading to find out which one is number one on our list and which beach you may like the most.
1. Kite Beach
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Located just a little to the west of Cabarete, Kite Beach in the Dominican Republic is best known for its kitesurfing competition. In fact, kitesurfing is so prevalent there that they will even shut down swimming on windy days to prevent any injuries from swimmers being run over.
It is even hailed as one of the top kitesurfing destinations in the world. If you go to the beach to watch or participate in water sports, it is worth planning your trip around late February to watch the annual Master of the Ocean competition. This competition showcases watersports such as surfing, kiteboarding, and windsurfing.
However, if your goal is to go and relax and maybe get a tan, between March and May is your best time. After that comes the rainy season, which may not be the best time if you want to enjoy swimming and sunbathing.
There are also plenty of restaurants and bars near the beach, to keep you busy and full throughout the night. If you don’t mind a bit of a drive, there are beautiful caves and zip-lining adventures around the area as well.
2. Playa Rincón
Playa Rincón is located in a beautiful, undeveloped, and remote part of Las Galeras. It stretches almost two miles along the coast. To get there, you take a 20-minute boat ride. Most people decide to arrive around 9 AM and leave around 4 PM.
There is a beautiful stream on the western end where the cool fresh water from the mountain meets the ocean.
This isolated beach has plenty of restaurants, so you can stay there all day. The restaurants serve fresh seafood. You can even rent beach chairs with an umbrella so you don’t have to worry about bringing your own.
Playa Rincón is listed as one of the top beaches in the world almost every year, and for good reason. The water is warm, which contrasts nicely with that cold stream water inland. It is also near a beautiful palm forest. The water is clear making it perfect for snorkeling, and the sand is white. The beach is often clear of trash and debris due to efforts by the locals.
3. Playa Grande
Playa Grande is located just outside of Rio San Juan. The water is a breath-taking blue, and the mountains can be seen in the distance, creating a beautiful background on the horizon.
For those that like to live in luxury, this beach has quite a few luxury hotels just off of the water. They come with their own pools to allow you to get a view of the beach without the saltwater and crowds.
The water often has large, rolling waves and riptides just outside of the swim zone, making it a little dangerous for small children. However, this is a great beach for adults who enjoy sunbathing more than swimming.
There is a lot of local cuisine and even showers on the beach to make the experience pleasant. Several people say the locals trying to make money tend not to be very pushy, which is nice if you just want a chance to relax.
4. Macao Beach
Located in Punta Cana, Macao Beach is a gorgeous spot to visit. However, with so many luxury hotels in the area, it can get pretty packed. For the best experience, staying in one of the local hotels gives you access to the beach, as well as pools. Each hotel has its own sunbeds as well, to allow for comfortable tanning on the beach.
The area is also used by locals, so many times you can watch them as they bring in fish for the day, and learn a little bit about the local culture. The one downside is that as this is a luxury beach, there are often many people touring the sand, trying to convince you to buy items. This can be stressful and put a damper on your visit if you are unaware.
There are also plenty of things to do around the beach. Nearby are several malls, and the hotels will even host shows and bazaars to keep their guests entertained.
Bavaro Beach is number one on many lists of beaches in the Dominican Republic, and for a good reason. Located in Punta Cana, like Macao Beach, it is another luxury resort destination. This area is great for families. The waters are great for swimming, without the harsh waves that some other beaches in the Dominican Republic have.
Here, the water seems to be softer and the water bluer than anywhere else. The area is quickly developing, but they still manage to keep their hotels and beaches looking like the true Caribbean view with their forested areas and gorgeous views across the water.
To cater to all of the tourists that come through, almost any kind of food you can imagine is within walking distance. However, nothing beats the fresh seafood pulled just out of the ocean.
If you enjoy learning more about the places you are visiting, there are also museums in the area. There are also water parks and theme parks that are great for the whole family. If everyone on your trip is over 21. Bavaro Beach has a little of everything so all can enjoy it.