White, fine sandy beaches full of palm trees characterize the image of the Dominican Republic. We present six of the most beautiful bathing spots on the Caribbean island here:
Playa Cosón: Vacation on a deserted beach
Playa Cosón, west of Las Terrenas, is one of the most beautiful natural beaches on the Samaná peninsula – there is nobody here in the off-season! A few crooked palm trees are perfect for posing for a souvenir photo. The beach is forever wide and slopes gently into the sea.
In the middle part there are some accommodations and bars. A special restaurant is “The Beach” – the house in the pretty colonial style is located in a green garden, the guests sit on the covered veranda and are served pasta, burgers or lobster. Others just stop by for a coffee. Our tip: The brownie with ice cream and liquid chocolate is the ultimate treat!
Playa Dorada: a dream coast
Important to know: You can only use this beach if you have also booked a hotel on site. However, the beach and the adjacent region are so beautiful that you can’t go wrong with it. The area includes around a dozen hotels, a golf course and a small shopping mall for package holidaymakers. On the side of the road in front of the mall, horse-drawn carriages await customers for a ride.
The sand is fine, there are loungers and umbrellas and also beach volleyball courts to let off steam. Here and there kayaks are available for rent, and massages are also offered. And if you are looking for a little more variety, you can hire a car – it is only a ten-minute drive to Puerto Plata with its historic city centre.
Cabarete: the kitesurfing hotspot of the Caribbean
That there are no bouncers on this beach who only let the right people in is almost a miracle. Because Cabarete is without a doubt the coolest beach in the Dominican Republic. In the beach bars, piña coladas and mojitos are served from midday, casual reggae beats blare out of the speakers, and fit boys with dreadlocks chill with tanned bikini girls.
You meet up for a volleyball match, play a game of beachball or – of course – pump up the kites for a cool ride over the waves. The conditions are perfect all year round for windsurfing, surfing or kiting – and if you can’t do it yet, you can learn it in one of the countless surfing schools that line the beach.
Playa Alicia: very close to the action
Playa Alicia is the beach in the small town of Sosúa on the north coast of the Dominican Republic and is located almost directly in the town centre. The golden yellow beach is framed by two rocky cliffs that reach into the sea – access is only possible via stairs. The sand is fine and the water gently flows into it at first, but then it suddenly gets deep – and the waves can be big at times.
Above the beach are the well-kept Parque Mirador and the bar-restaurant “Steven” with a covered terrace overlooking the sea. Overall, the location of Playa Alicia is ideal, as it is really only a few minutes’ walk to the center of Sosúa.
Playa Punta Popy: the perfect vacation spot
Las Terrenas on the Dominican north coast is the perfect vacation spot in many ways – so you can find secluded beaches or lively beach life, just as you wish. Punta Popy is the main beach in the region. While only tourists relax on many other stretches of coast, locals and holidaymakers chill together here.
The sand is golden yellow like almost everywhere on the north coast, only at the northern tip (“Punta”) it suddenly shines in the most beautiful white. A few palm trees stand diagonally over the beach – they make the picture of the Caribbean dream perfect.
Playa Sosúa: a Dominican attraction
From a distance it looks rather inconspicuous, only when you take a closer look do you realize: This beach is a real Dominican attraction! Covered by the dense tropical forest, countless brightly painted huts are lined up in the shade of the trees. Simple, local restaurants alternate with small shops selling t-shirts, souvenirs and handmade jewellery.
Loudspeakers blare with Caribbean music, women carry huge bowls of fresh fruit on their heads. Locals sit on colorful plastic chairs and play dominoes. The fine, golden yellow beach itself is very well maintained, there are no accommodations directly on the beach – a cool destination for a day trip.