Imagine this: you’re going on your long awaited vacation to the Dominican Republic.
You’ve found the perfect spot, the perfect Dominican Republic beach. On the photos, it looks like a piece of heaven.
You arrive at your destination, you unpack your bags and head to the beach.
But there’s an unpleasant surprise waiting for you. You’ll have to share your view with a gazillion other tourists. You’ll have to listen to their loud laughter, hear their obnoxious stories, watch them get drunk or, God forbid, play beach volleyball!
What a nightmare…
All you want is a spot on one of the Dominican Republic Beaches solely to yourself. A place to relax and enjoy the peace and quiet, while working on your tan or swimming in the turquoise waters.
You hate the noise and presence of drunken vacationers around you, a company you never asked for.
But here’s the thing: if you’ve booked a vacation in a resort in the Dominican Republic, you’re most probably doomed to spend the time with lots of other people. And if it’s high season, it might be even difficult to find a spot on the hotel’s beach for yourself and your companions.
Luckily, with 800 mi/1288 km of coastline, most of it consisting of sand beaches, the Dominican Republic has a perfect spot for everyone.
The island offers not only overcrowded but also absolute empty and secluded beaches. Little pieces of paradise, which are awaiting your arrival.
If only you knew where to find them…
The Best Secluded Dominican Republic Beaches
Look no further, because this list has exactly what you need – the 10 best secluded Dominican Republic beaches, which are also quite easily reachable from most resorts, where you might be staying.
Just a fair warning before you dig in: secluded sure means not lots of other people around you, but this also means there might be no facilities available, such as toilets, showers or even a snack bar. So make sure to bring lots of water, some snacks and all the necessities with you.
So without further ado, here they are, your personal pieces of heaven: the best secluded Dominican Republic beaches:
10 | Playa Punta Popy
Playa Punta Popy runs east of Las Terrenas on the Samana peninsula and is a continuation of its beach. It gets cleaner and less visited the further away from the town you get. The facilities include some basic bars and beach restaurants with restrooms and loungers. The beach is suitable for swimming and snorkelling as well as walking or kitesurfing.
Try to avoid Sundays, if you don’t like crowds, as locals gather for picnics and parties accompanied with loud music. After all, Dominicans also like spending time at the beach. During the rest of the week, though, chances are no one will bother you.
9 | Playa Macao
Located only a short drive from Bavaro, this golden sand beach is often cited as one of Caribbean’s best for its fine sand and beautiful palm trees.
At one end you’ll find the Macao Surf Camp where lessons are offered and boards can be rented. In the middle of Playa Macao is the best spot for swimming. Small seaside eateries and a restaurant on the top of the cliff are located at the Southern end of this Dominican Republic beach.
The place is a popular spot among locals on weekends and a stop for a swim for ATV and buggy tour groups. It gets a little noisy when the tour groups arrive, but most of them don’t spend so much time at the beach anyway, so you might end up alone for the rest of the day after their departure.
8 | Punta Bonita
The small beach West from Las Terrenas is probably the nearest thing to the classic image of a tropical paradise: white sand and turquoise sea lined by a stretch of coconut palms. Even the nearby villas don’t disturb the peaceful beach heaven.
This Dominican beach is a long stretch of sand, ending with a cliff on the East side, which separates it from Playa Las Ballenas. To the West you can find a few luxury villas and restaurants. Among them are a gourmet restaurant and a typical Dominican fish restaurant.
Swimming, jogging, walking or riding are only a few of the options you have to entertain yourself. The waters are pretty shallow with almost no waves, which makes the beach perfect for a dip even if you’re not the strongest swimmer.
7 | Playa Grande
There are several beaches with the same name in the Caribbean, and two in the Dominican Republic. This one is the lesser known of them, situated near Luperon. It’s a more modest stretch of sand compared to the one of the same name and is the local seaside attraction. It’s also less visited and you’ll surely find a great spot to spend a day here.
A single hotel complex lies at the back of the beach, the sea is inviting, the sand is soft and clean and the palms offer much needed shade. A handful of eateries and bars can be found nearby. What more do you need for a perfect beach day in the Dominican Republic?
6 | Playa Uvero Alto
The Uvero Alto beach is a real hidden gem. Only an hour away from Punta Cana International Airport and even less from the overcrowded Bavaro beaches, slightly further North from Playa Macao, almost no tourists visit this long, wide stretch of fine brown sand, surrounded by a lush coconut forest.
A few resorts are tucked in the area, but apart from them there are only a couple of ranches. The road leading to this Dominican Republic beach ends shortly after you exit the highway and the last meters are just an unpaved dirt road. No eateries or other facilities are available.
The area is quite undeveloped, but the countryside with the occasional ranch here and there is very beautiful. The only people you might encounter are a few horseback riders in the distance.
5 | Playa Fronton
Playa Fronton on the Samana peninsula near the town Las Galeras is one of these places, which are extremely difficult to find on your own. You have two options to get there: a boat (snorkelling) trip or a short drive (preferably in a 4WD vehicle) followed by an hour long trek through a forest.
If you choose the drive and the option of finding one of the most secluded Dominican Republic beaches by yourself, first you need to find the road leading there, as road signs are missing. How to know you’re on the right track? If you’re driving past huge blocks of marble cut directly from the hill to your left, then you’re headed in the right direction.
Next you’ll reach La Boca Del Diablo, a blowhole, where the sea waves crash into the rocks and the water erupts high into the air. Leave your vehicle there and head through the forest. The path to this extremely secluded Dominican beach is quite difficult to follow as coconuts and palm branches cover most of the ground, so don’t make the mistake of walking in flip flops.
The trek is sweaty despite the shades, but once you have the first glimpse of the beach, you’ll know it was worth the effort. Playa Fronton is backed with a 200 m high cliff used as a climbing wall, has no eateries or other facilities, and offers a small reef for snorkeling and a quite spectacular surroundings for a beach walk or swim. A few palm trees on the soft golden sand provide enough shades.
4 | Punta Rucia
Just around the corner from the more famous Playa Ensenada in the North part of the country, Punta Rucia offers crystal clear emerald waters without waves, which makes swimming and snorkelling the perfect activity to indulge into. The small coral reef off the shore is a real must see, but the real gem is the little atoll island Cayo Paraiso (Paradise Island) just a few minutes away from the coast.
The boat tours from Punta Rucia offer a short ride to the island where nothing but a few huts provide shades, drinks and snacks (included in the price). Snorkelling equipment and a guide who shows you the best spots on the reef are also included. The way back leads through the mangroves, which means that a mosquito repellent is a must.
Back on the shore, there are a lot of options for having lunch or snacks, but be careful where you choose to eat as hygiene is not always the best here.
3 | Playa Limon
Only 45 mi/70 km North from Punta Cana, this Dominican Republic beach has managed to escape development due to the fact that it’s a part of a protected national park. The long wide stretch of golden soft sand is more suitable for exploring than swimming. Big waves crash into the shore and change the face of the beach several times a day.
No facilities can be found near the beach, with the exception of a ranch which offers horseback rides. In the area, also a part of the national park, is located Laguna del Limon. There you can rent a boat for a ride through the mangroves and bird watching. Again, beware of the hungry mosquitoes.
For a spectacular view of the whole coast, including the secluded beach and the Laguna, don’t hesitate to climb the nearby Montana Redonda. The breathtaking panorama is totally worth the difficult road. A visit to the beach, the lagoon and the top of the hill is among the best Punta Cana excursions you can go on.
2 | Playa Rincon
This is one of the most famous Dominican Republic beaches, but the lack of easy access keeps most tourists away. Only a robust 4WD vehicle or a boat from nearby Las Galeras will get you there.
The beautiful horseshoe cove is free from obstructive development, but there are still some very basic eateries on the beach. The water is bluer than blue and the sand is pristine white.
On the North-West end the river Caño Frio flows into the ocean, mixing its sweet cold waters with the salt sea water. The stream is strong enough to carry a person but you have to be careful not to injure yourself on the rocks and shells laying on the river bed.
The other end of the beach is even less populated due to the lack of facilities. Here the waves crash into the cliffs and the place is very secluded. Sea grapes and coconut palms provide good shades all through the 2 mi/3.2 km long beach.
1 | Bahia de las Aguilas
Near Pedernales in the Western part of the country, far away from mass tourism, this 5 mi/8 km long stretch of white sand offers no facilities at all. The perfectly clear waters, however, make it probably one of the best Dominican Republic beaches.
You can get here either by a boat ride from Cabo Roja (about 10 min trip) or a bumpy ride and a long hot walk. The efforts to get to this extremely secluded Dominican Republic beach will be rewarded with beautiful views, including the sight of flamingos and turtles. Snorkelling and swimming in the clear turquoise waters will make you forget all the sweating on the way to the beach.
So there you have it, the best secluded Dominican Republic beaches!
On your next vacation in this tropical paradise, leave the comforts of your resort and indulge into a real adventure. You will guaranteed make all your friends jealous by the amazing photos and stories you’ll bring back home.
You deserve your own piece of paradise, your personal spot on one of the secluded Dominican Republic beaches. Go find it!
P.S. Which one is your favourite Dominican Republic beach? I’d love to hear all about your experience in the comments below.
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