The Dominican Republic: Best Beaches

Don’t miss these three excellent beaches in the DR.

The Dominican Republic: Best Beaches

BNED66 Dominican Republic, Bay of Samana, Cayo Levantado, island, beach

Photo by Philip H. Coblentz/Alamy

The jungly Península de Samaná has a new airport and highway, making the relatively undiscovered area on the Dominican Republic’s northern coast more accessible than ever. This 25-mile finger of land is home to some of the Caribbean’s most celebrated beaches, a humpback whale sanctuary, and the gorgeous 130-foot Salto el Limón waterfall. Better yet, there are still ample chances to grab a beer with locals at the nearest corner store.

A trio of castaway-worthy beaches sits at the peninsula’s far western end:

Playa Rincón

On Playa Rincón’s two pristine crescents of sand, a handful of vendors sell empanadas and piña coladas.

Playa Madama

Tiny Playa Madama fronts a protected cove with gentle surf that’s great for swimming.

Playa Frontón

Playa Frontón has a coral reef that makes for excellent snorkeling. Recharge at the beach shack with grilled grouper, plantains, and beans.

>>Next: The AFAR Guide to the Dominican Republic

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