When you’re heading to the beach, there are only a few requirements to guarantee a great time. Warm sand? Check. Beautiful water? Oh, yes. Impeccable weather? Of course! Lucky for you, if you’re in the Dominican Republic, you’ll find all these and much more. For a little inspiration to get you started, check out our top picks for the beaches you won’t want to miss while you’re there!

Bávaro Beach

Bavaro Beach Best Beaches in the Dominican Republic

Looking to claim your piece of paradise? Head to the Dominican Republic’s East Coast at Bávaro Beach — your ultimate hub for palm trees, turquoise waters and plenty of warm, white sand. Grab a drink and settle in to watch adventurers parasail, kayak and paddleboard … or catch a wave as you take a dip in to the ocean yourself! Whether it’s a little R&R or an epic escape you’re after, Bávaro Beach offers the best of both worlds.

Macao Beach

Macao Beach Best Beaches in the Dominican Republic

Within taxi range of Bavaro Beach is Macao Beach, on the east coast of Hispaniola. Declared by UNESCO to be one of the best beaches in the Caribbean (and that’s saying something!), this sun-drenched stretch of the finest white sand and crystal clear water is every beach lover’s dream. And whether you’re a first-time surfer or an experienced pro, you won’t find better waves in the Dominican, so get ready to hang ten!

Playa Rincón

Playa Rincon Best Beaches in the Dominican Republic

For travelers who want to get off the beaten path without heading across the world, the Caribbean beach of Playa Rincón is just the place. Tucked away in the remote Samaná Peninsula, this hidden gem is worth the drive from Punta Cana, offering miles of pristine coastal scenery framed by lush green mountains. And with its unique, off-the-grid location, you might just discover you’ve found your own private beach!

Sosúa Beach

Sosua Beach Best Beaches in the Dominican Republic

Popular with locals and tourists alike, Sosúa Beach has so much to offer, you may not know where to start! Snorkel or dive through the calm, protected bay and explore a vibrant new world beneath the waves, teeming with coral and marine life. When you come up for air, you’ll find more than great views and powder soft sand. An exotic atmosphere with local flavors and flair is waiting for you!

Cayo Levantado

Cayo Levantado Best Beaches in the Dominican Republic

If you need an escape from the throngs of tourists, make a break for Cayo Levantado. This island off the east coast of the Dominican Republic may not be the easiest to reach, but it’s definitely worth the trek! Accessible by rental boat or ferry, this isolated and scenic retreat is guaranteed to satisfy your craving for sand and surf. Hike the trails that connect the island’s three main beaches, or simply soak up the sun and enjoy the view.

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