The Dominican Republic is not only an exotic Caribbean Island, it is also a large country with hundreds of miles of pristine beaches. Its mountains are over 10,000 feet high and it has cosmopolitan cities with great restaurants and other cultural activities.
Generally speaking, the north coast of the Dominican Republic on the Atlantic Ocean has blue-green water with golden color sand. The eastern and southern sides of the island on the Caribbean side has aqua-blue water with white sand. Another feature of the north coast is that it is more mountainous in its topography and the ocean frontage varies from sandy beaches to rocky cliffs. The eastern and southern sides of the Dominican Republic are more flat in nature and the beaches are more contiguous. In addition to location and typography, each community that we feature in the Dominican Republic has its own beach lifestyle. The sections below give our version of the beach lifestyle in each of our featured communities.
CABARETE – is known as the wind surfing and kite boarding capital of the Caribbean. It is one of the world’s top five windsurfing and kite boarding destinations. World Champion ocean events are held here several times during the year. Prior to its discovery as a mecca for water sports enthusiasts, Cabarete had been known for the Barrier Coral Reef which created Cabarete Bay. This coral reef protects the crescent shaped beach from the force of the Atlantic Ocean waves. Cabarete Bay can either be a place to relax on the beach and get a tan, or an ideal location for ocean action-sports and adventure. As an additional perk: the eastern part of the bay has multiple restaurants directly on the beach that offer all kinds of international dining.
CABRERA – is a smaller, oceanfront, rural community perched on soaring sea cliffs hugging the northern coast of the Dominican Republic. There are many smaller private beaches in this area, but there are no large gathering areas and restaurants like there are in Cabarete. In most cases, the beaches are more open to the sea and not surrounded by protective barrier reefs. Once you arrive in Cabrera, you immediately sense the serenity, charm and laid-back atmosphere combined with the exceptionally friendly locals happy to welcome you to their community.
CAP CANA – is a tourism development with an investment of upwards of two billion dollars in the Eastern Dominican Republic. It is an area known for its hotels and beaches. Cap Cana includes more than 45 square miles of land, and includes 5 miles of beach and coasts.The beaches at Cap Cana are spectacular and represent the epitome of the Caribbean Lifestyle. Most of these beautiful beaches with white fluffy sand and aqua blue waters are within exclusive gated communities. As such, they are open, but private in nature.
CASA DE CAMPO – This exclusive gated resort community is more well-know for its golf, boating, and equestrian community than its beaches. Although Casa de Campo has a beautiful beach club, most of the beaches on the south coast of the Dominican Republic are accessed by private yachts.
LAS TERRENAS – is a town on the north coast of the Samana Peninsula and is known for its stretches of beautiful beaches and great restaurants. Moreover, many of the beaches are protected by barrier reefs and have great distances for wading well away from shore. This also allows for many areas of safe snorkeling. Of special significance is the beach at Coson to the west of Las Terrenas and Cap el Limon to the east. The entire tip of the Samana can also be accessed from Las Terrenas. This area includes Playa Rincon and Las Galeras.
PUNTACANA RESORT & CLUB – This resort community has had a presence in the Dominican Republic for over 40 years. The 26 square miles and 5 miles of magnificent white sand beaches contains three championship golf courses which are adjacent to the white sand beaches. This exquisite resort has various communities within the resort all with access to their own private beach. There are also elegant beach clubs and restaurants at strategic points along the beach community.
SAMANA – The most famous beach in the Samana area is the white sandy beach at Cayo Levantado. You can get to this beach either by private yacht, or the multiple commercial services available from the new Hotel Bannister at the Puerto Bahia Marina, or the docks in the harbor town of Samana. Puerto Bahia is well-known for its multiple swimming pools that cascade from one to the other. In addition, there is an ocean-front infinity pool at the Cafe del Moar..