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Sí Dominican Republic South East Coast Beaches

 

Surrounded by mountains, pristine beaches and crystal clear water, the south east coast is a veritable playground for the adventurous traveler. The pristine beaches are always walkable, some for miles of uninterrupted beauty, from white sands to golden beaches, the shores of the island are only enhanced by sunrises and sunsets. Outside of the towns are hidden lakes to swim in, waterfalls to find and mountains to climb.

 

 

Dominican Republic

South East Beaches

Destination & Adventures

Explore Your Adventure Destination

SOUTH EAST COAST BEACHES
The beaches of the Dominican  Republic are the number one attraction and top of the list for almost all tourists and expats that come to visit, the allure of the crystal clear warm waters may even convince you to stay!
365 days a year, the beach is always open.
The pristine beaches are always walkable, some for miles of uninterrupted beauty, from white sands to golden candy carmel, the shores of the island are only enhanced by sunrises and sunsets. As you travel the island, you will find beach towns that are welcoming and inviting, you can lounge in a comfy chair while being catered to, or you can find your own private beach all to yourself.  There are many hideaway beaches in the Dominican Republic, with untamed natural breathtaking beauty.  The South East Coast of the island has many public beaches as well as resorts that will share some sand with you, and it never seems to be crowded even in high season.
Here are a few of the beautiful beaches of the south east coast.

Experience

Romana

La Romana is a city on the Dominican Republic’s Caribbean coast and a gateway to nearby resort areas. Overlooking the Chavón River, Altos de Chavón is a re-created 16th-century Mediterranean village with artists’ workshops. An obelisk painted with colorful images of local life stands in the city center. South of the city is Catalina Island, with beaches, coral reefs and the wrecked ship of pirate William Kidd.

Isla Catalina

Catalina is popular for water sports, particularly diving and snorkeling. Portions of the beach welcome cruise ship excursions, but the entire stretch is open for the public to enjoy.
Enjoy the white sands and other attractions of this historic island during your stay in La Romana, Dominican Republic.
Visit Catalina Island, a point of passage towards the Underwater Museum of Naufragio del Capitán Kidd Shipwreck, but also the perfect place to enjoy wonderful and idyllic white-sand beaches.
Famous for its coral reefs, diving lovers enjoy quite much observing the incredible underwater fauna and the wreck of the sank boat from Kidd Captain, located only 2 or 3 meters deep in the vicinity of the island. Being part of the Underwater Museums route of La Romana, the Naufragio del Capitán Kidd Shipwreck became famous due to its discovery by a tourist and a later documentary by National Geographic.

Apart from the shipwreck, reefs create an amazing coral wall causing countless wrecks in the area, being nowadays one of the most famous destinations for divers who visit the country.

 

It is a really nice place for fishing where Guatapaná, Jureles, Scombridaes and other kinds of warm waters fishes have been caught.

Playa Palmilla

A secluded, undeveloped white sand beach punctuated with rows of palm trees, and facing a wide, shallow turquoise natural pool, Palmilla is the ultimate Caribbean paradise.
Beaches, Boating Attractions, Family-Friendly, National Parks + Protected Areas
Playa Palmilla Beach, Dominican Republic
Lose yourself on Palmilla Beach, in the southeast of East National Park in your trip to La Romana, Dominican Republic.
Playa Palmilla Beach, Dominican Republic
Playa Palmilla Beach
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Rent a boat and lose yourself in Playa Palmilla Beach, a small and isolated paradise to the southeast of the East National Park.

Its access is via a boat from Bayahibe or La Romana as there is no access by land. Located very close to Saona Island, it is an idyllic spot surrounded by the East National Park that doesn’t normally have many visitors but is truly worth the visit.

 

Playa Palmilla, La Romana
Playa Palmilla, La Romana
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This remote beach doesn’t have any constructions apart from a palms cabin, as it is inside the protected area of the national park. It is a frequent destination for tourists looking for a relaxing beach day sunbathing, swimming, diving or strolling on its white sand.
Its attractive Tropical forest surrounds the beach, providing that image of Tropical paradise all visitors are looking for when they visit Dominican Republic. Moreover, its inaccessibility by land protect this wonderful beach from the arrival of hundreds of visitors, being one of the most quiet spots in the area.

Isla Catalinita

CATALINITA
The smallest of the islands off the shore of Bayahíbe; popular for its crystal clear waters year round, and its abundance of marine life and coral reefs.
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Catalinita Island, Dominican Republic
Spend a day in Catalinita and dive on its crystalline waters during your trip to the area of La Romana, Dominican Republic.

Dive in the wild Catalinita Island, located in Canal de Catuano in the coast of the East National Park. This small inhabited island is daily visited by tourists looking for a place to observe its waters’ abundant marine life.

With scarcely 22 hectares, it is located between the East National Park and Saona Island. It is possible to do one of the trips leaving from Punta Cana, Bayahibe and Boca Chica with food and drinks included.

Corals located next to the island make it being one of the favorite places for diving and snorkeling, while its endless biodiversity and idyllic beaches invite to stroll and contemplate the Tropical nature.

LIsla Saona

ISLA SAONA
Saona’s picture-perfect beaches attract more visitors than all of the DR’s national parks combined. A protected site and part of Cotubanamá National Park, the island is a dream tropical escape.
Beaches, Boating Attractions, Ecotourism, Excursions, Family-Friendly, Islands + Cayes, National Parks + Protected Areas Visit Saona Island, one of the most attractive idyllic virgin beaches in the southeast of Dominican Republic.
Saona Island, Dominican Republic
Saona Island, Dominican Republic
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Saona Island is surrounded by nice beaches and history and is one of the most demanded spots in the southeast of the country. Located to the south of the East National Park, it is inhabited by numerous birds, turtles, dolphins, whales, and manatees, and it is visited each day by tourists who arrive to its coasts to discover the mysteries it hide.

 

Saona Island, La Romana
Saona Island Beach
© Turismo de Republica DominicanaIsla Saona
Houses in Saona Island
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It is inhabited by only 1200 persons that live in huts made of palms and herbs, as it is prohibited to built there, and whose main occupations are tourism and fishing. Agriculture is not a way of living for them, as the ground is quite rocky, making the task harder.

Saona Island is rocky and has quite many grottoes and caverns on its northeast, it is a very interesting area due to the great amount of indigenous relics found in there. The coast has low rocky edges with sandy coves, and is the only place in the island with a slight elevation above the sea level, known as Punta Roca.

Find this part of the island where sheltered the indigenous that in times of Cotubamaná had to ran away from the troops of Juan de Esquivel under the command of Nicolás de Ovando. The well protected and difficult to access caves where their shelters, saving their belongings until 1912, when the North American archaeologist Theodore de Booy found them.

In the rest of the country a string of endless white sanded and crystalline waters beaches show their several blue colors, being mixed with the sun. Coconut tree, Mahogany, Logwood, Cape gooseberry, Palos de yayas, Yayas bobas, Guarana and Guarea guidonia accompany visitors on their trips in Saona Island.

Numerous kind of birds can be seen in the island. Parrots, Ravens, Seagulls, Gallaretas, gallitos, Dendrocygninaes and wild doves (also known as “cachito blanco”). Doves were an important problem some time ago due to their large amount, so local farmers used them to feed their pigs. que los agricultores locales llegaron a utilizar los polluelos como alimento para sus cerdos. Nevertheless, this habit was eradicated during the regime of Trujillo.
The island is rich in fishes, being possible to find large shoals of lobsters and mollusks like the Queen conch.
In a thatched hut working as a restaurant tourists have a lunch made of fish plates and rice cooked with coconut.
In the evening, visitors go back to their hotels, but if you still prefer to spend the night in the island, the organization offers tents.
It is part of the East National Park and is officially protected, so no buildings are allowed in its littoral.

Playa Dominicus

PLAYA DOMINICUS
One of the DR’s longest white sand beaches, Dominicus is popular for swimming in its shallow, turquoise waters, but also for diving, with an abundant reef right off its shore, and no undertow.
Beaches, Family-Friendly
Playa Dominicus Beach, Dominican Republic
Dive on this perfect beach to observe corals without marine currents in La Romana, Dominican Republic
Playa Dominicus Beach, Dominican Republic
Playa Dominicus Beach
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Enjoy Playa Dominicus Beach, the favorite one among divers, as it is perfect to explore the attractive corals, because they don’t receive marine currents in this area.

Located within the limits of the East National Park, it is very close to the Padre Nuestro Ecological and Archeological Trail, so don’t miss the chance to do ecological tourism.
It was the first beach in the Caribbean to be awarded with the “Blue Flag”. A few kilometers from Playa Bayahibe Beach is located the tourist villa of Dominicus, with a very nice beach larger than the previous one.
Next to this wonderful beach, there are restaurants to get relaxed and souvenirs shops to buy memento from these amazing holidays in Dominican Republic.
At night, don’t miss the chance to visit the Dominicus Casino.

Playa Minitas

PLAYA MINITAS
Casa de Campo Resort’s Playa Minitas is home to the beautifully designed Minitas Beach Club, boasting a 23-meter infinity pool, and panoramic sea views from its Latin Mediterranean restaurant, bar, and chic outdoor lounge.
Beaches, Family-Friendly
Playa Minitas Beach, Dominican Republic
Enjoy Playa Minitas Beach with your family while you get relaxed in Casa de Campo resort during your stay in La Romana.
Playa Minitas Beach, Dominican Republic
Playa Minitas Beach
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Have fun in Playa Minitas Beach, which offers a perfect site to enjoy with the whole family, notably, a ribbed area where you’ll be able to calmly swim and practice a lot of water sports. Once there, children will have the chance to play the arranged games and sports in the shore of the beach, in “La Palapa”.
You can rent a pedal boating or practice snorkeling, kayaking and hobie wave. Or, if you prefer so, you can have a relaxing massage in the open-air pavilion.

Playa Bayahibe

Occupied in part with fishing boats, Playa Bayahibe’s scenic white sand stretches are uncrowded, and lined with lively seaside bars and restaurants.
Beaches, Family-Friendly Playa Bayahibe Beach, La Romana
Enjoy on Playa Bayahibe Beach of a dreamed beach day in Dominican Republic.
Playa Bayahibe Beach, La Romana
Playa Bayahibe Beach
© Turismo de Republica Dominicana
Visit Playa Bayahibe Beach located to the southeast of La Romana and formed by quiet and intimate beaches far away from crowded places. Surrounded by coconut trees and palm trees, the beach is located around 2 kilometers to the village, where you’ll find restaurants and bars.
Playa Bayahibe Beach, Dominican Republic
Playa Bayahibe Beach
© Turismo RD
This charming small village becomes quiet once tourists visiting the islands of Saona and Catalina leave from there, at that time, the beach changes into a small Caribbean paradise.
his starting point for the trips to the islands is also known for its fishing and diving activities while constituting an excellent place for snorkeling. On these Caribbean waters you can observe starfishes, cuttlefishes and manta rays as well as visit the Naufragio del Capitán Kidd Shipwreck, in Catalina Island, or include it on the visit to the Underwater Museums comprising other wrecks in the area.
In case you want to sleep in the village, there is a single all-inclusive hotel, the Dreams La Romana; although you can also find smaller ones and aparthotels.

Don’t confuse this quiet beach with Playa Dominicus Beach, only some kilometers to the southeast of the town.

Playa La Caleta

Closest to La Romana city. This is where locals go for a swim on a hot summer day, but mostly for fried fish with plantains or yaniqueque (fried flatbread) and an ice-cold beer by the sea. Sections of sand mixed with rocks and pebbles.
Beaches

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Come and visit the South East Coast of the Dominican Republic and explore the island’s most amazing beaches, villages, people, culture and so much more.

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Dominican Republic

Activities & Adventures

Explore Your Adventure Destination

Your vacation in the Dominican Republic is sure to consist of plenty of fun and excitement, but how about adding a touch of adventure as well? For those who can’t shake that adrenaline bug, consider booking exciting excursions, such as zip-lining, setting sail on a catamaran cruise or snorkeling and diving, to make the most out of your destination.

Sun and Sand

Beach, Swimming & Sunbathing

Beaches

Over 200 beaches—many of which remain uncrowded and undeveloped—line the Caribbean and the Atlantic coastlines, ranging from a brilliant white to a handful of black sand beaches.

Swimming

Palm-studded, continuous diamond white beaches are synonymous with Punta Cana, but the Dominican Republic’s stunning beaches extend countrywide.

Sunbathing

Saona’s picture-perfect beaches attract more visitors than all of the DR’s national parks combined. A protected site and part of Cotubanamá National Park, the island is a dream tropical escape.

Romance

Weddings, Honeymoons & More 

Weddings

Celebrate your romance with a destination wedding in the Dominican Republic. Romantic weddings on a sand beach, rich sunsets and some of the most beautiful beaches in the world are the perfect backdrop for your destination wedding.

Bachelor/ette

Your bachelorette/bachelor party can be the most fun you’ve had in years! With a bit of planning  beforehand, the Dominican Republic is the perfect spot to plan such an adventure.

Honeymoon

Your honeymoon is sure to consist of plenty of romance, and the Dominican Republic is the honeymoon destination. From quiet privacy to all out partying, the Dominican Republic has something for every honeymooner.

Renewal of Vows

A rededication to your marriage is an exciting thing – you can do it as often as you like. With vow renewals (or reaffirmations) you have the opportunity to have the ceremony you’ve always wanted.

On the Sea

SUP, Sea Kayak & Sailing

SUP

Paddle boarding is undoubtedly a great way to get in contact with the land and marine environment in the Dominican Republic. Easy to learn and a sure way to have great fun in the Caribbean Sea.

Sea Kayaking

Dominican Republic’s pristine fresh waterways and the tranquil Caribbean Sea make kayaking an ideal way to explore the Dominican Republic.

Sailing

Sea breezes and  the most beautiful beaches in the world. Dominican Republic is the perfect location for sailing and learning to sail. Bask in the sun and enjoy the unbelievable sunsets.

In the Sea

Snorkel & Scuba Diving

Snorkel

Considered one of the top islands for snorkeling in the world, the crystal-clear waters of the Dominican Republic offer an incredible experience for novice and expert alike.

Scuba

Explore the depths among the colorful coral reefs that are home to anemones, eels, giant stingrays, sharks and turtles.
If you bring the whole family, try snorkeling in shallow water perfect for the little ones.

Fishing the Sea

Deep Sea, Shore & Lake

Fishing

If you love sportfishing then we have the trip for you! Troll for sailfish, blue marlin, white marlin, wahoo and dorado in the teeming waters of the Caribbean Sea!

Deep Sea

Big attraction for anglers heading to the Dominican Republic is unquestionably saltwater fishing. Thanks to her fantastic deep waters surrounding the coastlines, sport fishing for highly sought after big game species is incredibly popular.

Shore

Surf fishing and fly fishing are great alternatives here too—cast your line from the beach and see what you can catch. This is an especially popular pastime early in the mornings and a great way to spend time with the family.

Family

Surf fishing and fly fishing are great alternatives here too—cast your line from the beach and see what you can catch. This is an especially popular pastime early in the mornings and a great way to spend time with the family.

Golf by the Sea

Golfing Experiences

Golf

Renowned for having the most magnificent golf courses in the Caribbean region, and Latin America, the Dominican Republic is the undisputed leader of golf in the tropics. Dominican Republic’s award-winning courses are on every golfer’s bucket list.

Golf

At least seven of the Dominican Republic’s courses have consistently topped Golf Week Magazine’s Top 50 courses in the Caribbean and Mexico, including Punta Espada in the top 10.

On Land

Horses, Hiking, Biking, ATV

On Horseback

Horseback riding is deeply entrenched in Dominican culture, going back centuries to colonial Spanish times. Ride horseback along the hills, and colorful villages of the Domincan Republic in any location countrywide.

Hiking & Biking

Mountain bike and hiking tours led by local guides—a great choice for nature lovers and outdoor enthusiasts. Ride and hike along scenic trails through forested areas, river beds and jungle trails.

Off Road

Rugged mountain terrain and hidden treasures, create the perfect setting for an off-road  adventure. Drive your own ATV through countryside full of surprises and new adventures.

Lifestyle

Live the Lifestyle

Living

Looking for Lifestyle Options? Considering the Dominican Republic as a place to live or retire, the knowledge we share will help you to create a plan, and we’ll connect you with useful lifestyle services and property choices.

Retire

Many consider the Dominican Republic for their retirement home. With recreational opportunities such as boating, fishing, swimming, snorkeling, scuba diving, sailing, kayaking and a modern infrastructure, stable electrical grid and high-speed internet.

Lifestyle

Variety of lifestyles, from resorts, condos and other full-time housing—it’s a perfect place for those seeking an “always on vacation” lifestyle. Dominican Republic has everything you need and more, affordability, healthcare, safety, culture and cuisine.

Real Estate

Finding the Right Investment

Real Estate

Opportunities for real estate investment exist in the Dominican Republic for entrepreneurs. Beachfront and ocean view houses and private land that lie close to the attractive vistas that line the coastline.

Beach Houses

It is always a wonderful idea to set up villas, apartments and other residential units in the vicinity of a stunning ocean, pristine beaches, and picturesque lagoons. The attractiveness of the Dominican Republic has always been a magnet that attracts buyers and tenants at any time of the year.

Culture

Experience the Culture

Culture

In 1492, Christopher Columbus landed in the Dominican Republic and promptly claimed the island for the Spanish crown. A year later, Santo Domingo had become the first European settlement in the New World, and the Spanish influence that still dominates had begun.

Culture

 There is no better place to immerse yourself in authentic Caribbean culture. The Dominican people and their customs have predominately European cultural origins with both African and native Taíno influences.

Cuisine

Enjoy the Food & Drink 

Food & Drink

Dominican Republic is well known for its varieties of regional and national food and drink. From street food to exquisite culinary delights, paired with regional beverages, beer and rum with long histories and international reputations.

Mamajuana

The most popular Dominican drink – Mamajuana. Mamajuana is a potent drink native to the Dominican Republic that is purported to have strong medicinal qualities.

Beer

A handful of beers are made in the Dominican Republic, including craft beers found in a few places around the country. The most popular brand is the world famous Presidente beer, made by Cervecería Nacional Dominicana since 1935.

Rum

Dominican rum is produced by several big brands, the most popular two being Brugal and Barceló. Ron Bermúdez dates back to the 19th century, with white and golden premium varieties.

Where to Stay

Find the Right Resort

Resorts

If your idea of recreation is a healthy dose of relaxation, Dominican Republic offers world-class amenities with old Caribbean charm. Along with unlimited experiences on land, on the sea and in the sea, DR has you covered.

Resorts

As a traveler in Dominican Republic you can enjoy a full array of spa services, fine regional dining or sunning yourself at the beach or by the pool. Dolphin and whale watching expeditions are an extra special vacation treat not to miss.

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