Southeast Coast Beaches
The best known and most visited beaches in all the Dominican Republic are here.
Punta Cana--a short stretch and long the region's most famous beach--is often haphazardly applied to every beach in the area.
Punta Cana is a private community for the rich and famous. Most of the all-inclusive hotels are actually located at Playa Bavaro, north of Punta Cana.
Since the Punta Cana International Airport serves the region, it's easy to understand the confusion, deliberate or otherwise.
Located just north of Punta Cana, the Bavaro resort area includes a long stretch of excellent white beach. Although Playa Bavaro is classified as a different region from adjacent Punta Cana, the coastline here is actually one extended 30-mile strip of sand. Like Punta Cana, Playa Bavaro is bordered by a seemingly endless string of all-inclusive resorts.
The Punta Cana beach resort area ranks as perhaps the DR's most popular vacation destination. It sometimes is called “the coconut coast” thanks to the hundreds of coconut palms scattered along the 30 miles of super fine white sand.
Bordered by an impressive number of all-inclusive resorts, the beach is long enough to find your own private space. Numerous watersports, golf and other activities are offered through the area.
Only 6 square miles in size and located just off shore from Bayahibe, Isla Catalina features the best coral reef in the area, a mangrove swamp and sand dunes. This is a popular day tour for tourists interested in scuba diving or simply sunbathing.
Located within Parque Nacional Del Este, Isla Saona is one of the region’s most popular destinations. The small island was selected as one of the Caribbean's Eight Dream Beaches by Caribbean Travel & Life magazine. You, too, will appreciate powdery sand beaches, tall palms and clear water. At low tide sand bars appear in certain locations, providing a nice romantic walk.
With a large reef close by, Playa Dominicus is a popular destination for scuba divers. Located near Bayahibe and bordered by several all inclusive resorts, Playa Dominicus is notable for the first beach in the Caribbean to be given Blue Flag status, an eco-label honoring a beach's commitment to sustainable development.
The private beach of the huge Casa de Campo resort in La Romana, Playa Minitas offers several watersports and a beachside restaurant and bar.
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