Dominican Republic

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The D.R. is blessed with 1,000 miles of coast lapped by azure waters. The southern beaches gleam white; those in the north glitter golden. Some bustle to the beat of vast resorts; others remain relatively untouched.

Dominican Republic Beaches


Playa Dominicus, a popular dive spot, was the Caribbean’s first beach to be recognized for its commitment to sustainable development. Just offshore, the six-square-mile Isla Catalina features sand dunes, mangrove swamps, and arguably the area’s finest coral reef.

East Coast,
Tags: beach | diving

Isla Saona

Even crowded, the swaying palms, turquoise water, and sugary sand here seduce and it’s not uncommon to spot endangered sea turtles, West Indian manatees, and bottlenosed dolphins at this beach within the Parque Nacional del Este.

off the South Coast,
Tags: beach | wildlife

Playa Dorada

Adjacent to Puerto Plata, this area, with its warm, reef-protected waters, is one of the world’s largest all-inclusive resort complexes (non-guests must pay a fee). Fifteen resorts and a top-rated golf course comprise this hedonistic development which is surrounded by lush landscaping.

Playa Dorada,
Tags: beach | family | diving

Playa Sosúa

This crescent-shaped, cliff-encircled bay is a wildly popular snorkeling destination, with sweeping panoramas of the mountains and coast. Hawkers can be irksome, but most are thankfully confined to souvenir/snack tents up the hill.

Tags: beach | snorkeling

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