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Swimming, surfing, snorkeling – best beaches of the Dominican republic

If you’re on the hunt for the best beaches around the world, and like me you love to gaze out towards a sea of azure blue, perhaps a doze under a palm tree or a walk with the white sand between your toes, then you’ll love to hear about some of the fabulous beaches in the Dominican Republic that are featured in my guest post from allbestbeaches.com

The all best beaches team have recently been holidaying in the Dominican republic and seeking out the best beaches for swimming, surfing, snorkling or just relaxing under a sun umbrella. Here are three of their suggestions for beaches you’ll enjoy;

Playa Grande Beach in the Dominican Republic

Playa Grande Beach in the Dominican Republic

Playa Grande beach near Cabrera in the Dominican Republic

Playa Grande Beach in the Dominican Republic

Playa Grande Beach in the Dominican Republic

This beach is known as one of the most beautiful in the Dominican Republic, bounded by coral outcrops and cliffs and with fine white sand. The eastern side of this beach is especially nice, where you can feel as if you are on a small island away from civilisation. There is a parking place with several restaurants who will all want to entice you in for some seafood or Dominican specialities or a drink of fresh pineapple juice. The water is clean and the sand is soft and fine on the edge of the water without any seaweed and corals. The Playa Grande golf course is situated on the cliffs at one end of the beach and is considered one of the best in the Caribbean. As the surf can be quite high at times on this beach, it’s not ideal for young families but is great for adults and teenagers who are good swimmers as well a perfect one for a romantic beach walk.

More information on Playa Grande beach at allbestbeaches.com

Playa Alicia at Sosua in the Dominican Republic

Playa Alicia Beach in the Dominican Republic

Playa Alicia Beach in the Dominican Republic

Playa Alicia is located in the centre of Sosua – just head towards the ocean from the main square. You will see a restaurant to your left called “Beach Front”, just walk through it and take the steps leading down to Playa Alicia. This beach is a little more relaxed than the other town beach at Sosua with rocks and cliff faces bounding the beach and there are several hotels on the surrounding land. You can rent beach umbrellas here for around $3US.  The beaches around Sosua are popular with snorklers and at Playa Alicia there is a coral cliff on the left where you can snorkel in transparent water to see some little fishes. They say that the sunsets are the most beautiful here when the sun passes the Isabella Mountain and takes a snorkeling trip into the ocean just to magically return from the other side of the island.

More information about Playa Alicia at allbestbeaches.com

Playa Encuentro at Cabarete in the Dominican Republic

Playa Encuentro Beach in the Dominican Republic

Playa Encuentro Beach in the Dominican Republic

You’ll find this beach on the stretch of coast  between Sosua and Cabarete. It’s a favourite beach for surfers who somehow keep it secret from the tourists. If you’re planning on surfing, you do need to be a strong swimmer as the waves are high and there are waves and currents to watch out for. The beach is very clean and the view is just magnificent.  If you are planning on swimming here, get a pair of protective shoes as the ocean bottom is paved with corals, also needed against a plenty of sea urchins hiding in the rocks. The sand is clean on Playa Encuentro with larger particles as compared to other beaches of this area. You can easily reach this wonderful beach by car or motoconcho. Located about a mile away from Cabarete if you drive towards Sosua, turn right and pass through the unguarded gate with the sign “Mariposa”, follow the unpaved road along the villas, there will be signs “Beach” in English. The resort of Cabarete nearby is a major centre for windsurfing and kiteboarding.

More information on Playa Encuentro at allbestbeaches.com

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Other beautiful beaches around the world

A tour of the best beaches of Sardinia
Gone fishing for crabs on Isle Houat in Brittany, France
My three top beaches on Zakynthos, Greece

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13 Comments

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    Arlene
    May 28, 2010 at 12:25 am

    I want to be in the Dominican Republic on that beach right now! I loved the sounds of the waves and the footprints on the sand. Paradise. As usual, this was really wonderful.
    .-= Arlene´s last blog ..Organic Food and Film Festival and Some “Food” for Thought =-.

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    Mark H
    May 29, 2010 at 11:58 pm

    As it starts to get cold and wet in Sydney, these beaches look a real treat. The water looks invitingly blue.
    .-= Mark H´s last blog ..Experience the Majestic Himalayas (India) =-.

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    Barbara at Hole in the Donut Travels
    June 1, 2010 at 3:33 am

    When I lived in Puerto Rico I often heard about the beaches of the DR, but never made it over there because the fast hydrofoil had stopped running at that point. Now, seeing the photos, and reading about the placed I heard so much about, I think I may just have to make a quickie visit one of these days.
    .-= Barbara at Hole in the Donut Travels´s last blog ..Pico de Orizaba Volcano – View from a Bus =-.

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    Coolmon
    September 9, 2010 at 4:29 pm

    Your article and description makes me wanna pack my bags today. I enjoyed reading your article on Dominican Beaches and I like your selection of pictures and video for this post.
    Coolmon´s last blog post ..Sheila Chandra Profile

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    Eduardo
    September 30, 2010 at 5:00 am

    Congratulations for your blog!
    I launched mine a couple of days ago. Obviously is not as fancy and complete as yours. To tell you the truth I have no experience blogging but I hope one day to have yor skills.

    By the way…How come you haven´t visited the Mexican caribbean? Cancun, Playa del Carmen, Puerto Morelos, Akumal? You are missing some of the most beautiful places on earth.

    Greetings.
    Eduardo.
    Eduardo´s last blog post ..El Caribe Mexicano- Welcome to Paradise

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    Spencer
    October 3, 2010 at 11:23 am

    I think they should change the name of the Dominican Republic to ‘Paradise’. Its just amazing!

  • Reply
    Heather Cowper
    October 4, 2010 at 9:04 pm

    @ Eduardo – I’d love to get to Mexico although I tend to gravitate towards the last touristy spots. I have a guest post on Cancun coming up in the next few weeks

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    Villas Lanzarote
    November 18, 2010 at 9:36 am

    I have been to the Dominican and the beaches are as nice as they look! I would love to go back!

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    Dan
    February 5, 2011 at 7:14 pm

    There’s not many things better in life than finding a beautiful stretch of coast line. And having it all to yourself.
    Dan´s last blog post ..Antigua and Barbuda

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