Standing right at the heart of the Dominican Republic, Santo Domingo is much more than just the capital of this country. It is actually the oldest city established by Europeans in the Western Hemisphere. This makes it a city rich in history and tradition. Even though many people would think of visiting Santo Domingo for more touristy, city-type activities, it might come as a surprise to learn that Santo Domingo has amazing beaches nearby that are worth a visit. Just a 30-50 min drive will take you to the most beautiful beaches in the area. Take advantage of these locations and soak up some Dominican sun while listening to bachata and sipping on your rum cocktail. Here are the best beaches near Santo Domingo you have to visit!
Playa Juan Dolio
One of the most popular beaches in the Dominican Republic, Playa Juan Dolio is pretty well-equipped. It is located about 37 miles east of Santo Domingo. There are lots of restaurants and bars for you to satisfy your hunger and thirst, yet the beach is also pretty tranquil if you are looking for that relaxing factor. The landscape is absolutely gorgeous so be ready to take awesome pictures.
Playa Boca Chica
The big plus about Playa Boca Chica is most definitely how close it is to Santo Domingo. Only 22 miles east, this beach has everything. There are many different restaurants ranging from low to high-end and offering different cuisines from all over the world. That’s why this beach is suitable for all tastes and preferences as there will always be a place for everyone to enjoy. If you want a partying atmosphere, Boca Chica also offers that, for the harbor is filled with bars and restaurants by the water with great music and ambiance. In essence, this beach is livelier and more active than the usual beach.
Located 22 miles west of Santo Domingo, Playa Najayo is one of those gems not many people have discovered, or at least that’s how it feels. It is usually never crowded, and the people who go there are mainly locals. The beach is clean and relaxing, and there are a few food joints you can eat at, with authentic local food and great prices. What more could you ask for?
Although it is close to Juan Dolio beach and it kind of resembles the vibe, Playa Guayacanes is a true wonder. The fact that it is smaller and more primitive makes it a perfect spot to visit when you aren’t feeling as social or active. Since this beach is not as famous as the other three, there’s usually very few people here, which makes it a more peaceful place. The water is pretty gentle, so this is a perfect place to bring the whole family.
The Dominican Republic is a destination in the Caribbean famous for its delicious food, rhythmic music and beautiful beaches. Now that you know all about the best beaches near Santo Domingo, book your stay at Embassy Suites by Hilton Santo Domingo and enjoy a vacation full of sun, sand and water!