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Playa Dorada

One of the Dominican Republic’s most established and beautiful tourist destinations, this beach offers all kinds of aquatic activities.

Playa Dorada’s glorious white sands, clean waters and colorful reefs make this beach one of the most well-known tourist destinations on the island. The beach has different sections, with certain parts reserved for the patrons of nearby beachfront resorts, but other parts remain open to the general public. Sun yourself on the fine sands, go snorkeling off the shore and cool off by wading into the sea.

With its pristine sands and soothing water, this beach is an ideal place to recharge. If you stay at one of the oceanfront resorts, avail of the sun loungers and umbrellas provided. Otherwise, bring a towel and stake out a spot on the sand away from the reserved sections. This beach is mostly frequented by families and couples staying at the luxury resorts that border it and the atmosphere is quiet and easy-going.

Be sure to go for a swim while here. The gentle slope of the beach means the depth increases very gradually, making the waters safe for children. Rent flippers and snorkels to check out the coral beds, which can be found just off the shore. Schools of vivid tropical fish duck and dive around the pretty coral.

For something more fast-paced, ask at the beach hut about what watersports you can participate in. Go kayaking or sailing or try out windsurfing or parasailing. After an exhilarating activity, reward your bravery with a drink back at one of the beachside bars at the far ends of the beach. Socialize with other bar patrons and linger to watch the sun set over the ocean.

Playa Dorada is situated on the Dominican Republic’s north coast just south of the center of Puerto Plata. Several all-inclusive resorts are located along this beach. The beach is about a 10-minute drive or taxi ride from Puerto Plata. It can also be reached by riding in guaguas (private mini-vans).

Popular Activities at Playa Dorada

Get the most out of your time spent at Playa Dorada. Below is a list of some of the top things to do:

Want to experience this popular attraction in the most memorable way? Then you can't miss a Luxury Catamaran Cruise & Snorkeling.

Check out our Puerto Plata things to do page to learn about more activities while you're here.


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Iberostar Costa Dorada All Inclusive C$338
Iberostar Costa Dorada All Inclusive

Iberostar Costa Dorada All Inclusive

Carretera Luperon Km 2.5, Puerto Plata
     
    4.0
    of 5, from 923 reviews
    4.0 out of 5.0

    Overlooking the Costa Dorada Beach, an ideal place for water sports, just 20 minutes from the airport and the bustling city of Puerto Plata.

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    VH Gran Ventana Beach Resort - All Inclusive

    VH Gran Ventana Beach Resort - All Inclusive

    Playa Dorado, Puerto Plata
       
      3.8
      of 5, from 915 reviews
      4.0 out of 5.0

      Located in Puerto Plata, this beachfront resort is next to a golf course and within 1 mi (2 km) of Playa Dorada Golf Club and Playa Dorada. Long Beach and Isabel De Torres National Park are also within 3 mi (5 km).

      Emotions by Hodelpa - Playa Dorada C$181
      Emotions by Hodelpa - Playa Dorada

      Emotions by Hodelpa - Playa Dorada

      Playa Dorada, Puerto Plata
         
        4.0
        of 5, from 65 reviews
        4.0 out of 5.0

        Nestled on the beach, this Puerto Plata resort is within a 10-minute walk of Playa Dorada Golf Club and Playa Dorada. Long Beach and Isabel De Torres National Park are also within 3 mi (5 km).

        VH Atmosphere - Adults Only - All Inclusive C$251
        VH Atmosphere - Adults Only - All Inclusive

        VH Atmosphere - Adults Only - All Inclusive

        Playa Dorada, Puerto Plata
           
          4.1
          of 5, from 102 reviews
          4.0 out of 5.0

          Situated by the sea, this all-inclusive resort is within 1 mi (2 km) of Playa Dorada Golf Club and Playa Dorada. Fun City and Lorilar Ranch are also within 3 mi (5 km).

          Be Live Collection Marien - All Inclusive C$229
          Be Live Collection Marien - All Inclusive

          Be Live Collection Marien - All Inclusive

          Carretera Luperón, Km. 4.5, Puerto Plata
             
            3.7
            of 5, from 1,429 reviews
            4.0 out of 5.0

            Located along Costa Dorada Beach on the Dominican Republic's Amber Coast, this resort faces a golden-sand beach and the waters of the Atlantic; it is 5 km (3 miles) from the town of Puerto Plata, 1 hour from Santiago de Los Caballeros, 10 minutes from Puerto Plata, and 30 minutes form the Gregorio Luperon International airport.

            Casa Colonial Beach & Spa C$406
            Casa Colonial Beach & Spa

            Casa Colonial Beach & Spa

            57000 Playa Dorada, Puerto Plata
               
              4.8
              of 5, from 221 reviews
              5.0 out of 5.0

              Located in Puerto Plata, this beachfront hotel is next to a golf course and within 1 mi (2 km) of Playa Dorada Golf Club and Playa Dorada. Long Beach and Isabel De Torres National Park are also within 3 mi (5 km).

              Puerto Plata Village - All Inclusive C$140
              Puerto Plata Village - All Inclusive

              Puerto Plata Village - All Inclusive

              Playa Dorada, Puerto Plata
                 
                2.5
                of 5, from 356 reviews
                3.0 out of 5.0

                Located in Puerto Plata, this beachfront resort is next to a golf course and within 1 mi (2 km) of Playa Dorada Golf Club and Playa Dorada. Long Beach and Isabel De Torres National Park are also within 3 mi (5 km).

                Blue JackTar C$117
                Blue JackTar

                Blue JackTar

                Playa Dorada, Puerto Plata
                   
                  4.2
                  of 5, from 267 reviews
                  4.0 out of 5.0

                  Arrayed along a white-sand beach in the exclusive Playa Dorada enclave, this Puerto Plata hotel adjoins the 18-hole Campo de Golf course; a shopping center is a 10-minute walk away.