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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).

Get the most out of your visit to Playa Dorada. Here's a list of the best activities:

Do you want to make your visit that much more special? An All Inclusive Sailing and Snorkeling Tour by Catamaran and a Luxury Catamaran Cruise & Snorkeling are both worth considering.

If you're looking for more activities, examine our Puerto Plata things to do page.


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VH Gran Ventana Beach Resort - All Inclusive CA $274
VH Gran Ventana Beach Resort - All Inclusive

VH Gran Ventana Beach Resort - All Inclusive

Playa Dorado, P.O. Box 22, Puerto Plata, Puerto Plata
     
    4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

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

    Emotions by Hodelpa - Playa Dorada CA $180
    Emotions by Hodelpa - Playa Dorada

    Emotions by Hodelpa - Playa Dorada

    Playa Dorada, Puerto Plata
       
      4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

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

      VH Atmosphere - Adults Only - All Inclusive CA $264
      VH Atmosphere - Adults Only - All Inclusive

      VH Atmosphere - Adults Only - All Inclusive

      Playa Dorada, Puerto Plata
         
        4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

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

        Blue Bay Villas Doradas - Adults Only - All Inclusive CA $210
        Blue Bay Villas Doradas - Adults Only - All Inclusive

        Blue Bay Villas Doradas - Adults Only - All Inclusive

        Playa Dorada 538, Puerto Plata, Puerto Plata
           
          4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

          Located in Puerto Plata, this beachfront resort is next to a golf course, just steps away from Playa Dorada Golf Course and Playa Dorada. Long Beach and Isabel De Torres National Park are also within 3 miles (5 km).

          Casa Colonial Beach & Spa CA $329
          Casa Colonial Beach & Spa

          Casa Colonial Beach & Spa

          57000 Playa Dorada, PO Box 22, Puerto Plata, Puerto Plata
             
            5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

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

            Be Live Collection Marien - All Inclusive CA $310
            Be Live Collection Marien - All Inclusive

            Be Live Collection Marien - All Inclusive

            Carretera Luperón, Km. 4.5, Complejo Turístico, Puerto Plata, Puerto Plata
               
              4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

              Nestled on the beach, this Costa Dorada resort is 1.3 mi (2.1 km) from Long Beach and 1.6 mi (2.6 km) from Playa Dorada. Playa Dorada Golf Course and Lorilar Ranch are also within 2 miles (3 km).

              Sunscape Puerto Plata - All Inclusive CA $209
              Sunscape Puerto Plata - All Inclusive

              Sunscape Puerto Plata - All Inclusive

              Carretera Luperon KM 5, Puerto Plata, Puerto Plata
                 
                4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                Located in Puerto Plata, this beachfront resort is next to a golf course and within a 15-minute walk of Playa Dorada Golf Course and Playa Dorada. Long Beach and Camacho Beach are also within 3 miles (5 km).

                Viva Wyndham V Heavens - All-Inclusive Resort, Adults Only
                Viva Wyndham V Heavens - All-Inclusive Resort, Adults Only

                Viva Wyndham V Heavens - All-Inclusive Resort, Adults Only

                Playa Dorada Complex, Puerto Plata
                   
                  4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Located in Puerto Plata, this beachfront resort is next to a golf course and within 3 mi (5 km) of Playa Dorada Golf Course and Lorilar Ranch. Amber Museum is 4.3 mi (6.9 km) away.