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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).


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VH Gran Ventana Beach Resort - All Inclusive £174
VH Gran Ventana Beach Resort - All Inclusive

VH Gran Ventana Beach Resort - All Inclusive

Playa Dorado, Puerto Plata
     
    3.8
    of 5, from 813 reviews
    4.0 out of 5.0

    This Puerto Plata resort is located next to a golf course, nestled on the beach a short distance away from Playa Dorada, Playa Dorada Golf Club and Fun City. Local attractions also include Long Beach and Lorilar Ranch.

    Blue Bay Villas Doradas - Adults Only - All Inclusive
    Blue Bay Villas Doradas - Adults Only - All Inclusive

    Blue Bay Villas Doradas - Adults Only - All Inclusive

    Playa Dorada 538, Puerto Plata
       
      3.7
      of 5, from 1,125 reviews
      4.0 out of 5.0

      This Puerto Plata resort is located next to a golf course, nestled on the beach a short distance away from Playa Dorada Golf Club, Playa Dorada and Fun City. Local attractions also include Long Beach and Lorilar Ranch.

      Iberostar Costa Dorada All Inclusive
      Iberostar Costa Dorada All Inclusive

      Iberostar Costa Dorada All Inclusive

      Carretera Luperon Km 2.5, Puerto Plata
         
        4.0
        of 5, from 726 reviews
        4.0 out of 5.0

        Located in Puerto Plata, this beachfront resort is next to a golf course, 1.3 mi (2.1 km) from Lorilar Ranch and 1.5 mi (2.4 km) from Playa Dorada. Long Beach and Playa Dorada Golf Club are also within 2 miles (3 km).

        Puerto Plata Village - All Inclusive
        Puerto Plata Village - All Inclusive

        Puerto Plata Village - All Inclusive

        Playa Dorada, Puerto Plata
           
          2.5
          of 5, from 292 reviews
          3.0 out of 5.0

          This Puerto Plata resort is located next to a golf course and set on its own private sandy beach, a short distance from Playa Dorada, Playa Dorada Golf Club and Fun City. Local attractions also include Long Beach and Lorilar Ranch.

          Casa Colonial Beach & Spa
          Casa Colonial Beach & Spa

          Casa Colonial Beach & Spa

          57000 Playa Dorada, Puerto Plata
             
            4.7
            of 5, from 176 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 miles (5 km).

            Grand Paradise Playa Dorada - All Inclusive
            Grand Paradise Playa Dorada - All Inclusive

            Grand Paradise Playa Dorada - All Inclusive

            Playa Dorada, Puerto Plata
               
              3.4
              of 5, from 285 reviews
              3.5 out of 5.0

              Nestled on the beach, this Puerto Plata resort is 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 miles (5 km).

              VH Atmosphere - Adults Only - All Inclusive
              VH Atmosphere - Adults Only - All Inclusive

              VH Atmosphere - Adults Only - All Inclusive

              Playa Dorada, Puerto Plata
                 
                4.0
                of 5, from 32 reviews
                4.0 out of 5.0

                Situated near the beach in Puerto Plata, this all-inclusive resort is close to Playa Dorada, Playa Dorada Golf Club and Long Beach. Local attractions also include Fun City and Lorilar Ranch.

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

                Viva Wyndham V Heavens - Adults Only - All Inclusive

                Playa Dorada Complex, Puerto Plata
                   
                  3.4
                  of 5, from 135 reviews
                  4.0 out of 5.0

                  Set on the beach in Puerto Plata, this resort is within the vicinity of Playa Dorada Golf Club, Lorilar Ranch and Amber Museum.