Unfortunately, sargassum can be an issue for many beaches in the Dominican Republic, especially the hugely popular destination of Punta Cana. In 2022 record levels of sargassum washed up in the Dominican Republic, an issue that has been getting steadily worse since 2015. Furthermore, current estimates are that 2023 will bring as much sargassum as 2022.
While this may sound alarming at first, it’s important to note that the resorts and public services do a fantastic job of cleaning the beaches up and returning the white sands to pristine condition. But there’s no need to wait for the cleanup operation to finish. The following world-class beaches are often sargassum-free!
@nahunespinoza Still had a great time though #puntacana #sargazo #sargassum #beachvibe #foryou #parati ♬ Monkeys Spinning Monkeys – Kevin MacLeod & Kevin The Monkey
First on the list is Bayahibe beach, perfectly set just a 25-minute cab ride from La Romana on the southern coast. Travelers needn’t think they’re settling for second best by choosing this picturesque beach, with one reviewer describing it as “a corner of paradise on earth”!
As well as vibrant turquoise water and soft clean sand, Bayahibe is served by many beachfront restaurants and bars serving delicious local and international cuisine, with the fried red snapper getting a big shout-out from travelers.
@thekindtraveler #travel #dominicanrepublic #beachvibes #bayahibebeach #caribbeantiktok #beach #traveltiktok #traveltrend #oceanlife ♬ Electric Love – BØRNS
Past visitors to Bayahibe beach from La Romana have quoted the cab fare to be around $35 one way, but for those on a budget, the local public transport is considerably cheaper!
El Valle Beach
This is one for travelers wanting to experience a beach set amongst the wild natural landscape of the north coast.
El Valle is Situation just 12km north of Samana, the road here was once a challenging sandy track, but it has thankfully been upgraded to asphalt. Renting a car or taking a taxi is the main way to reach this stunning beach, although plenty of boat trips are available for travelers not based in Samana.
While this beach’s popularity is growing fast, past travelers still report it as uncrowded and clean. A short hike east along the beach will eventually bring you to a super secluded section that few know about!
It’s important to add this beach can receive some pretty aggressive waves that will challenge even the strongest of swimmers, so extra caution when in the water is advised.
@jralexisphotography Playa El Valle, Samaná, República Dominicana 🇩🇴 #foryou #fypシ #foryourpage #republicadominicana #drone #playaelvalle #beach #ocean #dominicanrepublic ♬ Surrender – Natalie Taylor
Renting a car to get to El Valle is the best option from Samana, and with prices as low as $45 per day, this is a trip that won’t break the bank.
Bahía de las Águilas Beach
Being located in the southwest of the Dominican Republic, away from major tourist destinations, has kept this indescribably beautiful beach in top condition! Accessible by road and by boat, it is an unmissable experience for those searching for a truly once-in-a-lifetime beach experience.
The reviewers of Bahía de las Águilas Beach almost exclusively agree that this is the best beach they have ever visited. Which is spectacular praise considering the nearly endless number of beautiful beaches in the Dominican Republic.
While this beach is currently quite remote for much of the country, the resort destination of Cabo Rojo is a mere 35 minutes away by car. Furthermore, recent announcements that the nearby city of Pedernales is to be developed into a tourism hotspot means this beach will only increase in popularity.
6 hour road trip? Absolutely worth it. ✨ Welcome to Bahia de Las Aguilas. Stay tuned for day 2🤗♬ love nwantinti (ah ah ah) – CKay
Travelers in Punta Cana don’t need to undertake a daunting drive to get here, there are daily cheap internal flights from Punta Cana airport to Cabo Rojo airport. And with a roundtrip costing as low as $188, it’s a bargain adventure!
Punta Bonita Beach
Translated into English, Punta Bonita means ‘beautiful point,’ and visitors here agree it more than lives up to its name. The palm trees here in some areas grow right down into the crystal-clear water, helping to add to the magical feel of Punta Bonita.
Set in the popular Las Terrenas area northwest of Samana, this beach is highly accessible and served by some of the best restaurants and bars in the Dominican Republic.
@alexandra.hannecart The beach is called Playa Bonita and it feels like your own private island 🏝 #dominicanrepublic ♬ This is heaven – Nightshade
For travelers with a love for romance, reviews have described Punta Bonita beach as the best place in the country to watch the sunset, this is thanks to its west-facing setting, which is a rare feature in the Dominican Republic.
Punta Bonita beach is located in a well-developed destination and is just a 10-minute cab ride from the center of Las Terrenas, which should cost no more than $4 to $6.
@carlostorresrd De las mas impresionantes de Las Terrenas 🙌🏽🙌🏽🇩🇴🌴 ¿la has visitado ? #republicadominicana #dominicanrepublic #lasterrenas #samana #rdlotienetodo ♬ Vamos Pa La Playa – Carlos Viernes
It’s important to remember that no beach in the Caribbean is 100% safe from sargassum. Freak weather can blow it off its forecasted route and into normally safe areas. While this outcome is rare, it pays to keep an eye on the sargassum forecasts and ask around about the current sargassum status of each of these beaches before making the journey.
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