Editor’s note: This story was originally published January 2015.
If you’re looking for some true rest and relaxation, away from the crowded resort beaches, head to one of these lesser-known spots.
This beach is a definitely off the beaten path. It’s only accessible from the small town of Las Galeras—about 30 minutes from the town of Samana—on the Samana Peninsula. But once you get there, it’s definitely worth the trip thanks to the white sand beaches, palm trees, lush mountains and miles of seclusion.
This is another hard-to-get-to spot, but the picture-perfect white sand and sparkling turquoise water will have you hooked. Just west of Puerto Plata, this spot has a large coral reef that’s perfect for snorkeling, and lots of space to spread out and relax in peace.
If you want to try your hand at surfing, this secluded beach in northern Punta Cana is a good place to give it a whirl (Macao Surf Shop offers lessons). Take a dip in the sparkling water, relax on the beautiful beach surrounded by palm trees or dine at one of the small local restaurants.
Playa Boca Chica
This spot isn’t as secluded as the others, but is removed from the hustle of nearby Santo Domingo. Popular with locals, you’ll find beautiful sand, surrounded by coral reef and local restaurants, beach bars and souvenir shops.
Five Places to Explore in Puerto Plata
The 16th-century city of Puerto Plata in the Dominican Republic is the perfect spot for travellers looking for a bit more than lounging on the beach. Get a bird's eye view of the city from the top of Mount Isabel de Torres, explore a historic fort at Fortaleza San Felipe and visit the many historical monuments in Puerto Plata's colourful downtown.