The Dominican Republic is a country blessed with a lot of beautiful beaches, but lately, an environmental problem has arisen with the accumulation of seaweed on the beaches, this is a problem not only in the Dominican Republic but throughout the Caribbean.
However, there are beaches that are more affected than others, as well as the seaweed situation can be very cyclical and unpredictable.
There are beaches all over the country, that due to their geographic location are totally free of seaweed, some of these beaches are very touristic and others are not so well known.
Here is a list of some of the beaches in the Dominican Republic that are free of seaweed.
1- San Rafael Beach (Barahona)
Located between the Barahona-Enriquillo highway, in the province of Barahona is the paradisiacal beach of San Rafael, one of the most popular in the southern region.
The particularity of this beach is that it combines the beach with the freshwater of the river, having two connected dream environments.
The waters are crystal clear, turquoise and the beach instead of sand is covered with small white/cream-colored stones very polished.
The atmosphere of the place is very beautiful, however, the waters of this beach are very deep, so caution is requested to swimmers. This is also the reason why most people prefer the freshwater river to enjoy with the family.
One of the main attractions of the place is the waterfall of the river which was converted into a natural spa, and is surrounded by trees. This space, as well as the beach, is very visited by Dominicans and foreigners during weekends and holidays.
Cons: Playa San Rafael can be quite agitated, it is not a calm beach at all, and the tranquility of the river compensates and contrasts with the movement of the beach.
2- El Valle beach (Samaná)
El Valle beach, located in the community of the same name, is characterized by its width, the turquoise blue color of its waters, and the golden sand that extends for about four kilometers.
This place, which has already begun to be seen as of great tourist interest, is surrounded by a lush valley and coconut groves everywhere.
Although this beach was rarely visited, and considered by many as a hidden paradise, it has already been rediscovered by a public that loves the preservation of the environment, so it is noticeable great cleanliness and permanent care in its surroundings.
In spite of being a place more open to all types of visitors, no matter if they are foreigners or locals, the public that arrives is not as large as that of other beaches near the Samaná area.
3- Bahia de las Aguilas Beach
The Bahía de las Águilas is one of the most beautiful tourist sites in the province of Pedernales, Dominican Republic. It is part of the Jaragua National Park and has an extension of about seven kilometers long.
This beautiful beach combines the delicate white sand with the wonderful blue of the clear sky that perfectly matches the bluish tones of the waters of this destination.
Its waters are so clear that they allow photographing the shadow, are considered the most transparent in the country.
There are no palm trees or beach chairs to destroy the virginity of this paradisiacal place.
Cons: Bahia de las Aguilas can be a paradise, but it is also a somewhat remote place to get to, being a virgin beach there are no options to buy food or water so it is recommended to go well prepared, there is a lot of exposure to the sun and there are not many shaded areas at the edge of the beach.
4- Playa Grande
One of the most beautiful beaches in the Caribbean is Playa Grande, located on the northeast coast of the Dominican Republic near the town of Rio San Juan in the province of Maria Trinidad Sanchez.
Playa Grande is one of the beaches I visit constantly, here is a complete review of this beach with photos I took on one of my trips.
It is the longest beach on the north coast (1.5 kilometers). It has a large strip of soft golden sand bordered by tall palm trees that invite you to relax.
During the weekend, it is a beach well visited by locals looking for a quiet atmosphere to relax and enjoy the sun.
Depending on sea conditions, Playa Grande is a popular destination for swimming and surfing. The summer months are when the waters are calm enough to enjoy the water without getting hit by the waves, while the winter months are perfect for surfers who can enjoy waves over 3 meters high.
This beach has some small, discreetly located restaurants and taverns that offer refreshing drinks and fresh fish and seafood dishes that are served in front of the premises or brought to the beach.
Cons: Playa Grande can be very agitated, it is not a very quiet beach, it has constant waves, caution should be taken, this beach in some months is beautiful with a huge strip of sand and other months has little sand and many rocks.
Seaweed-free beaches near Punta Cana
Although the Dominican Republic is an island and everything is relatively close, I must admit that the beaches I have listed here could be a considerable distance from the Punta Cana area.
Punta Cana is the most popular tourist destination in the country, the closest seaweed-free beaches to Punta Cana are in Bayahibe which is less than an hour’s drive and only 70 kilometers away from the Punta Cana area.
What other beaches in the Dominican Republic do not have seaweed?
Many of the beaches in the northern part of the country, including Nagua, Rio San Juan, and Puerto Plata, are free of seaweed, as well as many beaches in Bayahibe, Samaná, and Las Terrenas are sargassum-free paradises.
Although there is the possibility that a very small amount of seaweed may occasionally arrive at these beaches, it is not very considerable, and it does not tend to accumulate on the shores, of the times I have visited these beaches I have always found them totally clean and free of seaweed.