Playa Dominicus

Punta Cana & the Southeast

The advantage of staying in Dominicus Americanus is being able to walk to Playa Dominicus, a beautiful stretch of thick, nearly white sand, with good water for swimming and enjoying splashing in the waves. It does tend to get crowded, especially because there’s easy public access via a parking lot at the far eastern end of the enclave, which means no cutting through hotels or restaurants for beach access.

Lonely Planet's must-see attractions

Nearby Punta Cana & the Southeast attractions

1. Cueva del Puente

1.78 MILES

Parque Nacional Cotubanamá has more than 400 caves, many of which contain Taíno pictographs (cave paintings) and petroglyphs (rock carvings)…

2. Playa Bayahibe

1.96 MILES

Much of Playa Bayahibe, the town beach to the right of the parking lot, is occupied by dozens of motorboats waiting to ferry tourists to Isla Saona…

3. Padre Nuestro

2.15 MILES

Located deep inside Parque Nacional Cotubanamá, Padre Nuestro is a weaving stalagmite- and stalagtite-filled 290m tunnel flooded with freshwater that can…

4. Parque Nacional Cotubanamá

4.52 MILES

Much more than simply Isla Saona, which is all that most people see on a group tour, the Parque Nacional Cotubanamá (formerly known as Parque Nacional del…

5. Altos de Chavón

6.71 MILES

While a trip to a faux-16th-century Italian-Spanish village created by a Paramount movie-set designer won’t exactly give you a window into Dominican…

6. El Obelisco

10.4 MILES

Modeled after the George Washington monument in Washington, DC, this obelisk is a much smaller version in central La Romana, with contemporary and…

7. Casa Ponce de León

11.76 MILES

Just east of the two-lane highway linking Higüey to Boca de Yuma, outside the small town of San Rafael del Yuma, is a fine rural Dominican town surrounded…

8. Isla Catalina

11.89 MILES

In the 15th century, pirates including Francis Drake would lurk around Isla Catalina, waiting to pounce on Spanish ships sailing to and from Santo Domingo…