Top things to do in Río San Juan

Beach in Río San Juan

Playa Grande

A long, broad, tawny beach with aquamarine water on one side and a thick fringe of palm trees on the other. Stark white cliffs jut out into the ocean in the distance. A surf school here offers lessons.
Beach in Río San Juan

Playa Entrada

Playa Entrada is one of the longest, most picture-postcard-worthy beaches in the country. Privacy is easy to come by. A couple of informal shacks sell seafood and drinks (these might be abandoned on weekdays).
Lagoon in Río San Juan

Laguna Gri-Gri

This lagoon at the northern end of Calle Duarte is fairly picturesque, with a dozen or more boatmen offering hour-long tours (US$50 for up to seven people) through tangled mangrove channels, including interesting ro…
French in Río San Juan

Café de Paris

This hot-pink-and-white Parisian cafe sits right on Laguna Gri-Gri and is an excellent spot for fresh juice or a cocktail. The conch and shellfish are favorites, but save room for the passionfruit mousse.
Beach in Río San Juan

Playa Caletón

Located about 1km east of town, this small, peaceful bay with tawny sand, almond trees and towering palms is a good place to spend an afternoon. Food stands are near the entrance. The easiest way to get here is to t…
Beach in Río San Juan

Playa Preciosa

Only 25m down a path leaving from just in front of Playa Grande's bathrooms is this spectacular stretch of sand. Pounded by serious waves, few attempt to play in the surf. Those who do – typically surfers at dawn – …
Dominican in Río San Juan

Estrella Bar & Restaurant

A few blocks up from the lagoon, Estrella serves up a standard French/Dominican menu, with especially good seafood specials.
Beach in Río San Juan

Playa El Breton

Playa El Breton, within Parque Nacional Cabo Francis, has excellent snorkeling.
Beach in Río San Juan

Playa Diamante

Playa Diamante is a small, fairly ordinary-looking beach with shallow water good for children.
French in Río San Juan

La Orquidea

Directly in front of the lagoon, this place serves standard French/Dominican fare.