Dominican Republic's 11 best beaches

Full of breathtaking beaches, from oases of calm to party hot spots, the country’s coastline can satisfy every taste. It's blessed with year-round warm temperatures and waters, so bring a boatload of lotion to avoid sunburn and your favorite bathing suit and live it up.

Here are 11 of the Dominican Republic’s best beaches.

Playa Grande

A long, broad, tawny beach with aquamarine water on one side and a thick fringe of palm trees on the other.

The stark, white cliffs at this Río San Juan location jut out into the ocean in the distance. A surf school here offers lessons.

Playa Los Mino

This sweet little stretch of sand must be one of the DR's best village beaches, easily accessible from the road under Bahía Blanca.

White sand, a green fringe of vegetation dappling the sunlight and azure waters seem to radiate chill even to the toddlers roaming around the sand. The local vibe here is light-years away from the all-inclusives.

Kite Beach

Two kilometers (1.2mi) west of Cabarete. A sight to behold on windy days, when scores of kiters of all skill levels negotiate huge sails and 30m (98ft) lines amid the waves and traffic.

On those days there’s no swimming here, as you’re liable to get run over.

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