Playa Grande Dominican Republic, Dominican Republic

You’d be forgiven for thinking Playa Grande’s miles of soft sand were the preserve of slothful sunbathers – but you’d be wrong, as the world-renowned golf course makes the beach a putter’s heaven. The Dominican Republic’s northern coast is populated with super-swish resorts nestled in pristine Caribbean jungle. The wide, white-sand shores may be busy, but you’ll never feel crowded under the swaying palms, as attentive beach-boys dash to your side with cocktails, towels and cushions. Brave the surf for a swim, and when the waves get too wild, retreat to the beach restaurant for a fresher-than-fresh seafood lunch. For a change of scene, head to nearby Puerto Plata to admire the 16th-century Fortaleza San Felipe, a Spanish fortress that’s now a treasure trove of historic and military relics.

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When to go

Playa Grande’s climate is mostly tropical. To take advantage of the beaches, visit between December and April to avoid the rainy season, which could put a dampener on sunbathing.

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Getting there

  • Planes

    Playa Grande’s closest airport is Puerto Plata Gregorio Luperón International, which is just over a 30-minute drive away. As there are no direct flights from the UK, fly with British Airways for the comfiest stopovers in American cities like New York and Miami.
  • Automobiles

    Hire a car from Avis at the airport and drive yourself to Playa Grande via Route 5. Getting a car is especially useful if you plan to explore some of the other beaches in the area.