360 Luxury concierge recommends the outstanding Playa Grande for a world class golfer experience. Many consider the Playa Grande Golf Course to be the best in the Dominican Republic. Golfers for years have called it the Pebble Beach of the Caribbean.
Playa Grande also has one of the most spectacular beaches in the Dominican Republic. Playa Grande beach itself is 1,600 meters of soft, white sand. But the high surf is not child-friendly. Playa Grande is a beach for trained swimmers. It can be lots of fun for teenagers and adults, though. It is gorgeous for romantic walks on the beach, at any time of the day. It is a good choice for a rest and relaxation vacation, for a honeymoon, even for a spring break vacation. For outings with young children, there are many alternative beaches in the area, such as Diamante and Caleton with shallow, pool-like waters.
What else is nearby
The Playa Grande area consists of Rio San Juan, Playa Grande and the beach town of Cabrera – all within a half an hour distance. All are located in Maria Trinidad Sanchez province, which is east of Puerto Plata province. This is a relatively new tourism area. You are about an hour east of Puerto Plata City and its tourism satellites — Cabarete, Sosua, Playa Dorada, Cofresí and Luperón. The nearest city is Nagua, a bustling community.
Playa Grande Golf Course, one of the Caribbean’s very best, is ideal for private tournaments and group getaways by 360 Luxury concierge recommendations for vacation rentals.
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Casa Kimball is an exceptional Caribbean destination, the combination of a brilliantly designed contemporary villa and a particularly moving oceanfront landscape. Situated on three acres of pristine property, the luxury estate faces the Atlantic Ocean and is surrounded by almond trees, coco palms and many flowering vines and shrubs native to the Dominican Republic.
This 360Luxury Rental Villa is located just east of Playa Grande in Cabrera, a sleepy town of stone houses with colorful shutters, flower boxes and well-kept gardens. Just a jaunt from several beaches, enjoy snorkeling, fresh seafood and diving. Head to Playa Entrada and frolic on one of the longest, most postcard-worthy beaches in the country. Live a fantastic tropical holiday experience at Casa Kimball!
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SURFING, SUP BOARDING & SNORKELING
Surfing and body-boarding are the best suited for Playa Grande, a mecca for experienced surfers who like to a catch a session of big waves. The country’s highest ranked surfers are from the nearby towns and own and operate the Playa Grande Surf Shack that offers daily lessons for all experience levels.
Snorkeling on Playa Grande beach offers you the opportunity to search out sunken ships and cannons. Snorkeling also available at Playa Caleton 5 minutes from Playa Grande. The reefs are not exceptional but the experience is fun.
In the hills above Playa Grande is an expansive national nature preserve. One of our guides will take you on a hike through the hills and show you local plants, flowers, and lore. This 45-minute hike requires a medium level of agility and endurance.
Play a match on our har-tru court nestled in the woods along the landscaped paths and trails of Playa Grande. Schedule a court time or lesson. Let us know if you would like us to connect you with other guests looking for a game. (To play with an instructor, advance notice is required.)
Playa Grande is an area rich in native Taino and Spanish history. Search for archaeological treasures while a guide shares with you the history of Playa Grande. Archeologist & environmentalist, Adolfo Lopez, excavated Playa Grande in 2011. If you would like a more in-depth educational session for children and/or adults, filled with story telling, myth making, and magic, he is available
Bike through the hills of our local countryside. Take in the local landscape: friendly faces, chickens, cows, and the occasional peacock as you enjoy the panoramas. Guides will accompany you and a medium to strong level of endurance is required. (Advance notice required.)
Ride through the surrounding area, though the hills and towns. Gallop down a local beach at sunset. Choose your ride: 1, 2, or 3-hour rides available. Please let us know your experience level first.
LAGUNA GRI GRI BOAT TOURS
Located in the nearby town of Rio San Juan. Explore the lagoon in small-captained wooden boats to take in this Dominican national while enjoying a spectacular sunset. Daytime rides can be complemented with snorkeling exploring caves and swimming through schools of fishes.
LAGO DUDU & BLUE LAKE
Experience a traditional cenote (a deep water sinkhole). Soar across the turquoise waters and explore nearby caves, swimming or on foot.
WINDSURFING & KITEBOARDING
Water sports are a way of life in the town of Cabarete, 45 minutes west of Playa Grande. World-renowned for its trade winds that make it ideal for kite or windsurfing, afternoon winds allow for a late morning start.
KIDS SURF CAMP
Playa Encuentro has some of the best, constant waves making it a perfect spot for surf lessons for children. Pauhana Surf School runs weeklong camps in summer that children on vacation are welcome to join. Summer months only.
One hour drive from Playa Grande
Prices vary depending on how many days child signs up for. Please inquire for prices.
MONKEY JUNGLE & ZIPLINE
Monkey Jungle is a monkey rescue and sanctuary where all proceeds go directly to a local free hospital. Walk through trails where squirrel and capuchin monkeys will jump right on your shoulder (or head!) and eat fruit from your hand. This is a great activity for your last day on your way to Puerto Plata (POP) airport.
HUMPBACK WHALE WATCHING (SEASONAL)
Humpback whales spend there winters just off of the Samana Peninsula here in the Dominican Republic. Between the beginning of January and the end of February you can enjoy this marine spectacular.
THE COLONIAL ZONE, SANTO DOMINGO
The Zona Colonial (Spanish for “Colonial Zone”) is the historic central neighborhood of Santo Domingo and the oldest permanent European settlement of the New World. It has been declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. It is an important section of the city due to the high number of landmarks. On the north end of Calle Las Damas, the restored and expanded Plaza de España is bordered by Las Atarazanas (former naval yard, now a museum) and a number of small shops and restaurants. The Alcázar de Colón, having once been the colonial palace of the Columbus (Colon) family—beginning with his son Diego—is now a museum displaying period furniture and decorations. The building was originally built in 1510. See link for local happenings: http://www.zonacolonial.com. While there, stay at the Sofitel Nicolas Ovando.
2.25 hour drive from Playa Grande
Located the Northern Corridor mountain range of the DR are 27 pools, etched out of limestone. Do just a few or try the full 27 for a much more adventurous challenge. See link http://27charcos.com/index.php
With an elevation of over 10,000 feet (3,000 m), Pico Duarte is the highest peak on the Eastern seaboard. This is a 2-day trip for avid climbers. Going with a guide is recommended.
2 hour drive from Playa Grande