The Dominican Republic’s Best Sunsets
Let’s face it—it’s what most people dream of as the grand finale to every day in a Caribbean paradise: relaxing and watching a gorgeous sunset. It’s romantic, it’s beautiful, and even the most cold-hearted person could be shaken by a picturesque sunset.
And the Dominican Republic has a lot of them. It’s to be expected; the Dominican Republic is huge compared to the rest of the Caribbean and, as a result, has more shoreline and a greater variety of places to watch the sunset. In fact, there’s even a lake if you want to get away from the beachside spots for a while.
Truth is, you’ll find a good sunset just about anywhere in the Dominican Republic, but if you want to shoot for somewhere truly memorable, then we recommend jotting down some of the options on this list. Guaranteed you’ll find something you like.
Let’s start with the obvious. Everyone loves Punta Cana. It’s one of the island’s most popular resorts, and for good reason. It encapsulates everything people love about the idea of a tropical paradise, while combining that with unbeatable comfort and convenience. That’s the key, here—this is a very convenient spot to get to, one that makes for a relaxing evening. And, if you want to take a slight jog, you can head to nearby Macao Beach, which is untouched by the touristy elements of Punta Cana.
There are only two problems with Punta Cana; the first is that, because it’s so good, it’s crowded. The second is that, as beautiful as it is, it’s not representative of a natural Dominican beach.
Bavaro is very similar to Punta Cana in a lot of ways, with one major exception; it’s less popular. As a result, it’s an excellent choice for those who want all the convenience, comfort, and beauty of Punta Cana, without all the crowds.
On top of that, Bavaro’s beach is among the most picturesque on the island, and they put a lot of effort into capitalizing on that resource. So, grab a cocktail and take in the sunset.
Yes, Cabarete is gorgeous. But, it’s a little different from the white-sand beaches of Bavaro and Punta Cana. For starters, the fact that it’s a bay gives you a different environment from which to watch a sunset. Second, it’s renowned for its calm waters and strong winds, resulting in beautiful, powerful waves and the interest of watersport fans.
Between the crashing waves, passionate sportsmen, and the horns of the bay, Cabarete makes for a very powerful, emotionally charged image of a sunset. This is the kind of place where you pull out a ring, guys.
You read that right. On an island packed with too many beaches to count (we mean that literally), we’re sending you to a lake.
Believe it or not, Lake Enriquillo is actually known for its sunsets. Think about it; calm waters, surrounded by vibrant green nature and wildlife, watching the sun disappear behind the lush hills across the lake. And hey, it’s a welcome break from all the beaches, if you start getting tired of them.
La Romana (Altos de Chavon)
La Romana has some solid beaches on its own (and we recommend giving them a go), but we’re going to recommend something off the beaten path for you.
Altos de Chavon is a replication of a 16th century artisan’s village located a couple miles from La Romana, and it’s absolutely gorgeous. It’s known for its shopping, local crafts and its place as a center of art and culture for the island.
So, why go here for a sunset? Well, how would you feel about watching the sun vanish over buildings pulled from 500 years ago, surrounded by the company of artists?
Gorgeous, and packed with stuff to do until the sun sets, Playa Dorada is another traditional sunset option. Beautiful white sand beaches, crystal clear water, impressive pine-trees, and far less crowded than Punta Cana.
And hey, if you make a reservation, you can open your romantic day with a horseback ride at the resort. Who hasn’t dreamed of that?
Yes, the Dominican Republic is loaded with good places to watch the sunset. We wish we had more room, here—there’s at least a dozen more for you to try, but these should be your first stops. There’s a good variety for every taste, here, so take your pick!
Written by Connor Johnson
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