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Cortecito Beach

A tropical paradise like no other

When you think of a tropical paradise to really enjoy, it is very likely that you imagine a place very similar to Cortecito Beach. Located on the Dominican Republic's renowned Coconut Coast, this beach is the region's hidden gem. Soft white sand, crystal clear waters and a vibrant atmosphere are just some of the attractions that invite you to experience the true beauty of the Caribbean at this beach.

Join us to visit this extraordinary place that will leave you speechless when you come for a unique vacation experience.

Characteristics of the beach

As soon as you arrive at Cortecito Beach, you will be surrounded by breathtakingly beautiful tropical landscapes. Its white sand beaches stretch as far as the eye can see, as you watch the palm trees sway in the sea breeze. In addition, the sound of the Atlantic waves crashing on the shore and the caress of the tropical sun on your skin create an atmosphere of complete relaxation.

But this place is much more than just a sight to behold. The warm, crystal clear water is perfect for a relaxing swim, while the waves that are generated invite you to enjoy activities such as surfing or bodyboarding. Even, if you are lucky, you can see some of the impressive marine creatures that inhabit this area when you dive into a snorkeling session.

Activities and entertainment at Cortecito Beach

This beach is a hive of entertainment, with activities for all tastes. Here you can experiment with water sports, enjoy live music and let yourself be carried away by the warmth of Caribbean dances. You can start the day by trying snorkeling or getting on a paddleboard, even if you've never done it before. The beach is a great place for beginners because it has calm waters in several areas.

If you prefer to keep your feet in the sand, you can take part in a game of beach volleyball or lie down on one of the sun loungers available to relax for a while. When the sun begins to set, you can take part in an outdoor aerobics class, learn to dance bachata or salsa. All you have to do is look for nearby places where these classes are held.

Where to lunch? The best restaurants and beach bars

After a great day of sun and beach, nothing like enjoying a good meal. In Cortecito beach you have a good number of options, as diverse as delicious. From beachfront beach bars to haute cuisine restaurants, the culinary offerings will satisfy any palate.

Some of the most recommended options are:

Captain Cook Restaurant

One of the most emblematic restaurants in the area, famous for its freshly caught seafood dishes. It is located next to the beach, and offers an authentic Dominican culinary experience, with dishes such as coconut fish or breaded crab. All accompanied by incomparable views of the Caribbean Sea.

Capitán Cook

Onno’s Bávaro

Located in the heart of the tourist area of Bávaro, this bar-restaurant offers a wide selection of international dishes. You can choose from hamburgers, tacos, Spanish tapas, salads, pizzas and much more. It also has a lively nightlife with live music and DJs.

Pastrana Mexican Restaurant

Are you a lover of Mexican food? In this restaurant you will find a complete variety of typical dishes such as tacos and enchiladas accompanied by homemade margaritas, including gluten-free dishes for those who need them for health reasons. In addition, its cozy atmosphere and friendly staff make it an ideal place to enjoy a relaxed meal.

Cortecito Beach Bars

Along the beach you will find several beach bars offering fast food and refreshing drinks. They are perfect if you are looking for a light lunch or just want to enjoy a cold beer while watching the sunset show.

As you can see, whether you are looking for a place to enjoy a romantic candlelit dinner, or a place to relax with some tapas and a drink, Cortecito Beach has the perfect option for you to satisfy any gastronomic craving you may have.

Gift and souvenir stores

If you want to take a piece of the Dominican Republic home with you, you will find several souvenir stores in Cortecito Beach. They are filled with local handicrafts, jewelry, paintings and other gifts that capture the spirit and beauty of the country. Don't miss these:

Tiendas souvenirs playa el cortecito

Palma Beach Shopping Village

One of the largest outdoor malls in the area, with a variety of stores selling all kinds of souvenirs. You can find jewelry, brand name clothing, Dominican cigars, local rum, etc.

Higüeyana Square

Located near Cortecito Beach, this shopping plaza has numerous craft stalls offering a variety of unique gifts. You can buy all kinds of handmade items such as pottery, jewelry, wood carvings and paintings.

Souvenir Market

This lively local market is a perfect place to buy original and inexpensive souvenirs. You'll find everything from T-shirts and caps with local motifs to handmade wooden pieces and jewelry.

Tips and recommendations to go to Cortecito Beach

If you prepare well your visit to Cortecito, you can improve your experience even more. Keep in mind some useful tips and recommendations that we give you so that you can fully enjoy your day at the beach:

  • Sun protection. The Caribbean sun can be very intense, so it is essential that you protect your skin. Be sure to bring enough sunscreen with a high protection factor. Apply it regularly, especially when you come out of swimming or are sweating a lot.
  • Hat or cap. In addition to cream protection, protect your head from the sun with a cap or hat. Look for a piece that is comfortable and provides good shade.
    Mosquito repellent. The sea breeze can keep most insects away, although it's a good idea to carry a repellent to keep mosquitoes from biting you. Especially if you plan to stay until nightfall.
  • Hydration. Staying hydrated is essential when exposed to tropical weather. Be sure to bring enough water to drink throughout the day.
  • Towel and beach clothes. To relax on the sand and dry off after getting out of the water, you need a towel. Also, consider bringing extra beachwear, such as a spare bathing suit or a light T-shirt to keep you comfortable for the rest of the day.
  • Other necessities. Depending on your plans, you may need other items. For example, a camera to take pictures of the beauty of the place, a book to enjoy while sunbathing or beach toys if you come with children.

How to get there?

The location of this beach is in the Bávaro area, near Playa Arena Gorda. If you want to arrive from Santo Domingo, you can take the Coral Highway, follow the signs to Punta Cana and then to Bávaro. In this map we show you the location so you can organize your trip wherever you are. To get there you can hire our private transportation service, and arrive at your own pace without any problem.

Be sure to visit this corner of paradise in the Dominican Republic!

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