Playa Arena Gorda

Playa Arena Gorda

Playa Arena Gorda: “fat sand” is the actual translation but a more accurate description would be voluptuous, vibrant and va va voom! It is one of the widest white-sanded beaches in all of Dominican Republic with many resorts, activities and comforts to satisfy all.


Playa Arena Gorda is situated south of Playa El Macao and north of Playa Bavaro with many miles of crystal beach to play in. It is also a “Blue Flag” beach.



Fun, Active and International because most of the people who come here are staying in the many all-inclusive resorts and because of the popularity of the Dominican Republic, there is not much difference between high and low season in the resorts. It is an especially convenient place to bring kids as there are lifeguards on duty from 9am-6pm seven days a week and all kinds of water and beach activities. The beach is also equipped with easy access for handicapped persons.


Swimming, kayaking, sailing, snorkeling and many other activities offered by the resorts.


Crowd Factor:

Playa Arena Gorda is lined with very popular all-inclusive resorts whether in low or high season. The crowd factor is medium to high.


Very easy access if you are staying at one of the resorts located in Arena Gorda. Public access is available via the KUKUA Restaurant Beach Club located next to the Bahía Príncipe, Phone:+1 829-943-8118. You will have to pas through security so be prepared to leave them your ID. Follow all the way through to the beach, and park in the restaurant lot. You can choose to stay at Kukua, which has all the amenities you need either by the pool or on the beach. There are other accesses between the resorts but this is the easiest and nicest. Bring towels and sunscreen!

Playa Arena Gorda beach

To be noted:

Playa Arena Gorda is an all-inclusive resort beach with limited access but it is one of the most spectacular beaches. There are no public bathrooms so if you are not a client of the resort, it is best to stay at the Kukua Restaurant and Beach Club. There is no fee. Enjoy some wonderful Spanish food and thirst quenching drinks! You can also call one of the resorts below and request an all-day all-inclusive pass that will give you access to all the amenities the resort has to offer- if you want to splurge!

Accommodations in Arena Gorda: All-inclusive resorts
Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Punta Cana – 809-687-000
Barceló Premium Punta Cana – 809-476-7777
Majestic Elegance Punta Cana – 809-221-9898
Majestic Colonial Punta Cana – 809-221-9898
Grand Bahia Principe Ambar – 809-552-1444
Grand Bahía Príncipe Bávaro – 809-552-1444
Riu Palace Punta Cana – 809-221-2290
Iberostar Punta Cana – 809-221-6500
Iberostar Dominicana – 809-221-6500
Iberostar Bavaro – 809-221-6500
Iberostar Grand Hotel – 809-221-6500
Ocean Blue & Sand – 809-476-2326