Playa Macao, Dominican Republic

Beach, Playa Macao

I took this on the beach of Macao in the DR

We went on a random “tour” from a Canadian lady named Lexie who happened to appear at our hostel while we were eating breakfast. It wasn’t a real tour because she was just trying to show her nephew around while keeping costs low, but she wants to start doing tours next year. Five of us shared a taxi so each person paid about ten dollars to get to the beach (plus a tip).

Playa Macao taken from the water.

Playa Macao taken from the water.

Food: At the far end of the beach Lexie went to her favorite fisherman and picked out red snapper or lobster for each of us.  We were able to have a whole red snapper, cabbage, patacones/tostones (flattened and fried plantains), and rice for $10US. One girl got a lobster lunch for only $15 and after seeing it I was really jealous of her meal! We were all very satisfied at the end of our meal and ready to head home out of the sun.

Our platter of red snapper

Our platter of red snapper

Pro: Beautiful turquoise water, not many people there in the late morning, great food, and a gorgeous white sandy beach.

Loud dune buggies took over the road closest to the beach in the afternoon

Loud dune buggies took over the road closest to the beach in the afternoon

Con: Not much natural shade so you need to pay for an umbrella and chairs. In the afternoon there were many dune buggy tours.

Pretty butterflies decided to hang out near my beach towel

Pretty butterflies decided to hang out near my beach towel

 

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5 responses to “Playa Macao, Dominican Republic

    • While it is a little outside of the touristy areas and not accessible by foot, I really enjoyed this beach. If you don’t want to pay to take a boat to one of the islands, this is the beach where you get the most bang for your buck!

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