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Uncommon Envy: Paradise Island, Dominican Republic

Uncommon Envy: Paradise Island, Dominican Republic

It’s been a good 10 years+ since I set foot in the Dominican Republic. Today’s featured photo suggests I might want to change that soon.

Of course, there’s a lot more than pristine and secluded sun-kissed private island shores enticing me here.

Cabarete, the adventure sports capital of the Caribbean; the towering heights of Pico Duarte; natural wonders within Los Haitises; an air of old Europe in La Zona Colonial de Santo Domingo – I could stay here for months and never see or experience enough.

This photo, though…

Like a lot of pequeño picture-perfect patches of sand in the Caribbean, it’s widely known as Paradise Island.

The real, and actually better-fitting, name is Cayo Arenal. Translation: Sand Cay, which is obviously exactly what this is.

Where it is, just off the DR’s northwestern coast between Puerto Plata and Montecristi, gives me the idea that this place may not offer quite the type of uncommon seclusion, devoid of tourist hordes, that we prefer.

It looks enticing enough to give it a try, though, don’t you think?

If you’ve ever been out to this Paradise Island (Cayo Arenal) and have some tips on how we might best enjoy the experience, let us know…


*Photo credit: Flickr user Ronald Saunders.

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  • Iselle

    I’ve been to Cayo Arena. It was one of the beautiful beach experiences of my life. First- You grab a boat near La Isabela and they take you for half a day or full day excursion to the sand bar. The sand is the cleanest softest you will EVER see in your life. The waters are the most crystalline and clear anywhere! Attention though: Bring plenty of sunscreen and mosquito repellant. There are little huts where you can hang out if the sun is too bright. And it always is… But there is no food or drink so feel welcome to bring your own…Beware of straying too far from the sand bar there is an area where jellyfish spawn and this area is protected…I hope you get to Truly Enjoy it next time you in the Northern part of the island. It’s a fantastic experience!