About

Playa Grande

From the stunning beaches to the 60-foot cliffs of the legendary Robert Trent Jones Sr. designed golf course and unspoiled natural preserve, Playa Grande is a perfect mix of sky, earth, and water.

Occupying more than 2,000 acres on the north coast of the Dominican Republic with almost 7 miles of coastline overlooking the Atlantic Ocean, Playa Grande is an unusually beautiful place. Dominated by its eponymous mile-long beach, followed by a more intimate beach, Playa Preciosa, Playa Grande is a virtually untouched land with a natural beauty framed by soft green mountains that culminate in a plateau of rolling hills, lush with native trees and royal palms. The surrounding area is pristine and unpopulated with underground springs supplying abundant fresh water.

Built upon the unique topography of its idyllic setting, Playa Grande is becoming one of the most luxurious destinations in the Caribbean. Committed to the highest expression of design, service, and community, while being respectful of nature, Playa Grande is defining a new standard in coastal residential resort living.

History

The Dominican Republic is more than a stunning Caribbean destination; it is a land defined by friendly people, vibrant culture, and unique history.

With origins dating back centuries, Hispaniola was first inhabited by the Taino Indians. The arrival of Columbus in 1492 marked the beginning of European presence in the Americas. The Grand Admiral himself described the island as the most beautiful land that human eyes had ever seen. Two hours away from Playa Grande, Santo Domingo, the capital city, was founded in 1496 by Columbus’ brother, Bartholomew, and is the oldest continuously inhabited European settlement in the Americas. It was the first seat of Spanish colonial rule in the New World, and in the years that followed it became the launching pad for much of the exploration of the New World.

Today, the country’s rich history lives on through the architecture, culture, and warm, gracious people. Playa Grande brings together the finest form of Caribbean resort living, respectful of the island’s natural surroundings and its cultural heritage.

Location

Playa Grande is centrally located in the heart of the Caribbean on the north coast of the Dominican Republic in a beautiful area of lush vegetation enriched by a changing palette of green and blue, rolling hills and the Atlantic Ocean.

To the west lies the town of Cabarete, one of the world’s top rated wind-surfing and kite-boarding destinations, and to the east, Samana, a natural deep water port famous for the humpback whales that roam its warm Caribbean waters in the winter.

The Dominican Republic is home to nine international airports. The nearest commercial airport to Playa Grande is Puerto Plata Gregorio Luperon International Airport (POP) and the best nearby airport for private jets is Nagua Samaná /El Catey Airport (AZS); both are approximately an hour’s drive from the resort.

Activities

  • Golfing at Playa Grande Golf course, with 10-holes directly on the ocean
  • Over 400 acres of protected nature reserve
  • Wilderness lodge and mountain outposts
  • Miles of running, hiking, biking and horseback riding trails
  • Bird-watching expeditions and guided nature hikes
  • Water sports, including boating, surfing, kite-surfing and windsurfing either on Playa Grande beach, Playa Navio or nearby Cabarete
  • Deep-sea fishing for marlin, sailfish, dorado and other big-game fish at Silver Bank
  • Spectacular scuba diving amidst wrecks and corals
  • Exploring spelunking and spotting cave drawings by Taino Indians

Local Highlights

  • Mangrove-lined Laguna Gri Gri, with boat rides through the lagoon and picnics to beautiful nearby beaches
  • Rio San Juan fishing village
  • Laguna Dudu with blue freshwater holes ideal for swimming
  • Coastal town of Cabarete for kite-surfing and lively night life
  • Playa Navio surf break
  • Puerto Plata’s Amber Museum, famed Brugal rum distillery, San
  • Felipe Fort and its charming Victorian town square
  • Samana Peninsula nature exploration and spectacular humpback whale watching
  • Daytrip to Santo Domingo, Spain’s first New World city, strolling the magnificent Old Colonial Zone, heritage sites, museums, art galleries, shops and restaurants