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Juan Dolio

  • The seaside town of Juan Dolio, located on the Caribbean coast, about 62 miles from Santo Domingo, is less attractive than Punta Cana, the Dominican Eldorado for Europeans. Indeed, the beaches are far from seductive and the colour of the sea remains far from blue turquoise. The only interest in Juan Dolio, apart from its relatively cheap hotels and some shops, is certainly its proximity to the capital....
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  • Juan Dolio is a pleasant destination for those looking for a relaxing holiday.
    © Carlos Rodrigues / EASYVOYAGE
  • The coral reef makes it suitable for scuba-diving, even though the water isn't very deep.
    © Carlos Rodrigues / EASYVOYAGE
  • Rather than have a hotel running at half-capacity, hoteliers in the area prefer to slash prices, offering Friday night stays for a very reasonable price indeed.
    © Carlos Rodrigues / EASYVOYAGE
  • Basically, there is plenty to see and do here, but only during the day. At night, the streets are rather quiet and the atmosphere more peaceful.
    © Carlos Rodrigues / EASYVOYAGE
  • Just like Boca Chica, Juan Dolio is certainly not lacking in atmosphere come the weekend.
    © Carlos Rodrigues / EASYVOYAGE
  • You'll find a large number of water and land-based sports available here, including tennis, cycling, etc.
    © Carlos Rodrigues / EASYVOYAGE
Amy Adejokun
Amy Adejokun Expert destination Dominican Republic

The seaside town of Juan Dolio, located on the Caribbean coast, about 62 miles from Santo Domingo, is less attractive than Punta Cana, the Dominican Eldorado for Europeans. Indeed, the beaches are far from seductive and the colour of the sea remains far from blue turquoise. The only interest in Juan Dolio, apart from its relatively cheap hotels and some shops, is certainly its proximity to the capital.

Juan Dolio: what to do?

This place is full of sporting activities with tennis and cycling and water sports such as scuba diving and water skiing, as well as sailing. For golf enthusiasts, a magnificent 18-hole golf course (72 par), Guavaberry, extends over 21,325 ft and alternates gentle slopes and undulating greens with its many bunkers.

Excursions commonly proposed in Juan Dolio, include going to Santo Domingo, the capital of the island, its colonial district and vibrant nightlife. See also the charming village of Bayahibe, and the island of Saona, a small paradise on earth.

  • Hotels with a good level of quality.
  • Many sporting activities.
  • Dominican lifestyle reduced to its simplest expression.
  • The beaches are hardly inviting.

Reminders

A suitcase for the summer: light clothing cotton, open shoes, shorts, shirts, T-shirts, without forgetting the bathing suit, as well as warm clothes and walking shoes for getaways in the mountains. A lightweight raincoat is useful during the rainy season (from May to July).

To avoid

The hotels may be comfortable but make sure you do not stay there the whole time, get out and enjoy the rest of the island. Take a car or bus on the well-maintained speedway (autopista), which connects the resorts along the coast, to find the sublime beaches and the Dominican population.

Juan Dolio: what to eat?

Rich and spicy, Dominican cuisine is the result of Creole, European and African influences. Starch foods (rice, sweet potatoes and plantain), fish and shell fish as well as tropical fruits are the key foods. The stews (mondogo, sancocho) are common, with goat meat or fish cooked in coconut milk being prime examples.

Juan Dolio: what to buy?

Jewellery made from amber (brown solidified resin), larimar (blue stone), leather items, baskets, naive paintings, a legacy of Indian Taïnos, CDs of merengue and bachata, cigars, liquid vanilla, jam, rum and coffee are the main souvenirs that you can bring home. They can be found everywhere on beaches and especially in local markets.

Juan Dolio Reviewedhotels
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    Capella Beach
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  • 7.25 /10
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    Coral Costa Caribe Resort and Spa
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    Located just an hour's drive from Santo Domingo, this great family ...

  • 7.25 /10
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    Talanquera Beach Resort
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    Hotel Hotel 3 Etoile(s)

    Located at the heart of Juan Dolio, the Barcelo Talanquera attracts ...

  • 6.25 /10
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    Métro Hotel Golf & Marina
    Juan Dolio - Dominican Republic
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    The Metro Golf & Marina is distinguished by the quality of its ...

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