If Dominican Republic is your dream destination, it's likely you've got beaches on the brain. Well, luckily this Caribbean country's rep rests on its white sandy shores - and they ain't world famous for no reason! Here are our top picks of a top bunch. 

1. Boca Chica

Boca Chica, Dominican Republic

Saunter over to the south coast's Boca Chica for a family-friendly shoreline. It sits about 20 miles from Santo Domingo and boasts reef-protected waters, making it one of the safest swimming spots in the country. Once you've dried yourselves off, you'll be able to dip in and out of the stretch's many cafés, restaurants and bars. 

2. Playa Rincón

Playa Rincon, Dominican Republic

Playa Rincon and its sunkissed sand and clear waters offer the very best of a secluded escape. It is slightly harder to reach, but this is more than made up by the uninterrupted views surrounding this off-the-beaten-path gem. It even has its own freshwater stream...

3. Cayo Levantado

Cayo Levantado, Dominican Republic

Cayo Levantado is a small island famed for its delightful beach and a thick luscious greenery covering the isle's perimeter. Only accessible by boat or ferry, this beautiful beach would make a great option for anyone wanting to escape the crowds - and what a place to end up in!

4. Punta Cana

Punta Cana, Dominican Republic

Punta Cana, on the other hand, bustles at the best of times, but not without good reason. Visitors travel far and wide to visit the 'Coconut Coast' famed for its pristine white stretch and turquoise waters . As the most-visited beach around, the sunshine-fuelled spot is nothing short of world-class. 

5. Cabarete

Cabarete, Dominican Republic

After a livelier littoral? Adrenaline junkies should come down to Cabarete for a fix of watersports. The waves come to life with many-hued kiteboarders, windsurfers and surfers. Whether you catch the year-round summer breeze from the board or the sandy sidelines - there's a beach for everyone on this classic Caribbean island...

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