Playa Grande

The ideal place to go on holiday will depend on your own priorities. If you want to go somewhere for a week of shopping and eating out, then the big cities are going to be for you. If you aren’t much for warm weather or enjoy a little bit of skiing every so often, then there are plenty of places that will cater for you. But if you just want to relax while you are away, then that can leave you a little bit spoiled for choice, as the vast majority of holiday resorts advertise themselves in just such terms. Many people will agree though that when it comes to a relaxing holiday, there are few things to beat a beach break somewhere idyllic and warm, that provides opportunities for shade when you get just a little uncomfortable with the heat.

The Dominican Republic is in a highly privileged position of being dotted with just that kind of resort. As a country, the Republic has an economy that sits fairly heavily on its attractiveness to tourists, with currently one in every seven workers in the country employed in the travel and tourism industries. Within the country itself there is a lot of competition to bring in the most tourist custom, with Punta Cana at the moment standing proud as the most popular, but several other resorts challenging and competing a little more every year. One of these resorts is the Playa Grande – Cabrera complex. It is growing in popularity thanks in no small part to its mention in the Condé Nast Traveler magazine – dubbed by many as the bible of travel publications.

Playa Grande - Dominican RepublicThis mention was not just any ordinary mention, either. The Playa Grande beach was rated by Condé Nast as one of the top ten most beautiful beaches in the world. When you take into account the huge number of beaches in the Dominican Republic alone, it should tell you something that not only is Playa Grande (or Big Beach, translated into English) is not only one of the most stunning in an already competitive national field, but one of the most beautiful in the world. This title is well deserved too, with sand that is softer than anywhere else and a canopy of dizzyingly tall coconut palms.

The sea attached to the beach is not half bad either, with its big waves not so much an attraction as an open invitation to any surfers out there to try their luck. The seafood in the local area, available from vendors with stalls just off the beach, is uniformly excellent and is served fresh to waiting, appreciative customers. However you want to spend the active period of your holiday, the relaxation period is best spent looking out at the beautiful ocean from the beach, enjoying a relaxing drink and good company in some of the most naturally beautiful surroundings you could wish for. Playa Grande golf course could be another option, though, if you want that little bit more peace and quiet!