Playa Minitas in the Dominican Republic (4)

Playa Minitas – Ein Strand wie aus dem Urlaubskatalog

Dominican Republic, English

Strände in der Dominikanischen Republik sind wunderschön. Wann immer ich an Strände aus einem illustrierten Urlaubskatalog denke, könnten die Fotos in der Dominikanischen Republik gemacht werden. Es gibt einen Strand, an den ich mich besonders gerne erinnere. Playa Minitas, ein Strand wie aus dem Urlaubskatalog. Lies in diesem Artikel über einen wunderschönen Strand im ältesten Resort der Dominikanischen Republik. Vielleicht suchst Du nach karibischer Inspiration für Deinen nächsten Urlaub?


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Wo ist Playa Minitas?

Playa Minitas ist kein öffentlicher Strand. Er befindet sich im prestigeträchtigen Resort von Casa de Campo in La Romana. Casa de Campo war übrigens das erste Resort in der Dominikanischen Republik (und der gesamten Karibik) und existiert seit fast 50 Jahren.



Um Playa Minitas und das gesamte Resort von Casa de Campo betreten zu dürfen brauchst Du eine Genehmigung. Das macht diesen Strand natürlich nochmal etwas exklusiver und besonders. Die Vorteile von Playa Minitas als Privatstrand und Teil von Casa de Campo liegen natürlich auf der Hand:

  • Nicht jeder kann diesen Strand betreten
  • Der Strandabschnitt ist mit Rettungsschwimmern und zusätzlichen Sicherheitskräften ausgestattet
  • Weniger Lärm, keine Strandverkäufer, bessere sanitäre Anlagen

Aber der für mich offensichtlichste Vorzug von Playa Minitas ist die Ordentlichkeit von Playa Minitas. Im Vergleich zu vielen anderen Stränden in der Dominikanischen Republik findest Du dort keinen wild entsorgten Plastikmüll. Immer wenn ich öffentliche Strände in der Dom Rep besucht habe, ließen viel zu viele sorglose Menschen viel zu viel Müll zurück.



Of course, a prestigious resort like Casa de Campo can’t afford any flaws and deficiencies on their premises. The beach was very clean and organized. I loved their dedication to supporting a clean environment!

Wer Sand zwischen den Zehen nicht mag, kann auf eine gute Alternative zurückgreifen. Ein paar Meter vom Ufer entfernt befindet sich ein Pool. Großartig für alle Leute, die kein Salzwasser mögen und lieber ihre Bahnen ziehen.


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Der Swimming Pool am Minitas Beach Club & Restaurant


Wie ich bereits zuvor schrieb, war dieser Strand einer der angenehmsten, die ich in der Dominikanischen Republik gesehen habe. Es war ruhig dort, wenig lärmende Leute und einfach diese Art Strand, wie man ihn in einem illustrierten Katalog erwarten würde. Ein echtes Paradies!



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Aus meiner Sicht wäre es der perfekte Strand für Familien mit kleinen Kindern. Die Küste am Playa Minitas war sehr flach und das sich leicht bewegende Wasser könnte ich nicht mal als Wellen bezeichnen. Ich habe immer einige Rettungsschwimmer gesehen, die die Küsten beobachtet haben. Kinder wären dort super sicher und hätten eine tolle Zeit.

Die hatte ich aber auch. Warum können nicht alle Strände wie Playa Minitas im Casa de Campo sein?


Playa Minitas in the Dominican Republic (2)

Playa Minitas – A clean and neat beach in Casa de Campo

Dominican Republic, English

Beaches in the Dominican Republic are beautiful. Whenever I think about beaches from an illustrated travel catalog, photos could be taken from the Dominican Republic. One beach I remember in particular. Playa Minitas – A clean and neat beach in Casa de Campo. Read my short story about a beautiful beach in the oldest resort of the Dominican Republic. Maybe you need some Caribbean inspiration for your next vacation?


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Where is Playa Minitas?

Playa Minitas is not a public beach. It is located inside of the prestigious Casa de Campo in La Romana. Casa de Campo was by the way the first resort in the Caribbean and exists now for almost 50 years.



To be able to access it you need to have permission to enter. That makes the beach very private in comparison with many other beaches in the Dominican Republic. The advantages of private beaches like Playa Minitas are obvious:

  • Not everyone can enter the premises
  • These beaches are equipped with lifeguards and security
  • Fewer noises, no beach vendors, better sanitary facilities

But the best thing I would consider is the neatness of Playa Minitas. In comparison to many other beaches in the Dominican Republic, you won’t find any plastic garbage there. Whenever I visited public beaches, there were far too many careless people leaving their trash behind.



Of course, a prestigious resort like Casa de Campo can’t afford any flaws and deficiencies on their premises. The beach was very clean and organized. I loved their dedication to supporting a clean environment!

Whoever doesn’t like sand between the toes has a great alternative. A few yards away from the shore is a swimming pool. Great for people who don’t like salt water and don’t like to be amid the waves.


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A good and close-by alternative: The swimming pool at Playa Minitas.


As I wrote before, this beach was one of the greatest I saw in the Dominican Republic. It was quiet there, not too many people around, and simply that kind of beach you would expect from an illustrated catalog. A real paradise!



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From my perspective, it would be the perfect beach for families with little kids. The shoreside at Playa Minitas was very shallow and the moving waters can’t be even considered as waves. I always saw some lifeguards observing the coasts. Kids would be super safe there and have a great time.

So did I. Why can’t be all beaches like Playa Minitas in Casa de Campo?


Beach report no. 2 – Playa La Herradura (Lima, Peru)

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After the great success of the first report about Playa El Silencio (one of the most read articles on this page), I thought, that it would be time to visit another beach.

So I chose one beach that I already knew from my first visit in Lima in 2014. I visited the beach in April and it was a very quiet beach with almost no people there. No people means no one annoys you when you are laying lazy on your chair and try to take a nap. Reality looked different in 2018, but maybe it was because it is still holiday time in Peru. And holiday means a lot of families with a lot of children. But this time it weren’t the children who tried to catch the attention. Read the second beach report about Playa La Herradura and find out, who broke the peace.

Accessibility ☀☀
All the people who don’t have own cars need to go by taxi, because there are no public transport system reaching this beach. Fortunately, taxis are not very expensive in Lima due to high competition. Thanks to Uber, Cabify and Taxibeat, this competition even raised and let prices drop more. For a 20 minute ride I paid only 10.50S/.($3.22 or 2.61€).

Good price!

Value for money ☀☀☀☀
The entrance is free, because it’s a public beach. Lending two beach chairs and an umbrella costs 15S/. ($4.60 or 3.73€), regardless for how many hours you want to have it. So that’s a quite fair price compared to other offers.

Supply system ☀☀

I felt not oversupplied, but rather undersupplied. No ice cream seller shows a lack of entrepreneurship. I do not understand why there are several vendors of towels and sunglasses, but nobody thinks about a wonderful and refreshing ice cream. If I go to the beach, I have of course my towel and my sunglasses with me and don’t need more or new ones. No need to wear a second pair of sunglasses or lay on a second towel. This situation doesn’t change, if the vendor passes twelve times my chair to control if I am still wearing sunglasses or if I am still using the same towel. I simply don’t need more of the things I already have.

Please change your business strategy and try to sell ice cream from now on.

Surface quality ☀☀
During a very hot day (That was as well burning my poor skin) the sand heated up merciless. No way to walk to the shore without burning your feet. But not only the hot sand made a walk to the water a real challenge. Nearly the half of the beach width’ was constructed of huge stones. It was more a balancing act to reach the water than a safe walk. At least the children had fun throwing stones around.

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Safety ☀☀☀☀
The beach itself is not very width, maybe half a kilometer long. Because of that, there is only one little outpost of lifeguards. Surprisingly the members of this unit wore shirts and caps with “Police” on it. I’m not sure if they were real members of the police, because I’ve never seen a police representative with short pants and no shoes on. 

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Tranquility factor ☀☀
Compared to my first visit four years ago, I must say that it was more quiet in 2014 than now. Maybe because of the high season are now much more chairs visible at the beach. More visible chairs at high season mean also to host more guests. But it weren’t the guests who were making the noise, surprisingly it was the one who was renting out the chairs who broke peace:

I have really no idea, whom he wanted to impress or attract with these dances. For a moment I was thinking that I entered up a gay beach, but regarding all the families there that couldn’t be the case. Later on, the same half-naked dancing clown tried to attack guests from a neighbored place:

Activities ☀
Nothing to see, nothing to do at this beach. A little boring.

Level of cleanness ☀☀☀
The beach was semi-clean. Between the sand there were some bottle caps and other rest of the products what people consume. The normal suffer at a beach.

Suitable for Families with children? 
Yes it is. Ignoring the inappropriate behavior of the half-naked dancing clown, also children have a good time at the beach.

Dogs allowed?
Not sure, if dogs are allowed or not, but at Playa La Herradura I didn’t see anyone with a dog, but a few stray dogs. Sad to see!

I am very curious, what I will see on my third expedition to the local beaches. The first two ones were already funny and promising.

Beach report – Playa El Silencio (Lima, Peru)

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The only valuable information regarding “Playa El Silencio” I found at tripadvisor.com. Here most information are in Spanish language. Although it is semi-interesting, to read the experiences from several people, there is only a total star rating from 1 – 5 available. Categories like the above mentioned hard factors (accessibility, value for money, security) are not visible on first glance. They might be written in the contribution of the users from tripadvisor.com, but all in all it is a high effort to collect all valuable information together. squeezing out an orange for a glass of juice can be more easy. I didn’t find amongst all the opinions of the user not a detailed report.

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A panorama picture of Playa El Silencio taken from the entrance


So I thought to write about the beach and check the quality, at tripadvisor.com the beach received a four star rating. But how should I know, if the beach is suitable for families with small children? Are dogs allowed at the beach? How expensive is it to access the beach. Read now the first beach report about “Playa El Silencio”.

Accessibility ☀☀☀
It’s not difficult to access the beach, but you have to take quite some time in consideration, regardless if you drive with an own car or use the public transport. Both the traffic in Lima is everywhere awful, in my case I was heading from the centre to the south on a Friday noon and that was quite exhausting. It seemed like the half of Lima wanted to take the highway to go for a long weekend outside of the town. I took a bus from “Mall del Sur” to the closest station of the beach.

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That took maybe 30 – 40 minutes and cost 3.00S/. ($0.93 or 0.75€). Arriving at the middle of the highway you have now the option to take a taxi or go by feet the rest of the distance. I chose to go the rest of the distance.

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Bullshit! It took half an hour maximum. How does Google calculate the walking distance? With old people on crutches?

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For me it was kind of funny to see billboard of Uber. I can’t remember, that I have seen any advertisement of Uber before in my life.

Anyway, unfortunately I underestimated the force of the sun on 11:30am and walked these 30 minutes without putting sunscreen earlier. Quite naive, so I got burned a little bit, but didn’t feel it, when I arrived. But when I arrived, I put on sunblock as I should. Lesson learned!

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All in all, it took 70 – 80 minutes until I arrived. And I think, that this is quite a lot but still bearable for a Friday traffic chaos in Lima.

Value for money ☀☀☀
Good and low are the costs for the public transport to access the beach. The entrance is free, because it’s a public beach. All the rest is far off consideration and quite exclusive. Lending two beach chairs and an umbrella cost 30S/. ($9.30 or 7.50€), regardless for how many hours you want to have it. Avarice is a vice, but in my perception, this is quite a lot to not lay in the bear sand and get a stiff bag. To avoid these vexations, I had to bite the bullet. At least the usage of the sanitation facilities of one of the restaurants was included. Everything else to buy and consume was quite expensive in my opinion.

Supply system ☀☀☀☀
Wow, although it’s a public beach, there was no lack of everything. The beach is definitely well equipped with restaurants and beach vendors. It was actually a little bit annoying to enter the beach and get directly molested from five different people who want to bring you inside of one of the restaurants or sell you the beach chairs. Only on bazars in Arabistan it might be more annoying and a pain in the arse than at this beach.
At the beach itself I felt very oversupplied of all the beach vendors. You can’t sit quietly for 30 seconds in your chair, because then the next expert wants to impose you his products.

I was quite surprised, that irrespectively of the ratio of 1:3 (one tourist and three vendors) their business was still successful. No cannibalization, even if you could ice cream every minute of the same company. Even if you would erase the half of these nuisances, it would have been still enough to make every guest at the beach happy.

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Not sure, if selling books is a good idea at the beach…At least this beach vendor doesn’t need a gym membership, if he is carrying these heavy books in his hands all day long.

Surface quality ☀☀☀☀☀
Wonderful gritty sand with just a few shells or stones. Not too hot, not too cold.

Safety ☀☀☀☀
There might have been sufficient lifesavers and other security guys walking around. At least I didn’t feel insecure of any threats like thefts. But the only thing that made me wonder was the yellow flag, although there were some crazy intense waves. Some people, especially young fellas, had their little problems to swim and get back to the shore.

Tranquility factor ☀☀
The beach is called “El Silencio”, but the last thing you can expert there is silence. You can’t take a nap, if all 30 seconds someone yells at you to buy a cold beer. The good level of (over)suppliance gets down the tranquility of the beach. I simply can’t eat an ice cream and drink a beer every minute. That’s not possible, even if I wanted to or had enough money for it.. At least there wasn’t any loud music to hear from the restaurants or other tourists.

Activities ☀
Maybe the only thing, that was really missing. There weren’t any extrinsic activities possible at the beach. Nobody wanted to teach me how to surf or hire out a jet ski. Neither were there any beach volleyball pitches or other activities possible. I wasn’t bored because of that, but expected at least something when going to a beach.

Level of cleanness ☀☀☀☀☀
Wonderful! In combination with the fine sand, there wasn’t anything to complain here. No glass, plastic or other garbage to evade to walk on. The beach was very clean and even every beach vendor picked up the garbage from the tourists along their walking paths. Were they obliged from someone to do that or proceeded with it on own motivation? No matter, but at least the beach was nice and clean.

Suitable for Families with children?
Yes it is. Maybe a bit boring, but definitely suitable for families with children. Parents might be not able to take a nap because of missing activities for the children, but that’s the price you have to pay when going to the beach. But keep always an eye on your youngsters when you let them inside of the water. Remember the crazy waves when showing only the yellow flag?

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First I was laughing and wondering about someone who tries to sell a swimming pool at the beach. But offering it to a family for little children is a good idea.

Dogs allowed?
I don’t remember that I saw any signage regarding a ban of dogs. Neither did I see a dog. I think, that’s a ‘Yes’. Well, actually a ‘No’ then. I suppose, that dogs aren’t allowed.

Well, I can just recommend to go and make a visit at Playa El Silencio!