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Address: Camino a Playa Madama, Las Galeras, Dominican Republic

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Very private beach!

If you are looking for a cast away experience than this is it. There literally is nothing there but a beach with rock face on your left and coconut trees to your right. I did a... read more

Reviewed 29 March 2017
Cambridge, Canada
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Warsaw, Poland
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41 reviews
19 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 April 2017

I went for a run from Las Galeras to Playa Madama. There is a lot of vegetation on the path and ground is sometimes rocky and uneven (especially close to the beach), so remember to take proper shoes. The beach itself did not strike me as being particularly beautiful, though it is peaceful. Unfortunately there was a lot of garbage... More 

Thank Hubi83
Cambridge, Canada
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4 reviews
3 attraction reviews
Reviewed 29 March 2017

If you are looking for a cast away experience than this is it. There literally is nothing there but a beach with rock face on your left and coconut trees to your right. I did a lot of great snorkeling and hate to admit it UT ate a sea urchin with a local while I was there. It tasted sweet.... More 

Thank janicemichelleloucks
Osaka, Japan
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7 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 18 March 2017 via mobile

The beach could be lovely but it is dirty from what the people left there. Another thing is the theft - our friends got robbed on the way back from there(at a banana plantation) and were threatened by a guy with a machete. If you decide to go, dont take anything valuable, there is also an option to go with... More 

Thank Agnieszka K
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
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18 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed 24 February 2017

What an amazing spot! Secluded in a sheltered bay, and accessible by boat. The cliffs surrounding the beach enclose it in its own private world. Take the boat from las Galeras, but hold on. The seas can be quite rough until you get into the bay.

Thank John F
London, Canada
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6 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 February 2017

Be sure to follow the path to the caves. No far, our boat operator showed us the way. Be sure to have your water shoes.

Thank Joe M
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4 reviews
Reviewed 26 January 2017 via mobile

Nice beach... Is a special one where you can enjoy to snorkeling... I really love that is a "virgin" beach and NOT a comercial one...

Thank CR V
Orcas Island, Washington
1 review
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 28 November 2016

Similar to the reviewer on March 9, a friend and I were robbed this past Friday, November 25, 2016 by two men with masks over their faces and carrying large knives. They jumped out of the bushes yelling and took just about everything we were carrying, which thankfully wasn't a lot because we knew that robberies in this area were... More 

2 Thank Rachel E
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9 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 19 October 2016 via mobile

Playa Madama is a beautiful hidden beach with a cave nearby. You arrive there by boat and the experience it's pretty safe. You can get there with the local captains who are regulated by the local union of boat owners. Once you reach Madama, drinking coconut water is a must and going to the caves and learning the Ciguapa story... More 

Thank Luisana P
Montreal, Quebec, Canada
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14 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 July 2016

Red Urchins, blue fish, huge corals and anemones. Located a far swim near the mouth of the beach on both the left and right sides near the rocky cliffs. Nice nice nice.

1 Thank Louise G
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3 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 July 2016 via mobile

The beach has quite a bit of sea grass. You need to stick close the cliff sides to see the fish. We went on a rough sea day so it was a little scary. The guides gave us fresh coconuts and we drank the milk. Hiked a short distance to the cave where we saw bats, huge whip spider &... More 

Thank Marlis N

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