Having lived in Cap Cana, Dominican Republic for eight months it is no wonder that I spent numerous weekends at Playa Juanillo. Playa Juanillo finds itself positioned a few miles South of the world-famous Cap Cana Marina and next to the colonial style five star resort of Sanctuary Cap Cana. Away from the hustle and bustle of Punta Cana's most popular tourist zone, Bavaro, Playa Juanillo offers a retreat like experience for the beach purist.
Sand and Water
The beach is reminiscent of what one would see in magazines and television depicting the Caribbean region. The variety of blues represented in the water range from turquoise (in the shallow pools, of which there are many along the coast) to the darker hues of Egyptian blue promising greater depths and concealing sea grass. Coconut Trees line the beach with their branches melodically swaying back and forth to the rhythm of the gentle breeze. Contrasting the blues of the sea are the white and pink sands that comprise the beach as far as the eye can see. The beach even features a top five restaurant of Punta Cana according to Trip Advisor called Juanillo Beach Food and Drinks. There one can imbibe on such drinks as the local rum-infused Mamajuana or the sweet and refreshing Coco Loco while munching on fried whole fish or a variety of pizzas, just to name a few.
The real magic of Playa Juanillo is the tranquility it possesses. One feels a sense of serenity and reinvigoration not possible at the more populated, and dare I say overdeveloped Bavaro Beach of the Northern part of greater Punta Cana. At Juanillo the waters are always inviting, maintaining a warm temperature throughout the year. Waves are non-existent or minimal at most, allowing one to take a nap by floating in place if so desired.
Similarly, Playa Juanillo is a great place to read and meditate. Almost every weekend I would ride my bike twenty minutes from my apartment to the beach, set up a towel and delve into such self-development works by Ekhart Tolle or Deepak Chopra. I always came home refreshed and energized, ready to engage in the work week to come. To conclude, I highly recommend a visit to Playa Juanillo to experience the tranquility and serenity of a truly Caribbean gem.