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“Average at best”

Golden Beach (Playa Dorada)
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Owner description: The most popular beach in Puerto Plata is located on the Dominican Republic's famous Amber Coast.
Alexandria, Virginia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 347 helpful votes
“Average at best”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 25, 2014

Considering this is located in the Caribbean where white beaches w/ powdery sand is fairly common, Playa Dorada is nothing extraordinary. It's populated with tourists because the hotel strip is located along here, and the water isn't as crystal clear or aqua blue as others I've seen in Mexico, Jamaica, or even Florida.

Visited March 2014
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Manchester, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 454 helpful votes
“Good Beach”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 15, 2014

Very nice beach, not the sugar white sand that you find in other places, but as the name suggests, it is a large expanse of golden sand.
Clean in front of the hotels but rubbish strewn away from them.
Can be lots of seaweed washed up but this again is mostly cleaned up by hotel staff.
Hawkers can be irritating, but no different from a lot of other places.
Best to be firm but polite.

Visited May 2014
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Darnestown, Maryland, USA
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“Scenic Beach / Incessant Touts”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 4, 2014

Playa Dorada is a long beach with golden sand, and would be the idyllic spot for a walk if it were not for a few issues. First, the touts are relentless in trying to sell their wares or direct you to the vendors they represent. They are generally harmless but can be annoying if you are trying to relax or converse. Secondly, there are several locations where extremely polluted water enters the ocean directly on the beach. In one spot it smelled strongly of raw sewage.

Visited January 2014
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Brantford, Canada
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17 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
“Beautiful, long, beach, with lots of warm sand.”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 1, 2014

Great for daily long walks. Warm, soft sand with very few rocks and seaweed. Did not like the human "seagulls". Those were the people flocking to you constantly, trying to hawk their wares.

Visited May 2014
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“LOTS of Beach”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 28, 2014

To cant walk from one end to the other - its just to long
You get to experiences different types of beaches all on the same beach, quite waters to waves

Visited February 2014
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