Why do we recommend this beach?

Punta Cana was an obscure and relatively unknown area until the early 1970’s when a group of investors purchased the white sand beaches and built a hotel. It boasts the first and largest privately owned international airport in the world, and if you visit the Dominican Republic, you will most likely be in Punta Cana when your airplane lands. This makes the beautiful beaches of Punta Cana easily accessible for tourists. Although Arena Gorda Beach is not the most popular tourist destination in the region, it is certainly well loved for its expansive size (Arena Gorda means “fat sand”) and beautiful palm trees lining the shore. Many visitors enjoy the quieter atmosphere of Arena Gorda over the bustling chaos of other beaches in Punta Cana.

Arena Gorda beach is the quiet oasis of beauty in Punta Cana.

Arena Gorda beach is the quiet oasis of beauty in Punta Cana.

If you’re a yogi who likes the idea of doing Sun Salutations in the shallow, crystal clear waters of the Caribbean, Arena Gorda Beach might be your best bet. This area boasts many luxury five star resorts, but if you’re looking for a vacation that will also help you improve your asanas, check out these gems.


Toque Holistico

Toque Holistico's centre for wellbeing, right next to the beach.

Toque Holistico’s centre for wellbeing, right on the beach.

When looking for a yoga class with a view of blue water, white sands and palm trees, Toque Holistico is the place to go. This yoga and wellness retreat is right on the beach. They offer several yoga classes at all levels, including Aero Yoga which utilizes a swing that helps you reach poses that are normally unattainable. If you are a yoga instructor or certified massage therapist, they also offer continuing education trainings in several subjects including Shiatsu and a course on Yoga and Stretching. Between classes, you can enjoy the tropical paradise while playing in the Caribbean waves or getting a deep tissue treatment.


Aloha Punta Cana

Here's Beth pulling a Sirsasana on the paddleboard.

Here’s Beth pulling a Sirsasana on the paddleboard.

Want a little less zen and a little more adventure? Look no further than Aloha Punta Cana. Beth and Daniel, the owners, are here for anyone who would like to spend their holidays gaining new experiences and challenging their abilities. Aloha Punta Cana is primarily a surf school designed for fitness enthusiasts that want to explore more of the beautiful, crystal clear waters of the Dominican Republic. They offer surfing classes and paddleboard tours; but if you’re a fan of yoga and want to try something unique and fun, try Aloha Punta Cana’s paddleboard yoga class. Go out into the calming and serene water and try some poses while catching a few waves.


Ananda Yoga Punta Cana

If you’re looking for a more relaxed holiday, but wouldn’t mind a little Vinyasa Flow before splashing in the waves, stop by Ananda Yoga Punta Cana. This local yoga studio is well known in the area for having fun and challenging daily classes. If you don’t feel like leaving the beach, the studio offers the option of having an instructor give a class right in the comfort of your hotel room.

Sunset Stretch

No matter how you decide to spend your days on Arena Gorda beach, you can rest assured that you’re getting a great holiday experience for an excellent value. At a fraction of the price found at other ocean side resorts around the world, the Dominican Republic offers some of the Earth’s most beautiful coast lines. Combine the serene landscape with some fabulous yoga classes, and you might be tempted to sell your tickets home and buy yourself a slice of paradise.