Paradise Island or Cayo Arena has been described as magical and truly authentic. This tiny island or sandbar is located in the north-western region of Puerto Plata in a small village called Punta Rucia. Standing only a few meters above sea level Paradise Island is surrounded by coral reef and crystal clear water. It is a great place to spend a few hours snorkelling, swimming and simply enjoying some of the most beautiful scenery in the Dominican Republic’s north coast.
“I loved seeing the island in the middle of no where as it just pops out of the water” … Karen Roy
Arriving at Paradise Island Beach Club, Punta Rucia – Puerto Plata
After a scenic two-hour car ride from Sosua-Cabarete our family arrives at the Paradise Island Beach Club in Punta Rucia. Punta Rucia is a quaint fishing village with powdery-white sandy beaches. The stunning turquoise colour of the ocean is very inviting and the water temperature is warm for swimming.
The Beach Club offers comfortable bali beds, hammocks and chaise lounges to kick back and relax. Just off the beach there is a large colourful trampoline perfect for the kids (let me clarify…the big kids) to jump on and plunge into the water. Needless to say they had a blast!
From the Beach Club an expert guide will take us by boat to Paradise Island. The cost is approximately $45US per person and it includes: our boat ride with tour guide, snorkelling equipment, drinks at Paradise Island, a boat ride through the mangroves and a great lunch back at the Beach Club.
Our Boat Ride to Paradise Island (Cayo Arena)
Next we cast ashore into the clear blue yonder looking for a tropical island. Along the way we saw pelicans gliding just above the surface of the ocean and a few large fishing boats. The water is quite shallow and at times you can see straight to the bottom.
Our boat ride was approximately 15 – 20 minutes and everyone was excited about looking for an island. Before too long we were all pointing to a tiny speck in the horizon namely Cayo Arena or Paradise Island.
We were asked not to take beach towels on the island or wear shoes. This is to help keep the island clean and maintain is natural pristine beauty.