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Cayo Arena, actually Cayo Paraíso (its real name), is a small coral islet in the northwest of the Dominican Republic off the coast of Puerto Plata in Punta Rucia. Such is the beauty of this little island that when you set foot on its sands you will feel as if you were dreaming. Imagine yourself under the sun on a little island surrounded by white sand and crystal clear waters, so transparent that you can contemplate the seabed through turquoise to green hues… this is what you will find on the little island called Cayo Arena.

This sand bank is one of the gems of nature, a true Caribbean paradise. And it has the peculiarity of its changing size, growing or diminishing depending on the sea currents and the time of the year.

You will be fascinated by the beauty of this little rising of sand just off the northern coast of the Dominican Republic. Here you can do some snorkeling and observe so many different colorful fishes, you can take pictures worthy of the best postcards, enjoy a refreshing swim in the crystalline, refreshing waters, talk to the fishermen who come and go from the island or just lie down and rest on the sand. One thing is sure—you’ll never forget it!


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