Playa Bayahibe is part of La Romana region in Dominican Republic on the southeast coast east of Punta Cana. Once a small fishing village, it was popularized by visitors exploring large cave networks and the wildlife preserve inside Parque Nacional del Este. The calm water and scenic coastline was quickly recognized by the tourism corporations that now occupy much of the area’s land and beaches. There are two sections comprising Bayahibe proper: Playa Bayahibe Beach and Playa Dominicus. The former is a popular location visited by those interested more in independent travel while Playa Dominicus, about four miles east, has been developed by larger resorts and now accommodates upscale tourists.
Getting to Playa Bayahibe Beach Dominica Republic as an independent traveler is fairly uncomplicated. Car rentals are available from the airport in la Romana just inside the airport. Taxis will also take visitors to the beach area for a reasonable price. If you’re heading to Playa Bayahibe for some resort time, your transfers to and from the airport are generally always taken care of. If driving the one and a half hours from Santo Domingo, look for the towering metal arch leading into the area.
Playa Bayahibe Beach Dominican Republic is the first Caribbean beach to enjoy the allocation of the prestigious Blue Flag, a designation signaling high water quality, environmental management and education, services, and safety. If visiting the beach as a side trip, public passage is between Iberostar Hacienda and Viva Dominicus Palace. The best area beaches are located on Playa Bayahibe. The beaches here differ from those that have seen major development over the years. Playa Bayahibe still affords visitors a laid-back experience and less noise from small craft motors and cruises. Divers enjoy the added advantage of a large coral reef off the coast of Bayahibe offering a kaleidoscopic underwater view.
Along Bayahibe, there are many popular seafood restaurants on the beach, which is narrow and sports some light tan sand. Walking toward the east about ten minutes, the beach turns gloriously soft and white and features a crescent-shaped cove. This is home to a large resort, but the beach is still accessible. At night, phosphorescence illuminates the water, and under the glow of the moon, creating one of the biggest visual attractions in the area.
If or when this relaxing backdrop requires added excitement, there’s plenty to see and do all around Playa Bayahibe Beach Dominican Republic. High-profile Saona Island—in the Punta Cana region—is tropical and palm-lined and flanked by brilliant blue-green water with incredible visibility. The beach is white, powdery sand and some of the finest island territory. Venturing off the beach, head to Mano Juan, a small fishing town with ample handicrafts, and other parts of the island by catamaran or speed boat tours. Nearby Isla Catalina is a wildlife reserve popular as a day trip and well-loved for snorkeling. A visit to Bayahibe town is also a pleasant way to spend a few hours eating and shopping, but its main position is as a breakaway point to Saona Island.