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Travel to the popular small town of Bayahibe

  • Located on the Caribbean coast in the south-west of the Dominican Republic, Bayahibe is certainly one of the most charming fishing villages in the country. Chartered speedboats are offered by tour operators on the adjacent beach where there is a guitar player, who sings you a few Bachata or Merengue tunes. That is Bayahibe in a nutshell, a small jewel that has kept its authenticity, while living off ...
    © Irène Alastruey / age fotostock
  • The main beach in the small fishing village of Bayahibe is lined with palm trees and forms a crescent of sand stretching over a mile, making it a truly wonderful sight.
    © Irène Alastruey / age fotostock
  • Despite its location in the heart of the dry tropical forest region where you'll find plenty of cacti growing, the beach is still popular with tourists.
    © Irène Alastruey / age fotostock
  • The lighthouse stands on the beach at the Iberostar Hacienda Dominicus.
    © Irène Alastruey / age fotostock
  • The children here walk the sandy streets of the village to school every day.
    © Irène Alastruey / age fotostock
  • You'll find many fishing and sail boats anchored in the bay here.
    © Irène Alastruey / age fotostock
  • The turquoise waters here are the point of departure for those heading out to Saona Island.
    © Irène Alastruey / age fotostock
Amy Adejokun
Amy Adejokun Expert destination Dominican Republic

Located on the Caribbean coast in the south-west of the Dominican Republic, Bayahibe is certainly one of the most charming fishing villages in the country. Chartered speedboats are offered by tour operators on the adjacent beach where there is a guitar player, who sings you a few Bachata or Merengue tunes. That is Bayahibe in a nutshell, a small jewel that has kept its authenticity, while living off the fruits of tourism. It is difficult to talk holidaymakers into visiting this unpretentious place, because it deserves to be visited as it is, raw and untarnished. Yet it would be a shame to flick past this small paradise in the Dominican Republic, with its magnificent bay and turquoise blue sea.

Bayahibe: what to do?

The National Park of Lake Enriquillo, located 131 ft below sea level, is home to the biggest salt lake in the Antilles. It is among the 17 national parks on the island, known rightly as "nature" island. One can observe manatees, iguanas, turtles, American crocodiles and coticas (the bird that has become the emblem of the country).

A widely offered trip in Bayahibe is to the island of Saona, which is very nearby. The most curious can also discover the city of La Romana or Santo Domingo, the capital of the island, and see where Christopher Columbus passed through.

  • Wonderful beaches
  • Near the town of La Romana
  • An adorable fishing village
  • Quality hotels
  • Limited nightlife

Bayahibe: what to visit?

Coasts

Islands and beaches

Reminders

A suitcase for the summer: light clothing cotton, open shoes, shorts, shirts, T-shirts, without forgetting the bathing suit, as well as warm clothes and walking shoes for getaways in the mountains. A lightweight raincoat is useful during the rainy season (from May to July).

To avoid

Renting a car can be dangerous given the large potholes in the roads, and the Dominican's dangerous driving such as the lack of indicating!

Bayahibe: what to eat?

Rich and spicy, Dominican cuisine is the result of Creole, European and African influences. Starch foods (rice, sweet potatoes and plantain), fish and shell fish as well as tropical fruits are the key foods. The stews (mondogo, sancocho) are common, with goat meat or fish cooked in coconut milk being prime examples.

Bayahibe: what to buy?

Jewellery made from amber (brown solidified resin), larimar (blue stone), leather items, baskets, naive paintings, a legacy of Indian Taïnos, CDs of merengue and bachata, cigars, liquid vanilla, jam, rum and coffee are the main souvenirs that you can bring home. They can be found everywhere on beaches and especially in local markets.

Bayahibe Reviewedhotels
  • 8.3 /10
    Rated by Easyvoyage
    Hilton La Romana
    Bayahibe - Dominican Republic
    Hotel Hotel 5 Etoile(s)

    The owners of the Casa del Mar had a flair for taking over the ...

  • 8.3 /10
    Rated by Easyvoyage
    Iberostar Hacienda Dominicus
    Bayahibe - Dominican Republic
    Hotel Hotel 5 Etoile(s)

    This well equipped hotel has an architecture which is harmonious ...

  • 8.15 /10
    Rated by Easyvoyage
    Viva Dominicus Palace
    Bayahibe - Dominican Republic
    Hotel Hotel 4 Etoile(s)

    Located 17 miles from the Romana, the Club Viva Dominicus Palace ...

  • 7.9 /10
    Rated by Easyvoyage
    Viva Wyndham Dominicus Beach
    Bayahibe - Dominican Republic
    Hotel Hotel 4 Etoile(s)

    The Viva Dominicus used to be a club before it became a hotel. ...

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