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Travel to the popular small town of Bayahibe

By Amy Adejokun Amy Adejokun Section editor

Our Editorial team's advice

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.

To see

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.

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).

pros

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

cons

  • -  Limited nightlife

To think about

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!

To try

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.

To bring back

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.

Weather Bayahibe

These indicators are used as a set of criteria to predict overall weather conditions in Bayahibe . The different indicators are there to help you prepare for your trip to Bayahibe so you can make plans based on the weather forecast, whether it be a trip to the beach, walking, visiting attractions and museums or winter sports... Here you'll find a precise, overall weather score for each week in Bayahibe , which takes into account temperature indicators, bad weather predictions, sunshine levels and wind speeds.

Weather August
Overall rating 72/100
  • Temperature indicators 86% Hot / Optimal

    The maximum temperature is <24°, temperature felt between 30°C and 33°C.

  • Bad weather indicators 60% Light showers

    Light showers - averaging between 10.5mm and 17.5mm per week.

  • Sunbathing indicators 42% Sunny intervals

    Cloudy with sunny intervals (40% to 60% cloud cover).

  • Swimming indicators 84% Very pleasant / Optimal

    High air temperature (>24°C), high sea temperature (>24°C), light to moderate winds (between 7 mph and 12 mph).

  • Wind indicators 68% Warm breeze

    Near optimal comfort: strong to moderate winds (between 12 mph and 18 mph) in a warm atmosphere (>24°C).

  • Humidity indicators 64% Normal

    Slight feeling of discomfort due air humidity registering higher than 65%.

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