Bayahibe

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Bayahibe Beach which includes swimming, rugged coastline and general coastal views
Despite being one of the most popular resort areas in the region, this former fishing village still captivates with its lovely beaches and laid-back tropical charm.

Set in a scenic bay, the seaside village of Bayahibe is one of the most popular resorts in the Dominican Republic. Visitors are attracted by the low-key vibe, lovely beaches and the unparalleled scuba and snorkeling opportunities in the nearby Parque del Este national park. Spend your days reveling in the beauty of the area's beaches and coral reefs and your nights eating the daily catch at romantic waterfront restaurants.

Bayahibe was originally settled by Puerto Rican fishermen in the 19th century. Although it remained a sleepy little fishing village for more than a century, it is now a tourist-oriented resort where a slow pace of life endures.

Life revolves around the beach here. Laze on public sands of Playa Bayahibe or sunbathe on the extensive Playa Dominicus south of the town, home to several major tourist resorts. If you visit the latter, look for the striped lighthouse bar, a great spot for a sundowner.

Go to the harbor in the morning and join the crowds waiting to board ferries to Isla Saona. This island, part of the Parque del Este national park, boasts breathtaking beaches, complete with snow-white sand, palms and warm, aqua water. Bars, live music and hawkers add to the lively atmosphere. Find a more peaceful scene on the smaller Isla Catalina, where a coral reef and a shark-frequented dive site lure scuba divers and snorkelers.

For a culture fix, make the journey to Cueva del Puente. Inside the stalagmite and stalactite-adorned interior are cave paintings completed by the island’s early Taíno inhabitants. Further south, the Cueva Peñon Gordo also features pictographs.

To further explore the national park, consider hiring a guide to show you around. The park is vast, spreading out across 120 square miles (310 square kilometers). A fascinating array of species live here, including more than 500 different types of flora, over 100 different bird species and gorgeous sea creatures including bottlenose dolphins and West Indian manatees.

Bayahibe is located on the Dominican Republic’s southeast coast. The nearest airport is La Romana, which is about 20 minutes away by car.

Where to stay in Bayahibe

Whala!Bayahibe
Whala!Bayahibe
4 out of 5
Calle Los Corales, Las Magdalenas, San Rafael del Yuma, 23000
The price is CA $94 per night from Jul 3 to Jul 4
Stay at this 4-star all-inclusive hotel in San Rafael del Yuma. Enjoy free breakfast, free WiFi, and 4 outdoor pools. Our guests praise the pool and the spacious ...
3.7/5 Good! (552 reviews)
"Beautiful view of the Ocean. Loved the infinity salt pool. We were able to see a sea turtle while dining near the water."

Reviewed on Jun. 30, 2022

Whala!Bayahibe
Dreams Dominicus La Romana - All Inclusive
Dreams Dominicus La Romana - All Inclusive
4 out of 5
Playa Bayahibe, San Rafael del Yuma, La Altagracia, 23101
The price is CA $355 per night from Jul 11 to Jul 12
Stay at this 4-star beach hotel in San Rafael del Yuma. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and 4 outdoor pools. Our guests praise the pool and the helpful staff ...
4.2/5 Excellent! (684 reviews)
"Very friendly & welcoming staff. Beach was beautiful and clean. Food was delicious! Great service."

Reviewed on Jun. 29, 2022

Dreams Dominicus La Romana - All Inclusive
Be Live Collection Canoa - All Inclusive
Be Live Collection Canoa - All Inclusive
3.5 out of 5
Playa Dominicus, 22000, Bayahibe (La Romana), San Rafael del Yuma, La Altagracia, 23000
The price is CA $213 per night from Jul 22 to Jul 23
Stay at this 3.5-star beach property in San Rafael del Yuma. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and 2 outdoor pools. Our guests praise the helpful staff in our reviews. ...
3.5/5 Good! (980 reviews)
"I dinnt like the services that they offer there like the VlP that they want to push you to buy the Vip areas.and please dj need to put more actual music..the night club is good the activities need more work but the rest is fine .is one guy that works there in the animation group angelo smitt .very ..."

Reviewed on Jun. 28, 2022

Be Live Collection Canoa - All Inclusive
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.
Los Flamencos Aparthotel
Los Flamencos Aparthotel
3.5 out of 5
Avenida Fuller, Dominicus Americanus Bay, San Rafael del Yuma, La Altagracia, 23000
The price is CA $127 per night from Jul 17 to Jul 18
Stay at this 3.5-star beach aparthotel in San Rafael del Yuma. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and a children's pool. Our guests praise the WiFi and the spacious ...
3.8/5 Good! (104 reviews)
"Great place to stay for families. Friendly staff and clean areas. The only downside is the old and outdated furniture and appliances on the apartments"

Reviewed on Aug. 27, 2021

Los Flamencos Aparthotel
Beautiful apartment with private beach
Beautiful apartment with private beach
San Rafael del Yuma, La Altagracia
Stay at this apartment in San Rafael del Yuma. Enjoy an outdoor pool, WiFi, and 2 bathrooms. Popular attractions Dominicus Beach and Bayahibe Beach are located ...
5/5 Exceptional! (1 review)
"The beach was a 3 minute walk from property. Hosts were incredibly attentive. Loved having access to a washer/dryer. House filled with basic necessities to feel like a ahome away from home."

Reviewed on Jun. 13, 2022

Beautiful apartment with private beach
Apartaments at Cadaques Caribe
Apartaments at Cadaques Caribe
3.5 out of 5
Cadaques Caribe Resort & Villas Blvd, Dominicus Americanus, San Rafael del Yuma, La Altagracia, 23000
Stay at this 3.5-star beach aparthotel in San Rafael del Yuma. Enjoy free parking, 2 outdoor pools, and a private beach. Our guests praise the pool and the WiFi ...
3.1/5 (70 reviews)
"The reservation was not organized, after a while it was fixed. The room wasn’t cleaned at all. We called and it was cleaned very well. The place is ok but the outside is marvelous. I would go back and recommend it to anyone."

Reviewed on Jan. 8, 2022

Apartaments at Cadaques Caribe
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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