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BayahibeDominican Republic

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.

Top Hotels in Bayahibe

Hilton La Romana All- Inclusive Adult Resort & Spa Punta Cana
Hilton La Romana All- Inclusive Adult Resort & Spa Punta Cana
4 out of 5
Carr. a Bayahibe, Playa Bayahibe, San Rafael del Yuma
The price is CA $357 per night from Jan 26 to Jan 27

Nestled on the beach, this San Rafael del Yuma property is within 3 mi (5 km) of Bayahibe Beach and East National Park. Dye Fore Golf Club and La Romana Port ...

4.4/5Excellent! (155 reviews)

"Amazing stay. The staff was very attentive, patient, and hospitable. The room was cleaned everyday and the mini fridge was also restocked daily. The wifi was also very good except for on the beach (but that is expected). The beach and pool were both very relaxing, beautiful and well maintained. I ..."…"

Reviewed on Dec. 22, 2020

Hilton La Romana All- Inclusive Adult Resort & Spa Punta Cana
Hilton La Romana All-Inclusive Resort & Water Park Punta Cana
Hilton La Romana All-Inclusive Resort & Water Park Punta Cana
4 out of 5
Playa Bayahibe, La Romana, San Rafael del Yuma, La Altagracia
The price is CA $346 per night from Jan 26 to Jan 27

Located in San Rafael del Yuma, this beachfront property is next to a golf course, 0.1 mi (0.1 km) from Bayahibe Beach, and 3.1 mi (4.9 km) from Dominicus Beach. ...

4.2/5Excellent! (999 reviews)

"The location is amazing. The food was delicious at most restaurants. The beach area is clean and neat. The activities such as Zumba, soccer mini tournament, and musicians were great. The staff is courteous and respectful. The bars are located in very convenient places (pool, lobby, beach front, etc). ..."…"

Reviewed on Jan. 11, 2021

Hilton La Romana All-Inclusive Resort & Water Park Punta Cana
Catalonia Royal La Romana All Inclusive-Adults Only
Catalonia Royal La Romana All Inclusive-Adults Only
4.5 out of 5
Playa Dominicus, La Romana, San Rafael del Yuma
The price is CA $302 per night from Jan 30 to Jan 31

Located in San Rafael del Yuma, this beachfront property is in a national park and within 1 mi (2 km) of East National Park and Dominicus Beach. Bayahibe Beach ...

4.3/5Excellent! (313 reviews)

"The food was not good ! Not much options and no flavor!"…"

Reviewed on Jan. 1, 2021

Catalonia Royal La Romana All Inclusive-Adults Only
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.

Vacation Rentals in Bayahibe

Tracadero Beach Resort
Tracadero Beach Resort
4 out of 5
Calle Los Corales, Dominicus, Bayahibe, San Rafael del Yuma, La Altagracia
The price is CA $280 per night from Jan 21 to Jan 22

Situated in San Rafael del Yuma, this beach aparthotel is 0.2 mi (0.3 km) from Dominicus Beach and 1.8 mi (2.9 km) from Bayahibe Beach. Monumento Natural Punta ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (73 reviews)

"I love everything about this place ,I will keep going back"…"

Reviewed on Sep. 12, 2020

Tracadero Beach Resort
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
The price is CA $134 per night from Jan 21 to Jan 22

Located in San Rafael del Yuma, this beachfront aparthotel is in a national park and within 1 mi (2 km) of East National Park and Dominicus Beach. Bayahibe Beach ...

3.1/5 (45 reviews)

"It isbreally close to the beach and to the restaurant"…"

Reviewed on Dec. 7, 2020

Apartaments at Cadaques Caribe
Los Flamencos Aparthotel
Los Flamencos Aparthotel
3.5 out of 5
Avenida Fuller, Dominicus Americanus Bay, San Rafael del Yuma, La Altagracia
The price is CA $90 per night from Feb 4 to Feb 5

Offering direct access to the beach, this San Rafael del Yuma aparthotel is 0.3 mi (0.5 km) from Dominicus Beach and 2.3 mi (3.7 km) from Bayahibe Beach. Monumento ...

3.8/5Good! (92 reviews)

"I like the property, good attention and the condition were excelente"…"

Reviewed on Dec. 15, 2020

Los Flamencos Aparthotel
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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Reviews of Bayahibe

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5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

Nov 3, 2019

I was very Happy to stay in this property.

2/5 - Disappointing

Verified traveller

Oct 20, 2019

I wouldn't go back. If i go to dominican it will be punta cana and definitely not to dreams. My husband and i were thinking of going to a zoetry or secrets resort but after this experience im are disappointed and looking at other options.

4/5 - Good

Krystal

Mar 22, 2019

Definitely visit the coffee shop called La Terracita. Diego is very lovely and there are always dogs that come around and enjoy pets!

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