The paths are beaten, but not from tourists...
There are some small footpaths around Bayahibe, none of them signposted. The locals use them to get from one village to another or to get to some fields or out of the way huts. I liked all the different plants growing and all the different animals around.
One footpath I liked very much, a well beaten one (sorry), is the path between Bayahibe and Dominicus. It's difficult to get lost there, in case of any problem you go down to the coast and follow the coastline. And on the other (either) end there is a nice beach waiting for a swim to cool down.
Just watch out you don't get lost!! They aren't any signposts so you will have to use your own orientation to find your way.
For the expierienced divers the diving schools at Bayahibe offer a tour for a dive in a cave nearby.
As I don't dive I went with a tour as a "watch dog". My friend, a diving instructor, asked me if I would be interested to see the cave and have an eye on the equipement they leave back in the cave when they dive. So I went with and only had a swim in the crystal clear (fresh)water, what a special feeling!
We stopped along the road to cut some can with the machete and to try the natural sugar can. They had to work hard for to clean the plant. Its heart is a sort of white wood that you have to suck. At last all of us were engaged to suck with much fun!!
In the inland there are sugar can plantations. To tour them is a great experience. You run through dirt roads between two sugar can walls. When the harvest-time come, the farmers set fire to the fields. In this way they kill all the dangerous venemous snakes and the spiders that live among the sugar cans, which can't be damaged by the fire. After I known this thing, I became to look around worried to see a monstrous spider crossing the road.
Go to a sail on the Rio Chavòn. It's a nice calm river with its wild banks, where you can see horses and cows browse quietly on the grass. No sign of human settlement, it looks like to live an adventure through a wild jungle. They say here was filmed the scene of the helicopters arrival in the movie 'Apocalypse now'.
On the Rio Chavon you'll go upstream the river by motorboat, admiring its wild banks. No sounds, just the background noise of the engine and the chats of your fellow travellers...
On the Rio Chavòn, after make sure there are no crocodiles or other strange animals, we stopped and swimmed and played in the water with much fun!!
Around Bayahibe sugarcane is the main agricultural product. Visits to the sugar processing farms may be arranged by most hotels and resorts.
Dominican Republic beer is very good.
°Presidente° beer is one of the most popular ones. Definitely recommended.