Of course most people go to the Carribean for beach hollidays. Understandable, as the beaches are great!
Bayahibe has got two beaches, the beach at Bayahibe and the Dominicus-beach.
On the Picture you can see the Beach of Bayahibe. Its a bit smaller than Dominicus beacht, but less crowded. This is the public part, in the background you can see the "Casa de Mar" resort wich has blocked off some of the beach. If you look like a tourist it's not difficult to sneak past a guard and use the infrastructure of the "Casa de Mar" resort, as the guests don't get a bracelet like in most resorts.
The Beaches are public, but only parts of them. The Hotels/Resorts block some part of the beach for their own use. If you look like a tourist sometimes you can sneak past the guards. The problem doing this is that the guests of the resorts get bracelets showing to wich resort they belong.
The beaches are of fine and white sand, with palm trees giving some shade. A carribean dream....
The Picture was taken on the Dominicus Beach. This beach is more crowded then Bayahibe's beach as there are more resorts near Dominicus.
Not only in Bayahibe the underwater-world is a musst see but in the whole caribean sea!
At least go snorkeling and admire all the different colourfull fisches and coralls. There are a lot of diving schools wich offer tours diving or snorkeling.
Not only under water there are fish to be seen, sometimes you can see dolphins jumping or flying fish.
On the picture you can see the tail finns of some dolphins. They allways dived as soon my camera was ready to take a picture of them jumping.... (enlarge the pic and look in the middle part of the picture on the right).
Lots of boat tours to the islands Saona, Catalina and Catalinita start from Bayahibe. In the evening at about 4 pm they come back full of drunk and sunburned tourists.
I loved to see the people jumping out of the boats on to the beach, trying not to get their feet wet.
There are some café's near to sit in, drink a Piña Colada watch and enjoy.
From Bayahibe there are loads of Boat trips to the Islands Catalina, Saona and Catalinita.
Most Resorts offer such tours, they use big catamaran boats carrying up to 60 people. If you take a tour with on of the local firms (mostly diving schools) you will only be on a small boat (10-15 people), will see the same and pay less! The diving schools take their clients diving and in that time the non-divers can go snorkeling or just relaxing on the islands.
Don't miss the chance to go diving (if you are a diver) or snorkeling. The underwater world is wonderfull.
On the Island food and drinks are provided (if it's a whole day tour).
From Bayahibe its not far to La Romana. La Romana is the next big town. Its about 30 to 40 minutes away from Bayahibe. There you can go shopping, visit a cigar factory, have a stroll round the market and lots more.
You will find some tips on my La Romana page.
How to get there? See my transportation tip about the Guaguas!
Obsiouvly the most important reason which you are here is to relax and enjoy beaches and sun. At Bayahibe the beaches are really very nice. Actually the Dominican Republic has the most beautiful beaches in the Caribbean, I think. And the sea...wow.. the Caribbean Sea is more quiet than the ocean. If you look at the sea, it changes its colours moment by moment according to the sky colours...really a spectacular view!!
This is the reason why most people go to Caribbean countries, and it's no wonder! Beaches were truly "as a postcard".
We went to Dominicus beach, the largest beach in Bayahibe. People staying at the resorts tend to concentrate just in front of these... so in between you'll have all the sand you want! Not my favourite beach in the world, neither in DR, but a good place to relax and swim. Water was warm, incredibly calm and clean.
Walking on most beaches, you'll find dozens of these common large shells "Strombus Gigas"; fishermen eat the animal and throw away the shell. Of course you'll find many other colourful shells, too. Please DO NOT take alive shells...
When you are in Dominican Republic, don't miss the tour in Santo Domingo, the capital city. Its Colonial Zone is a very interesting place to visit. If you want know more, please go to my Santo Domingo page.
Something that you can`t by pass,If you really must be a the beach and have fun..
Take a tours in a Catamaran,food and drink is all included,Leave Bayahibe around 9:30 and back around 4:30.it will take you to one of the beach where you could swing at will, have a buffet of all you can eat,and entertainment,as well all you can drink run ,beer,and soft drinks...You may leave in a fast boat or the cat,and be back in the same way, with a visit to a shallow water,swimming hole to see and touch the sea starts.
Or you can choose to go To Canto de la Playa in a fast boat usually not more than 20 people,And enjoy a pristine beach with a lunch of barbecue lobsters and others succulent entrees,and all you can drinks beverage ,The advantage at this tour is the great beach ,snorkel ,and miles of wild beach to be discovered. With a minimum. of people to be around.
The crystal clear, calm waters of Bayahibe bay are the perfect place to try Stand Up Paddle Boarding for the first time. Gliding across the turquoise water on your board is sooo zen! And you get a great view of the sea life below. You can see all sorts of fish, starfish, cuttlefish, and if you are really lucky manta rays! It's really easy to learn and eco friendly :-) Certainly a new way for the whole family to enjoy time together on the water. There is one company doing lessons and rentals in Bayahibe.
A "malecon" is the spanish word for a beach side esplanade. A place to stroll or sit by the water.
In 2011 the small beach to the left of Bayahibe's La Punta was refurbished and spruced up. The beach was widened and new sand and palm trees were added. They also built a pleasant, shady, grass area on both sides of the beach where you can sit and enjoy the views and beautiful Bayahibe sunsets. At night the area is lit up and makes a popular spot for romancing couples.
Pour voir le paradis, il faut absolument faire l'excursion à isla Saona. De passage là-bas vous pourrez savourer de délicieux cocos ou bien acheter l'huile de coco que les locaux font.
Vous ferez également une halte dans la piscine naturelle ou vous aurez le loisir de nager dans une eau translucide et de voir les étoiles de mer.
A ne pas rater !!!.
Go diving. There are beautiful places in the area around Bayahibe and there are a lot of small businesses that offer boat trips and also courses in diving.