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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.

Where to stay in Bayahibe

Top Hotels in Bayahibe

Viva Wyndham Dominicus Beach Resort - All Inclusive
Viva Wyndham Dominicus Beach Resort - All Inclusive
3.5 out of 5
Bayahibe, San Rafael del Yuma, La Altagracia
The price is $149 per night from Dec 19 to Dec 20

Nestled on the beach, this Bayahibe property is 1.9 mi (3.1 km) from Bayahibe Beach and 3.5 mi (5.6 km) from Cueva de Chicho.

3.5/5Good! (773 reviews)

"Very nice beach hotel, clean, secure. Room was more than adequate, food and drinks were good, very nice staff. Beach is spectacular! Pools are very nice"…"

Reviewed on Oct 30, 2020

Viva Wyndham Dominicus Beach Resort - All Inclusive
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
Free CancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is $170 per night from Nov 29 to Nov 30

Located in Bayahibe, this beachfront property is in a national park and within 1 mi (2 km) of East National Park and Dominicus Beach. Bayahibe Beach is 2.2 mi ...

4.4/5Excellent! (290 reviews)

"very good service clean free wifi like the way treat people very eficiency"…"

Reviewed on Nov 22, 2020

Catalonia Royal La Romana All Inclusive-Adults Only
Dreams Dominicus La Romana
Dreams Dominicus La Romana
4 out of 5
Playa Bayahibe, San Rafael del Yuma, La Altagracia
Free CancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is $190 per night from Nov 29 to Nov 30

Nestled on the beach, this Bayahibe hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of East National Park and Dominicus Beach. Bayahibe Beach is 2.8 mi (4.5 km) away.

4.1/5Very Good! (362 reviews)

"Amazing stay at Dreams Dominicus. The services where amazing, hands down the staff does what ever it takes to make their guest happy. The facility it’s super clean and very attentive to make sure rooms are comfortable for the guests. The food was little the first 3 days but let me tell you after ..."…"

Reviewed on Nov 21, 2020

Dreams Dominicus La Romana
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 $154 per night from Nov 28 to Nov 29

Situated in Bayahibe, 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 Bayahibe ...

4.6/5Wonderful! (70 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 $70 per night from Dec 1 to Dec 2

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

3/5 (44 reviews)

"Beautiful place with every commodoties for family, water park for children, big Pool, amazing beach."…"

Reviewed on Sep 28, 2020

Apartaments at Cadaques Caribe
Aparta-Hotel Malibu At Residencial Paraiso
Aparta-Hotel Malibu At Residencial Paraiso
3 out of 5
Bayahibe, San Rafael del Yuma, La Altagracia
The price is $70 per night from Nov 29 to Nov 30

Situated on the beach, this aparthotel is 0.1 mi (0.1 km) from East National Park and 21.3 mi (34.3 km) from Playa de la Isla Catalina.

Aparta-Hotel Malibu At Residencial Paraiso
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

4.3

Top Destination

5 - Excellent
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5 - Excellent 48.31460674157304%
4 - Good
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4 - Good 39.04494382022472%
3 - Okay
29
3 - Okay 8.146067415730338%
2 - Disappointing
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2 - Disappointing 1.6853932584269662%
1 - Terrible
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1 - Terrible 2.808988764044944%

5/5 - Excellent

DannyF

Feb 25, 2020

Beautiful Beaches and breathtaking views!!

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

Feb 20, 2020

Monkeytown was amazing, I'd recommend that excursion to everyone. The resort was great for the most part, would only change a handful of stuff.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Feb 18, 2020

We love the Bayahibe area. It is safe for us to walk around with our teen daughters. The people are always so wonderful.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Feb 17, 2020

Beautiful beaches

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Feb 16, 2020

my second visit here, very nice area, wonderful people, beautiful setting, great food, a very safe area for young and old alike

5/5 - Excellent

GregLewis

Jan 26, 2020

Wonderful area of the beautiful South side of the Dominican Republic.

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