Bayahibe was mostly undiscovered gem on the south coast of the Dominican Republic until the 1990s. Some independent travelers knew about it until then, but the Resort-oriented travelers never heard of it. Bayahibe, more and more tourism but still there is a striking contrast between the east coast of Bayahibe and more popular resort in Punta Cana Megaplex.
Bayahibe is a completely different atmosphere than the popular tourist destinations of Puerto Plata, Sosua and other tourist destinations on the northern coast. However, in this article, I will focus on some of the differences in Bayahibe and Punta Cana.
Bayahibe, unlike a real community spirit Punta Cana
founded in 1800, has a long history in Bayahibe
was to get a working fishing village. As such, there is a strong sense of community that is not only a tourist dollars than to find Punta Cana. In fact, Punta Cana history is relatively short-lived, and almost entirely on tourism. The entire development and expansion has been driven by tourism profits.
Compared to Punta Cana, Bayahibe more modest and relaxed. Bayahibe, Dominican real easy to mingle and enjoy authentic Dominican culture. Dominicans are very friendly and big-hearted people and they will be happy to speak with you. In fact, do not be surprised if they also want to dance the merengue with them! If you want to meet a real Dominicans Bayahibe, just hit the beach bar, the outdoor restaurant, very popular in the billiard room, and shop in the local community. You will not find the same authentic experience of the Punta Cana Resort even if you try.
Bayahibe fewer Resorts more non-inclusive Hotels and Cabanas
Punta Cana coast has become one of the all-inclusive resort after another, with very little opportunity for independent travelers. Bayahibe, on the other hand, only one all-inclusive resort is known as the Dreams La Romana Resort. This 568 room resort that sits directly on one of the best parts of Playa Bayahibe (Bayahibe Beach). Otherwise, all the hotels in Bayahibe small independent hotels, bed and breakfast places and Cabanas. Bayahibe Hotel is the largest independent and only 25 rooms. Again, you can get an authentic experience compared to staying in Bayahibe Punta Cana. Just by way of explanation, it should be mentioned that even six complete 2-3 miles of Bayahibe resorts in Southeast Dominicas sometimes considered part of the Bayahibe region.
Cabanas cute self "huts" or small cabins, traditionally built thatched although not all of them now. They are scattered in Bayahibe, including right on the beach. It used to be able to rent them to steal, but the price has really gone in recent years with more tourists, and as more and more of them are used to house the staff of the resorts that creeps closer – the Cabanas still a good deal, though, if you find one! Of course, they also have a completely different experience than a resort in Punta Cana.
Caribbean vs. Atlantic
When many people think of "The Caribbean" They think the whole area is quiet and peaceful Caribbean Sea. However, this is absolutely not true. The Dominican Republic, like other major Caribbean islands, lies on the border of the Atlantic Ocean and the Caribbean Sea. The northern and eastern coast faced the Atlantic coast and south faces the Caribbean Sea. Well, here's the key difference is that the tourists in the waters of the Atlantic Ocean is more rugged and wild as peaceful and serene Caribbean waters.
Bayahibe is located on the southern coast of the Dominican Republic. Therefore, waters adjacent to the coast of the calm and quiet. The sand is ultra-fine and silky. On the other hand, the Punta Cana coast (which includes Bavaro) is located on the eastern coast of the Dominican Republic. This area of the Atlantic Ocean where a number of turbulent waters and the sand is a little coarser. As you head south to Punta Cana beach, it can begin to enter the transition zone between the Atlantic Ocean and the Caribbean Sea and the sea will be a little more subtle, refined and sand. However, the sea is at the southern end of the beach in Punta Cana is still not as calm as the sea front in Bayahibe.
west facing sunset Bays Water Vs east facing
Because of the curvature of the earth in the region, located in Bayahibe two bays that look to the west. In fact, this is one of the few places throughout the Dominican Republic facing west. Therefore, they considered the most spectacular sunsets in the country of the sun sinking in the ocean directly. You can enjoy this water view of the setting sun at any number of outdoor restaurants and bars – and the public beach.
Punta Cana is located on the eastern coast of the Dominican Republic and is therefore not ideal for watching sunsets over the water, although the sunrises can be spectacular Punta Cana.
Weather & microclimate of
Bayahibe many to be the best microclimate in any location in the Dominican Republic. While Punta Cana is certainly less rain than other Samana Bay and the northern coast of the Dominican rainy places, Bayahibe far less rain than Punta Cana! In fact, Bayahibe is less rain than in La Romana, a popular resort, only about 19 miles to the east. It is said that about the same amount of rainfall during Bayahibe "rainy season" as the north coast of the Dominican Republic for its "dry season."
Bayahibe is warmer on average than most other tourist destinations in the country. This is especially true in winter, when all the outside temperature and the water temperature is warmer than the Punta Cana tourist destinations and the northern coast of the Dominican Republic.
Distance To Saona Island, the island Catalinita and the East National Park
is the most popular day trip to the Dominican Republic from a boat trip to Saona Island (Isla Saona). In fact, more than 2,000 people visit the island for a day on average! Saona Island is part of the East National Park (Parque Nacional del Este), which is in the extreme southeast corner of the Dominican Republic. Almost all of Saona Island boat trips leave from the Harbor Bayahibe. This means that tourists must first Punta Cana by bus or taxi to Bayahibe, Bayahibe before you get on a boat to Saona Island. It can take 1-2 hours one-way, 2-4 hours round-trip. Therefore, more convenient and relaxing to make a trip to Saona Island where she is already in Bayahibe!