The eastern coast of the Dominican Republic began to be considered as a resort area forty years ago. At the same time, respectively, money flowed into the region, construction of comfortable hotels, restaurants and other tourist infrastructure began. Everyone who took part in this certainly won, because very soon the flow of tourists, who are mainly interested in beach holidays, headed in this direction with direct fire.
These places seem to be marked by natural grace: spacious beaches with white and soft, like clouds, sand, royal palms, kindly inviting into their shade, the piercing turquoise waters of the Atlantic Ocean and the Caribbean Sea – what else can you dream of? Something like this, in general terms, looks like the coast in the Punta Cana area and, in particular, the Bavaro beach area .
It is no surprise that today more than half of the tourists who come to the Dominican Republic choose Bavaro as their main destination for their entire vacation. But what about the most beautiful and most popular Dominican resort with cultural and active recreation, excursions and other entertainments? Let’s try to clarify.
Excursions, entertainment, interesting places in Bavaro
Helidosa Helicopter Tours
Helidosa is a company that offers tourists unforgettable helicopter excursions. Rich hotels, palm groves, picturesque beaches, clear water and the remains of a sunken ship – it all looks completely different from above. The unique impressions of the trip on a light sports helicopter, as well as the beautiful views and the opportunity to take cool photos or videos for memory – all this is worth deciding at least once on such an adventure. Tours can last from 10 to 40 minutes.
Minimum tour cost: RD $ 4,000 ($ 89).
Address: CarreteraArenaGorda, Bavaro.
El tour caribe
Bavaro and Punta Cana are renowned for their excellent snorkeling conditions. Both experienced divers and those who are just interested and would like to try, learn firsthand what diving and snorkeling are, as a rule, turn to travel companies. One of them, the most popular in Bavaro, is El Tour Caribe. With this company you can go on a dive tour to a coral reef near Bavaro or to Saona Island, as well as experience all the delights of a sea trip along the coast.
Address: Playa Turquesa. Avenida Alemania D402, Bavaro.
Scuba Quatic offers a wide range of sports activities for active people looking for new experiences: parasailing (parasailing behind a boat), diving, snorkeling, night diving, deep sea fishing, exciting speedboating, sea trips with trimaran sailing, as well as interesting excursions to the islands.
Address: Carretera Arena Gorda, Macao, Bavaro.
Country Safaris is an interesting ecological excursion to the coffee and cocoa plantation, including tasting of ready-made drinks and the opportunity to purchase organic coffee, cocoa and vanilla. The program includes a visit to a traditional Dominican house, a butterfly garden, the Basilica de Higuey, lunch and relaxation on the Macau beach. This is a great opportunity not only to admire the picturesque nature of the Dominican Republic, but also to get to know its culture and traditions better, to communicate with friendly and hospitable people of the country. You can choose a full-day tour (8 hours), which will cost RD $ 4,000 ($ 89), or half a day (4 hours) – RD $ 2,640 ($ 59).
Address: Av. Estados Unidos, Bavaro.
The Xtreme-Buggy buggy safari is not only extreme adventures with speed and adrenaline, but also a good chance to get to know the real Dominican Republic as it is. You can choose to go for a few hours, a full day, or three days. But if you opt for a six-day tour, you can go around the whole country and really get an unforgettable experience.
Address: Calle Aleman 4, Bavaro.
The Aromas Museum is a small museum that introduces tourists to the Dominican culture, closely related to attributes such as coffee, cigars and rum and inextricably linked with their aromas. You can visit to diversify your beach holiday.
Address: Playa dona Matilde, El Cortecito, Bavaro.
Bavaro adventure park
Bavaro Adventure Park is a wonderful adventure park for active adults and children. In the park you can ride a mountain bike, bungee, segway, flight simulator, test your vestibular apparatus in a zorb or bungee trampoline. The smallest visitors are greeted by the wonderful world of dinosaurs in the original Dinopark. The entrance ticket includes participation in three attractions. Depending on the chosen program, the cost may differ.
Ticket price: from RD $ 4,430 ($ 99).
Address: Cabeza de Toro, EntranceTourist Boulevard 8.5 km, Bavaro.
Ocean Adventures is an engaging theater performance. For a few hours, you will join a team of Caribbean pirates and go in search of treasures. Vivid adventures, first-class stunt stunts, humor, fun and a lot of emotions will be provided. The program includes a visit to a pirate village, an unforgettable adventure on a pirate ship and dinner at a restaurant located on a platform on the high seas. At the end of the show, you can purchase a bottle of mamajuana (a traditional local drink) with your photo on the label. The ticket price also includes transfer from the hotel and back.
for adults RD $ 6,670 ($ 149);
for children RD $ 4,430 ($ 99).
Opening hours: from 17:30 to 20:30;
Sat, Sun – days off.
Address: Calle Mare, Bavaro.
Pescando y Comiendo
Pescando y Comiendo is sure to interest fishing enthusiasts. It will not be simple fishing, but deep sea fishing. With an experienced team and professional tackle, you will have every chance of catching blue marlin, barracuda, mackerel, mahi mahi, tuna and other exotic fish. In addition, you will have at your disposal a bar with rum, beer and the national drinks Mamajuana and Cuba Libre, as well as delicious snacks, sandwiches and salads. You can participate in a shared excursion of 4 hours or more, starting at RD $ 3,800 ($ 85). You can charter a boat separately for your family or company. These private tours last from 6 to 8 hours and cost approximately RD $ 22,400 ($ 500).
Address: Playa Jellyfish, Bavaro.
Dr fish ocean spa
Dr Fish Ocean Spa is a wellness sailing excursion on a catamaran, during which its participants, under the guidance of instructors, practice yoga, Pilates, breathing exercises and a range of spa treatments. The program also includes massage, detoxification and relaxing swimming on an inflatable mattress. The highlight of the program is the foot peeling procedure performed by small fish Garra Rufa. They simply eat up all the dead and coarse areas of the skin on the legs, for which they received the name “Doctor Fish”. The fish have no teeth, so there is nothing to be afraid of – it won’t hurt, just a little ticklish. During the excursion, participants are served fruits, natural juices and healing herbal infusions. At the end of the program – a light meal with a glass of white wine.
Address: Calle Mare, Playa Los Corales, Bavaro.
Palma Real Shopping Village
Palma Real is a large shopping center where you can buy everything that can be useful to a tourist on vacation and not only. For example, here you can buy the same souvenirs as in the shops in the beach area, but at least 10% cheaper. Secondly, there are, among other things, a lot of boutiques of American brands of clothing and footwear. Thirdly, there is a great restaurant that serves delicious meat, as well as a couple of good clubs. And finally, in the beautifully designed Palma Real it is just a pleasant time to hide from the heat.
Address: Carretera El Cortecito, Bavaro.
How to get to Bavaro?
The nearest airport, Punta Cana, is only 27 kilometers from the Bavaro resort, so you can safely take a taxi, which will cost you RD $ 2,600 ($ 58). Or you can choose a more economical option – the guaguas minibus. The country’s capital, Santo Domingo, is located more than two hundred kilometers from Bavaro. From there, a taxi will cost a lot – about RD $ 11,200 ($ 250), from which it would be more logical to take a bus for about RD $ 400 ($ 9). A taxi from La Romana to Bavaro will cost approximately RD $ 5,400 ($ 120) and take about two hours.
The cuisine in local restaurants is able to delight and surprise any gourmet. Here they know a lot not only about seafood and grilled fish, which, by the way, is very appetizing. In Bavaro, delicious meat dishes are prepared using various spices that give a unique flavor. Garnish with fried bananas, beans, fresh or stewed vegetables. Salads with manga onions, beans and forest bananas are also good.
Hard rock cafe
Hard Rock Café is a famous international cafe chain, designed in its own original style. Here, any detail of the interior and decoration reminds of good music. This is the kind of music you can listen to here. The institution has a very convenient location – in the Palma Real shopping center. You can drop in here for a great cup of coffee between shopping. Or come to the Hard Rock Café in the evening to dine on mouth-watering chicken wings, classic nachos or fried chicken with mustard and peanut sauce. But the main thing here is a special atmosphere and mood that cannot be confused with anything.
Sun – Thu from 11:30 to 00:20;
Fri – Sat from 11:30 am to 01:30 am.
Address: Palma Real Shopping Village, Avenida Barcelo 57, Bavaro.
La Dolce Vita Italian Restaurant
The Italian restaurant La Dolce Vita creates the atmosphere of a cozy family cafe that works especially for you. Here guests can taste octopus salad, shrimp cocktail, pasta with fish, meat or vegetables in a variety of variations, seafood ravioli, aromatic vegetable soups, grilled meats and much more. In addition to Italian, the restaurant’s menu includes Caribbean, international and European cuisine.
Opening hours: from 9:00 to 20:00.
Address: Calle Pedro Mir, Alladode la Marinade Guerra, Bavaro.
Tronco Beach is an open-air beach restaurant where you can enjoy a romantic atmosphere and wonderful sea views. The menu is mainly traditional Spanish and Mediterranean cuisine, with many options for fresh seafood. A very well-chosen wine list gives the restaurant a special charm.
Opening hours: from 12:30 to 23:00.
Address: Los Corales, Playa de Los Corales, Bavaro.
The resort area of Bavaro is not deprived of a variety of hotels. Each of them has some flavor to the surprise of the customers. There are luxurious, fashionable examples, and rather democratic options, and countless romantic hotels designed for couples in love, and even stylish designer hotels.
Iberostar Grand Hotel Bavaro *****
Iberostar Grand is an elite five-star hotel with a private beach, beautiful rooms and a luxurious area full of greenery, among which peacocks and flamingos walk. The hotel is more for adults. Due to the romantic atmosphere, couples in love and newlyweds who come on a honeymoon especially like to relax here. The hotel has a magnificent swimming pool, four restaurants with excellent cuisine and a wide selection of seafood delicacies, a golf course, tennis court, fitness room, a wonderful spa and Jacuzzi.
Room rates range from RD $ 17,500 ($ 390) to RD $ 36,850 ($ 822) per night.
Address: Carretera Arena Gorda, Playa Bavaro, Bavaro.
Barcelo Bavaro Palace Deluxe ****
Barcelo Bavaro Palace Deluxe is a great option for families. Comfortable rooms are equipped with air conditioning, minibars, jacuzzi, TV and Internet. On a very large-scale territory, there is its own significant plot of perfectly groomed beach, golf courses, swimming pools, restaurants, shops, casino, tennis court, gym, cocktail bar, spa and even a small church. A nanny works for the children. Concerts, shows and other events are held daily at the hotel. In addition, there are opportunities for water sports and other active entertainment.
Rooms’ fares range from RD $ 10,400 ($ 232) to RD $ 22,900 ($ 511) per night.
Address: Carretera Bavaro, km. 1, Bavaro.
Official website: www.barcelo.com
IFA Villas Bavaro Resort & Spa ***
IFA Villas Bavaro Resort & Spa is a wonderful hotel with its own large beach and a huge common area, where there is a real piece of tropical forest, a palm grove, a small pond, near which you can always meet pink flamingos and other extraordinary representatives of birds. The hotel also features several swimming pools, spa, fitness center, tennis court, restaurants, bar and discotheque. In the evenings, guests gather in the amphitheater to watch the next music show. The friendly, smiling staff speaks several languages. The hotel is perfect for both families with children and young people.
Rooms’ fares range from RD $ 4,880 ($ 109) to RD $ 13,100 ($ 292) per night.
Address: Playas de Bavaro, Bavaro.