Located along the eastern coast of the Dominican Republic sits more than 30 miles of golden, sandy beaches that attract travelers 365 days a year. Recognized with a Traveler’s Choice Award as one of the world’s 25 best beaches in 2017, and once named one of the ten best beaches in the world by UNESCO, it’s not just tourists that love Playa Bávaro or Bávaro Beach. Its warm weather, clear waters, and coconut palm-lined streets make it a national treasure. The indigenous flora and fauna flourish, creating a rich natural landscape. The surrounding reefs provide shelter from crashing waves and are home to exotic marine life that can be seen while snorkeling or diving in the turquoise waters.
The tastes of the Dominican Republic
Influenced by the indigenous Taíno and the African and Spanish settlers, Dominican Republic flavors include familiar Caribbean staples with a local twist, such as la bandera, which means flag in Spanish (the rice, beans, and meat allude to the tri-color national flag). Other comfort foods worth trying are bollitos de yuca (fried yucca stuffed with cheese) and los tres golpes or the three hits (mangú or mashed plantains, fried eggs, and salami).
The sights around Bávaro
In the city itself, shops and aquatic adventures abound. Travelers can also take a trip inland to visit one of the Dominican Republic’s many national parks and eco-reserves. Los Haitises National Park, for instance, offers a particularly unique slice of paradise. Home to mangroves and the lush flora that keeps the Dominican Republic’s ecosystem thriving, the park treats travelers to some rare species of birds and other animals that are endemic to the island. On a clear day atop Montaña Redonda, guests can get a bird's-eye-view of the island extending as far as Haiti. A few miles inland from Bávaro is the city of Higuey. Rich in cultural heritage, the city is the home of the Basilica de Nuestra Señora de la Altagracia, the patron saint of Dominicans. Further south is the nation’s capital, Santo Domingo, and within its city limits is the historic Zona Colonial which is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site.
The luxuries of Bávaro
Far enough away from the busier beaches of Punta Cana, Playa Bávaro offers guests a secluded spot that is perfect for a bit of romance or an unforgettable friends’ getaway. Situated on its own stretch of beautiful beachfront, the Iberostar Grand Hotel Bávaro is ideal for a sunset stroll after a day trip to explore all that the Dominican Republic has to offer.
The best time to go
Temperatures average 80 degrees, making the Dominican Republic an inviting option year-round. Like most Caribbean islands, however, it does have a rainy season that lasts from June to November.