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Located on the southern coast of the Dominican Republic. It is worth the short drive from Santo Domingo Airport to Bayahibe to enjoy this beautiful quaint small Caribbean town.


From the Santo Domingo Airport to Bayahibe

From the Santo Domingo Airport to Bayahibe takes about 1 ½ hours. Bayahibe is a small town in the province of La Romana. It is on the Caribbean side of the island located on the south-eastern portion of the Dominican Republic.

The Santo Domingo Airport is not the closest airport, but most of the time the flights from this airport are less expensive and you have a greater choice of flights/carriers when arriving at the Santo Domingo Airport making this airport the preferred for Bayahibe.

History of Bayahibe

It was a small quant fishing town that was founded in 1874 and now transformed into a one of the best vacation destinations in the Caribbean.

Places To Stay In Bayahibe

There are two main sections to Bayahibe – Dominicus and Los Melones. On the Dominicus side you will find the all-inclusive resorts and on the Los Melones side you will find private residences (houses, condos, etc.) and small hotels.

All-Inclusive Resorts

All-inclusive resorts offer a great value for the money and allow you to have a stress-free vacation. Once you enter an all-inclusive resort, all your drinks and food have already been paid for. Leave your wallet in the room safe and seek out a bar on the beach or by the pool to enjoy one of Dominican Republic’s famous rum drinks or to enjoy our country’s most popular beer (Presidente).

With multiple pools, restaurants, bars, and beach accesses an all-inclusive can be a great decision for just about anyone (families, groups, friends or couples).

If you’re going from Santo Domingo Airport to Bayahibe or any other destination, then Santo Domingo Taxi is the best car service for you.

Slide This resort has something for everyone whether you are a couple on a romantic getaway or a family with children. Multiple pools, a casino, a spa, both a kid& teen club, nearby scuba diving and golf are sure to keep everyone busy.

There are French, Asian, seafood, Mediterranean, Dominican and Italian-style restaurants, a steakhouse, a pizzeria, a buffet, a beach side grill, a café, numerous bars for both kids and adult beverages (swim-up bar, beach bar, lobby bar, sports bar and a lounge) at this resort -making it one of the best locations for food and drink selections on the island.

Hilton La Romana

Slide With several restaurants to choose from, 5 swimming pools (some are salt water pools), a poolside bar,
a fantastic beach and all for an affordable price, this can make a great choice for those looking stretch vacation money.

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Slide Located on Playa Dominicus this upscale resort has something for you no matter if you are a couple on a romantic getaway or a family. The resort has 6 restaurants(buffet, Mexican, Mediterranean, international, pizzeria, fusion) and several bars located throughout the property. You can also find a spa, activities for kids, tennis, snorkeling, scuba diving, sailing,volleyball, and windsurfing.

Viva Wyndham Dominicus Beach

Slide On Playa Dominicus you can experience a Caribbean vacation the way it was meant to be – with a pool bar, beach-side bars, 5 restaurants (Dominican, Italian, Asian, international, and fusion), water activities (sailing, scuba diving, windsurfing, etc.), and many tours and excursions close by. You won’t be disappointed.

Viva Wyndham Dominicus Palace

Slide Directly on the beach Playa Dominicus this 5-star resort will live up to your Caribbean vacation dreams. You won’t be disappointed with its spectacular beaches, their own coral reef nursery, 5 restaurants (buffet, international, Japanese, Mexican, and steakhouse), spa, children’s area, and numerous water activities (pools, snorkeling, scuba diving, kayaking, windsurfing and catamarans).

Iberostar Hacienda Dominicus

Slide An ideal beachfront resort that will offer you all the amenities you are looking for on your Dominican vacation. With 4 pools to lounge around, a pristine beach, local excursions, water activities, a spas, 10 dining experiences (French, Asian, Italian, international, sushi, a buffet, a pizzeria, beach-side grill, café), a pool swim-up bar and a beach bar. This luxurious resort has it all for you.

Dreams Dominicus

Slide Located next the nature reserve, Del Este National Park, and on the beach of Playa Dominicus, this resort will provide you the Caribbean vacation of your dreams. With their array of restaurants (buffet, Dominican, Asian, Mexican, Brazilian, seafood, and a pizzeria) to their pool swim-up bars, and the Caribbean Ocean as your backyard, you will enjoy your time in the luxury this hotel will afford you.

Be Live Canoa

Slide This adults-only 5-star resort will allow you to relax and enjoy your Caribbean vacation with its elegant pool, incredible beach, dining options (Mediterranean, Peruvian, Southeast Asian, Italian, and buffet), world class spa, beach bars and swim-up bars. Activities such as golfing, local excursions, scuba diving, and sailing are all just a few minutes away.

Catalonia Royal La Romana

Small Hotels / Private Residences

When you go from Santo Domingo Airport to Bayahibe, you’ll find plenty of hotels to stay. Staying in one of the local hotels or a private residence will allow you a greater opportunity to enjoy the local flavor. Most of these small hotels and residences can be found in the Los Melones part of Bayahibe.

This area has a very nice mix of houses, apartments, hotels, restaurants and bars. There is a lot to do on this quant side of Bayahibe and it is also considered a very safe area.

Los Melones is on the Bay of Bayahibe and in the morning you will see all the boat captains preparing their vessels to take their passengers out for the day – either to Isla Saona, Isla Catalina, scuba diving, fishing, or just for a tour of the Caribbean. The beach Playa Bayahibe is a just a 5-minute walk from most anywhere in town.

Slide Located about one block back from the Caribbean and in the center of Los Melones you will find a clean and affordable hotel with a very nice staff. The owner of this hotel also owns the restaurant Dona Clara overlooking the water. Many times, the hotel has package deals including a meal at its restaurant. This location is close to everything food, drink and the beach.

Hotel Bayahibe

Slide A boutique-sized hotel that also has several apartments to rent as well. The property is very well maintained, and both the owners and the employees are very hospitable. Located in the center of Los Melones, it is next to restaurants, bars, beaches and whatever else you may need.

Bayahibe Guesthouse

Slide There are numerous private residences you can rent on sites such as AirBnB, etc. that are worth researching before you visit Bayahibe-most are very affordable. There is even a sailboat you can rent and sleep on should you desire.

Private Residences

Reasons To Visit Bayahibe

Bayahibe is one of the best destinations in the Caribbean as it offers the traveler a lot while still being affordable. You have your choice of either staying in a private residence, a small hotel or one of the larger all-inclusive resorts.

There are many restaurants and bars to pick from, multiple public beaches, as well as great diving and daily excursions to an uninhabited island (Isla Saona) just off the coast. It is easy to get to from the largest airport in the county – the Santo Domingo Airport.

Things To Do And See

Many of the things to do and see can be arranged by a local tour company. If you are staying in a resort, representatives there can help you arrange these excursions, and, if you are staying in a small hotel, private residence or just want to arrange this before you arrive you can simply do a Google search for things to do in Bayahibe.

If interested in a tour of the first city of the New World (Santo Domingo) we suggest you contact us -as we have an exceptional tour.

Divers will find spectacular coral formations and three shipwrecks – the Atlantic Princess, St George and Coco.

Some of the clearest waters on the island, lots of coral, and shipwrecks make it a great opportunity for either your first-time dive or for those experienced divers -another dive to add to your memories.

Nature enthusiast will find lagoons, flowers, vegetation and wildlife, including a variety of birds in this park. There are caves that the original inhabitants of this island (Tainos) used to live in.

Manantial de La Aleta Cave and Jose Maria Cave, among other caves, still have archaeological remnants from when the Tainos called these caves home. Walk down the rugged trails filled with tropical vegetation and wildlife until the trails dead ends at the white sandy beaches of Bayahibe.

There are two main public beaches -Playa Dominicus and Playa Bayahibe- where you can rent a lounge chair for the day for just a few dollars, or you can just bring a towel and relax on the soft white-sand of the beach.

There will always be a restaurant/bar close by for you to take a break from the Caribbean sun.

One of the best ways to experience the Caribbean is to be on it. You can go fishing, take a boat to out to one of the uninhabited islands, or just take a tour on the Caribbean.

Isla Saona exursion from Bayahibe

Probably the #1 excursion for visitors of Bayahibe and the #2 excursion for the southern side of the Island. Board a small boat out to the large catamaran waiting for you on the Caribbean, sail around the Caribbean while enjoying your favorite rum drink and listening to Dominican music.

You will sail along where the Caribbean meets the Atlantic and then over to the Park of the East where you will find a natural swimming hole in the Caribbean. You will you debark to swim and while there you will see starfish, various birds and fish.

Then onto the uninhabited island of Isla Saona where you debark once more, enjoy the white sand beaches, the clear blue water and enjoy a freshly prepared lunch. At the end of this excursion you will be brought to the main land on speedboat. This excursion packages together some of the best the Dominican Republic has to offer: incredible natural beauty, great food & drink, the Caribbean, music, rum, beer and an all-around great time. This excursion is highly recommended by the author. Contact us for more info

A short drive along the coast will take you to the Colonial Zone and once there you will be transformed back to 1500’s as you walk down the streets in the first city in the new world. Explore the buildings, streets and architecture from the time of Christopher Columbus.

This world heritage site is a must see and is one of the most popular tours on the whole island. This excursion is highly recommended by the author. Contact us for more info

You can find places to rent paddleboards, kayaks, snorkeling gear, windsurfing, small sailboats, fishing gear, etc.

Restaurants and Bars in Bayahibe

There will be plenty of local bars and restaurants for you to pick from that will be either a short walk or a short taxi ride from the beach, your hotel or your private residence.


Captain Kidd

Downtown Bayahibe in Los Melones and directly overlooking the water this restaurant starts out inside and sprawls all the way to the beach.
Enjoy fresh seafood, fish and various other plates while taking in a calming breeze, a view of the Caribbean with romantic Caribbean music in the background. Good assortment of wine and spirits.

Restaurante Dona Clara

This restaurant has a simple layout which helps accentuate the views of the bay of Bayahibe. Along with the fantastic views you can indulge in fresh-caught seafood, fish, various meat dishes, and wash it all down with a cold beer, glass of wine, or various spirits.

El Patio Lounge Bar

Located on the main road in Los Melones Bayahibe this restaurant overlooks the Caribbean Ocean and is known for its fresh seafood dishes -paella, lobster, fish along with assortments of wines and spirits.

Mare Nuestro

Known best for its lobster this restaurant has a varied menu of Italian and seafood plates that are sure to please your pallet. Overlooking the Caribbean it has exceptional views and a good selection of wine and spirits to accompany your meal.

Bar Playa Barco

On the edge of Los Melones, but still only a 4-minute walk from most anywhere in Los Melones, is the bar Playa Barco owned by an Italian couple. It is great place to sit with a nice cold beer and watch the boats pull in and out.

Las Palmas

Located on the Beach Playa Dominicus this is a great location to enjoy a lunch or nice dinner while the sun is setting. The menu mainly consists of seafood and fish, but has a few other selections as well. Known for both lobster and whole fish this is a fun little restaurant on the beach with great service, cool breezes, cold beers and an assortment of wines and spirits.

Saona Café

In the heart of Los Melones this restaurant, café and bar has patrons from morning to night, but it is most popular at the end of the day as people start to gather here to listen to music, have a few drinks and wind down from there activities of the day.

On the beaches

Both beaches -Playa Dominicus and Playa Bayahibe have bars and restaurants lining the beach edge. Both are excellent places to pass the day as you are enjoying the sun, the beach, and the water. They have wait staff on the beach to bring your food and drink to you or you can walk to the edge of the beach and sit in their establishments. Many of these places also rent umbrellas, chairs, loungers, etc. for the day or allow you to use them for free if you are eating and drinking in their establishment


Questions & Answers

Facts about transportation from Santo Domingo to Bayahibe

What is the distance from the Santo Domingo Airport to Bayahibe?

The distance from the Santo Domingo Airport to Bayahibe is about 120 kms or 74 miles.

How long does it take to get from the Santo Domingo Airport to Bayahibe?

To get from the Santo Domingo Airport to Bayahibe will take about 1 ½ hours.

What is the distance from Santo Domingo to Bayahibe?

The distance from Santo Domingo to Bayahibe is about 140 kms or 86 miles.

How long does it take to get from Santo Domingo to Bayahibe?

To get from Santo Domingo to Bayahibe will take about 1 ¾ hours.

Note: Santo Domingo is large metropolitan area of 3 million people. Travel times can vary greatly based on traffic.

Can I take A Bus from Santo Domingo To Bayahibe?

The short answer is Yes, but the long answer is you don’t want to.

For comparison: A private transfer from Santo Domingo to Bayahibe will take from 1 ½ to 1 ¾ hours. I took the bus from Santo Domingo to Bayahibe to see if it was worth it, and I found it to be anything but worth it. The bus will stop many, many times along the side of the road to drop off and pick up passengers whenever/wherever a passenger wants. This will add a lot of time to your transfer. The seats are cramped, there is no room luggage and my bus didn’t have air conditioning. Many of the buses had air conditioning, but unfortunately, they were full of locals. So, after several passed by, I gave up on air conditioning and took the next bus that had an open seat.

About an hour into our trip in San Pedro de Macoris many of the locals had disembarked and the bus only had a few people on it. The driver decided to wait there till the next bus came and asked us all to get onto that bus (to obviously save on fuel). This bus will drop you off at the La Romana bus terminal. I then had to switch busses (2 more times). The next bus was a small bus that drove from the bus terminal on the outskirts of the town to the center of La Romana, dropping off the people (no charge for this bus). I was told to get off at the park in the center of town and walk 5 blocks to a parking lot where an even smaller bus (shuttle bus) would take me to Bayahibe.

Bayahibe is divided into two parts – Los Melones and Dominicus. The bus will drop you off at Los Melones. You are then in walking distance to any hotel or private rental you may have booked, but, if you are staying at one of the resorts, you will need to catch a taxi to your resort.

If you really want to experience local transportation in lieu of being at the beach and/or you really want to save money, then maybe this transfer is for you, but for the rest of visitors I advise against this 4 ½ hour form of transportation with 3 scheduled transfers (for me it was 4).

What Our Clients Are Saying

Male Testimonial

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My sister and I used Santo Domingo Taxi service for a transfer from the Santo Domingo AIrport to Bayahibe Beach and back.
We booked in advance and have only good things to say about the service. The taxi was waiting for us, the driver was nice and we got to and from the resort in good time.

Thank you Ken and Santo Domingo Taxi!


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Ken and Angel were amazing! I always felt safe and they were always on time.
I feel that they both went out of their way to make sure I had a great time in DR.

I would fully recommend them to everyone!


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We used this service from Santo Domingo Airport to Bayahibe. Excellent communication throughout booking. The driver was nice and right on time. They have English and Spanish speaking drivers. We speak some Spanish, but the owner called during our drive just to check in. I definitely would recommend to family and friends.


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