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Located on the southern coast of the Dominican Republic. It is worth the short drive from Santo Domingo 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).

Small Hotels / Private Residences

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 taketheir 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.

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.


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.

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Need Help Getting From Santo Domingo To Bayahibe

If you need help getting from the Santo Domingo Airport to Bayahibe, please contact us for pricing and availability. Our reservations department and many of our drivers speak English.

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