Bavaro Beach

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Bavaro Beach is one of six Punta Cana beaches, which are known as some of the best in the world. As such, the beaches are almost always crowded with tourists trying to catch a glimpse of the beautiful scenery, and dip their toes in the cool clear waters. This is especially true of Bavaro Beach, because most of the resorts in the area cluster around this stretch of sand.

Positioned in the vicinity of Punta Cana, Bavaro Beach is on the East edge of Hispaniola. You should consider dropping by even if you aren't staying very close. Bavaro Beach is the kind of hot spot where people go to be among the interesting crowds and sights, and there is plenty of beach action to keep them busy - it's among one of the busiest beaches in the region.

How to Access The Beach
You can reach Bavaro by following Avenue Estados Unidos to the shore.

Amenities and Ambiance

On the surface it appears that Bavaro enjoys powder white soft sand and aquamarine waters. While the water color is indeed a beautiful blue, the shore is actually made of crush coral reef that washes ashore with each wave. That reef is located just off coast and popular amongst divers and snorkelers.

Keep in mind that restrooms won't be found on-site, but you may be able to find facilities at a nearby business.

Since Bavaro Beach can be located inside an active, busy area, you might need to hunt to get a spot!

What's Nearby


Beachgoers will find Bavaro Beach on the Dominican Republic's East coast; it will be near other attractions like Iberostar Bavaro Golf Club, which is one of the most conveniently accessible attractions.

Beaches are one type of attraction you can visit, but there's plenty else to see during your stay. The following table contains attractions that are the closest.

Activities and Attractions Near Bavaro Beach
Attraction Type Distance Direction Island
Iberostar Bavaro Golf Club Golf Course 0.8 mi. WSW Hispaniola
Casino Riu Palace Macao Casino 0.8 mi. NW Hispaniola
Paradisus Punta Cana Casino Casino 0.9 mi. SSE Hispaniola
Punta Blanca Golf Course Golf Course 1.3 mi. W Hispaniola
Hard Rock Golf Club at Cana Bay Golf Course 2.5 mi. WNW Hispaniola
Hard Rock Casino Punta Cana Casino 2.8 mi. NW Hispaniola
Cocotal Golf and Country Club Golf Course 3.2 mi. SSE Hispaniola
Barcelo Bavaro Palace Casino Casino 4.6 mi. SE Hispaniola
The Lakes Barcelo Bavaro Golf Course Golf Course 4.8 mi. SE Hispaniola
Dolphin Discovery Zoo 6.3 mi. SE Hispaniola
Catalonia Bavaro Resort Cabeza de Toro Golf Course 8.1 mi. SE Hispaniola
Catalonia Bavaro Casino Casino 8.2 mi. SE Hispaniola

Cities and Towns

The closest town is Friusa, which is in an area with interesting things to do and see, but isn't as sprawling and crowded as some other areas. From the beach, Friusa is a quick trip away, roughly a mile and a half (three kilometers).


Whether or not you encounter a lot of other visitors will vary depending on the time of day, particularly in the high season when hotels overflow with tourists. You can generally expect to encounter quite a few travelers staying at the closest accommodations.

Beach-goers hoping to find a hotel room not far from Bavaro Beach should find themselves in luck, as there are plenty of accommodations to choose from close-by. You can find the closest, most convenient hotel booking options by looking over those shown in the table that follows.

Accommodations near Bavaro Beach
Hotel Distance Direction Type
Iberostar Bavaro 0.3 mi. W Resort
Ocean Blue Golf and Beach Resort All-inclusive 0.3 mi. S Hotel
Vik Hotel Arena Blanca All Inclusive 0.3 mi. SE Hotel
Vik Hotel Cayena Beach 0.4 mi. SE Hotel
Iberostar Punta Cana 0.5 mi. NW Resort
Iberostar Dominicana Hotel 0.5 mi. NW Resort
Punta Cana Princess All Suites Resort And Spa 0.5 mi. SSE Resort
Tropical Princess Beach Resort and Spa All Inclusive 0.6 mi. S Resort
Hotel Riu Taino 0.7 mi. NW Resort
Riu Naiboa 0.7 mi. WNW Hotel


If during your visit you start getting hungry, the area around this beach has plenty to offer, so there's no need to go too far from the shore. One of the closest restaurants is El Bodegon Steak House. The restaurant serves delicious Spanish food. They're perhaps most famous, though, for their steak and tapas. You and your group can get to this restaurant and start eating in just a few minutes since it's just a short distance away.

Some nearby restaurant options are listed below.

Restaurants near Bavaro Beach
Restaurant Name Phone Cuisine Style Distance Direction
El Bodegon Steak House (888) 531-8927 Spanish Fine Dining 0.3 mi. S
Mike's Coffee And Tea -- -- -- 0.3 mi. S
Poseidón Restaurant & Beach Club (809) 552-6002 Caribbean Very Casual 0.6 mi. NW
Aqua (809) 687-9923 Italian Informal 0.9 mi. SSE
Bana (809) 687-9923 Asian Fusion Informal 0.9 mi. SSE
Fuego (809) 687-9923 Latin American Fine Dining 0.9 mi. SSE
Gabi Beach (809) 687-9923 American Very Casual 0.9 mi. SSE
La Palapa (809) 687-9923 Contemporary Fine Dining 0.9 mi. SSE
Mole (809) 687-9923 Mexican Informal 0.9 mi. SSE
Naos (809) 687-9923 International Very Casual 0.9 mi. SSE
Passion by Martin Berasategui (809) 687-9923 Spanish Fine Dining 0.9 mi. SSE
The Grill Paradisus (809) 687-9923 Argentenian Informal 0.9 mi. SSE

Other Beaches

Vacationers in search of the perfect beach will have other options if Bavaro Beach doesn't suit their tastes.

If the active mood at Bavaro Beach is one of the features you love, consider also visiting Macao Beach, a spot with the same type of electricity. It is located seven and a half miles to the northwest. If it's solitude and tranquility you're seeking, Los Corales Beach is a beach which doesn't host as many visitors. It is located a quick car or cab ride away.

Travelers may also want to consider Arena Gorda Beach, which is located fairly close-by, which means a short ride in a taxi is a solid choice.

Bavaro Beach could be the ideal stretch of sand, but it is possible that it may not be the best choice for your family; in which case you should keep looking for a beach or natural attraction that suits your vacation style.


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