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 coast of Hispaniola. You should consider stopping by whether or not you're staying particularly close by. The beaches found throughout the Dominican Republic are usually fairly quiet, but Bavaro Beach is decidedly different.

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.

Please note that public restrooms are not available, so those of you traveling with small children may want to consider another spot.

Remember to take into account that the immediate vicinity around Bavaro Beach is a popular spot, so factor that into your plans.

What's Nearby


Visitors will find this beach on the Dominican Republic's East coast; this area boasts other attractions such as Iberostar Casino, which is a half mile to the northwest.

If your taste for travel keeps you looking for new activity and attraction options, the following table shows the closest options.

Activities and Attractions Near Bavaro Beach
Attraction Type Distance Direction Island
Iberostar Casino Casino 0.5 mi. NW Hispaniola
Iberostate 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
Casino Palma Real Casino 3.6 mi. SE Hispaniola
Manati Park Amusement/Theme Park 4.6 mi. S Hispaniola
Barcelo Bavaro Palace Casino Casino 4.6 mi. SE Hispaniola
The Lakes Barcelo Bavaro Golf Course Golf Course 4.8 mi. SE Hispaniola

Cities and Towns

Nearby, you'll find the town of Friusa, which is an interesting area that brings together the quietude of the Caribbean and the urbanization of city life. From Bavaro Beach, Friusa isn't far off, maybe a mile and a half (three kilometers).


The popularity of this spot on any given day can vary, depending on time of day, season, and how many hotel rooms have been booked nearby. At this beach, you can expect to see a fair amount of travelers staying at the closest accommodations.

Travelers hoping to find a place to stay not far from Bavaro Beach won't find it very difficult, as there is no shortage of hotels to pick from in the area. You can find the closest hotel booking options by looking over what's listed below.

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, this beach has many nearby restaurants, and you won't have to look too far from the shore. One of the closest places to eat is El Bodegon Steak House. This restaurant offers a menu of Spanish food. Many guests rave about their steak and tapas. Some guests will choose to take a cab here, while others will want to walk as it's only a short distance away.

The table below provides a list of nearby restaurants.

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

Travelers searching for the perfect beach on Hispaniola will have lots of options besides Bavaro Beach.

You may also want to try Macao Beach, a popular beach beloved by tourists. You'll find it seven and a half miles to the northwest. If you're looking for a more secluded beach experience, Los Corales Beach could be a good option for you. You'll find it a short taxi ride away.

Vacationers may also want to visit Arena Gorda Beach, located fairly close-by, so a quick cab ride is a solid choice.

The Dominican Republic has a lot to offer its visitors, but Bavaro Beach is both a refreshing place to relax, and a beautiful natural attraction.


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