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 think about stopping by even if you are not staying nearby. Those visitors who like parts of town the are bustling with activity won't have trouble fitting in at Bavaro Beach.

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.

Unfortunately, you won't find any public restrooms along this coastline, which is something to consider if you're bringing the kids, or plan to spend all day outside.

You should remember that the area right around Bavaro Beach is an urban area, so show up early.

What's Nearby


You'll find this beach on the Dominican Republic's East coast; it's located near attractions like Iberostar Casino, which is a half mile away.

Beaches are a great attraction to visit, but there's plenty else to see during your stay. The following table includes the closest attractions.

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
Barcelo Bavaro Palace Casino Casino 4.6 mi. SE Hispaniola
The Lakes Barcelo Bavaro Golf Course Golf Course 4.8 mi. SE Hispaniola
Catalonia Bavaro Resort Cabeza de Toro Golf Course 8.1 mi. SE Hispaniola

Cities and Towns

Bavaro Beach is in the Friusa area, so you can explore the city as part of your day at the beach. Friusa is the closest city and is a neat region that strikes a balance between island tranquility and urbanization. From the beach, Friusa is a fairly short distance away, about a mile and a half (three kilometers).


Whether this spot is full of bodies or practically empty will depend on many factors, including the capacity of nearby hotels. You can generally expect to encounter quite a few other guests who are staying close by.

Since this beach is situated in a relatively popular tourist destination, it usually isn't very difficult to find a hotel nearby that suits your needs. If you and your group are hoping to get a place that's on or near the ocean, the following table shows the accommodations closest to Bavaro Beach.

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


When you're starving for a midday meal, you'll have some great cuisine to choose from, so there's no need to go too far from the shore. One of the nearest places to eat is El Bodegon Steak House. This restaurant has a menu featuring Spanish cuisine. They are also famous for their steak and tapas. You and your group can get to this restaurant and start eating in just a few minutes as it's only a short distance away.

Nearby restaurant options are included in the following table.

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

There are other beaches on Hispaniola you might like besides Bavaro Beach.

Another location you might enjoy is Macao Beach, which is in a pretty active location. It is located seven and a half miles to the northwest. If you'd rather try a more private, less popular location, Los Corales Beach may be a good choice. You'll find it a brief car or taxi trip away.

Another location you may want to try is Arena Gorda Beach, which is located fairly close-by, so a quick cab ride is an easy option.

The Dominican Republic offers endless ways to discover its natural beauty, and Bavaro Beach is just one of many incredible attractions you can choose from.


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