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 dropping by even if you aren't staying in the vicinity. If you prefer to escape the buzz of the city, it's good to know that the Dominican Republic has plenty of secluded beaches. Of course, some vacationers come to the Dominican Republic looking for activity, and are better off visiting Bavaro Beach, one of the few beaches that draws a significant crowd.

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, so those of you traveling with small children may want to consider another spot.

Since Bavaro Beach is of course found inside a popular area that can get crowded, you might need to hunt to get a spot!

What's Nearby


The beach is wonderful, but the surrounding area has a lot to offer, too. Look for it on the East coast of Hispaniola. It's located near Iberostar Casino, which is not very far away, so visitors have the option to walk or to take a cab, and it is one of the attractions in the area.

Being able to choose from some activities besides the beach will ensure you won't run low on things to do. The attractions nearest to this beach are listed in the following table.

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

Nearby, you'll find the town of Friusa, which is a region with interesting things to do, yet is never overly congested. From the beach, Friusa isn't far off, about a mile and a half (three kilometers).


The mood here——social and lively, or virtually empty—— will depend on if you visit during a popular season, which is often indicated by how busy the hotels are. At this beach, you can expect to share the sand with more than a few vacationers who are staying in the area.

Guests hoping to find a place to stay close to Bavaro Beach won't find it that tough, as there is no shortage of resorts and hotels to pick from in the area. You can find the closest and most convenient hotel booking options by looking over what's shown 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


A hot day at the beach will have you craving more than just a cocktail; no beach day is complete until you walk to an area restaurant, where you can get a taste of the local fare, without having to go far. One of the nearest places to eat is El Bodegon Steak House. This restaurant serves delicious Spanish food. Many guests rave about their steak and tapas. You'll have the option of walking or taking a cab since it's just a short distance away.

A few nearby dining 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

Travelers in search of the perfect beach on Hispaniola will have lots of options besides Bavaro Beach.

You may also want to try Macao Beach, which is home to plenty of activity. It is located seven and a half miles to the northwest. If you were hoping to find a tranquil beach scene with few crowds, consider Los Corales Beach. You'll find it a brief car or taxi trip away.

Another option worth considering is Arena Gorda Beach, located six and a half miles to the northwest.

There are countless experiences to enjoy in the Dominican Republic, and dropping by Bavaro Beach is just one way to appreciate a pretty afternoon.


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