Bavaro holidays

Bavaro has the Dominican Republic’s favourite attractions in one resort, from a golden coastline and tropical jungle, to thriving nightlife full of Caribbean flavour. Stay moments from the beach and be by the sea every morning of your holiday, feeling the warm sand between your toes. Relax by the water all day and soak up the sun filtering through the coconut palms, or plan exhilarating excursions into the depths of the jungle. 

Things to do

Release your inner explorer and plan a guided tour or jeep excursion of the lush, green national park and jungle on Bavaro’s doorstep. The morning is the best time to be in the jungle, before the tropical heat rises at midday. Next, bag yourself a shady beach hut right by the water and make the most of the sunshine, before wandering up the beach to find a local restaurant for some tasty fresh seafood. The nightlife here starts late, and you can keep it low-key with a cold beer on the beach or at a live music bar.

Excellent beaches

The beach is Bavaro’s most talked about attraction and arguably the best beach on the whole island. The powdery, white sand is adorned with tropical palm trees that look like it’s straight off a postcard. The peaceful setting is made even more comfortable with sun loungers and straw parasols for you to relax under and with beachside bars and cafés; a delicious cocktail is never too far away. Lay back and take in the spectacular views of the glistening, crystal clear sea. Nearby there’s also the opportunity to enjoy a variety of water sports, from jet skiing, paragliding, windsurfing and snorkelling.

History and culture

Famous explorer, Christopher Columbus, first discovered the Dominican Republic in 1492, which now shares the island of Hispaniola with neighbouring Haiti. Bavaro was originally designed to be a home for the large amount of tourist employees that worked in Punta Cana, but the pristine, sandy shores couldn’t be kept secret for long as hotels were soon built. Holidaymakers soon began to flock to the serene setting to experience the laid back island life.

Vibrant nightlife

The upbeat resort of Bavaro has both a laid back atmosphere and a choice of entertaining nightlife for you to experience. Enjoy a delicious meal and sip on a fruity cocktail or cold beer in one of the beachside bars and take in the stunning views of the sunset. The nightlife on the island typically starts later than expected, but the bars and clubs open until the early hours. Enjoy a live band in one of the popular music bars and dance until the sun comes up.

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Beach lovers: Experience the country’s signature white-sand beaches and easy-going attitude on Bavaro beach.

Adventurers: Go whale-watching, take a jeep through the jungle or zip line among the exotic birds in the national park.

Couples: Spend peaceful days by the sea and warm evenings gazing at the sunset over a romantic meal.

Fast facts for Bavaro

Language: The language spoken in Bavaro is Spanish.

Currency: The currency used in Bavaro is the Dominican Peso (RD$).

Local time: Bavaro is 5 hours behind GMT/UK time.

Fly to: Punta Cana International Airport. Bavaro is around 40 minutes away.

Flight time from UK: The flight time to Bavaro is 9 hours.

Tourist Information: Further Dominican Republic tourist information can be found at www.godominicanrepublic.com.

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Getting around Bavaro

By bus: The Bavaro Express is a regular and affordable bus service operating around the town. It’s an easy way to get to the beach, attractions or even to nearby resorts like Punta Cana.

By taxi: Taxis are readily available at hotels and at the airport. They will often have a fixed price to the airport or particular resorts, so be sure to ask upfront.

By hire car: If you’re planning excursions or just like the freedom of travelling on your own terms, hire a car from one of the multiple companies at the airport.

Events in Bavaro

Clubbing on the beach: In July, Bavaro plays host to the Caribbean Beats Festival, a dance and music event sponsored by the Ministry of Tourism that includes live bands and dancing on the beach.

Independence Day: In February, the Dominican Republic celebrates Independence Day, a national holiday and one of the biggest events in its calendar. Often celebrated as part of Carnival, expect parades, live performances and beautiful costumes.

The main event: Carnival is always the biggest party in town, and the nearby resort of Punta Cana celebrates in style. Well worth a little day trip, the parade will feature the biggest and wildest parades, loudest music and most colourful costumes.

Bavaro weather

Temperature: High 20s to 30s (°C) between July and September.

Best time to visit: Spring, for more comfortable temperatures without skimping on sunshine.

The weather in Bavaro is typical of the Dominican Republic’s tropical climate, with long hours of sunshine, dry summer and mild winters.

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