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Holidays in Bavaro
Bavaro has the Dominican Republic’s favourite attractions in one resort, from a golden coastline to tropical jungle and 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 on the coast all day and soak up the rays filtering through the coconut palms, or plan exhilarating excursions into the steamy depths of the jungle.
Spring for more comfortable temperatures without skimping on sunshine.
Punta Cana International Airport.
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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.
The world-renowned beaches are Bavaro’s best attractions, earning their reputation with tropical beauty that looks straight off a postcard. Imagine stretching out with a cocktail on soft white sand, enjoying the hot Caribbean sun through a shady palm-leaf parasol. Idyllic and utterly relaxing, the beaches are well stocked with amenities so that you never have to wander far. Laid-back beach shacks run along the waterfront, serving drinks, snacks and souvenirs. If you’re feeling particularly energetic, head down the beach to hire some water sports equipment – you might discover you’re a natural water skier.
Bavaro is an area of staggering natural beauty, and when you can tear yourself away from the beach there are lots of things to do in Bavaro’s great outdoors. The Del Este National Park is just an hour from the resort, a huge expanse of dense, steamy jungle that is protected as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Inviting adventure, the jungle is an exciting place for 4x4 excursions, spotting wildlife and even zip lining. Rare species in the area include Caribbean pelicans, hawksbill turtles and off the coast of the park, bottlenose dolphins and humpback whales.
The region’s near-perfect climate invites all kinds of activities in Bavaro, particularly out on the ocean. The resort is popular for day cruises that include dropping anchor and swimming or snorkelling in the clear water. If you’re on holiday around February, you’ll be in time for whale-watching season, where you can head out to catch a glimpse of humpback whales. Bavaro is a fantastic place for keen golfers, with numerous golf clubs and courses set in beautiful coastal surroundings. The Bavaro Golf Club is a local favourite, with 18 holes and world class facilities.
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
Language: The language spoken in Bavaro is Spanish
Currency: The currency used in Bavaro is the Dominican Peso (RD$)
Local time: Bavaro is 4 hours behind GMT/UK time
Fly to: Punta Cana International Airport
Flight time from UK: Approximately 9 hours
Tourist Information: Further Dominican Republic tourist information can be found at www.godominicanrepublic.com
Visa & Health: Before you travel, visit www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/dominican-republic for recommendations and advice on visas and health for your holiday to Bavaro.
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.
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.
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.