South and eastern regions of the Dominican Republic!
Punta Cana and Bavaro
In contrast to the beaches on the Dominican Republic north coast the ones along the east coast, around Punta Cana and Bavaro, are beautifully white and well groomed and the water is classic Caribbean turquoise blue and clear. There is virtually no run off from rivers in this region.
These beaches are lined with tall palms, and stretch for mile after mile. Numerous, all-inclusive resorts in this area are like small, self-contained cities. The resort offerings include swimming pools and water-sports activities, different restaurant and nightlife options (including casinos), golf courses, spas, tropical gardens and even mini-zoos. All resorts are far from most of local communities, so it requires extra effort, leaving the cocoon of ‘resort safety’ to make it a more active or cultural experience and try to get to know the country and its people. Most visitors to the “East Cape” fly directly into Punta Cana Airport, due to it’s is remoteness. It is quite a drive from most of the country’s other international airports.
Bayahibe Village, Bayahibe Resort Town
Bayahibe is located just east of Casa de Campo, it is the next (south west) tourist destination to Punta Cana/ Bavaro. You can reach it by a 2 hour drive via the provincial city of Higüey. The town itself is more or less a small fishing village surrounded by large vacation resorts. Bayahibe provides one of the entrances to the ‘Parque Nacional del Este’ and Isla Soana. It is also where you can hire a boat for a ride over to Saona Island, a 25 by 5 km sized island. This picturesque island is a popular excursion destination due to its beautiful white sand beach, tall coconut palms and great snorkeling, with occasional sightings of manatees and Bottlenose Dolphins.
Destination Wedding/ Photography
Punta Cana/ Bavaro and Bayahibe have become two of the Caribbeans favored destination weddings locations. I used to cover wedding photography here as well as on the north coast.