Playa Bavaro

Playa BavaroPlaya Bavaro is the most popular, most developed and most populated beach in the Punta Cana area with tourists, expats and locals all indulging in the plethora of activities and amenities one can only dream of. Here you can stay at five-star all-inclusive resorts or if you prefer to have a more authentic experience, you can find, vacation rentals, hotels, hostels, and public beaches that are boasting with recreational activities and an amazing array of amenities to choose from. While being  one of the most sought after beaches, Playa Bavaro still remains pristine with its palm trees, powder white sand and little nooks where one can carve out some privacy.  Parts of the beach have been awarded Blue Flag status and the offshore reef provides protection. That reef is located just off coast and popular amongst divers and snorkelers. Playa Bavaro is the center of fun in the sun!

Playa BavaroLocation:

Playa Bavaro extends for miles between playas Arena Gorda and Cabeza de Toro.  It is a short twenty-minute drive to the Punta Cana International Airport (PUJ).


Fun, Active and International. Playa Bavaro is clustered with all-inclusive resorts, beach villas, condos, restaurants, bars, souvenir shops and non-stop action including a large assortment of water excursions…and of course you can pamper yourself further with a relaxing massage under a swaying palm!


Popular activities include catamaran trips, two-story party boats, high-speed boats, kite boats, parasailing and even evening trips that include dinner. Touring boats are also available with glass bottoms so you can get an up close view of marine life. The east coast is one of the best spots in the world for deep-sea fishing, diving, snorkeling, kite boarding, windsurfing and surfing. You can also take banana boat trips, kayaking, sailing trips or simply stroll along the white soft coral sand.

SNUBA ® anyone? Check out the newest technology between snorkeling and scuba diving where you don’t need a diving license- very cool!

Crowd Factor:

Medium to heavy depending on time of year but the beach is so expansive there is plenty of room to spread out!


Playa Bavaro is open to the public and easily accessible through many side streets even though the area is well assigned to all-inclusive resorts. Bring a towel and spread out on the sand or hang out at any of the cool restaurants and bars that provide chaise lounges for their clients.

Playa Bavaro

To be noted:

The town of Bavaro, no longer known as a simple fishing village, is one of the fastest growing towns in the Dominican Republic complete with hospitals, shopping malls, supermercados, hundreds of restaurants and comida rapida (fast food Dominican style), spas, banks, pharmacies, all-inclusive resorts, vacation condos and villa rentals, hotels and hostels. It’s easy to get around to the different attractions and restaurants, with plenty of taxis, motor conchos (scooter taxis) and buses nearby.  Most of the vacation rentals and hotels are a skip and a jump from the beach.  Rental cars are not necessary unless you want to be adventurous and explore…which is highly recommended, as there is so much to see! There are three popular neighborhood beaches along the Bavaro coast: El Cortecito, Los Corales and Bibijagua. Here you can find many beautiful vacation rentals, condos, hotels and hostels.


There are hundreds of accommodations in the Bavaro area.  These are just some highlights to get started!

Vacation Rentals

Villas, Condos, Apartments use: – a local property manager

Hotels & Hostels – in the heart of Bavaro very short walking distance to the beach
Bavaro Hostal  809-931-6767
NH Punta Cana Hotel 809-285-6500
El Cortecito Inn  809-552-0639
Hotel Merengue 809-552-9992
Whala! Hotel 809-688-1612

All-Inclusive Resorts
Punta Cana Princess   809-687-5000
Caribe Club Princess   809-687-7788
Paradisus Punta Cana  809-687-9923
Bavaro Princess   809-221-2311
Occidental Grand Flamenco   809-2218787
Grand Palladium  809-221-8149
Hotel Vista Sol Punta Cana  809-221-2728
Barcelo Dominican Beach  809-221-0714
Now Larimar/Secrets Royal Beach 809-221-4646
Paradisus Palma Real  809-688-5000
Melia Caribe Tropical  809-221-1290
IFA Villas Bavaro Resort and Spa  809-221-8555
Barcelo Bavaro Beach 809-686-5797
Bavaro Palace Delux  809-686-5797