Welcome to Bayahibe & Dominicus Americanus
Bayahibe, 22km east of La Romana, was originally founded by fishermen from Puerto Rico in the 19th century. Today it’s a tranquil beach village caught in a schizophrenic power play. In the morning it’s the proverbial tourist gateway, when busloads of tourists from resorts further east hop into boats bound for Isla Saona. Once this morning rush hour is over it turns back into a sleepy village. There’s another buzz of activity when the resort tourists return, and then after sunset another transformation. What sets Bayahibe apart is that it manages to maintain its character despite the continued encroachment of big tourism (and the arrival of paved roads, which now canvas the entire village).
A short drive from Bayahibe is Dominicus Americanus, an upscale Potemkin village centered on a terrific public beach with resorts, hotels, several shops and services, and a large Italian presence.