Playa Bayahibe

Punta Cana & the Southeast

Much of Playa Bayahibe, the town beach to the right of the parking lot, is occupied by dozens of motorboats waiting to ferry tourists to Isla Saona. Beyond there is a relatively narrow stretch of sand with calm and shallow water good for bathing and lined with shacks selling cheap tourist paraphernalia and several open-air casual restaurants. Further along is the all-inclusive Hilton La Romana; the beach here is restricted to guests of the resort.

Lonely Planet's must-see attractions

Nearby Punta Cana & the Southeast attractions

1. Padre Nuestro


Located deep inside Parque Nacional Cotubanamá, Padre Nuestro is a weaving stalagmite- and stalagtite-filled 290m tunnel flooded with freshwater that can…

2. Playa Dominicus

1.96 MILES

The advantage of staying in Dominicus Americanus is being able to walk to Playa Dominicus, a beautiful stretch of thick, nearly white sand, with good…

3. Cueva del Puente

3.45 MILES

Parque Nacional Cotubanamá has more than 400 caves, many of which contain Taíno pictographs (cave paintings) and petroglyphs (rock carvings)…

4. Altos de Chavón

4.79 MILES

While a trip to a faux-16th-century Italian-Spanish village created by a Paramount movie-set designer won’t exactly give you a window into Dominican…

5. Parque Nacional Cotubanamá

4.88 MILES

Much more than simply Isla Saona, which is all that most people see on a group tour, the Parque Nacional Cotubanamá (formerly known as Parque Nacional del…

6. El Obelisco

8.82 MILES

Modeled after the George Washington monument in Washington, DC, this obelisk is a much smaller version in central La Romana, with contemporary and…

7. Isla Catalina


In the 15th century, pirates including Francis Drake would lurk around Isla Catalina, waiting to pounce on Spanish ships sailing to and from Santo Domingo…

8. Casa Ponce de León

11.7 MILES

Just east of the two-lane highway linking Higüey to Boca de Yuma, outside the small town of San Rafael del Yuma, is a fine rural Dominican town surrounded…