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Bavaro Beach (Playa Bavaro)
Bavaro Beach (Playa Bavaro)

Bavaro Beach (Playa Bavaro)

Plaza Bavaro, Punta Cana, 23000

The Basics

The roughly seven-mile (14-kilometer) stretch of Bavaro Beach offers much more than just sunbathing and sipping piña coladas—although these are excellent options. Take advantage of Bavaro’s popularity and ease of access by sailing the day away on a catamaran tour or booze cruise, snorkeling at offshore coral reefs, or parasailing or windsurfing over the crystal-clear water. Those looking to stay dry can opt for a dune buggy adventure along the Atlantic and Caribbean coasts, play a few rounds at a beachfront golf course, or take in the views from a helicopter tour over the Dominican Republic’s southeastern tip. Nearby attractions such as Macao Beach and Catalina Island make for easy and popular day tours from Bavaro as well.

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Recent reviews from experiences in Punta Cana

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Great for all ages
Marquise_G, Sep 2021
Party Boat Catamaran with Snorkeling, Punta cana Bavaro Bay
We did this party boat for a group of 33 people which included adults and children and everyone had a great time! Definitely would recommend!
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Catalina
Relax54468239742, Feb 2019
Full-Day Catalina Island Snorkeling Tour from Bavaro
Was alot of fun. Could have used more information. Time of pickup. sweated for the pickup time until last moment. Lobsters on island looked good did not bring enough cash to purchase. Idea of price before hand would have been helpful. Other than that great.
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Staff was wonderful, food was great...
Clayton K, Jul 2017
Full-Day Catalina Island Snorkeling Tour from Bavaro
Staff was wonderful, food was great, and Catalina Island is very beautiful! The snorkeling isn't great--not a very colorful reef or many fish. If you're doing it for the snorkeling, I'd pass. That being said, I'd go again in a heartbeat because of the staff and to go back to Catalina Island.
star-5
This was everything I hopped it...
Tom S, Nov 2017
Full-Day Catalina Island Snorkeling Tour from Bavaro
This was everything I hopped it would be. I could see 25ft. or about 8 meters down to the bottom. Hand sized fish came right up to me and sometimes that freaked me out. The guides were very good and helped with everything you needed. Fun full day and the food was good as well.
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One of the best snorkel dives ever...
Robert P, Feb 2017
Full-Day Catalina Island Snorkeling Tour from Bavaro
One of the best snorkel dives ever.. The staff was tope notch and the boat was one of the better to be on.. The dive snorkel was one of the better reef dives I have been on .. the Beach was fantastic and the Lunch was ABSOLUTELY DYNAMITE!!! Highly recommended for all!!
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My boyfriend and I LOVED this...
Whitney S, Jan 2017
Full-Day Catalina Island Snorkeling Tour from Bavaro
My boyfriend and I LOVED this excursion. The boat ride out was absolutely beautiful and the Paradise Passion staff were so friendly. They took us to a snorkeling spot before heading to Catalina Island, and we saw SO many fish! Then they took us to Catalina Island where the snorkeling was even better. The water is more shallow there so you can have a closer look at everything. The lunch that the staff offered was great as well. Highly recommend!
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Amazing beach
Jerome L, Dec 2018
Full-Day Catalina Island Snorkeling Tour from Bavaro
We were wondering what to choose between Saona or Caralina trip.Looking at different review and website to book our tour with lot of différents prices from 60€ to 180€, and I can confirm that this tour was almost perfect for only 60 per person.We met tourist Yahtzee they paid VIP packeged and they had the same as us.I would only rate the transportation as bad experience but I think randomly from time to time with all the hotel pick up you can be lucky or unlucky and lost time in bus, but it’s looks it’s all the same with all your operator.Once on the boat all great, good crew.After we arrived on the island at 2nd stop, the beach looks a paradise. Not too much people in the highest period of the season. You can also get lobster for price between 15 to 20$ once on the island.I would definitely recommended this tour.
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The snorkeling was so much fun and the...
Shana W, Apr 2017
Full-Day Catalina Island Snorkeling Tour from Bavaro
The snorkeling was so much fun and the food on the Island was delicious.
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We had a wonderful time! We were...
Jaimee R, Mar 2017
Full-Day Catalina Island Snorkeling Tour from Bavaro
We had a wonderful time! We were fortunate enough to have a very small group, so it felt very private and we were able to have one on one interaction with all staff/crew that accompanied us. Eileen, aka. Mama per all the younger staff, was fabulous! She was in charge of the whole adventure and she ran a very tight ship. Professional and gracious. The food and drinks were delicious, all you could eat and drink As we are aware, you can't please everyone, but we were there for the experience. To try new things. To step away from the familiar. Our experience, with this trip, exceeded our expectations!

Things to Know Before You Go

  • Bavaro Beach tends to attract large crowds, but its long expanse makes it easy to spread out.

  • Bavaro hosts the most visitor amenities, resorts, and restaurants of all the beaches in Punta Cana.

  • Most accommodations and services are located only a few blocks—at most—from the water.

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How to Get There

Bavaro Beach is a 20-minute drive from Punta Cana International Airport; book an airport arrival transfer for peace of mind, or hop on a shuttle. Those arriving from Santo Domingo can choose to make the three-hour drive themselves, hire a local driver, or take a bus. Taxis within and around Bavaro are plentiful, and the beach itself is free and accessible to the public, although large portions are reserved for resort guests.

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When to Get There

High season runs from December to March and from July to August, but to avoid the spring break and summer crowds, consider visiting between April and June or between September and December. Budget travelers will like Bavaro beach during these times due to the plentiful deals on accommodations and activities. Warm weather year-round means that the beach is always available.

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Where to Stay

Luxury hotels and resorts flood the Punta Cana area, and Bavaro Beach is no exception. Opt for an all-inclusive resort for guaranteed entertainment in the form of night clubs, swimming pools, hot tubs, restaurants, and recreational facilities, all in the same place. Budget options such as vacation home rentals and B&Bs are ideal for those who want to experience local culture and explore all that the town of Bavaro has to offer.

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