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We love Bavaro Beach, and so does the rest of the world…
- #7 – “Top 25 Beaches in the Caribbean” – TripAdvisor’s Traveler’s Choice Best of the Best 2022
- #23 – “Top 25 Beaches in the World – TripAdvisor’s Traveler’s Choice Best of the Best 2022
- #19 – “Top 25 Best Beaches in the World”, tens of thousands of travelers like you reviewed their experience, placing it on TripAdvisor’s Traveler’s Choice Best of the Best 2021 & 2020 Award.
- #8 – “Best Beaches in the Caribbean”, a second TripAdvisor’s Traveler’s Choice Best of the Best 2021 & 2020 Award.
Allow us to tell you all the reasons why Bavaro earns the #1 spot in Punta Cana.
The water… looks like a living canvas that plays with the sun giving those seeking for beach therapy a healthy dose of Caribbean Chromotherapy from turquoise to emerald greens to cerulean blues that gently lap on the soft white sand.
Although Bavaro is a busy beachfront resort community, there’s plenty of space, lounge chairs, palm trees, and natural Dominican palapa umbrellas to lounge and relax. The beach is long, and even in high season, it doesn’t feel crowded while lounging on the sand or enjoying the water.
With so many amazing beachfront resorts, travelers can choose from luxurious resorts to budget-friendly resorts without sacrificing quality and hospitality. Most of the resorts in Bavaro Beach include a number of activities on the resort as well as water activities. Right off the shores of Bavaro Beach, guests can go on a number of amazing tours.
For those that love taking walks on the beach, Bavaro is an excellent choice, where you can walk for miles on its soft white sand, stop for refreshing drinks, do a little shopping or venture out for an offshore tour.
Bavaro Beach… A Caribbean Playground… All-Inclusive Fun under the Sun
Bavaro Beach is a fun, lively, and playful Caribbean Playground… making it one of the most attractive beaches in the Caribbean. Bavaro offers a plethora of water activities on its turquoise and emerald green waters. All-Inclusive Resorts in Punta Cana are famous for keeping guests entertained with plenty of activities, but be sure to book one of the many top-rated catamaran trips to the natural pools of Bavaro and nearby secluded beaches to experience the more natural side of Bavaro.
Choose from catamaran trips from romantic sunset cruises to adults-only party boats to family-friendly snorkeling adventures for the kids to enjoy. Parasailing is a popular activity and a wonderful way to take in the beauty of the coastline. You may be tempted to eat all your meals at your all-inclusive resort, but there are many wonderful beachfront restaurants and bars you may wish to try along Bavaro Beach. If you like taking long walks on the beach you’ll have miles of white sand and coconut palm-fringed coastline to explore.
Home to Some of the Best Rated All-Inclusive Beachfront Resorts in the Caribbean
Bavaro Beach, the longest beach in Punta Cana, welcomes the highest number of visitors in the tourist region. Bavaro Beach boasts beautiful clear turquoise water where some of the most popular all-inclusive resorts are located in the Punta Cana region. (see listings of top-rated all-inclusive resorts below).
Bavaro Beach has an amazing selection of top-rated resorts, small inns, and vacation rentals all competing and working hard to offer the best for their guests. In Bavaro Beach, you can choose from all-inclusive luxury resorts to budget-friendly without sacrificing quality, service, and fun. Following we present top-rated resorts on Bavaro Beach, Punta Cana.
Location & Public Access - Bavaro BeachPunta Cana, La Altagracia, Dominican Republic
Where is Bavaro Beach?
Bavaro Beach is about a 20-minute drive from the Punta Cana International Airport (PJU), stretching from Cabeza del Toro Beach to Arena Gorda Beach. Most of the access to Bavaro is through the resort properties but beachgoers can enter through various plazas (shopping areas), beachfront restaurants, and villages. You’ll find these access points on the map, they’re often referred to as their own beaches such as El Cortesito, Los Corales, Jellyfish, and Bibijagua, continue reading below for more information on each of these.
Interestingly, if you were to walk the whole length of Bavaro, you’ll find unique qualities to these locations, repeat Punta Cana travelers typically have a favorite Bavaro area depending on their personal preferences.
To get acquainted with Bavaro Beach location, beachfront resorts, and public beach access points, see the map at end of the page or full-page map (new window).
El Cortesito – Bavaro Beach
El Cortesito is the most picturesque beachside village in Bavaro, with a large ex-pat residential community nearby and repeat visitors that love the island life by the beach with a lively atmosphere. Various all-inclusive resorts, small inns, and vacation rentals spoil guests with the best beach access, but if you’re visiting for the day, you can gain access through various beachside bars and colorful alleys with shops that lead to the paradisiac Bavaro Beach.
There’s parking available, locals typically charge $5 at their private lot. Walking around the colorful village is a favorite pastime with various souvenir shops, beach clothing shops, traditional wood carvings artworks, and more.
Once at the beach, you can enjoy a nice walk, stop by beachside shops, refresh with delicious tropical drinks, choose from a variety of water sport activities, and of course just chill under the Caribbean Sun.
Bibijagua – Bavaro Beach
Bibijagua Beach offers excellent access to Bavaro Beach and is one of the most convenient public beach spots in Punta Cana, with a private parking lot. Playa Bibijagua is perfect for those that want an active day on the beach surrounded by music, happy people, great food and drinks, shopping, and mingling with locals.
At the entry of Bibijagua, you’ll pass the Bibijagua artisan market, a popular shopping stop for tourists with a wide variety of traditional Dominican artisan crafts.
The beach is more mellow during the week and busy on weekends. If you wish to have fun on the water, you can find a variety of rentals from kayaks to Hobie Cats. Many tour operators leave from this beach making it an ideal location to have a day at the beach with as little or as many activities as your heart desires.
Los Corales – Bavaro Beach
Los Corales is part of the Bavaro beach stretch, home to luxurious all-inclusive beachfront resorts, and private villas. Los Corales is a fun beach with plenty of water sports, beach bars, restaurants, and local shops. Like the rest of the villages along Bavaro, Los Corales is home to various charters offering a variety of watersports and offshore adventures from party boats to more private excursions. There are various restaurants that offer lounge chairs for the use of their customers. Los Corales Beach is just a five-minute walk to center Bavaro and a short walk to Cortesito Beach where you can shop for souvenirs made by local artisans, visit cigar shops, and more.
Crowds at Bavaro BeachFun with Plenty of Room for Relaxation
Prefer a more peaceful ambiance? No worries, although Bavaro is one of the most visited beaches, the length and landscape allow for relaxation.
Guests typically enjoy lounging by their beach area at the resort, so even in the high season the beach feel doesn’t feel crowded, you’ll find plenty of palm trees and palapa umbrellas to call your own and share with your travel party. Locals are pretty respectful of the beach area on the resorts, they tend to go to Macao Beach or stay around the entrance of the public access points, so although Bavaro is a very popular beach, guests at the resorts get to also experience an exclusive feeling, while having access to interesting points by simply walking along the beach.
Top Rated Tours - Bavaro BeachPunta Cana, Dominican Republic
Top Rated Resorts in Bavaro BeachPunta Cana, Dominican Republic
Adults Only Resorts in Bavaro BeachPunta Cana, La Altagracia, Dominican Republic
Map - Bavaro Beach & Beachfront ResortsPunta Cana, Dominican Republic
Frequently Asked Questions about Bavaro BeachLa Altagracia, Punta Cana, Dominican Republic
How far is Bavaro Beach from the Punta Cana International Airport (PJU)?
The distance between Punta Cana Airport and Bavaro Beach is about 17 kilometers. The driving distance to Bavaro Beach is about a 20-minute drive from the Punta Cana Airport.
Is Bavaro a Public Beach?
Beach at Bavaro’s All-Inclusive Resorts – Guests of beachfront resorts are spoiled with having a feel of a private beach experience at their resort and security employees keep an eye to make sure only guests are within the property limits.
Dominican Republic Beach Laws – According to the law in the Dominican Republic law, 60 meters from the water is public. Locals are pretty good at respecting resort areas, security guards guard the privacy of guests within the resort. This is good news for visitors, allowing for long walks on the beach.
Public Access – The best and most accessible Bavaro Beach points are Bibijagua, Cortesito, Corales, and Jellyfish, see map.
Where are the public access points to Bavaro Beach?
The best and most accessible Bavaro Beach points are Bibijagua, Cortesito, Corales, and Jellyfish, see map.
Can you swim at Bavaro Beach ?
Yes, under normal weather conditions the waters at Bavaro Beach are swimmable. To protect swimmers from boats, there are roped-off areas for swimmers at Bavaro Beach.