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Bayahibe - -Dominicus- La Romana Office

C/ Laguna, Plaza Cayuco, local B2, Bayahibe Tel 809-688-7802

Cueva Padre Nuestro, Bayahibe

A Pleasant walk, not too long neither hard in beautifull nature will lead you to the grotto. Nice view trough the clear water, Don't hesitate to swin, it's a great experience.

Saona Island

Saona is an island off the southeastern tip of the Dominican Republic. It is part of the Eastern National Park and is known for mangroves, coral reefs and palm-fringed beaches like Palmilla Beach. The shallow waters of the island are populated by starfish. Mano Juan is a quiet fishing village near the Los Flamencos lagoon, characterized by colorful huts and a protected area for turtles. The cave of Cotubanamá, to the west, preserves pre-Columbian rock art.

Catalina Island

If you dreamed of a Caribbean paradise, you'll find it right here on Catalina Island." 
Catalina Island or Serena Key as the grower lines are called in their programs is a beautiful white sand island near the southeastern coast of the Dominican Republic. It is itself a protected Natural Park where, of course, there is no building. Unknown to many travel agents and tourists, the beach is completely protected from the wind, thanks to which, the sea is always in absolute calm.
Catalina was discovered by Christopher Columbus during one of his voyages to Hispaniola in the 15th century and named it Santa Catalina. Measuring a mere 10 kilometers, Catalina is recognized as a National Park for its diverse marine ecosystems and birds sanctuary. Due to it’s small size only a limited number of visitors are allowed per day, making it a perfect destination to unwind and relax.

Altos de Chavon

Sculpted entirely of stone, Altos de Chavón , a model 16th century Mediterranean village , is a delightful place to tour for its charming medieval feel.
Visit a rustic Mediterranean village in the heart of the Dominican Republic at Altos de Chavon. Built in the late 1970s, the replica of a 16th century European-style village was designed by Dominican architect Jose Antonio Caro and Italian artist Roberto Coppa. Roam the charming cobblestone streets and quaint courtyards, admiring the shops, galleries, and restaurants that look as if they’ve been there for centuries. Don't miss the amphitheater, a venue that has hosted many famous performers. You can relax in a cafe and enjoy the picturesque vista, purchase authentic art pieces, or pay a visit to the archaeology museum.

Teeth of the Dog

Golf in paradise at Teeth of the Dog. Created by the highly respected course designer Pete Dye, this masterpiece is carved from the rocky coastline of the island. The challenging play reflects this building effort, but you'll be rewarded with stunning views around all of the 18 holes, seven of which lie right along the rocky shore

Bayahibe

Many Caribbean destinations are known for being tropical paradises. However, these are also known for being overcrowded with tourists, which can make it difficult to enjoy the various attractions offered by these places, especially at the peak of tourist season. Bayahibe, a town in the Dominican Republic, is an exception. Originally starting out as a fishing village, it has since grown into a tourist attraction, while maintaining its relaxing ambiance. Aside from the beauty of the tropics, it offers peace and tranquillity to visitors, as well as a wide variety of land and water adventures that would keep them occupied for days
Located on the shore of the Caribbean Sea, the town of Bayahibe has grown from a fishing village into a bona fide tourist destination, with visitors mainly drawn to the many dive sites just off the coast. The calm and clear waters here provide the ideal conditions for scuba diving, with a number of tour operators in town arranging trips out to the main hotspots, as well as a number of other water sports. The beach area has been largely developed to appeal to international visitors on holiday in Bayahibe, with resorts and beach bars creating a lively nightlife scene. 

Beaches – With white sandy beaches and crystal clear waters it’s no wonder most people just sit, relax and enjoy it all. The hardest choice to make is whether to enjoy Playa Dominicus or Playa Bayahibe. Both offer access to beach chairs, food and drinks. For a truly unforgettable day, hire a car or boat and spend the day on a secluded beach or on an island. For those that don’t want to spend all days around many people, go to Playa Magallanes, it has more natural feel, away from the main touristy areas. You won’t find beach chairs there, but you will enjoy a quiet beach, the only sounds will be birds or waves coming occasionally to the rocky shore.

Scuba Diving is probably the heart and soul of Bayahibe. The town has many diving centers ready to take you on underwater adventures. Whether you need to get certified or just see the marvels of the Dominican this is the place. The south coast offers: wreck diving, cave dives, reef dives where you will find beautiful corals, stingrays, turtles and tons of tropical fish.

Snorkeling – with the crystal clear and warm water it’s no wonder the water is full of snorkelers, swimming around, enjoying the abundance of tropical fish. There are many tour operators offering snorkeling excursions to nearby CatalinaSaona and Catalinita Islands (restrictions might apply).

Horseback Riding – there are a few horse ranches in Bayahibe and Dominicus, so finding the right horse for you won’t be a problem. The tours are aimed at everyone’s riding ability and skills and really is one of the best ways to discover the natural beauty of the Dominican countryside at leisure.

Jungle River Tour – amphibious truck or a floating restaurant up the lush river jungles of the Chavon river. See for yourself the natural beauty of the country and experience some of the filming locations from both “Apocalypse Now” and “Jurassic Park” movies.

Buggy Tours – fun for people of all ages, these strange 4 wheeled vehicles will bring you pleasure and some new sensations.  It is in the heart of one of the country’s largest sugar cane plantations that you will discover driving one of these strange devices. Get ready to get dirty while driving through mud puddles.

Whale Watching – available only between January 15 and March 15 (officially), but sometimes the excursions continue even longer if the humpback whales are still around. So even if you are coming in the beginning of April, contact us if it’s still happening. It is beautiful and people should experience it at least once.

Fishing trips can be arranged if you want to reel in your own barracuda, tuna or dorado. Private boats and a whole day on the water. At the end of the day you can BBQ catch on a private beach enjoying the sunset.

Surfing at El Macao which is on the Atlantic coast offers surfers, experienced or beginners a great day in the waves. El Macao is the fishing village on the beautiful beach of Playa del Macao. UNESCO has declared this beach one of the best of the Caribbean for its fine sand and abundant palm trees.

Golf – probably the most known golf courses on the south of Dominican Republic are 3 championship golf courses in Casa de Campo. One of them is the famous “Teeth of The Dog” which is ranked 34th in the world. Another Golf course is called La Estancia, even closer to Bayahibe / Dominicus resort than the Casa de Campo golf courses, it offers a great golfing too for a bit lower price.

Santo Domingo – the capital city of Dominican Republic and also the oldest city in the New World, founded by Spanish conquerors. You can visit Los Tres Ojos, the Lighthouse of Columbus which is a historical mausoleum where Christopher Columbus’ remains rest.  You will also see the first cathedral in America, the notable colonial monument, “Basilica of Our Lady of Santa Maria La Menor.”

Altos De Chavon is a replica of a 17th century Mediterranean village located just minutes from La Romana and a short car / taxi ride from Bayahibe and Dominicus resorts. You will find artists studios, craft-shops, galleries, restaurants and bars for all types of visitors. And of course the beautiful 5,000 seat amphitheater that still attracts big name artists. Check the event calendar to see who is in while here and don’t miss it!

Santo Domingo

Santo Domingo is the capital city of the Dominican Republic, and it prides itself in being the first European city in the New World. Founded by Christopher Columbus's brother Bartolome Colombus in 1496, it is the oldest continuously inhabited European settlement in the Americas and was the first seat of the Spanish colonial empire in the New World. For this reason, the city of Santo Domingo has a really rich historic and cultural heritage that makes any visit extremely worthwhile. Nowadays, it remains one of the most populous cities in the Central America-Caribbean area, and the main economic and commercial center of this region.

The city is divided into two parts by the Ozama River. The western side is very developed economically, while the eastern part, known as "Santo Domingo Este," has historically lagged behind.

The most important tourist destination of the city is the Zona Colonial or Colonial Zone, on the western bank of the river and facing the Caribbean Sea. To the west of the Zona Colonial lies Gazcue, one of the city's oldest neighborhoods, filled with old Victorian houses and tree-lined streets. The city's waterfront George Washington Avenue, knows as "El Malecon," borders the Caribbean Sea and attracts many tourists because of its hotels, casinos, palm-lined boulevards and monuments. Surrounding the Gazcue area you will find the Palacio Nacional (seat of the Dominican government), the National Theater, the Museums in the Plaza de la Cultura, and the Palace of Fine Arts.

In the central part of western Santo Domingo lies the economic and commercial heart of the city, in an area known as the "Poligono Central" and delimited by the 27 de Febrero, John F. Kennedy, Winston Churchill and Maximo Gomez avenues. This high-income area remains rather unexplored by tourists, despite offering most of the best dining and shopping available in the city. Many of the city's most affluent neighborhoods surround the city's two main parks, the Parque Mirador Sur in the South and the Jardin Botanico in the North.

In the less developed Oriental Santo Domingo you will find other major monuments and tourist spots, such as Columbus's Lighthouse, where the explorer's remains are buried, the open caves of the Parque Nacional Los Tres Ojos, and the National Aquarium.

This all makes of Santo Domingo a cosmopolitan, vibrant and bustling city with very distinct neighborhoods and ambiances, all worth a visit, and providing the most diverse cultural experiences.

Higuey

Higüey  or in full Salvaleón de Higüey,is the capital city of the eastern La Altagracia Province, in the Dominican Republic, and the eighth largest city of that country. The Yuma River flows through the urban areas of Higüey.
Higüey is also the name of a former native chiefdom in Hispaniola's easternmost end when Christopher Columbus arrived. It is now one of the country's economically fastest-developing cities, sometimes nicknamed the Capital of Dominican Tourism or the Capital of Stockbreeding
The most important monuments in the city are the Basilica of La Altagracia and the Church of San Dionisio (Saint Denis), from the 16th century.

Higuey Shopping Tours gives you the opportunity to leave your resort and experience the day to day life of the Dominican citizens. , you will be able to visit La Basilica church and some shops   La Basilica is the Dominican Republic’s largest religious monument, it covers an area of 4,680 square meters.  A distinctive structure in the shape of a Latin cross; a masterpiece of French architects. Visitors are led in through a somber bronze entryway plated in 24-kt. gold. On his second visit to the country, Pope John Paul II crowned an image of Virgin of Altagracia, a remarkable gilded silver diadem. A lofty bell tower guarding 45 bronze carillons are pleasing visual stimuli for the passerby, engulfing them in a celestial aura.Afterwards, visit some shops and pass by the local market, before heading back .

Museo y Fabrica de Puras, Bayahibe

This shop is a treat for the eyes and the smells. After a guided tour very full on the manufacturing, storage and how to tell a real from a fake cigar, we were able to taste the mamajuana and proposed honey. The products are of very good quality, you will find all the gift ideas for the return: of course cigars, rum, jewelry in semiprecious stone of larimar, coffee... without any pressure to buy anything and the price are correct.

Conquista Park

Back to the 15th century relive the amazing story of the discovery of the new world
Conquista Park is a Thematic park in natural setting that will make you Back to the 15th century relive the amazing story of the discovery of the new world exactly where everything began: Hispaniola Island, actual Dominican Republic. The visit start to the heart of a peaceful Taïnos village, just 24 hours before the arrival of Christopher Columbus.

Horseback Riding :Explore the East National Park (Parque Nacional del Este)

Great way to explore Bayahibe and the area. Get on a horse and see the Natural Park or the beaches without too much walking around. Even if you haven’t done it before or you are not too experienced rider, no worries. There is a horse for you and the professional guides will help you to ride like a pro in no time.
Explore the East National Park (Parque Nacional del Este) with a beautiful ride along the beach, or go to the Padre Nuestro park, just few minutes from Bayahibe village and swim in the refreshing freshwater in El Chico cave. Each excursion is for about 2 – 2.5 hours of fun and exploring. If that is too long to be on a horse, there is an hour ride around Bayahibe village only, specially suitable for the beginners. For those that like longer rides or excursions, go for a half day or whole day filled with horse rides with stops at different locations in the area and lunch as well.

Tanama Jungle Ranch

On the banks of the Rio Chavon lies a tropical jungle paradise: the Tanama Jungle Ranch..... a paradise in the wilderness, where visitors come face to face with some of nature's most beautiful butterflies, hummingbirds, live tarantulas, boa constrictors, iguanas and other hot-weather-happy inhabitants, as well as a wide variety of lush tropical plants including orchids, bromeliads, bananas, coffee, cacao, passionfruit and much more!

Atlantic Princess Shipwreck

ATLANTIC PRINCESS WRECK
Beginner divers will appreciate the Atlantic Princess's colorful sea life at shallow depths.
The boat was an attraction for tourists staying at hotels in the east, especially in the La Romana, Dominicus and Bayahibe area during the winter holidays.
Today after few hurricane seasons (we didn’t have any here, just some waves), the wreck doesn’t look the same anymore. The top part is missing already, the shipwreck shifted a bit down, but still nice to go and see, specially for the new divers it’s a great experience.

Cuevas de las Maravillas -Cave of Wonders

Discovered in 1926, the 800 meters of Cuevas de las Maravillas cave system are decorated with hundreds of Taino Indian cave paintings.

The Taino people are the indigenous residents of Greater Antilles. It was the Taino who greeted Columbus’ arrival in Hispanola (now the Dominican Republic) in 1492. Throughout the Spanish colonial period that followed, their culture was ruthlessly suppressed, and through both violence and disease their numbers greatly depleted. Colonist and early humanitarian Bartolomé de las Casas wrote in 1561: “There were 60,000 people living on this island [when I arrived in 1508], including the Indians; so that from 1494 to 1508, over three million people had perished from war, slavery and the mines. Who in future generations will believe this?”

The caves are significant in Taino origin mythology. Distinctive petroglyphs made by the early Taino are etched on rocks around the island and on stalagmites in caves across the island.

The Cuevas de las Maravillas have been open to the public since 2003. Although the cave has come under criticism for the way in which paths and lighting were installed, possibly damaging some of the caved geologic features, it was awarded the 2003 Gold prize in the International Landscape Architecture Bienal Award.

Today, visitors can explore about 200 meters on footpaths that wind through the galleries. Visits to the cave are strictly controlled, in small groups with a guide. Tours take about an hour.