Travel Happiness: Gorgeous Beaches are Just the Beginning
Gorgeous Beaches are Just the Beginning
The East Coast region of the Dominican Republic contains some of the most popular tourist areas in the country, including La Romana/Bayahibe and Punta Cana/Bavaro. Together these areas offer a wealth of beaches, historical/culture sites, ecotourism attractions, and soft adventure options. Both areas are also conveniently serviced by their own international airport and have their share of internationally known brand-name hotels and outstanding locally owned properties.
Located between the country's capital city of Santo Domingo to the west and Punta Cana far to the east, La Romana/Bayahibe is one part beach getaway, one part golfer's paradise, and one part Dominican heartbeat. Here, tourism and Dominican culture are one and the same.
La Romana may be best known as home to Casa de Campo, considered by many as the most complete and luxurious resort community throughout the Caribbean. While Casa de Campo is frequented by many celebrities is indeed a top attraction, the city of La Romana and neighboring San Pedro de Macoris are historically important, especially for baseball fans, and worth a visit.
From La Romana it's a short drive south to environmentally-forward Bayahibe. Located on a Peninsula is the southeast corner of the Dominican Republic, this quiet fishing village is an up-and-coming vacation spot, home to several top-notch all-inclusive resorts. Not only does Bayahibe contain one of the country's most celebrated national parks, it also has received two international awards for its conservation efforts in tourism.
About an hour and a half's drive from La Romana at the easternmost tip of the Dominican Republic lies Punta Cana/Bavaro, the most popular and fastest growing tourist area in the country. One look at the surroundings and there is no question as to why. This is the place to be if tourists are seeking a vacation set on one of the most picturesque stretches of beach in the world. Every year, more and more travelers from around the world make their way to this enchanting area to unwind along its 30-plus miles of super fine white-sand beaches.
Often called the "coconut coast" due to the hundreds of coconut palm trees gently swaying along the beaches, the Punta Cana and Bavaro resort areas are home to more than 40 resort properties and 23,000 hotel rooms. Even with all the visitors coming to the Punta Cana area, the gorgeous beaches are so pristine and large that a traveler can just as easily find a quiet stretch all to themselves for a romantic getaway or a relaxing afternoon to play a lively game of volleyball.
Written by Richards World Travel, Inc. in Hagerstown.