Caribbean classic

Set on the Dominican Republic’s east coast, Bavaro is a small town with 2 big selling points. First off, there are the upscale hotels which come with spas and infinity pools as standard. And then there’s the fabulous beach – a whole 10 kilometres worth of pure white sand and turquoise waters.

Paradise beach

Bavaro is one of the world’s greatest beach strips, according to Frommers travel guide. And once you see the unspoilt white sand backed by coconut palms and mangroves, you’ll know why. Sunloungers and palm-thatched umbrellas have relaxation written all over them, while brightly painted beach shacks line up the drinks and snacks. As for watersports, jet-skiing, windsurfing and scuba diving all make it onto the itinerary.

First-class sports facilities

Bavaro lays on plenty of sporting activities in between the R&R. The hotels have their own tennis courts, with coaching on hand for those who want to perfect their top spin. Meanwhile, golfers have an 18-hole course at the Iberostate Bavaro Golf Club. And horse riding trips along the beach are really popular here too.

Daytrips to Del Este National Park

An hour’s drive from the resort takes you to Del Este National Park. This uninhabited subtropical forest is filled with over 100 types of birds, including the rare Hispaniolan parrot and brown pelican. It’s also a great place to see 2,000-year-old drawings left by the ancient Taino tribe in the tunnels and caves here.


Beach-friendly weather comes as standard in the Dominican Republic. On average, you can expect average temperatures in the high 20s or low 30s, plus about 300 days of sunshine a year. From June to October the mercury rises even more, but you’ll usually see the odd tropical shower, too. Humidity can be high in this part of the world – travel between November and April to avoid the worst of it. Hurricane season falls between June and September, but severe storms are pretty rare, and hotels are well equipped in any case.