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Punta Cana (Bavaro) beach

Ultimate guide (January 2022)
Punta Cana is the tourist area with the best beaches in Dominican Republic. Most hotels are located in a place called Bavaro, centered on the beach of Playa El Cortecito. However, after the year of 2010, the east coast of all Caribbean islands are affected by invasion of algae, - including Punta Cana. The problem is at any time of year, - but especially during the summer time. So it is better to choose beaches of expensive beachfront resorts, that make often cleanups of the coastline. But the best is to choose beaches, that are protected from the east against open waters of the Atlantic Ocean. Fortunately, there are many of these in Dominicana, as well as on other islands. Shore and seabed: sand. [edit]

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This beach ranks #7 of the "Best beaches in Dominican Republic"
Rating: 9.0 - 385 votes [vote]
Coordinates: 18.69245, -68.42238
See also: Dominican Republic

Hotels [edit]

Most hotels are of all inclusive format, and are quite expensive by standards of Dominican Republic. There are some cheap guesthouses and self-catering apartments near Playa El Cortecito beach. There is also a large supermarket.

Considering the problem of algae, the best hotel is Barcelo Bavaro. It has less amount of algae. Moreover, the cleanups of the coastline are more often here. In addition, palms are located near the water's edge, that is quite pleasant in all respects. So don't waste your time reading reviews, but simply choose this particular resort. Of course, the service is mediocre, and the property is overpriced. But at least, the beach is good.

However, the price tag in Barcelo Bavaro is very expensive. Depending on the day of the week (more expensive on weekends), you'll have to pay for the room from US$200 to US$900 per night. If you are not ready to spend so much money, feel free to choose apartments nearby. For example, condominiums Retiro I or Retiro II are good enough. Even if you take Uber to the Jumbo supermarket, your whole vacation will cost you at least three times less, if compared with an all-inclusive beach resort. While the food will be tastier, the alcohol will be of higher quality, and you won't have to sit in a tiny resort's room being about ​​40 square meters in its maximum. On the other hand, typical apartment sizes are at least 100 sq. m., while conditions are much better than in 5-star package beachfront resorts.

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How to get there [edit]

Fly to Punta Cana International Airport (PUJ). Than take a taxi.

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When to go [edit]

Any time of year.

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Useful information [edit]

The beach is beautiful - white sand and lots of palm trees, but packed with hotels. There is small palm grove without hotels in southern Bavaro, but even here smells of gasoline from motor boats passing around.

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Dominican Republic, Playa La Vacama beach, campsite 8.3
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Dominican Republic, Playa Bayahibe beach, water edge 8.3
57 km to the south-west
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Rating: 8.3 (59 votes)
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