A dash of toothpaste-white sand and a splash of spearmint-coloured sea are the key ingredients in a Bayahibe holiday.

Beach holidays in the Dominican Republic

Say hello to Bayahibe – a diddy tropical village settled on the Caribbean edge of the Dominican Republic. This sleepy fishing community deals out pillow-soft sand, toasty seawater and beaches backed by colossal palm trees. And if you get peckish, there’s a waterfront market that’s good for pastel-coloured scoops of ice-cream.

A peek into local life

Bayahibe’s locals are worth getting to know, not only for their tips on rum production but also for learning about their laidback way of island life. Set out on a Bayahibe fishing trip and learn how to reel in your own barracuda, tuna or dorado. Or you could take a trip to a sugarcane mill or an artists’ village.

Snorkelling in Bayahibe

Underwater adventures are a given around here, and you can go wreck diving, or search for sea caves. For the best snorkelling around, take a boat trip out to Isla Catalina. This little Caribbean island was named by Christopher Columbus, and it’s earned some serious stripes as a snorkelling and diving hotspot due to its water-based residents, like starfish, turtles and stingrays.

At a Glance

  • Find nemo on a snorkelling adventure
  • Get to know the islanders
  • Stock up on rum from the local shops