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by Jose Kevo
March 23, 2006
From journal Goodbye Bayahibe - Gone but not Forgotten
March 7, 2002
Bayahibe Beach is a Caribbean gem with the sugary sands, which are raked and cleaned daily, shaded by coconut palms swaying gently in the breeze. The tranquil blue waters are warm and clear though they've been fairly picked over so don't expect to see/find much snorkeling. You can also walk out quite the distance from shore, but depending on the tides - it can be quite tiresome trying to make your way back in.
Aside from the natural beauty, the other highlight is its the only public beach left where independent travelers and locals CAN enjoy the day without being chased back by resort security guards. If you doubt me, walk beyond the sign or half-way point and see how quickly a Casa guard confronts you! Weekends used to draw the biggest crowds, but more Punta Cana/Bavaro reosrt tourist are now coming by boat on day trips which increases the beachside fiesta of music and dancing.
Along the back portion is a Crafts Market where locals will rent you a hammock cot...though I prefer lying on the crest of the beach where the gentle tides can wash over my lower body while melding me into the sand. The vendors also sell snacks/drinks for about twice the cost you'd pay in the village. The ISSA MAR CAFE, along the bay on the walk out, is a much better place to stop for what you'll need...especially if you're planning to "assassinate" any Presidents as described in my SURVIVOR-DR country journal.
The beach is likely the further place you'll have to walk in Bayahibe; a 5 or 7-minute amble; longer if you piddle. Head north out of town across the expansive bay area amid the assortment of scattered, interesting boats. You'll come to a small building where signs say, "No Trespassing/Keep Out/Military Post", but its only for there. You can either take a left and walk along the coast, or a right which is a somewhat generic sidewalk for Casa del Mar guests. Either way if you're passing the village cemetery, you're headed in the right direction!
To the south of the village, passed the baseball field and Casa Daniel, is a much smaller beach area great for collecting shells and broken coral. These also make the sand a little treacherous, including if swimming while barefoot. If you're looking for total beach seclusion, you should definitely check this area out.
From journal Barefoot in Bayahibe...again!