Bayahibe Journals

The Wizard of Caribbean Oz

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A July 2003 trip to Bayahibe by Jose Kevo

Fiesta Grande Beach Photo, Bayahibe, Dominican Republic More Photos
Quote: Join me and local sidekicks in a village tropical fantasies are made of. Follow yellow dirt roads, white sandy beaches for experiences you come looking for with authentic island life. Realize when I say, "there's no place like home" in Bayahibe.

The Wizard of Caribbean Oz

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Push EJECT BUTTON Now! Photo, Bayahibe, Dominican Republic
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Independent Travelers need look no further when searching for their ultimate tropical destination in the Dominican Republic. Bayahibe offers the best of everything for those looking to temporarily escape and lose themselves in a relaxing, laid-back environment. Within the village, you'll find inexpensive accommodations and dining, one of the country's best public beaches, and all within a convenient location allowing exploration of the entire southeastern region of the country.Spa of the Caribbean -- Bayahibe's strip of pristine public beach is by far the village's greatest asset; a tempting allure surpassing me...Read More

Cabanas Dona Dignora

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Hotel

Cabanas Dona Dignora Photo, Bayahibe, Dominican Republic
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With the 2003 tourist season a total bust thanks to the war with Iraq, every space within the family compound had been rented out to local resort staff in hopes of providing additional income until the masses began returning from Europe. I was disappointed not to be staying within one of the houses, but was thankful to be provided with an opportunity which proved to be the next best thing.As part of the barter/trade system the village runs on, the family had secured a deal with the neighbors which operate a cluster of cabañas directly across the street. Doña Dignora, the name of the lady misspelled on the small sign overgrown with vegetation, is a group of various sized cabins located on th...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on January 26, 2004

Cabanas Dona Dignora
Off The Side Street Next To Hotel Bayahibe
Bayahibe, Dominican Republic

Fiesta Grande Beach

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Attraction | "Tranquil Cleansing Amidst the BEACH Fiesta Grande"

Fiesta Grande Beach Photo, Bayahibe, Dominican Republic
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I've learned when returning to my village there's no sense having an agenda; time is better spent taking whatever evolves within a day. That is except for one area where I generously fulfilled the only self-expectation I had: Make sure there wasn't a day passing where I hadn't made the seven-minute amble from the house to absorb the natural beauty of Bayahibe Beach; the only strip remaining in the southeast accessible to the general public.Whether a quick sunrise jog, an in-depth sunset conversation over Presidente's, or extended mid-day bake on the sugary-white sands, Bayahibe's pristine beach ...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on January 26, 2004

Fiesta Grande Beach
A short walk north of the village
Bayahibe, Dominican Republic

What To Do

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Attraction | "The Locals' Way to Play"

What To Do Photo, Bayahibe, Dominican Republic
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Of an evening, there's still no better way for absorbing local atmosphere than making your way to the town's center for the daily ritual which unfolds in/around the colmado general store. Locals and a generous mix of tourists pack the inside bar with crowds spilling out into the streets for celebrating another day of the "good life"; Dominican style with ice cold Presidentes and conversation backed-up by the latest Merengue and Bachata hits.A 22-oz. Presidente costs RD35, but you'd never drink the entire bottle by yourself! Stacks of plastic cups are distributed with each purchase so you can share your beer before it gets warm. And expect to have your cup refilled by others just as generously. ...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on January 26, 2004

What To Do
Around the Village Center
Bayahibe, Dominican Republic

New Services and Other Changes

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Bayahibe TELE.COM Photo, Bayahibe, Dominican Republic
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There's no holding back time and the inevitable changes it brings in the name of progress; even in a small village like Bayahibe. Here's a list of services travelers can expect to find, as well as links to previous expired journal entries with updates:Computer/Internet & PhoneWith the electronic age, all the signs advertising sudden abundance of village internet access still looked out of place. There's now wide availability, but I recommend Bayahibe Tele.Com since they were the only ones with DSL hook-up and rapid, dependable service. They're located in the cluster of buildings just off the bus parking lot and facing the bay. Internet access costs 2-pesos per min...Read More

15 CANDLES - The Quinceañera

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The Official Court Photo, Bayahibe, Dominican Republic
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For females born in Latin American countries, the Quinceañera is perhaps the most important, anticipated event in a young lady's life. Somewhat comparable to the American celebration of a "Sweet 16", the quinceañera also represents a greater level coming of age when the girl achieves the freedom of womanhood for dating, sex, and marriage.A girl's worth is determined by the level of celebration the family throws for the quinceañera, an event usually bigger than any eventual wedding. From the day a daughter is born, families begin planning and saving towards this ritual, and often still go in debt to insure their daughter is perceived as worthy.Obviously, experiencing one of these events is ...Read More
Growing Together Over the Years. Photo, Bayahibe, Dominican Republic
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Since joining IGOUGO, many have asked, "Why the Dominican Republic" and why I consider this my second home and second family? During my years in NYC as administrator for a Youth Center working with at-risk street kids, the population exposed me to Puerto Ricans and Dominicans who relocated to the States in search of a better way of life, and cause to travel to these islands often for either contributing to their success, or resettling them back home when all else failed.It was such a trip in '97 when meetings fell through with the consulate in Santo Domingo leaving me three extra days to either rebook my flight or stay. I spontaneously decided to visit this village in a part of the country I was ...Read More

There's No Place Like Home

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From First Base to Front Porch Photo, Bayahibe, Dominican Republic
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The humming of the fan had done little to induce me beyond stages of semi-consciousness. I was restlessly tossing wrapped in the bed sheet with eyes wide shut. Images within my reeling mind became more vivid thanks to a growing illumination and magnifying echoes of the tell-tale '70s song, Sultans of Swing. So this was my friends' cue to rejoin the party?By now, increased presence of light and music had beckoned me from whatever state of passed out I was indulging, but mental haze was all too familiar straining to focus on shadow images dancing across the ceiling. What were they up to out there? I stumbled out of bed to look through the window before truth of the matter slowly began to regis...Read More