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 the right of the side street which runs parallel to Hotel Bayahibe. You can't miss them with their colorful tropical pastel colors.
Based on the family favor and my extended stay, I was given a room for RD250 a night with a double bed that easily could've accommodated two people. Furnishings were rather basic which included a large dresser, fan, screened windows and private bathroom/shower with only warm-to-cold water; great for those midday showers coming back from the beach, but potentially a little chilly late of an evening.
Without the special price, expect to pay upwards of RD450 for a single, but prices seemed to be negotiable; especially the longer you planned on being there. There are also larger cabañas which can accommodate four to six people; also with private bath, which start around RD1,000.
Before leaving, one of our family's tenants moved out which allowed rentals to tourist. Cabañas Oris is the large sign advertising rooms at the compound with basically the same type of accommodations as described above. Again depending on the number of people and length of stay, Mami rents rooms for as little as RD150 a night per person. A breakfast of eggs, buttered breads and coffee is an additional RD50. You can check availability by calling 809/833-0194. Spanish, and limited English and other European languages are spoken.
Before my month stay had ended, tourists were back out in full force filling up any/all housing options in the village. If coming to Bayahibe without any type or reservations, I highly recommend arriving before nightfall. New arrivals in town are often greeted by local shoeshine boys in the center area where publicos unload and escorted for finding a place to stay. When the town is full, the biggest hassle is lugging your baggage through the hot, dusty streets.
Rooms at Hotel Bayahibe were still going for RD350 a night; Llaves del Mar is the other in-town hotel option, but there are numerous cabaña complexes along all the side streets leading off the main road. Unfortunately, most still don't have telephones or contact info for making advance reservations.