Close By La Romana
A 15-minute drive from La Romana International Airport and 10 minutes from the resorts in the Dominicus section, this beachtown and boat launch site has a mix of good food, shopping for local arts and crafts, culture walks, and even a shady grass area to sit and enjoy the sunsets.
The first beach to obtain Blue Flag certification in the Caribbean, the large all-inclusive resorts in La Romana are here, offering a variety of cultural and adventure excursions to guests. There is a public beach access section for visitors who are not staying at the resorts.
Preferred by the jet set for docking their yachts, Palmilla is also known as “the natural pool” for its shallow and transparent waters. It can easily be reached by boat from Bayahibe.
Few will imagine that Saona Island, which is almost 14 miles long and 4 miles wide (covering an area of 68 square miles) and just over one mile from the shore, is the same size as Aruba. It is really a collection of many beaches with the town of Mano Juan in the south center. Coconut trees, white sands with transparent shallow waters make it the perfect postcard of a Caribbean dream beach. The boat trip to the island from Bayahibe passes by mangroves and coral reefs, all part of the National Park of the East.
Five miles south of La Romana, the second largest island off the shores of the DR is a protected, uninhabited area. Divers visit to explore the coral reefs to the east and north of the island. The Living Museum of the Sea with the remains of the Quedagh Merchant, the sunken ship of pirate William Kidd is its newest attraction. It is a cruise ship mooring point. Enjoy the banana boats and snorkeling.