Bavaro is one of those iconic little beach towns on the southeast coast of the Dominican Republic. Just a few miles north of the famous Punta Cana resort town. As you would expect, Bavaro is jam packed with every imaginable tourist gift store and beach supply store. I think of this little town as a long lost Key West Florida in a sense. Bavaro is home to some very large all-inclusive resort as well as a generous supply of local mom-and-pop hotels and guest houses.
As you know if you have followed our adventures for very long, towns like Bavaro and Punta Cana really are not our cup of tea when it comes to a place to live. They tend to be too crowded and hectic during the busy season and really do not offer the kind of natural country life we prefer. But…. we love to visit them now and then to people watch and to remind us why we selected Cabrera for our home.
Nearby Punta Cana and the all-inclusive resorts in Bavaro account for the vast majority of tourists visiting the island. I dare say that 80% of the millions of visitors to the Dominican Republic every year never experience anything outside of the gates of the all-inclusive resorts. Of course they are treated like royalty inside the resorts and enjoy a wide array of entertainment and foods and it makes for a great vacation. And, believe me, the tourists are appreciated in the DR because tourism is one of our primary economic drivers. But….
It is still a shame that so many visitors never get a chance to discover the “real” Dominican Republic and never get a chance to explore its many hidden, empty natural beaches and meet the kind people that are not engaged in the tourist industry.
In this little video, on our way to Punta Cana, we take a few minutes to stop over in Bavaro to see the beach are and some of the colorful tourist shops. While we are in Bavaro we decide to sleep over in an unassuming little roadside hotel for a good nights rest.
In our next videos we will head on down to the Punta Cana area on our southeast road trip. Just exploring a little mor of this big island.
For now, it’s Barry in the DR wishing you great adventures.