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The Dominican Republic has become a popular holiday destination because of its glorious sandy beaches and wonderfully clear waters, its mountains, rivers and waterfalls and its saltwater lakes. Bavaro lies on the east coast and was originally a small town for workers who serviced the resort of Punta Cana. The potential of Bavaro’s beach was seen and now it is a very popular holiday destination. The beach is a stunning ten kilometre swathe of soft sugary sand lapped by warm gentle waters. The standard of hotel accommodation is excellent with many offering all-inclusive board. The hotel restaurants provide a wide range of cuisine to cater for all tastes. Bavaro is as relaxed by night as it is by day, reflecting the resorts popularity with families and couples.
Bavaro is one of the most popular resorts in the Dominican Republic. Holidaymakers are attracted by its stunning beach and glorious sunshine, as well as a wide array of sporting activities both in and out of the water and they are rarely disappointed.
A Bavaro holiday is popular with a wide variety of people. Families with small children enjoy the all-inclusive holiday packages knowing that it will cater for their every need. Couples of all ages will enjoy the romance of the island. The Dominican Republic is becoming a popular place for wedding ceremonies. Water sport enthusiasts will be amazed by the range of activities and golfers will enjoy the eighteen hole golf course in the vicinity.
Bavaro holidays can be taken at any time of year as the temperature in the Dominican Republic is fairly constant. The average temperature range is between twenty-eight and thirty-one degrees centigrade. The main tourist season is November to February and July and August. June to September is the hurricane season.
The beaches of the Dominican Republic are renowned for their quality and Bavaro is no exception. Located on the Costa del Coco on the eastern coast, Bavaro’s ten kilometres of soft white sand glistens in the sunshine. Sloping gently into warm turquoise waters, the resort offers safe bathing for children and less confident swimmers. The translucent waters are ideal for snorkelling and diving and there are a host of other water sports to occupy the more active holidaymaker. These include deep sea fishing, sailing, waterskiing and parasailing. Swimming with dolphins is a popular attraction. Golfer can enjoy the White Sands eighteen hole course.
Bavaro’s hotels, apartments and villas provide a high standard of care and comfort. The friendly service is excellent and the food is good. Since most hotels are all-inclusive, there is a paucity of independent restaurants in the resort. This does not result in restricted menus as the hotels serve a diverse cuisine that satisfies most tastes. Nightlife is low-key where entertainment is provided by the hotel complexes. The larger hotels have discos and some host small casinos for those who enjoy a holiday flutter.
A Bavaro holiday offers relaxed sun filled days on the softest of beaches bathed by warm turquoise water, and a wonderful hospitable atmosphere.
Bavaro nightlife is fairly low-key and evening entertainment is mainly provided by the hotels. There are one or two lively bars in the town and neighbouring Corticeto has discos and clubs where partying continues until the early hours of the morning.
Bavaro shopping is fairly limited with most hotels having their own gift shops. There is a mini-market in Plaza Bavaro shopping centre where you will also find one or two specialist shops and boutiques as well as a couple of souvenir shops. There are also pavement traders who sell local wares. If you are buying jewellery, you should look for larimar, the blue semi- precious stone that is only found on the island. When set in silver it is very pretty and fairly inexpensive. Amber from the Dominican Republic is considered the best in the world and there is a choice of colour from yellow to deep red and smoky green. Traditional wooden carvings make popular gifts and holiday mementoes. Rum, cigars and coffee are all well known island exports. When buying in the markets bartering is an essential part of the transaction as prices are often inflated by one hundred percent.
Since many of the hotels in Bavaro are all-inclusive, there are only a small number of independent eateries. Nevertheless the variety of menu is excellent with the larger hotels having several a la carte restaurants. Traditional food in the Dominican Republic is similar to that in Central and South America. Rice, fish and vegetables are prepared simply with spices. Coconuts and coconut milk are frequent ingredients.