In the late 1990’s, on the south coast of the Dominican Republic, the Bayab was one of the most unexplored gems. A few independent travelers knew it then but more resort travelers have never heard of it. Bayaheb is becoming a growing tourist attraction, but there are still striking differences between Bayaheb and the more popular Panta Kana resort megaplex on the east coast.
Beahiba also has a completely different environment compared to Puerto Plata, Sosua and other tourist destinations on the north coast. However, in this article, I will focus on a few differences between Bayahib and Panta Kana.
There is a real sense of community in Byahib like Panta Kana
Founded in the late 1800s, Bayhab has a long history of being a working fishing village. As such, it has a strong sense of community that you don’t rely on just tourist dollars like you find in Panta Kana. In fact, the history of Panta Cana has been relatively short-lived and almost entirely driven by the full development and expansion of tourism-based tourism.
Compared to Panta Kana, Bayahibi is more unprecedented and lags behind. In Bayahebi, it is easy to blend in with the real Dominicans and enjoy the culture of some authentic Dominican Republic. Dominicans are very friendly and big hearted people and they will talk to you happily. In fact, they will not be surprised if you want to dance with them! If you want to meet some real Dominicans in Bayahebi, just hit the beach bars, open-air restaurants, very popular billiard halls and local community shops. You can’t find any similar authentic experience in the Panta Kana resort villages even if you try.
Bayahib has fewer resorts and more non-exclusive hotels and cabanas
The Panta Kana coast has become one of the most popular resorts in the world, with very few options for independent travelers. Bayahib, on the other hand, has only one ubiquitous resort known as Dreams La Romana Resort. It is a 568-room resort that sits in one of the best parts of Playa Bayahibi (Beahibi Beach). Otherwise, all lodging in Bayhib is small hotels, bed and breakfast places and cabanas. Hotel Bayhib is the largest of the independent candidates and has only 25 rooms. Again, you will have a more authentic experience of staying in Bayahib than Panta Kana. Just for clarity, I should mention that Dominicas has a full scale resort 2-3 miles to the southeast of Bayahib which is sometimes considered to be part of the Baybi region.
Cabanas are solitary “huts” or small cabins. Very nice stands. They are scattered in the air along some parts of the beach. You were able to steal and rent these but the price has really gone up in recent years as more tourists have come and many more of these are being used as staff accommodation at resorts that are creeping nearby – cabanas are still a good deal if you can find one! Of course, these are completely different experiences than the Panta Kana resort.
Caribbean Sea vs. Atlantic Ocean
When many people think of “The Caribbean” they believe that the whole region is in the calm and quiet Caribbean Sea. But this is not true at all. The Dominican Republic, like other large Caribbean islands, is bordered by the Atlantic Ocean and the Caribbean Sea. Its northern and eastern coastline faces the Atlantic Ocean and its southern coast faces the Caribbean Sea. Now, here’s the most important difference between tourists: the waters of the Atlantic Ocean are much tougher and wilder than the calm and calm Caribbean waters.
Bayahebi is located on the south coast of the Dominican Republic. Thus, the waters adjoining its shores are calm and serene. The sand is also very fine and silky. On the other hand, the coast of Panta Kana (which includes Bavaro) is located on the east coast of the Dominican Republic. This puts it in the Atlantic Ocean where the amount of water is more turbulent and the sand is a bit thicker. As you head south along the coast of Panta Kana, you begin to enter the transition zone between the Atlantic Ocean and the Caribbean Sea and the sea becomes a little softer and the sand becomes more fine. However, the sea at the southern end of the Panta Kana coast is still not as calm as the sea adjacent to Bayahebi.
The suns of the sun facing the water facing east
Due to the curvature of the land in this region, Bayahebi is located on two coasts to the west. In fact, it is one of the few places facing the west of the entire Dominican Republic. Therefore, the oceans here are considered to be the most spectacular in the country as the sun sinks directly into the sea. You can enjoy this sunset view from any of the open-air restaurants and bars – or from the public beach.
Panta Kana is located on the east coast of the Dominican Republic and so it is not suitable for watching the sunset over the water, although the sunrise at Panta Kana can be spectacular.
Weather and microclimate
Biahebi is considered the best microclimate anywhere in the Dominican Republic. There must have been less rain in Panta Kana than in Samana Bay and other northern coastal Dominican locations, much less rain than in Bayaheb Panta Kana! In fact, Bayahibo also received less rain than the popular resort area La Romana about 19 miles east. It is said that the northern coast of the Dominican Republic received almost the same amount of rainfall during its “rainy season” as in the “dry season”.
Beahibi is also warmer than other tourist destinations in the country. This is especially true in winter when the ambient temperature and water temperature are both warmer than in the tourist centers of Penta Cana and the Dominican North Coast.
Distance to Sauna Island, Catalinita Island and Eastern National Park
By far the most popular day trip in the Dominican Republic is a boat trip to Sauna Island (Isla Sauna). In fact, on an average, more than 2,000 people visit the island every day! Saona Island is part of the Eastern National Park (Park Nacional del Este) located in the extreme southeast corner of the Dominican Republic. This means that travelers to Panta Kana must first take a bus or taxi to Behaib before boarding a boat from Behaib to Sauna Island. It can take 1-2 hours, 2-4 hours round-trip for one hour. Therefore, if you are already in Beahibi, it is much more convenient and comfortable to travel to Sauna Island!