Bayahibe is a rural fishing community and a popular beach location. It lies about 20 km from La Romana on the south-east coast of the Dominican Republic.
It is a typical fishing village where fishing is still a craft and where you can feel the genuine atmosphere of the Dominican people. The nets of fishermen, their boats and humble wooden houses, painted in Caribbean colors, co-exist in perfect harmony with the great luxury resorts in the area. Small accommodations for tourists are also very common in Bayahibe. The village of Bayahibe has the following highlights:
Archaeological Site dating back to 2000 BC
Its parish church Santa Maria de Nazaret, was built in 1925 by Archbishop Monsignor Nouel and still maintains its original wooden structure.
The small forest where endemic plants called Pereskya Quisqueyana grow. There are twenty-five species in the world, and five of them grow in the Dominican Republic. The Quisqueyana species is known for its beautiful flowers. In fact, the popular name for this flower is Rose of Bayahibe.
Various handicraft workshops they produce exact replicas of the traditional boats used for fishing and sailing, as well as other souvenirs handcrafted from the natural materials of this rich environment. During the festivities that are celebrated during Holy Week, fishermen organize a traditional sailing regatta in honor of their patron saint, La Divina Pastora, which is performed on both sea and land in a spectacular procession.
The Underwater Living Museum Nuestra Señora de Guadalupe is located on the Dominicus Beach Reef, off the coast of the Bayahibe resort area.
Did you know that... Bayahibe has a particular characteristic that will leave any visitor impressed. You can see thousands of butterflies of all sizes and colors flying around the edge of the beach. Combined with the back drop of the blue sea, they create a panorama only seen in dreams!
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