Located on the south-east coast of the Dominican Republic, Playa Bayahibe is a little fishing village that’s grown into a popular away-from-it-all retreat. The narrow stretch of beach is gorgeous, and Blue Flag honoured thanks to its clean, talcum-powder sands. Need a break from sunbathing? Not a problem. Running parallel to the beach are several seafood restaurants for laid-back lunches, plus a few ice-cream spots.
The area is wonderful for snorkelling, so grab your goggles and head out into the shallows to seek out colourful tropical fish. Divers can head out a little further and look for hammerheads, dolphins and turtles. Thrill seekers, meanwhile, can journey north to Anamya Lake and enjoy a three-kilometre-long zip line course.
Flight time from the UK to the Dominican Republic is around 8 hours 30 minutes.
Transfer time from Punta Cana airport to Playa Bayahibe is approximately 50 minutes.
The Dominican Republic benefits from a year-round tropical climate. The driest months on the island are December through to April, when average highs are around toasty 29 degrees. May through to November are the hottest months, with highs in the low 30s, however with the heat comes rainfall - rain storms do pass quickly, however.
British citizens will require a tourist card (US$10) – you can get these on arrival at the airport.
Most hotels and restaurants add a 10% service charge to the bill. Taxi drivers will expect 10% of the total fare.
The official language of Dominican Republic is Spanish. English is widely spoken around the resorts of Playa Bayahibe, Punta Cana and Uvero Alto, too.