The small village of Bavaro is tribute indeed to the thriving Dominican Republic tourist scene, a sector that has experienced constant growth and regeneration since the very first foreign tourists began arriving with the onset of commercial air travel in the mid 1950s. While the entire nation has experienced this boom, contributing largely to the economy of the nation, there is no greater example than Bavaro itself.
Quite simply, without the tourist sector, Bavaro would not exist. It was purposefully created as a home for the numerous hotel and service sector workers, who flooded the area as the tourism industry increased pace in the 1980s and 1990s.
Bavaro sits within the province of La Altagracia, the easternmost province in all of the Dominican Republic. The province itself is named after a famous religious painting; Our Lady of Altagracia, which was moved to the island from the ruling country of Spain in the 16th. In the modern world, the painting has numerous miracles attributed to it and is a popular tourist attraction – perhaps explaining the tourist fascination with the western coast of the island. La Altagracia is a large province that depends much on tourism, and has coasts on both the Atlantic Ocean and Caribbean Sea.
The region most famous for tourist is Punta Cana; the popularity of this area meant that numerous hotels and other service sector essentials were built quickly. Staffed mainly by natives of the Dominican Republic, it soon became apparent that there was unnecessary stress being placed on the local resources of the people of the area, as the demand for accommodation rose along with the demand for tourism. The decision was made to create Bavaro, a small village, the use of which would be solely dedicated to those working within the tourist sector at Punta Cana.
Soon, hotels began being erected close to Bavaro itself, and the use of the region by Punta Cana workers decreased as many found jobs in the actual village. The village has since become tourist centric, not just housing workers of the tourism industry, but offering sites and attractions for tourists to enjoy themselves.
There are several hotels in Bavaro, some of which are known to be amongst the best in all of the Dominican Republic. There is also the Cocotal Golf Course, a stunningly designed course, created by Spanish golfer Jose “Pepe” Gancedo. The Cocotal Golf course has 27 holes, many of which are championship standard and provide a stimulating afternoon on the greens in trying to master them.
Bavaro is also a popular choice for those who enjoy a beach holiday; the region boasts a staggering 15 kilometers of unspoilt beaches. From here, tourists can indulge in water sports or snorkelling There are also several discotheque nightclubs in Bavaro, ensuring there is something for everyone in this small village that was never meant to be more than a housing development for those working in the tourism sector.