The next section, or blog post, of our trip has to do with the beach at the Iberostar Bavaro Resort in Punta Cana. As you can see, I have quite a few photos of the trip. Luckily, I narrowed this one down to only four.
The beach was a lot better than expected. You know, you hear all the stuff about being white sand beauties from the resort literature, but who knows what is really true? We actually heard that this beach was more crowded than Jones Beach on the 4th of July.
There were a few people at the resort when we were there, so I don’t think it was the slow season or anything, but I am sure there are many more people there in February, when it’s really cold up in New York. The beaches had plently of places to sit under the little huts.
As you can see, the beach was pretty narrow from front to back. This was nice because it kept things very cozy, like it belonged to you. The people were pretty cool too. There really wasn’t any attitude. On many beaches, I would walk around and avoid certain sections that looked like they were owned by punks. Not here. The sand was pretty nice and the water was clear. There were coral reefs right in the swimming area and I didn’t see any sharks. Not even the toothless ones that I wanted to swim with. To see them, I would’ve had to take a boat ride out to another big reef and snorkle.
Down the beach a little ways, in between the Iberostar Bavaro and Iberostar Dominicana Resorts, there was snorkeling equipment that I used. I went out and looked at this big chunk of coral and swam down the right side of it. The coral was a little beat up from people touching it, but the side was really nice because it was deeper than the rest. It looked like the stuff I saw on TV, with all the blue, yellow and striped fish. Really neat stuff. The resort also offers scuba diving, glass bottom boat rides, banana boat rides and horseback riding, to name a few. They offer a lot of things to do.
Here is a picture looking back at the resort, from the water. You can see all the little shaded huts for people to lounge under. Laura and I hung out under a few for a couple of hours on Tuesday and Wednesday. The breeze off the ocean and the shade made a nice cool combination. Also, the bar was to the right, which helped.
Down the beach, to the South, were little shops owned by who knows. They sold all sorts of stuff, but you really have to haggle with them. I am pretty good at that from my days down on Canal Street buying watches. I bought a few Larimar pendants for Laura, as well as other things I will discuss in a later post. The shopping was interesting and fun.
Did I mention we hung out in the shade for a while? Amazingly enough, the only place I got sunburned was my feet and lower legs from the walk over to the little shops that one day. Even with all the snorkling and swimming I did in the ocean, I didn’t get burned at all, although we did do a lot of swimming at night (in the buff…my favorite). I saw plenty of people with sunburn, but they may have been doing that on purpose so they have something to talk about when they get home. When you reach a certain age, I think sunburn makes you look like an idiot. If you haven’t learned about the effects of it and are still standing out in the sun getting burned on purpose, there is a problem. Laura and I avoided it like crazy.
So, there we have it…a short little todo on our little section of the beaches of Punta Cana.