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Dreams & Iberostar in La Romana: Walking along the beach

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Dreams & Iberostar in La Romana: Walking along the beach

My wife and I are considering a 10-day trip to La Romana in the middle of December. We have been to Punta Cana a couple of times, so now we would like to try a different place. We are deciding between Iberostar and Dreams, also thinking about splitting our stay between the two.

We both love walking along the beach. In Punta Cana we usually walked for 5-10 miles every day. Also, my wife likes to jog in the morning along the beach.

Reading the reviews and forum posts we understood that "at Dreams, the beach is anchored by the village of Bayahibe on one side and jungle on the other." (this is from Kaki's great and very helpful review). Our question is -- can you still walk along the beach? May be not barefooted, but in sneakers or sandals? And, if yes, for how long? Would it be safe?

The same question applies to Iberostar.

Thank you very much for your help!

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1. Re: Dreams & Iberostar in La Romana: Walking along the beach

You can totally walk the beach to Bayahibe. Once you hit the public beach, the same care and attention with raking and maintaining the sand will clearly not be done as it will be on the hotel beach so I'd defo only do it with some kind of footwear. If you have a water shoe, you can slosh through the water the whole way too, something I certainly wouldn't consider barefoot off the property. The beach at Dreams is quite short...truly taking about 10 minutes to hit Bayahibe. By no means anywhere near a 1 mile walk, let alone 5 miles. But once you get to Bayahibe you can scour the streets of the village for as long as that takes, and even endeavour to walk out the Bayahibe road. I'd watch it once you hit the road to Dominicus since trucks zoom by quite quickly and there are no shoulders on the road. I can direct you to pictures of that if you need me to once I'm home from work. From there you could head to the Padre caves.

I recommend for those who like to walk and explore that you do the Dreams' guided bike tour early in your stay to get oriented. Then you can walk along the Bayahibe bahia to the undeveloped beach that they will have taken you to. I don't really suggest going further south along those paths unescorted since if you take the wrong fork, there's no telling where you'll end up. You ask about safety and I'd say that you're safe up to that point.

It's not like a 10 mile beach and ocean walk, but in some ways could be revealing for you if that's what your past experience has been.

I like the idea of doing two resorts during the same trip so if you want to do 5 and 5 days, that sounds good to me. Maybe a bit short, but we don't all have 2 weeks to play with! From the Iberostar, you can scout out Dominicus in the same way you did for Bayahibe and head south along the beach toward the Nacional Parque del Este. You see a couple of new developments there so security may be visible but if you stay at the water's edge, you should have free passage. Again, once into the park it will be like those undeveloped areas of Punta Cana where you may run into unsavoury people and wildlife but the main beach--and the early part of the parque--will pose no problems that way. Absolutely bring footwear and leave valuables at the hotel. The beach there is longer than at Bayahibe, but you'll have the other resorts on the beach more similar to Punta Cana. Only 5 hotels so again not 5 miles, but still...

For long jogs on the beach, I think you'd be disappointed with what you find at both Dreams and the Iberostar. There are pros and cons to both coasts and what the south gains with snorkeling reefs and Caribbean sunsets, it loses with 10 mile long beaches. You can take a guided walk into the parque too.

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2. Re: Dreams & Iberostar in La Romana: Walking along the beach

Thank you very much, Kaki! It is very helpful. And yes, it would be great if you could direct me to the pictures you were mentioning. Thank you.

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