Fodor's Expert Review Playa Bávaro
Bávaro is the most developed stretch of the 35 miles (56 km) of white-sand beach in the Punta Cana area, which is lined with both midsized and mega-sized all-inclusive resorts. Although it encompasses many smaller towns, the main area, which is past Cabeza de Toro, is thought to begin with the massive Barcelo Bávaro Beach Resort and extend to the funky, fun fishermen's beach, Playa El Cortecito, known for the landmark restaurant Capitán Cook’s. The water is characteristically warm and fairly shallow, with seaweed kept in check by hotels. Each resort has its own designated area with its chaise longues lined up in neat rows. Although there are stretches that are idyllically quiet, for the most part it is nonstop action. Boats and water sports provide the entertainment, wandering beach vendors the aggravation. In several areas there are designated, makeshift markets. Amenities: food and drink; toilets; water sports. Best for: walking; swimming; windsurfing.