Tourism December 13, 2023 | 8:05 am

Minister David Collado initiates construction of vehicle parking at Bayahíbe beach

Santo Domingo.- Tourism Minister David Collado has launched a significant development project at Bayahíbe Beach, marking the start of constructing a sizable vehicle parking area. The project, requiring an investment of RD$192,316,767, addresses a longstanding demand from local stakeholders and aims to cater to the increasing influx of tour operators, pier users, and beach visitors.

Minister Collado expressed his commitment to fulfilling this long-standing need, stating that the new parking facility would significantly enhance the Bayahíbe beach experience. The project involves developing a 26,000 square meter area, providing ample parking space for 66 buses, 129 light vehicles, and 28 motorcycles.

The parking lot’s design includes offices, public restrooms, a police detachment, and five security booths for the Tourist Police (POLITUR), ensuring convenience and safety for visitors. Additionally, the project encompasses the construction of 2,364 square meters of sidewalks and the development of 6,613 square meters of green areas. It also includes storm drainage channeling to efficiently manage water collection in the vicinity.

The comprehensive plan features enhanced lighting, extensive landscaping throughout the area, and the necessary equipment to support these facilities. This development is expected to leave a lasting positive impact on Bayahíbe Beach, marking a significant transformation in the area’s infrastructure and tourism appeal.

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Paul Tierney
December 13, 2023 9:02 am

The area is congested, especially on the weekends. Improvements to parking will be welcome, keeping in mind this project should not impose fee burdens on vendors and visitors. The low middle class and marginally poor may find a future visit to Bayahibe costly to them because of enhancements.

larry ross
December 13, 2023 11:18 am

I’m not quite sure where they are referring to. I think to us locals, they mean Dominicas Beach. The existing Bayahibe beach is scheduled to move to where the old marine Sunix gas pumps were, near the baseball diamond. Dominicus beach is the one moving it’s parking around. The current Bayahibe beach area has been presumable sold off for hotel development. I went to Juanillo Beach a few weeks ago, which is listed as a ‘public beach’ and that cost me $30 US per person.

Paul Tierney
December 14, 2023 8:48 am
Reply to  larry ross

Are you referring to Juanillo Beach at Cap Cana?

larry ross
December 14, 2023 11:12 am
Reply to  Paul Tierney

Yes. Went there after an internet search of public beaches in that area. Just keeping track of public beaches available to locals.

Paul Tierney
December 14, 2023 1:14 pm
Reply to  larry ross

It is a public beach, there should be no fee at all. You still have to be registered at Cap Cana entry gate to be able to enter.