The Beach in Bavaro (just outside of Punta Cana proper) is incredibly long…..I tried to google exactly how long but can’t seem to find it….at least 10 k and probably much further. At high tide it’s just minorly soft but most of the time it’s the hard flatter type of beach perfect for walking/running. The water although beautiful isn’t that clear clear type but for the most part it’s rock and coral free close to shore and the only impediment to swimming is a bit of sea grass in the occasional place.
As you strong along you pass myriads of hotels, condo buildings, beach ‘guys’ trying to get you to take a tour or go visit a local vendor, beach ‘gals’ offering to braid your hair or give you massages. Unlike Mexico there are very few people selling tourist stuff along this beach. I think I’ve only seen one fellow who is actually selling selfie sticks….smart guy, huh? There is also a guy who sells ice cream from a cooler – go figure!
My photos today are ‘things we saw while walking along the beach’….one VERY elaborate sand creation featuring a man and a woman who were being attacked by a shark – amazing detail….done by a true artist…some of it had eroded a bit by the time we saw it. Another lovely little medieval village, a foot print (not ours). Unfortunately, the one huge issue with this beach as with many beaches around the word is that with rising sea levels there are areas with massive erosion. The area called El Cortecito is particularly hard hit with the small stores along the shore being destroyed. Some of the older hotels were built closer to the water and their beaches have all but disappeared. I talked to a young local fellow ‘Luigi’ and he pointed about 20 feet out from the current ‘edge’ to where someone was swimming and told me that not so long ago that was the edge of the beach and that in 6 months he thought that where we were sitting would be ‘taken’ by the sea.
As you walk along in some areas you see palm tree roots where once it was solid ground, big palm with their base ‘ball’ partially exposed, in one section there are a series of large covered berms that have been erected to stop the waves from crashing in and further eroding the beach. This is a serious problem. The rising sea levels are said to be caused by global warming. Global warming of course said to be caused by what we are doing to our planet. How does it stop? Consumerism at it’s worst 😦 Of course, there is another side to this. The earth has been moving and shifting forever (I’m assuming almost infinity here 🙂 …..continents always shifting, water levels rising and lowering, ice ages, meteor crashes causing catastrophic conditions ……
The beach also changes from day to day in different sections. There is sargassum – not huge amounts and most hotels keep it raked up, one day there was all this bright green stuff that I had never seen before, but only one day so far. Some days there are almost pine needle looking things being washed in. Mostly, it’s clear and most evident in the early morning or at higher tides. The sargassum I know is a product of the higher, warmer oceans, the others are just typical of a beach that has winds and surf.
Amazing what a beach walk can make one think about . . . .it’s not all about pretty sunsets is it?
most of these photos (not all) were taken on our first beach walk of 2017 on New Year’s Day before the workers had come out to rake.