Birdwatching in the Dominican Republic

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As you explore the deep southwest of the Dominican Republic, you will understand why people are naturally drawn to this haven for wildlife, where birdwatching is popular and is a prime experience whenever you come to visit.

What makes this birding adventure unique, is the opportunity to visit the glorious beaches of Bahía de las Águilas, the amazing waterfalls of the Cordillera Central, and even the stunning nature of the Dominican Republic’s north coast!

Santo Domingo, the capital of the Dominican Republic, is a great starting point for your birding vacation due to its magnificent Botanical Garden, which is a refuge for two of the endemic bird species – the Black-whiskered Vireo or the Antillean Palm Swift.

Heading east from Santo Domingo, you’ll come across Los Haitises National Park – a popular destination for nature lovers and bird watchers alike. This is where professional birdwatchers and even holidaymakers have the option to participate in specialized birdwatching tours, and a chance to encounter the endangered and endemic Ridgway’s Hawk.

In the Southwest of the Dominican Republic, the Jaragua National Park offers two of the most incredible birding spots: Bahia de las Águilas and Laguna Oviedo. Bahia de las Águilas combines birdwatching opportunities, untouched beaches and an adventure road trip along the scenic route from Barahona to Pedernales. Laguna Oviedo, the largest salt-water lagoon in the Dominican Republic, has more than 20 islands and is also considered a privileged place for bird watching.

Heading towards the eastern end of the Sierra de Bahoruco is the Cachote Cloud Forest, which is a rural, montane dominican countryside, with abundant forests, friendly people, and unique wildlife for birdwatching.
Deep in the Bahoruco Mountain Range, the Hoyo de Pelempito is another great place for birdwatching. It is located 1,300 meters (4,265 feet) high, overlooking the geological depression that drops 700 meters (2,300 feet).

One hundred kilometers north from Cachote is an area between Lago Enriquillo and the Bahoruco Mountain Range that is a delight for serious birdwatchers. This famous region has birding trails where you can find common species such as La Selle Thrush, Western Chat Tanager, Rufous Throated Solitaire, White-winged Warbler, Hispaniolan Trogon, and the White-fronted Quail Dove.

Located North Coast is the Cordillera Septentrional. This mountain range runs from Montecristi all the way east to beyond San Francisco de Macoris, which forms an impressive mountain barrier between the northern coast and the Cibao Valley. While you discover more of the Septentrional, you also get an opportunity to step into rural Dominican life as you enjoy birding and the spectacular vistas of mountains, valleys, and cities.

EcotourBarahona has artistically designed unique birdwatching trips, accompanied by professional and passionate local guides who will show you the best of this part of the country. For the ultimate birding experience, more information and trip ideas, check our tour packages 👉 see packages.