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 the Dominican Republic unique is the opportunity it gives to make your trip not just limited to birding. Here, you can also 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 in the country. It is primarily because this is where the Botanical Garden in Santo Domingo is located, which is a refuge for two of the endemic bird species – the Black-whiskered Vireo or the Antillean Palm Swift.

Heading west from Sto. 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.

Two of the most incredible birding spots in the Southwest of the Dominican Republic considering their locations are Hoyo de Pelempito and the Laguna Oviedo. Hoyo de Pelempito is located 1,300 meters (4,265 feet) high, overlooking the geological depression that drops 700 meters (2,300 feet), and Laguna Oviedo, which is considered the largest lagoon in the Dominican Republic; therefore, regarded as a prime bird-watching spot.

Heading towards the eastern end of the Sierra de Bahoruco is the Cachote cloud forest. This is a rural, montane Dominican countryside that is most authentic, with abundant forests, friendly people, and unique wildlife that makes this destination also great for birdwatching. Now is a chance to perfectly combine a birdwatching trip with a visit to the pristine and absolutely untouched beach of Bahía de las Águilas and an adventure road trip along the scenic route from Barahona to Pedernales.

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.

DomRep Tours 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.