Southwest Dominican Republic

Things to do in Pedernales
October 31, 2019

Enthusiastic nature travelers always seek a lot of good places to discover, such as visiting fragile, unique, pristine, and completely undisturbed natural areas. The Dominican Republic southern coast region is the pinnacle of an extraordinary, isolated, and full blast nature getaway.

Heading South from Barahona City, you get to visit a small town in Barahona, the Los Patos. Let the locals introduce to you their unique paradise that invites foreign tourists to discover its natural attractions, including virgin beaches, rivers, and green mountains. Los Patos can also let you experience an extensive nature break. Take advantage of this popular spot for water sports activities such as surfing, windsurfing, and kayaking.

One of the most significant natural reserves and part of the first UNESCO Biosphere Reserve of the Dominican Republic – the Jaragua National Park. It provides an excellent representation of the well-preserved nature of the West Indies for both arid and coastal marine biodiversity.

Laguna de Oviedo is a sweet-salty water lagoon, which is separated from the sea only by a narrow strip of land. Here lies a dry, almost desert-like vegetation that is inhabited by different large birds, such as herons, spoonbills, and ducks. The Laguna de Oviedo has a total of 22 islands with very different sizes.

Bahía de las Águilas, also known as Bays of Eagle, is a perfect spot for you. For it lives up the reputation as the best beach in the Dominican Republic – known for its long stretch, powdery white sands, clear aqua-turquoise saltwater and palm-fringed beaches with abundant marine wildlife and excellent whale-watching opportunities during the months of December to March.

Truly a nature lovers’ wonderland, Sierra de Bahoruco National Park is home to an impressive range of forests, from dry to cloud–rising over 2,000 meters (7,500 feet)–and Hispaniola pine forests, as well as a limestone subterrain. The greatest number of flora and fauna make their home here, including at least 180 species of orchids of which 32 are endemic, rhinoceros iguanas and the Hispaniolan solenodon. Temperatures hover at 19°C (67°F) in this mountainous area of the Sierra de Bahoruco—a range so large it stretches all the way into Haiti.

Without a doubt, the area around Lago Enriquillo is one of the country’s most beautiful regions. This largest lake of the Caribbean lies almost 40m below sea level. This region may be hot and dry, but partially very fruitful because of the springs and small rivers.

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