Barahona, located in the southwestern region of the country, is much more than simply another travel destination. As one discovers Barahona and communes with its breathtaking and untouched nature, one feels the stresses and anxieties of everyday life melt away.
It is the home to dry deserts, lush forests, fresh mountain streams, wild breathtaking beaches, Lake Enriquillo with its population of American crocodiles and flamingos, and the dazzling Bahía de Las Aguilas (Eagle Bay).
|Flamingo and crocodile-filled Lake enriquillo, the hoyo de pelempito (geological depression) and the magnetic pole are just a few of the must-see attractions in barahona |
Barahona is an active and friendly town and the gateway to the Dominican Republic’s richest contrasts of nature. Visitors will experience their first encounter with nature at the eco-lodge Casa Bonita. Experiencing and delighting in its lush green mountain backdrop and tropical rivers, one rediscovers an almost-forgotten inner tranquility as one absorbs the calm of untouched nature all around.
Bahía de Las Aguilas is known as the ‘Pearl of the South’ and forms part of the Jaragua National Park, which in 2002 was declared a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve, in order to ensure the preservation of its pristine marine flora and fauna. It is considered even by the Dominicans to be the country’s most beautiful beach, a little piece of heaven on earth unspoiled by tourism and where turtles still go to lay their eggs.
Five miles of fine white sandy beaches stretching from Punta Chimanche to Punta de Las Aguilas line the shallow waters of the bay, comprising an intimate environment that contrasts with the surrounding cacti-dominated dry forests.
Those hungry for an unforgettable encounter with nature will, no matter what they may have seen elsewhere, certainly not be disappointed with Barahona’s spectacular scenery.