National Parks in Dominican Republic

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National Parks in Dominican Republic

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  • Carolina B
    4 contributions
    This park is located in the city and is beautiful. For about $2 (100 pesos), you can walk the park and caves to enjoy the serene landscape. There are stairs to go up and down into the caves and you will do a lot of walking, but it is definitely worth it. There is a small boat ride to visit the last cave, it costs about 50 cents (25 pesos). It is hot and humid, so bring bottled water. They have nice restrooms and a small concession stand inside the park to purchase drinks.
    Written September 12, 2022
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  • Angelinjune
    Munich16 contributions
    We went to Padre Nuestra Cave - we just drove to the park, paid 200Pesos per person entrance, and then 1.4 km further at the park entrance met a guide who offers a full tour for free (plus tips) which was absolutely awesome. He took us through the whole park, showed us the local plants, took photos and most importantly helped us on the last cave where you can swim in the dark in refreshing waters. You can also see the carving of the indigenous people here in this cave.
    Ramon (the Guide) is very knowledgable and friendly, we actually ended up giving him 1000 Pesos as a tip which was worth it.
    Can highly recommend this for any nature lovers! Bring good shoes, mosquito spray, water and bathing suit- no need for snorkelling gear as it’s too dark to see much in the Cave. We spent a total of almost 3 hours here.
    Written June 18, 2021
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  • marielle0410
    Deventer, The Netherlands96 contributions
    It was truly amazing! What a great, bautiful and wonderful park this is! We went with a speedboat over the lake and then into to mangrove. We say lots of birds and spider crabs.
    Written August 1, 2022
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  • Esmerlindiaz
    Salem, MA9 contributions
    The best hotel in monte cristi a very good hotel. To go in family very quiet good food good attention I recommend it
    Written November 15, 2018
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  • Shawn G
    Ottawa, Ontario, Canada2 contributions
    Went here with my wife and the waterfalls are incredible... long horse ride but a lot of fun and breath taking views!!!!

    Swam in the bottom and was an incredible experience
    Written September 30, 2014
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  • Carol3552
    Chicago, IL90 contributions
    I just love, love, love this place. It is so lush and beautiful. A must see for the Japanese garden and the butterfly garden alone. Beautiful flora and fauna. Very tranquil. I think it's best to take the little train as an overview and then back back to areas you may want to spend more time in.
    Written May 6, 2022
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  • U8775HJcesarc
    Watertown, NY10 contributions
    Nice place to stay for camping, and ecotourism, only concern is the road, need a 4x4 specially after or during rain,,
    Written June 4, 2019
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  • ameier_11
    Saskatoon, Canada53 contributions
    This museum and historic site are the location of Columbus' first settlement in America. The small museum provides a thorough overview, in Spanish only, through pictures and stories, of Columbus' voyages and adventures in the New World. The historic site displays the ruins and cemetery of the settlement, mostly foundations of the residences and warehouse. There are signs marking the various buildings, in Spanish, but no interpretation or explanation offered. It is a beautiful site, on a headland over looking the bay, and the site of the "admiral's house" or Columbus' residence, is choice. The entrance fee is modest.
    There are clean bathrooms at the museum.
    There are local craftspersons' stalls near the entrance and a small concession. A tout will coax you to visit before you leave. The items for sale are clearly locally made and reasonably priced.
    We felt it was definitely worth the drive out from Puerto Plata. Combined with a visit to the Manatee Sanctuary, it makes a good day trip. Visit this site first and see the manatees later in the day.
    Written March 12, 2015
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  • Oscar D
    Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic224 contributions
    This National Park has a great deal of local flora and fauna.
    Bird watching, visiting ancient ruins, staying in the camping site or exploring the trails with iguanas and springs. It is peaceful place where to stay or visit. Bring your own food and drinks and confortable clothing.
    Written December 29, 2018
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  • edhimal
    Antwerp318 contributions
    When you drive to Pedernales, you see the Sierra de Bahoruco at your right hand side. Turn right before entering Pedernales.
    Our goal was to visit Hoyo de Pelempito. At the entrance of the National Park we talked to the park rangers. They showed us a colorful bauxite mine just before the entrance at your left hand side. From the park entrance to Hoyo de Pelempito it's quite a distance. Especially the last 7 km are difficult. You don't necessarily need a 4WD, but a SUV is highly recommended.
    The landscapes remind me of the Mediterranean or the Spanish interior: a fresh breeze, rather dry, pine trees...
    Going down again you have nice views over the coastline, with Bahia de las Aguilas in the distance.
    Written March 17, 2018
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  • patolinabeach
    5 contributions
    I got there yesterday but, it was sort of disheveled plus 3 men outside were asking me to approach them to give me info. I left. This country has plenty of money yet, is a mess.
    Written May 22, 2022
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  • ALeafOnTheWind
    Los Angeles, CA76 contributions
    This National Park is a great visit for those interested in seeing some of Hispaniola's endemic birds and bird life in general. There are some of the last intact rainforests in the area as well as pine forests. Deforestation for agriculture, largely avocados for export, is occurring by Dominicans along the Haitian border.

    Please note that this park is remote and should be accessed only with a 4x4 and a courageous driver. Bring plenty of water, food, and be prepared to get inventive if you get stuck.
    Written March 6, 2015
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  • Alexander N
    4 contributions
    We drove an hour and a half here to take the boat tour of the park only to find it in very bad shape. The road getting in was bad enough we nearly got our car stuck, there was no one attending the locked up ranger cabin, and the abandoned tour boats gave me the creeps.
    Written November 19, 2021
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