THE DOMINICAN REPUBLIC
The Dominican Republic is a colourful tapestry of Spanish, French, Haitian, and African influences woven by a rich and storied history.
Christopher Columbus described this lush land as "a beautiful island paradise with high forested mountains and large river valleys". This statement is still as true today as it was in 1492.
In addition to the comforts of sun, sea, and sand, the Dominican Republic offers an exciting and unique cultural experience that will captivate your senses.
Setting aside 20 percent of the country's land for preservation has resulted in 83 areas: 19 national parks, six scientific reserves, 32 natural monuments, 15 natural reserves, two marine sanctuaries and nine protected parcels of islands also called panoramic views.
AREA OF BAYAHIBE
A small fishing village, Bayahibe is gaining recognition as a growing tourism destination and as an environmental benchmark for the Dominican Republic and the Caribbean.
SOME ACTIVITIES OF BAYAHIBE
The Dominican Republic's beaches are widely celebrated as being among the world's best, and for good reason. Here, more than 1,000 miles of sugar-coloured sand is gently lapped by warm waters so clear and blue one has to see to believe. Depending on location, the beaches offer a gentle lullaby for an Oceanside nap or enough wind to keep a Technicolor kiteboard adrift.
La República Dominicana oengece un mundo bajo el agua, con excepcionales arrecifes de coral para la práctica del buceo y el snorkeling, increíbles aguas cristalinas y una gran variedad de vida marina llena de colores. De hecho, el país es constantemente catalogado como uno de los primeros lugares para el buceo en el Caribe. Los visitantes pueden explorar nauengagios de los siglos pasados en la costa norte del país o aprovechar las cálidas y protegidas aguas del sur. Aunque la RD es un paraíso para los buzos experimentados, la mayoría de los hoteles oengecen lecciones y certificación para aquellos interesados en aprender más de e esta actividad.
THE EAST NATIONAL PARK
The principal highlights of this 178 square mile marine park are its more than 200 caves and Isla Saona where endangered West Indian manatee and bottlenose dolphins can be seen from time to time.
There are no rivers or streams in the park and the mainland is heavily wooded with subtropical humid forest to dry forest. This clustering of trees creates a safe habitat for 112 species of birds including the endemic ashy-faced owl and Hispaniola lizard-cuckoo.
The majority of the park takes up the Dominican Republic's south-eastern peninsula near Bayahibe whose coastline is well known for coral formations and internationally renowned dive sites. The southernmost tip is Calderas Bay where saltwater lagoons and mangrove swamps are found. Opposite of the bay is Isla Saona, a 15-mile-long island with two small settlements: Mano Juan and Punta Gorda with a total population of 300 people. To the west is the smaller, uninhabited Isla Catalina.
Located within Parque Nacional Del Este, Isla Saona is one of the southeast coast’s most popular tourist destinations. In fact, this small island was recently named one of the Caribbean's Eight Dream Beaches by Caribbean Travel & Life magazine. Powder sugar beaches, towering palms, azure water and the occasional sand bar at low tide make this one of the DR's most romantic destinations.
Only six square miles in size and located just off the shore from Bayahibe, Isla Catalina features the best coral reef in the area, a mangrove swamp and sand dunes. Crowds of tourists come for a day of scuba diving and relaxation.