Regions and resorts
Azua Barahona - Southwest of the Dominican Republic
Imagine a village without asphalt with colorful wooden
houses, discotheques, built of reeds
This the south-western part of the
island, where the variety of natural landscapes almost limitless. Between the capital and stretch Barahona sugarcane, vegetables and bananas between Barahona
and Pedernales cactus plantation. Everywhere wildlife.
Only one hour away by car from the capital is spread the area with tranquil beaches. In the city are colorful wooden
houses in the society of the colonial buildings with modern elements. Around
the church of Our Lady of Nuestra Señora de Regla many restaurants and shops
of local handicrafts, the first of which is the jewelry. Visit also the museum
of the Dominican Coffee, the exhibits which reveal the secrets of the
preparation of the drink and the most modern cultivation methods. Further to the west the highway leads to the beach of Bani, deserted beaches of Las
Salinas and Palmar de Ocoa, lead-gray sand. From Bani extend excursions to a
nearby salt marshes and dunes, unique, the only one in the Caribbean, the generated 50,000 years ago and possibly hiding from our eyes have not studied
ancient cultures and historical periods. These dunes live is brought in Green
Book monarch butterfly, as well as numerous amphibians, reptiles, birds and fish found only in this area.
Just a few kilometers from the serene beach Barahona rises
to 2,000 meters above sea level mountain range Baruko. Where else will you find
this wonder? Only here, in the Dominican Republic, natural landscapes are replaced with such a dizzying speed. By the way, in Barahona, at a reasonable
price, collectors buy wonderful specimens of sea shells. As for the cuisine,
the signature dish of this place is considered to be lobster.
In the car, on the bus, on foot
how do you like best.
This part of the island can not be ignored. First of all the beach of Najayo
with gray sand, and then the city of Sabana Grande de Palenque, from which on the original motorized carts, «motoconcho», you can get to Playa Palenque,
charming village with a huge beach, which is particularly appeal to those who loves walks on the seashore. In this place, on the sea floor, the remains of the ship lie «Diomedes Imperial» that sank in 1806. The wreck and the wonders
of coral reefs attract every year thousands of diving enthusiasts.
The reserve for those who are crazy story: only 28
kilometers to the west from the capital is San Cristóbal. Founded by the
brother of Christopher Columbus, the city the birthplace of the first
constitution of the Dominican Republic and, as it is paradoxical, the birthplace of her first dictator Rafael Leonidas Trujillo. There are a lot of
memorable places, reminiscent of Trujillo: Casa de caoba («House of mahogany»),
built by the dictator of this valuable material in the thirties, It is amazing
and the Temple the Blessed Virgin Nuestra Señora de Altagracia, decorated with stained-glass windows of the great masters of skillful Vela Zanetti, as well as
the Church of Saint Christopher (San Cristobal) and obsidian caves. The city
itself is very peculiar: the long alleys of mahogany extending from Central Park, the market, animating the streets of countless vegetable and fruit shops. Eco-tourism is here one of the many leisure options. Unforgettable
walk can be a visit to the caves Pomer.
The peninsula Bahoruco
To the south of Barahona highway would lead you to perhaps
the most beautiful beaches of the island. In San Rafael, you can enjoy views of the local swimming «double bathtub» first into the sea, and then to the
river with fresh water. For light beach Paraíso («Paradise»), with the lagoon
of Los Patos freshwater and original stone buildings of the city Enriquillo,
Oviedo is located, and from there deviate tours in the Jaragua Park. This the largest nature reserve island area: 1400 square kilometers of pristine nature.
Geological formations, which are more than 50 million years, the lagoon of Oviedo with the largest colony of flamingos in the island, Las Aguilas Bay, the island of Beata and Alto Velo, beaches which are a permanent habitat for sea
turtles that lay their eggs on the beach, called Playa- Larga passing these
landmarks, along the highway in the direction of the coast can get to a lonely
beach of Cabo Rojo, the most suitable place for a relaxing immersions. A little
further on, behind the beach, is a fishing village of Pedernales.
Magnetic pole of Cabra
From Barahona road leads to the village of Azua, and a few
kilometers from it will turn left to the village of Cabral. Here, at the foot
of the hill catches the eye in the poster with the inscription: «you were
transported to a mysterious magnetic poles Cabral.» At this point, there is a
strange, paranormal phenomena, like the optical illusion. When you go down the
highway down there is a feeling of pressure from the bottom up. They say it is
related to a powerful magnetic field, however, the locals say that sometimes at night the mountain emits a strange light and emits disturbing thunder. Whom to
believe? In any case, a visit to these places the experience is very
entertaining and exciting.
Park and the Lake Enriquillo
Following the direction from the coast inland, Enriquillo
Park is one of the most beautiful nature reserves of 7 and 14 natural parks of the island, a paradise for «trekking» lovers. Here is the Enriquillo the largest lake in the Caribbean: 250 square kilometers too salty water in a huge
hollow, located 40 meters below sea level. Above the lake water rises, as if by
magic, the island Cabritos. There is a National Park and a crocodile nursery,
where there are about 300 samples. It is best to come here during sunset, when the clouds are filled with wonderful blue and red reflections. At highway,
enveloping the lake from the mountain, there is a cave with rock art Taino
Indians (these drawings are called Las Caritas). After the cave sulfur
springs: small lakes with crystal clear cold tonic water.Swimming in those
vivifying thermal waters is absolutely free.