National Park of the East, Bayahibe

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#4 of 10 in Nature in La Altagracia Province
Explore the protected landscape and wildlife of National Park of the East. Occupying 791.9 sq km (306 sq mi) of land and marine environments, the national park features a scenic peninsula covered in both subtropical rainforest and subtropical dry forest. An island in the park provides a secluded location for beachside relaxation, and features a wealth of bountiful dive sites among the reefs that lie just offshore. The only settlement on the island, a traditional Dominican fishing village has brightly colored traditional wooden buildings and stalls selling locally made handicrafts. See National Park of the East and all Bayahibe has to offer by arranging your trip with our Bayahibe online travel planner .
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  • It is one of the most biodiverse nature reserves in the Dominican Republic, home to the most important tropical forest in the eastern part of the country, as well as several ecosystems, such as mangroves, coral reefs, beaches, wetlands and coconut trees , and has more than 500 species of plants and hundreds of birds, fish, insects. It is located in the south-east of the country, between La Romana and the mouth of the Yuma River, and the best way to visit it is definitely a full-day excursion with motor-powered spears that start directly from the beautiful Bayahibe beach. First you visit the mangrove area, a wonderful ecosystem in which these plants to survive, have "learned" to filter the salt water of the sea, and later stops at the scenic beach of Palmilla, famous for its Natural Pools, a an extensive area with sandy bottom and clear shallow waters that is about half a kilometer from the coast, and where you can swim in crystal clear waters, populated by a myriad of large red and orange starfish. The last stop is the wonderful Island of Saona, a true Caribbean paradise, white and fine sand like borotalco, very high palm trees, crystal clear waters and many fish. Between a bit of relaxation and a great lunch with grilled fish, you can walk in the small and quaint fishing village of Mano Juan, inhabited by about 250/300 people, with the colorful wooden houses typical of the Caribbean areas. The highlight is definitely the Canto de la Playa, a real corner of paradise, a kilometer beach of fine and white sand, wild, with crystal clear waters and very high palm trees, the typical postcard of the Caribbean.
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  • I was on the island of Saona for the first time, 20 years ago... This is the 4th time I come to the Dominican Republic and I go to this island every time, so it is heavenly with its sand so fine and white that it looks like flour, and its warm waters flowing in all shades of turquoise ... This year I was surprised by all the tourist infrastructure that pointed their nose, all along the coast ... The island loses a lot of its wild charm... shame...
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