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The deep southwest of the Dominican Republic, dubbed “El Sur Profundo,” is geographically removed from the country’s primary tourist destinations–but those who get closer will find that remoteness has its perks: the most biodiverse reserve and parks in the country, surfing beaches drawing athletes in search of their next break, fresh water cascades turned natural recreational swimming parks, birding havens tucked amid mountain ranges, and plantations producing some of the country’s finest coffee. It’s no wonder this region has also earned the nickname “Pearl of the South” or “La Perla del Sur”.

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Past Barahona’s eclectic local pulse, the province itself and its inland surrounding areas of Bahoruco and Independencia plunge you into a scenery of fishing villages with sand dotted by canoes, and sights of mountain ranges that seem to come down from the sky and fall into the iridescent turquoise Caribbean Sea as you drive along the scenic Barahona-Enriquillo Coastal Highway. Covering a surface of around 7,700 square kilometers (3,000 square miles), the Barahona province is a nature and wildlife-watching haven, with multiple attractions that could keep you occupied for days.

The Sierra de Bahoruco National Park, which makes up part of the country’s sole UNESCO Biosphere Reserve, reveals multiple ecosystems that range from dry forests to cloud–rising over 2,000 meters (7,500 feet) and where unique species make their home. These include at least 180 species of orchids, of which 32 are endemic, rhinoceros iguanas, and over 100 species of birds along marked trails. Complementing this wilderness are rivers cascading down to meet pebble stone beaches, towering bluffs with a coastal scenery unlike anywhere else in the DR, and caves tucked in thick fern forests leading you toward refreshing swims in blue sinkholes while hearing mystical tales.

When you’re not mountain biking, hiking in forests or chasing after gemstones at the larimar mines, catch an artisan marmalade making session with the local cooperative in La Ciénaga, or just relax at one of the village’s local bars.

Like a paint palette at your disposal, Barahona’s widespread outdoors and atypical sights allow for picking and blending your choice of scenery and adventures.

The best entry point for overnight stays in Barahona is Las Américas International Airport (SDQ) in the capital city of Santo Domingo, located approximately three hours west.

LATEST EVENTS
Aug 8 @ 8:00 pm - Oct 31 @ 11:00 pm

Temporada de Conciertos Sinfónica Nacional 2018

Teatro Nacional
The Seasonal Concerts of the Orquesta Sinfónica Nacional have arrived with the virtuoso leading of ...
Aug 18 @ 8:00 pm - Aug 19 @ 10:30 pm

Intus Circus

Palacio de Bellas Artes
This circus theater arrives to Santo Domingo to present amazing music, dance, acrobatics, tricks and...
Aug 18 @ 8:00 pm - 11:30 pm

“Puerto Plata Está en Salsa” Concert

Anfiteatro La Puntilla
The most popular Dominican salsa singers such as Michel, Sexappeal, Chiquito Team Band, Revolución ...
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Attractions in Barahona 

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Bahía de las Águilas

Tour to the Jaragua National Park in the southwest. Unforgettable experience to visit the white sand beaches and crystal-clear waters near the small fishing village of "La Cueva". Accessed mainly by boat, this almost three-mile long (4.5km) white sand beach with crystal clear waters provides a striking contrast with the lush greenery of the Bahoruco Mountain Range although both are located within the Jaragua National Park. This is a protected beach and there are no hotels or restaurant there. Turtles nestle by a dry forest, showcasing the same flora and fauna that existed even before the Spanish settlers arrived. It is part of the Jaragua-Bahoruco-Enriquillo Biosphere Reserve that was added to UNESCO's World Network of Biosphere Reserves in November 2002.

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Barahona Dining

Barahona is a major fresh fruit and vegetable growing area, known for its coffee and big green plantains. The local specialty is seafood rice dishes plus casseroles and stewed or baked goat at Brisas del Caribe, María Montez and La Rocca restaurants.

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Barahona Nightlife

Casual yet lively, Barahona’s nightlife reveals a slice of Dominican culture. In town, you’ll find a handful of sports bars and lounges along the Malecón, open from sunset until the early hours of the morning. Dance, play pool, or simply relax with cocktails across the seafront.

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Barahona Shopping

Coffee from Polo, larimar from Paraíso, rocking chairs from La Lista, the fruit preserves and typical dolls made by the Coopdeci women’s cooperative in La Ciénaga. Barahona city market for fresh produce, including the famous Barahona plantains. Barahona caters mainly to domestic travel. The FestiCafé held in Polo in June every year is one great event for meeting the arts and crafts vendors of the region.

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Bird watching

Sierra de Bahoruco and Barahona are known as excellent places to go birdwatching in the Dominican Republic. Endemic birds not found elsewhere than Hispaniola such as the Parakeet, Hispaniolan Emerald, Hispaniolan Trogon, Broad-billed Tody and the rare Bicknell’s Thrush. Other threatened birds that have been sighted in the area include the endangered Bay-breasted Cuckoo, La Selle Thrush, and the Hispaniolan Crossbill. A total of 30 of the 31 endemic species can be found in this amazing area.

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Cabral

Cabral is best known for its colorful carnival at the end of Easter, when the Cachúa characters dress in bat-like costumes and unfold impressive whips as they go in pursuit of the demons from Thursday to the Monday after Easter Week. Close by is La Lista, a small town famous for its wooden rocking chairs and other arts and crafts from wood. Some 22 workshops fill the town.

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