A charming coastal fishing village, La Ciénaga boasts gorgeous winding views of the Bahoruco mountains sloping down as if blending into its turquoise Caribbean bay. Aside from its beach, a jump off point for snorkeling and surfing, La Ciénaga offers the opportunity to visit the local cooperative–the Cooperativa Para el Desarollo de La Ciénaga (COOPDECI). This group of enterprising local women and men offer a number of cultural experiences, including an artisan marmalade making workshop, using fresh fruits collected from the Sierra de Bahoruco, and hiking trips to surrounding caves and rivers. Stay in La Ciénaga overnight and experience an authentic fishing village life.

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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.

Barahona, Iconic Sights

Cafeto Madre

Cafeto Madre is another option for a coffee trail in the mountains of Polo. Local guides will take you hiking across multiple trails leading to the coffee plantation. You could also combine an excursion to the nearby cloud forest of Cachote while you’re there.

Barahona, Family-Friendly, Plantation Trails

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