Rivers + Lakes

Taking a cold river dip, near or away from the beach, is part and parcel of DR culture. Locals love to swim in fresh water rivers, cooking along the banks, and resting in the shade. For more adventure, go river rafting in Jarabacoa and feel the rapids as you tumble over mini cascades past a rocky shore. Rent a kayak and glide along the majestic Chavón River, in La Romana, once featured in the movie Apocalypse Now. In the southwest, the rivers of Barahona—easily accessed as they tumble down to meet the sea—are so magnificent for a swim that they are natural attractions, combining food and drinks on site. Lakes are no less impressive—hop on a boat tour of Lago Enriquillo, sitting 30 meters (138 feet) below sea level at the lowest point in the Caribbean, and home to American crocodiles.

Rivers dips are ideal during the summer when temperatures are at their highest, but you can enjoy them year-round, while lakes are ideal for bird spotting.

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Rivers + Lakes in DR 

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Altos de Chavón

This excursion covers the eastern coastal plains, passing San Pedro de Macorís and its sugar cane fields all the way to the Casa de Campo tourist center at La Romana. Tourists are given plenty of time to photograph Altos de Chavón, a replica of a European medieval village.

La Romana, Excursions

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.

Barahona, Excursions

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.

Barahona, Excursions

Catamaran Crossing & Snorkeling

Catamaran, diving excursion with snorkeling in the bay of Samaná. The catamaran anchors at Cayo Farola, well known for its diverse and colorful wildlife. Upon arrival at Cayo Levantado, there is time to swim in the turquoise waters off the beach and buy crafts from the gift shops.

Samaná, Excursions

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