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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.

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Lining the Caribbean Sea, this large park fills up with residents who come here to take respite from the harsh afternoon sun and catch a breeze on one of the benches or under the trees. There’s a beach a short hike below, if you want to dip your toes in sand.
Family-Friendly, Iconic Sights, Urban Parks
Sitting at the foot of towering cliffs, and reached via a staircase from a hotel above the beach, this romantic cove has a part pebble stone and part white sand beach with turquoise waters and active waves.
Beaches, Family-Friendly
Small yet photogenic, this white pebble stone beach is most popular with surfers for its big swells and with fishermen who head out daily, while the undertow keeps the swimmers away. It’s worth a stop for a stroll and scenic views of Barahona’s coastline.
Beaches, Family-Friendly, Surfing + Kitesurfing
Located right within city limits, and lining part of the seafront boulevard, Playa Casita Blanca’s calm Caribbean waters are decent for a swim and an afternoon cool off. Several hotels line the beach, where non-guests are welcome to stop by for a drink.
Beaches, Family-Friendly
This brilliant white pebble stone stretch is the safest of all the beaches in the province, offering a turquoise sea devoid of waves. There are several food and drink booths, as well as palapa-shaded seating areas if you choose to just relax by the water.
Beaches, Family-Friendly
Facing a beautiful bay, this lively beach is dotted with fishermen canoes, and fills up with families after sunset and on the weekends. Partly rocky waters attract small fish and are safe enough to swim in close to shore.
Beaches, Family-Friendly, Scuba Diving + Snorkeling
Like most beaches in Barahona, this stretch has pebble stones rather than sand, and is popular with surfers who come here to enjoy the fast-breaking waters. On the other side of the beach is Los Patos river, where a wide natural pool attracts locals.
Beaches, Family-Friendly, Surfing + Kitesurfing
A striking white beach lining turquoise waters, Paraíso offers cool breezes at sunrise, when fishers take off from its shores for the day, and at sunset. Its currents aren’t for the average swimmer–stick to beach walks–but its waves are ideal for experienced surfers.
Beaches, Family-Friendly, Surfing + Kitesurfing
This signature Barahona pebble stone beach combines panoramic mountain views with river pools and cascades that run all the way to the shore, where the San Rafael River meets the Caribbean Sea. Surfers find waves here to practice on, particularly in the morning.
Beaches, Family-Friendly, Surfing + Kitesurfing
Perched over 700 meters (2,500 feet) above sea level, this highland municipality is renowned for its organic coffee production, blessed with the perfect soil and weather conditions to create a rich, dark blend exported overseas.
Family-Friendly, Iconic Sights

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