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Pedernales

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Pedernales

Tucked in the southwestern most corner of the Dominican Republic, bordering Haiti, the Pedernales province is as remote as it gets. Yet this distant, desert-like coastal landscape beckons the ultimate outdoor explorer–a place where giant cacti line the roads with intermittent views of iridescent turquoise shores, where cows and iguanas are a frequent sight, and where naturalists will find the country’s most significant reserves.

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The majority of visitors head to Pedernales to reach Bahía de Las Águilas, the crown jewel of Dominican beaches, sitting below breathtaking karst cliffs and untouched since Pre-Columbian times. But those who stay overnight will find a province boasting some of the most unique geographical features and protected natural sights in the country. Parks, lagoons, and lakes that host endemic, endangered reptiles, birds, and wild flora. Ancient Taino caverns that reveal freshwater sinkholes, and rock art few have explored. And the Jaragua National Park, a jewel in the DR’s nature crown, part of a designated UNESCO Biosphere Reserve, that is home to 400 species of flora, 130 species of birds–look for flamingos at Laguna de Oviedo–an abundant marine life with turtles nesting on its beaches, and sharks swimming off the islands of Beata and Alto Velo. You’ll find a haven of reptiles as well, including the Hispaniolan solenodon, and the Hispaniolan hutia. Nearby, American crocodiles breed and bask in hypersaline waters at Lago Enriquillo, the Caribbean’s largest lake, sitting 43 meters (140 feet) below sea level.

Head off the beach and forests, and swim in river fed pools amid caverns. Or drive up into the cool mountains at 1,300 meters (4,265 feet) above sea level, and witness rare Caribbean phenomena like the geological depression at Hoyo de Pelempito.

Pedernales’ attractions are often included in tours of the Barahona province, located approximately two hours away (135 kilometers or 84 miles). But you can escape the madding crowds and overnight near the country’s most pristine beach if you choose, and take in this nature province’s wild surroundings.

Pedernales’ best entry point is Las Américas International Airport (SDQ), located approximately four and a half hours west.

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Attractions in Pedernales

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Bahía de Las Águilas

Recognized as the most beautiful beach in the Dominican Republic, this diamond-white stretch runs a whopping five miles, boasting crystal clear turquoise waters and no hotels, shops, or restaurants. Protected as part of the Jaragua National Park, a spectacular rocky karst landscape hugs this beach all along the coastline. You can reach Bahía de Las Águilas by an all-terrain vehicle, or by boat from the shores of Cabo Rojo. Bring plenty of sun protection for this unshaded piece of paradise. 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.

Pedernales, Boating Attractions

Cabo Rojo

Cabo Rojo remains one of the DR’s most popular beaches, winning visitors over with its captivating coastal views. Its turquoise waters are also home to some of the Caribbean Sea’s best-preserved coral reefs, providing a breeding ground for Antillean Manatees and the juvenile hawksbills.

Pedernales, Beaches, Ecotourism, Family-Friendly

Haitian Market

A wide open field fills with open air stalls, where Haitian vendors sell products ranging from vegetables to secondhand clothing and electronics. It’s one big flea market!

Pedernales, Shopping

Lago Enriquillo

Lago Enriquillo is the largest and deepest lake below sea level in the Caribbean, ideal for wildlife watching and nature exploration. Boat trips along the lake’s waters and onto Isla Cabritos reveal a large population of American crocodiles, and flamingos.

Barahona, Pedernales

Meetings in Barahona & Pedernales

Barahona and Pedernales, in the southwesternmost corner of the Dominican Republic, are destinations for small meetings and incentive travel. With the exception of the Costa Larimar with 109 rooms, most hotels in this scenic area have less than 20 rooms. Team-building incentives become memorable in Barahona and Pedernales. The area is known for its extraordinary scenic landscapes, biodiversity, forests, birdwatching and surf beaches. Three good-sized lake and lagoons, Enriquillo, Cabral and Oviedo, offer exceptional nature-watching experiences, including the likely chance of having a close encounter with a crocodile and seeing flamingos in flight. Intimate weddings are popular here, although guests may have to book several of the small hotels in the vicinity. Inspirational excursions for newlyweds and romantics include the route up the scenic Aceitillar road to the Hoyo de Pelempito viewing point, overlooking an impressive drop, or the boat trip to Bahía de las Aguilas, a truly pristine white sand beach. Barahona has its own international airport, mostly served by domestic flights. Most people will arrive at Santo Domingo’s Las Americas International Airport (SDQ) and make the three-hour drive to the Dominican Far West.   More details (Venues & Hotels with Meeting Spaces)

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