The country’s largest freshwater lagoon, reaching 28 square kilometers (11 square miles), Laguna Rincón–or Laguna de Cabral–is home to a variety of flora and wildlife rich enough to make it a protected scientific reserve. Thriving in and around the lagoon and its surrounding subtropical forests and mangroves are fresh water turtles, iguanas, and more than 50 bird species, including flamingos, pelicans, herons, and Florida ducks.

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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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