Look out for manatees at the Marine Mammal Sanctuary in nearby Estero Hondo, an hour east of Montecristi, where a couple of hiking trails lead you towards a protected lagoon, home to the largest number of endangered herbivore West Indian Manatees in the DR. The Estero Hondo Marine Mammal Sanctuary also doubles as a protected habitat for birds–climb the lookout tower to spot manatees and birds in one fell swoop.

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Other attractions in Montecristi


Cayo Arena

Cayo Arena offers schools of tropical fish that can also easily be seen in shallow turquoise waters, making this spot a paradise for snorkeling fans; the area boasts some of the most abundant marine life in the DR, with corals and sponges, and schools of tropical fish swimming around your feet.

Montecristi, Puerto Plata

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