Pedernales, the ecological paradise of the Dominican Republic

Pedernales, the ecological paradise of the Dominican Republic

This region is known for its magnificent beaches and for its wild nature, and it is one of the most important Tourist Poles of the Dominican Republic.


Pedernales has committed to ecotourism thanks to its natural beauty and the fact that it is a non-mass destination. Pedernales was created in 1957, segregated from the province of Barahona, although its first settlers date much earlier. This border province is bounded on the north by the Independence province, on the east, and on the south by the Caribbean Sea, on the east by the Barahona province and on the west by Haiti. Pedernales is a little known paradise, but it has a lot to offer.

The essentials of Pedernales

Pelempito Hole: the journey from sea level to the facilities of the Hole de Pelempito Park in Aceitillar, at 1,165 meters, is in itself an attraction. During the tour, you can see how the vegetation changes. At the top, you can find several mountain trails near the observatory, from which you can see a large geological depression located 700 meters.

Sierra de Bahoruco National Park: this park is a true paradise for nature lovers. The park has an area of ​​1,000 km2 and 70 km long. This national park covers part of the provinces of Bahoruco, Barahona, and Pedernales. One of its biggest attractions is its orchids. The park has 32 orchids exclusive to the area and the Solenodon Hispaniola species, in danger of extinction. It is also a great place for birdwatchers and hikers.

Las Aguilas Bay: this white sand beach with crystal clear waters will leave you impressed. It is mainly accessible by boat and is 7 km long. The ivory sand contrasts with the lush vegetation of the Sierra de Bahoruco. This beach is protected, so there are no restaurants, hotels or bars. The turtle’s nest on a dry forest that shows the same flora and fauna that existed since before the arrival of the Spanish colonizers. Las Aguilas Bay belongs to the UNESCO World Network of Biosphere Reserves.

Cabo Rojo: this area is known for its white sand beach. Cabo Rojo receives this name for bauxite, a rock that inhabits the area. It is one of the most famous beaches in the region. The waters house one of the best-preserved coral reefs in the Caribbean Sea. In that area, the Antillean manatee and the hawksbill turtle reproduce.

Laguna de Oviedo: it is the information center of the Ministry of Environment. The center can be visited by reservation and advised to go first thing in the morning since then the heat is too intense. Laguna de Oviedo has a beautiful saltwater lake that is a magnificent area for bird watching. There are also 24 cays in the center of the lake and mangroves.

Pedernales Caves: the road to Pedernales crosses dry forests where you can see the Trou NicolΓ‘ formations, with three natural pools that feed on underground rivers and are part of the Paraguay National Park.

Pedernales gastronomy: you cannot leave Pedernales without tasting its famous spiny lobsters, in fact, it is the largest source of spiny lobsters in the country. They are prepared in different ways and can be eaten in all the restaurants in the area.

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