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El Quemaito Beach

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This popular pebble beach in Barahona gets its name from the warmth of its waters, sand and gravel ["quemar" in Spanish means to burn] . Quemaito Beach is just 10 kilometers from the city, and a mere 10-minute drive from Casa Bonita along the Barahona-Paraiso highway. The white foam-capped waves of the crystalline Caribbean Sea, and the strip of golden sand fused with the green mountainous landscape create a picturesque setting. While it doesn't have a tourist infrastructure, you can find little restaurants or food stalls with local favorites.

San Rafael Beach

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One of the main beaches and most frequented in the whole area, San Rafael is a combination of the forceful oceanic waves of the Caribbean Sea and a natural swimming pool created by nature at the mouth of the San Rafael River. The splendor of the surrounding green mountains and the coastal areas that decorate both the coastline and the beach only add to the beach’s appeal.

Jaragua National Park

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One of the natural treasures that the Dominican Republic has to offer is located near the Haitian border. In 1983, in Pedernales, the largest system of protected areas and parks in the country was set up. The national park, which extends over 854 square miles, includes natural resources of great ecological and historical value. Bahia de Aguilas (Bay of Eagles) is the most popular tourist attraction. Its lagoons and caves, with numerous pictograms, petroglyphs and jars used by the Tainos in pre-Columbian times can be admired. One of the Caribbean’s best areas for bird watching is found here at the Oviedo Lagoon.

Oviedo Lagoon

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Located in Jaragua National Park in the province of Pedernales, Oviedo Lagoon is a stretch of hyper saline waters, 27 km surface area and 1,5 Mts. in depth. The inner part has 24 rocky keys and mangrove swamps where colonies of Ricord’s iguanas live, and migratory and endemic birds nest. The bird fauna includes: the royal and blue heron, gulls, tijereta, cuchareta, pelicans, the endemic parrot and flamingos. This is considered to be one of the best places for bird watching in the Caribbean.

Enriquillo Lake

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The largest lake in the Caribbean, Enriquillo Lake originated from a former canal that connected the bay of Neyba with the bay of Porto Prince. The lake was formed when the western part of the land sunk and the sediments dragged by the Yaque del Sur River isolated the body of water that gradually continued evaporating because of the dryness of the climate. At 40 meters below sea level, Enriquillo marks the Caribbean’s lowest point. The lake’s high salt content has created a barren environment inhospitable to humans but home to American crocodiles, iguanas, and pink flamingos.

The Larimar

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At the eastern end of the Bahoruco Mountain Range, 10 km from the town of Barahona, lie the only two existing mines in the world that produce a semi-precious stone of a strange composition- an enigma to geologists, fascinating to tourists. Many researchers agree that it is a volcanic pectolyte with particular characteristics and whose color evokes the image of white foam, different shades of blue, turquoise, gray and the green of the Caribbean Sea, bathed by the gilded rays of the Antillean sun on the southern coasts.