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4 Days / 3 Nights

Map of our tour "Unknown Southwest"

Unknown Southwest 4 Days / 3 Nights

If the Dominican Republic has a “best kept secret”, it is this region of the country. Visitors that look for less frequented areas should take advantage of this tranquil region before it becomes a well-known destination. Eco-tourism is at its peak in this part of the Dominican Republic. It features seven national parks and two scientific preserves. Between the beaches, mountains, sand dunes, lagoons and rivers, this area is perfect to enjoy the variety of the Caribbean’s natural landscape. Unforgettable moments are guaranteed.

Day 1: Santo Domingo – Paraíso

In the morning we will welcome you in our office in the Zona Colonial where you enjoy a fruit cocktail, a briefing about the country and your trip and all the support DOMINICAN EXPERT has to offer you. Following you will pick-up your rental car and head west. Soon you will be passing sugar cane fields followed by the incredible natural landscape of rough and barren mountains of the southwest side of the island. After the town of Barahona is a breathtaking coastal road. You will drive past beautiful scenic overlooks with views of the coastline and the Caribbean Sea. When you arrive at the small fishing village Paraiso, you can have a relaxing evening at your hotel or go and explore the surrounding area.

Driving time: 3 hours
Accommodation: Hotel Piratas del Caribe***, Standard Room (Junior Suite for triple occupancy)

The stunning Southwest of the Dominican Republic

The stunning Southwest of the Dominican Republic.

Refreshing spring Los Patos, Dominican Republic

Refreshing spring Los Patos, Dominican Republic

Day 2: Laguna Oviedo

After breakfast, you will travel southwards along the impressive coast road approaching Oviedo, right on the edge of the Jaragua National Park. Here you will find an impressive lagoon of both fresh and salt water. Once here, you will be able to take a boat to watch the flamingos and other species of birds. Enjoy desert scenery surrounded by cactus. Back on the road, you might want stop by at “Los Patos” and go for a swim where a spring entwines with the sea. In the afternoon you will return to your hotel.

Driving time: 4 hours
Meals: Breakfast
Accommodation: Hotel Piratas del Caribe***, Standard Room (Junior Suite for triple occupancy)

Flamingos at Laguna de Oviedo

Flamingos at Laguna de Oviedo

Laguna Oviedo on the south-west coast of the Dominican Republic

Laguna Oviedo on the south-west coast of the Dominican Republic

Day 3: Bahía de las Águilas (Eagle bay)

After breakfast you will drive to the small town “La Cueva” (the cave), where you will find a Caribbean beach of white sand. If you are lucky you may even see the indigenous Hispaniola Iguana, which measures up to 120 centimeters (almost 4 feet!), one of the largest and strongest iguanas of its kind. But do not worry, they are not dangerous and if you have a piece of fruit to offer, the iguanas may even become your friends.
From here you can go and explore the beach called “Bahia de las Aguillas” (Eagle bay), a true paradise with its white sand and turquoise water. You can cross the bay quite safely and comfortably with a rental boat from the little restaurant at “La Cueva” or take an approximate one hour-long walk, through rock formations with the cactus providing a marvelous view. This beach is considered one of the most beautiful beaches in the world. Allow yourself time to enjoy the crystal clear water with its colorful tropical fishes, you may even find a starfish.
At the end of the day you will make your way to the hotel Playazul, only 7km from Barahona. Here you can enjoy a relaxed evening accompanied with the sounds of the Caribbean Sea.

Driving time: 4 hours
Meals: Breakfast
Accommodation: Hotel Playazul***, Standard Room Tipo Queen (Standard Room Tipo Full for triple occupancy)

Bahía de las Águilas in the Southwest of the Dominican Republic

Bahía de las Águilas in the Southwest of the Dominican Republic

Remote and untouched Bahía de las Águilas

Remote and untouched Bahía de las Águilas

Day 4: The Dunes of Baní – Las Salinas – Santo Domingo

On the way back to Santo Domingo we recommend that you take a short diversion to the town of Bani towards “Las Dunas de Bani” (the Dunes of the pots). The Dunes constitute the largest desert of the Caribbean and totally contrast with the rest of the Dominican Republic. These Dunes are huge sand formations caused by the action of the winds and the marine currents which favor sedimentation.  Since 1996 this has been a protected area so there is an official entry point, but you can also park on the street and walk through the dunes to the ocean. (Closed toed shoes recommended!). At Caldera Bay behind the Dunes, you will find the Salt Mine of “Puerto Hermoso”, where salt is still extracted from the various salt basins exactly as it was done 100 years ago. Unique souvenir photos are guaranteed!
In the afternoon you will continue your way back to Santo Domingo where you will drop off your rental car and continue holidays.

Driving time: 3 hours
Meals: Breakfast

Las Dunas de Baní, the sole desert in the Caribbean

Las Dunas de Baní, the sole desert in the Caribbean

Salt production close to Baní

Salt production close to Baní

The trip includes:

– Car rental with unlimited kilometers and full insurance
(Pick up in the morning of day 1 in the city of Santo Domingo; drop off day 4 (time as desired) in the city of Santo Domingo)
– All accommodations at hotels described in the program
– All meals mentioned in the itinerary as “Meals included”
– Transportation from any location in Santo Domingo to DOMINICAN EXPERT office in the old town of Santo Domingo
– Welcome drink and information session at DOMINICAN EXPERT office
– Map of the Dominican Republic with route and destinations clearly marked
– Local mobile phone with unlimited calls to DOMINICAN EXPERT in Santo Domingo (loaner phone 50 USD deposit)
– Travel documentation with useful tips and information about Culture, Country & People

The trip does NOT include:

– All meals and drinks not included in the program
– Personal expenditure
– Tips
– Excursions and optional activities
– Fuel for rented vehicle
– Tolls

Prices per person start from:

  • 277 USD with double occupancy
  • 497 USD with single occupancy
  • 304 USD with triple occupancy
  • 324 USD when booking two double rooms and sharing one rental car

Please enquire for a detailed quote according to your travel dates!

Please note:
Hotel Piratas del Caribe is not suitable when travelling with children. If you would like to book this package with children, please contact us for an individual quotation.

Map of our tour "Unknown Southwest"

Map of our self-drive tour “Unknown Southwest”

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