Hiking in the Dominican Republic

Near the beachfront community of Bayahibe (near Punta Cana) is one of the jewels of the Dominican Republic, Parque Nacional del Este.  Here visitors will find the beautiful white sandy beaches of Saona Island, tropical forests, scuba diving, and striking limestone landscaping along with almost 600 species of plants and over 150 species of birds.  

Within Parque Nacional del Este is the 1.2 mile Padre Nuestro hiking trail which offers visitors the chance to view impressive caves featuring fresh water springs and underground lakes, cliffs and more tropical vegetation including cacti.  The natural beauty of Chicho lake offers visitors the chance to enjoy the calming and soothing waters but remember to bring a flashlight as the caves are very dark.

For more information, visit Go Dominican Republic.

Flickr.com Photo Credit: Dominican Republic 2007 by Smiley Stew

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