Dominican Republic Parks
Parque Nacional José del Carmen Ramirez
Home to four soaring mountain ranges (including Pico Duarte, the highest mountain range in the Caribbean), while limestone mesas and desert areas are among the highlights in Monte Cristi National Park bordering Haiti. Birding and hiking are popular diversions in this treasure.
Parque Nacional Jaragua
One of the largest protected areas on the island, is home to over 130 bird species. At National Park Isla Cabritos (cabritos means “little goats”), visitors will find three beautiful islands. The largest is Lake Enriquillo, stretching 79 miles through both the Dominican Republic and Haiti, and possessing the distinction as one of a handful of the world’s saltwater lakes populated by crocodiles.
Caleta Submarine National Park
Offers snorkeling and scuba diving, is the underwater home of two shipwrecks and oodles of marine life. Located in the Punta Cana Resort & Club, the Punta Cana Ecological Reserve is a 1,500-acre ecological reserve and park featuring native Dominican animal life and plant species.
Saona Island and National Park of the East
Parque Nacional del Este is known for its stunning lagoons, beaches, coral reefs, caves and archaeological sites, also possesses a beautiful ecological reserve teeming with a variety of sea turtles, dolphins, manatees, mangrove forest, tropical and subtropical rain forests, and over 500 species of plant life. Sugar production, a major industry since its founding by Columbus, is still a mainstay throughout the island, including at Altos de Chavón, a re-created Spanish- Italian village from the 15th Century. It is also known for its stunning lagoons, beaches, coral reefs, caves and archaeological sites, also possesses a beautiful ecological reserve teeming with a variety of sea turtles, dolphins, manatees, mangrove forest, tropical and subtropical rainforests, and over 500 species of plant life.
Los Haitises National Park
Wet forest, mangroves and subtropical rainforest are just the beginning. Recognized as part of the largest estuary in the insular Caribbean, the park is a haven for ecotourism, nature lovers and explorers, particularly because it’s unique and irregular topography features several distinct eco-systems, plant and animal life, and caves with Taino petroglyphs, drawings and underground rivers. Whether on the beach or in a park, there are numerous companies that offer excursions including helicopter tours, caving, jeep safaris and four-wheeling, rock climbing, mountain biking and hiking, just to name a few.