Discover the National Park of Haitises

On the northern coast of the Dominican Republic, a natural wonder awaits. Los Haitises National Park is one of the most beautiful ecological conservation areas in the Caribbean. The park is a virgin subtropical rainforest, with hardly any roads accessing or going through it. The secluded rainforest has a dramatic mountain range, caves, mangroves, and all sorts of wildlife.

To get to Los Haitises National Park, most visitors travel by boat from the charming coastal town of Sabana de la Mar. Aboard the boat, visitors can explore the park’s extensive mangrove forests, where animal life is abundant. The boat ride will take you by the picturesque and dramatic San Lorenzo Bay, a secluded rocky cove full of foliage and cliffs. If you are more adventurous, you can take a kayaking tour, which allows you to explore the small canals and nooks of the mangrove forests; and get close to the sheer rock cliffs that cascade into the ocean.

The park takes up an area of 1,600 kilometers, much of which is untouched by people and tourists. One of the park highlights are the numerous caves and caverns nestled in the mountains and coves. The native inhabitants of the Dominican Republic, the Tainos Indians, used the caves and may have painted the pictographs that cover the walls. The most interesting cave art can be found at Cueva de la Arena and Cueva de la Linea. Cueva de la Arena is off of a hidden beach, offering a perfect swimming spot. Exploring the cave you will find rock carvings, bats, and secluded nooks. Cueva de la Linea has pictographs depicting daily life and struggles, and is located deep within the rainforest.

Besides ancient caves, the park also has many tropical plants and animals living within the forest. The forest is thick with orchids, mahogany trees, red mangrove, brown pelicans, figatbirds, owls, and many other tropical animals and plants. Los Haitises National Park’s many rock formations, islands, inlets, mangrove forests, plants, animals, and caves will turn you into an eco-explorer. Enjoy the many natural wonders, and then stop for a swim at one of the parks secluded pristine beaches.

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