Unlike it's neighbouring Caribbean Islands, the Dominican Republic has a varied and fertile topography. Not only does that mean almost all of the islands food is local, but the lush landscape also offers exquisite diversity for the traveller. From the silky white sands of Bávaro beach to the rich, dense wilderness of Los Haitiese National Park, the Dominican Republic has it all.
Located on the north east coast, across from Samana Peninsula, is Los Haitiese National Park (Haitises meaning "highlands" or "mountain range" in the Taino Indian language). This oasis of mangrove swamps with giant mangrove trees and watery trails leading to the historic Taino caves, is a must for all travellers.
Only a portion of the 2000km park is open to the public, so booking a tour will allow you best access. We suggest taking a catamaran tour from Samana.
Weave through the winding waterways of the parks lush and majestic forest. Catch glimpses of the hundreds of species of birds, fish, reptiles and crustaceans that call Los Haitises National Park their home. Tour the waterfront Tanio caves, where the islands first inhabitants lived. And discover the early drawings and paintings that offer a fascinating glimpse into indigenous life on the island before the arrival of Christopher Columbus.
As one of the largest islands in the Caribbean, we’d recommend staying on the north east coast, near the park for either your whole trip or just a few days to best appreciate Los Haitises National Park. Our dreamy recommendation is Sublime Samana, nestled between the palm tress and beach on the Samana Peninsular.
Here you can indulge in wonderful coconut treatments or if you're travelling between January and March, maybe catch a glimpse at the newly born whale babies. Prices from £2,245 for 7 nights.