In this particular region visitors can feel “Mother Nature’s peaceful embrace” and enjoy the serene atmosphere found in the nearby mountains.
Journalist Rosa Marques describes her experiences while touring the Dominican Republic’s southwest region.
Her article appears in the Conde Nast Traveler magazine.
Ms. Marques left the capital city of Santo Domingo and headed for the country’s southwest border region town of Pedernales with a group of local and international journalists who wanted to get a glimpse of one of the country’s most beautiful and impressive regions.
The Dominican Republic’s southwest is very different from the country’s eastern and north coast tourism regions, but offers true natural off-the-beaten path treasures.
Journalist Marques writes an extensive article on the southwest tour, indicating that the region offers a wonderful mix of mountains, a beautiful coastline, deserts and unique sand dunes.
The tour ended at “Bahia de las Aguilas” (Bay of the Eagles) in the province of Pedernales.
Ms. Marques began her tour “to the rhythm of bachata and merengue,” and her article highlights the region’s most important attractions.
In her article she describes an impressive 17th century sugar mill, situated in Haina – a town west of Santo Domingo -, as well as other natural and historic treasures she found along the four hour journey.
A Festival of Colors
The country’s beautiful southwest highway led the journalist to the town of Bani, known in the Dominican Republic as the “capital city of the mango,” a delicious tropical fruit.
In a highway break, Ms. Marques stopped at a traditional store in the village of Paya, known for its delicious coconut milk candy.
The tour continued on to the breathtaking Bay of Ocoa.
She describes the endless banana plantations situated on both sides of the highway, calling the entire region a true festival of Caribbean colors.
In the city of Barahona, the largest in the southwest, Ms. Marques enjoyed a refreshing dip in two popular local beaches.
Right on the beach she ordered fresh seafood, prepared and served by the local vendors. During her visit through the “Laguna Los Patos,” further west, where she refers to the presence of yellow butterflies which “seemed to accompany” the vehicle in its march due west.
The moment, said the author, was like a moment out of a Gabriel Garcia Marquez novel,” the Colombian Nobel Laureate.
In her article, Ms. Marques says that the Bay of the Eagles is a true, “unspoiled paradise,” a place where God’s presence is felt through the breathtaking scenery.
“This is the most pristine beach I have ever seen,” expressed the journalist in her article. “Under the shade of a sea grape tree, I felt the peaceful and reconciling embrace of Mother Nature.
At that moment I remembered the words expressed by the owner of a local ranch. God lives here.”
“Everything Was Perfect”
Rosa Marques could not resist the temptation of visiting the “Casa Bonita” Tropical Lodge, in Barahona, a pioneer in sustainable tourism in the southwest region. Her description of her experience at the hotel’s spa was “worth the long trip through the rugged terrain.”
“The light, the music, the peaceful surroundings, the mountains behind us, the small and exclusive clientele … everything was just perfect,” explained Ms. Marques.
She explained that even though her final destination was the Bay of the Eagles, she couldn’t resist the possibility of enjoying the features offered by the “Casa Bonita” spa, situated at the edge of a local forest.
Her brief stay at the Lodge was such a pleasant experience that, she said, “we decided to return and spend a few days” at this magnificent Small Luxury Hotel.
“The next morning we had breakfast surrounded by the sound of nature’s silence in its purest state.
The freshly squeezed pineapple juice, the bread, the butter, the guava jelly (all homemade) all made me so happy that for a moment I doubted that the Bay of the Eagles was our final destination.