In the mountains or by the sea, on grassy, sandy or rocky terrain, the Dominican Republic has plenty to offer those who prefer eco-tourism activities, such as camping.
For those who prefer colder temperatures, there are excellent camping sites situated some 3,000 meters above sea level, in the country’s central mountain region. For those who prefer camping on a beautiful beach, there are also plenty of options.
In the 1980s and 1990s a favorite destination for campers was the mountain town of Jarabacoa. The most popular camp sites were set up along the town’s most important river banks, and on the grounds of local hotels.
Up in the Mountains
In the country’s central mountain region, the highest in the Caribbean, there are three important camp sites. Perhaps the most visited are the Duarte Peak campsites, followed by the Tetero Valley and the “Valle Nuevo” National Park campsites.
The camp sites, situated between 1,500 and 3,087 meters above sea level, provide visitors with breathtakingly beautiful surroundings, pristine pine forests and crystal-clear rivers and brooks.
On the Beach
The country’s most popular beach camp site is situated on Rincon Beach, on the northeast region. The campsite is situated west of “Las Galeras” beach, in Samana Province.
On the opposite extreme of the beautiful north coast region, visitors will marvel at the beauty of the “Punta Rucia” campsite, situated west of Puerto Plata, the north coast’s most important city.
On the Country’s Southwest Region
For those who want to visit “Bahia de las Aguilas,” on the southwest region, visitors can rent tents at the “La Cueva” restaurant. The region is a natural nesting ground of the leatherback turtle, a highly-protected species in the Dominican Republic.
Most eco-tourism hotels in the Dominican Republic will provide camping facilities for their guests. Visitors to the mountain town of Jarabacoa can use the “Rancho Baiguate” campsite. Other popular campsites: “Los Haitises” National Park, in the country’s central region; and in Barahona, also on the country’s southwest region.
Camping in the country’s protected areas requires permits from the Ministry of the Environment, available at the visitor centers set up in these national parks.
Constanza (Central Mountain Region)
Tel.: (809) 539-1553/1429
Barahona (Southwest Region)
Tel.: (809) 524-6609
Tel.: (809) 412-1161
San Cristobal (West of Santo Domingo)
Tel.: (809) 686 – 1053
El Pinar, San Jose de las Matas (Central Mountain Region)
“El Pinar” Eco-Tourism Complex
Tel.: (809) 703-3447
“Mi Tierra Verde”