DISCOVERY AND ADVENTURE: Dominican National Parks surrounding Viva Wyndham Resorts
The Dominican Republic has about thirty national parks, protected natural areas, and a biosphere reserve. We show you the closest to our hotels.
Los Haitises National Park is one of the jewels of the network of national parks in the Dominican Republic. Los Haitises, in the ancient Taíno language means “mountainous terrain”; in fact, the limestone hills emerge from the water, creating an astonishing landscape.
The park is home to one of the last tropical forests on the island and an extensive area populated by mangroves. A natural miracle formed by islets and caves (which can be visited), dotted with pelicans, frigates, ardeidos and endangered birds such as the Dominican Hawk (Buteo Ridgway), Piciformes, Picidi and Hispaniolan Emerald.
The area is 1600 square kilometers, in part an integral reserve not accessible to the public. Some American film productions have chosen Los Haitises for the making of fictional films, such as Jurassic Park and Pirates of the Caribbean.
In the Samaná peninsula, in addition to the national park, the El Limón Waterfall and the Sanctuary of Marine Mammals can be visited.
El Choco National Park offers a kaleidoscope of natural wonders. Lagoons where you can swim and cool off, caves to explore, trails that can be explored on foot or by bicycle and that lead to the dense tropical forest, between cocoa and coffee plantations and inside caves dating back millions of years.
From Cabarete you can experience, in addition to the park, many naturalistic adventures. To start off, an excursion to the 27 Damajagua Waterfalls, followed by the Gri-Gri Lagoon and Cave of the Swallows, with its rocky pictographs.
The most renowned park, Cotubanamá National Park, is near Bayahibe. It extends from the mainland to the Saona, Catalinita and Catalina islands, true jewels of the sea, full of marine species.
The beaches of Saona attract more visitors than all other Dominican national parks combined. This protected site is located within the Cotubanamá National Park, the island is a true tropical paradise. There are many other natural areas in this area, from Padre Nuestro to 5 Caves with Taino paintings.