Barahona Attractions

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The reason most tourists visit Barahona is to forget about life back home as they sink into the sand and relax on the beach.  While this area of the Dominican Republic is mainly hidden away from the major resort spots elsewhere on the island, there are a few other attractions that attract interest and draw in crowds. 


There are a good group of beaches to consider visiting in and around the area. You can click on the name of the beach for detailed information about that beach.

Bahoruco Beach: You can drive to Bahoruco Beach on Carretera Barahona-Paraiso, which runs parallel to this shore. An eastbound exit road takes you directly to the beach.

Another place for beach-goers to consider is Playa Quemaito. While there are plenty of amenities nearby, once you cross over to the beach, you will feel as if the road was miles away. The delicate sea breeze and shimmering water make the beach nothing short of paradise.

San Rafael Beach: The beach itself is no different than your average tropical beach. However, the popularity has brought vendors of all kinds on the beach, making San Rafael Beach second as a market.

Fortunately, you'll be able to find quite a few other beaches to choose from in and around the area. Read this article if you're interested in learning more details.

Historical Sites

If you like to learn about the historical roots of an unfamiliar place, you should consider visiting a historical site during your time in Barahona.

A landmark worth visiting is El Arco. It is found in the heart of Barahona. The Arco, or Arch, is a monument in honor of the building of the highway to Barahona. Prior to the highway, the area was cut off from the rest of the nation, and the highway helped ensure the city's modernization.

Glance through the table just below to see historical sites in the area.

Historic Sites In Barahona
Name Phone Location
El Arco -- Central Barahona
Fortaleza Restauración Ejército Nacional -- Central Barahona

Natural Attractions

Barahona includes some other natural attractions. If you'd like to find out more concerning natural attractions in and near the area, can learn more here.


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