Eco Tourism Lodging Options on Dominican Republic

There are many national parks and protected areas in the Dominican Republic

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With 16 national parks and 67 protected areas within its borders, the Dominican Republic is a wonderful destination for those seeking both the excitement of hiking Pico Duarte and the serene views from its peak.

With towering mountains, luminous white sand beaches, and forests flushed with dense vegetation, the Dominican Republic is a popular pilgrimage spot for those seeking eco-adventure. Despite the abundance of opportunities for enjoying the flora and fauna of the Dominican Republic, there is little in the way of traditional and independent camping. Eco-minded visitors will find they are best served by staying at small hotels or lodges that pride themselves on serving eco-tourists with prime locations and services.

Although there are 16 national parks in the Dominican Republic, there are no official campgrounds within the reserves due to an absence of regulatory measures and protocols. Visitors who venture into the parks must obtain a pass from the National Parks Office. Adventurers may attempt to secure permission to camp in the park through the same office. A regular pass will cost RD$50 and can be obtained at local park offices as well as through the national office in Santo Domingo, located at Avenida Maximo Gomez, Apartado Postal 2487, and reachable by phone at 809-472-4204.

A few of the most popular national parks are Parque Nacional Jose Armando Bermúdez and Parque José Del Carmen Ramírez National Park. With a number of major rivers and mountains to be traversed and scaled, these parks are popular choices for eco-tourists. The Pico Duarte is perhaps the most famous eco-tourist destination in the country.

Another park is Jaragua National Park, located southwest of Barahona in the Pedernales Peninsula. This area, which contains some of the most remote and unspoiled areas of the country, is rife with deserted beaches and is a vast aviary for many different bird species.

Eco-tourists will find all sorts of adventure while in the Dominican Republic. From windsurfing in Cabarete, to whale watching in Samana, to caving in the Pedernales Peninsula, eco-tourists can enjoy it all. Biking, hiking, kayaking, horseback riding, scuba diving are all available, as well. The island is truly a veritable cornucopia of eco-adventures.

While there are few campgrounds for independent campers, visitors to the island can find hostel style campgrounds located in areas close to natural attractions for as little as $8(USD) a night to pitch your own tent, or $10(USD) a night to stay in a dormitory style hall. Cottages and cabins in areas of the southwest and interior of the country north of Santo Domingo will often designate themselves as eco-tourist hotels and will offer tours and services catered to eco-tourists. These accommodations serve as suitable bases for taking day adventure trips out into the surrounding areas. Rooms in these specialized hotels can run from $40(USD) a night for just a room to $115(USD) a night for a room with a full meal plan.

Camping and Eco-Tourism In Dominican Republic

Vacationers hoping to get close to nature might want to think about the opportunities for eco-tourism in the area. Campgrounds are available, though you could also book your stay at an eco-resort or lodge. Read more information on each property by using the links.

Natura Cabana Boutique Hotel and Spa

If you're trying to organize a sizable get-together, or if you're coming with a large group of people, think about a group-friendly accommodation such as Altocerro. Although generally recognized as a hotel, the rooms resemble villas complete with small sitting areas and kitchens. They are great spaces for those who are planning an extended stay or just want to have the option of cooking their own meal available to them. Visitors can find them at 461 Calle Guarocuya.

If you are trying to book an accommodation with good swimming pool facilities, one vacation destination to consider is Casa Bonita. This unique property brings a passion for creating an eco-friendly vacation space together with luxury -- but sustainable -- amenities together for tourists who care about their carbon footprint. It is also a great place for those who love to be surrounded by nature, because it is indeed surrounded by gorgeous green space. They're located at 17 Carretera de la Costa.

Naturalists can find a selection of different local eco-lodges. including Extreme Hotel. Extreme Hotel is a truly one-of-a-kind hotel. While the rooms are comfortable, with only the most basic amenities and solar energy in order to be environmentally conscious, and the hotel includes a great, healthy restaurant, its the activities that make Extreme Hotel unique and draws in its guests. If you're looking for something specific, try calling them at (809) 571-0330.

Many of the eco-tourism options are shown in the table below.

Eco-Accommodations In Dominican Republic
Name Type Phone Number Star Rating Location Island
Altocerro Eco resort (809) 530-6192

 

1.2 mi. East-Northeast of Central Constanza the Dominican Republic
Angostura Lodge (809) 910-7520

 

1.3 mi. Southeast of Central Angostura the Dominican Republic
COETURB Campground (809) 310-5767

 

Central Dominican Republic Hispaniola
Casa Bonita Lodge (809) 540-5908

 

8.3 mi. South of Central Barahona the Dominican Republic
Centro Ecoturistico Nalga de Maco Campground (809) 984-5426

 

0.8 mi. South of Central Rio Limpio the Dominican Republic
Extreme Hotel Lodge (809) 571-0330

 

1.3 mi. Northwest of Central Cabarete the Dominican Republic
Hotel Gran Jimenoa Lodge (809) 574-6304

 

1.6 mi. North-Northeast of Central Jarabacoa the Dominican Republic
Jurassic Park Hotel Lodge (829) 435-2390

 

4.0 mi. South West of Central Abra Grande Hispaniola
Natura Cabana Boutique Hotel and Spa Lodge (809) 571-1507

 

3.5 mi. Northeast of Central Sosua the Dominican Republic
Paraiso Caño Hondo Lodge (809) 248-5995

 

Central Dominican Republic Hispaniola
Rancho Baiguate Lodge (809) 686-2923

 

1.4 mi. East of Central Jarabacoa the Dominican Republic
Rancho Campeche Campground (809) 686-1053

 

0.8 mi. East of Central La Playa the Dominican Republic
Rancho Constanza Campground (809) 688-1100

 

0.6 mi. Southeast of Central Constanza the Dominican Republic
Rancho Don Lulu Lodge (809) 863-8929

 

2.2 mi. East-Northeast of Central San Francisco de Macoris Hispaniola
Rancho Francisco Eco resort (809) 558-4099

 

Central Dominican Republic Hispaniola
Rancho Wendy Lodge (809) 630-1261

 

Salvia, Central Dominican Republic Hispaniola
Sereno de la Montana Campground (829) 424-7070

 

2.3 mi. Northeast of Central Puerto Grande the Dominican Republic
Sonido del Yaque Lodge (829) 846-7275

 

2.7 mi. South West of Central Jarabacoa the Dominican Republic
Tubagua Plantation Eco Village Lodge (809) 696-6932

 

0.9 mi. North of Central Tubagua the Dominican Republic
Villa Pajón Lodge (809) 334-6935

 

4.7 mi. South of Central Constanza the Dominican Republic

If you are looking for more properties beyond just these, you might want to look at other locations. Use this link to read our page concerning other kinds of accommodations for Dominican Republic.

Regardless of the type of activities you wish to indulge in, the chances are good that the Dominican Republic will be able satiate your thirst for eco-adventure. Read more about nature in the Dominican Republic here.

 

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