The Dominican Republic Eco Tourism Lodging

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 the Dominican Republic

Those who love the great outdoors might want to consider the opportunities for eco-tourism in the area. Camping is available, or you can book your trip at an eco-resort or lodge. Click on their names to read additional information.

Natura Cabana Boutique Hotel and Spa

If you are trying to organize a sizable get-together, or are traveling as a large party, think about a group-friendly accommodation like 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. They're located at 461 Calle Guarocuya.

If you're wanting to book an accommodation with excellent swimming facilities, one vacation destination to consider is Casa Bonita. Nature inspired the design of these rooms, which feature palm wood and wicker furniture. They are located at 17 Carretera de la Costa.

Nature entusiasts will be able to find a variety of different local eco-lodges. including Extreme Hotel. Rooms at the Extreme Hotel are “surfer chic,” clean and safe accommodations without superfluous luxury and powered by solar energy. The rooms are clean, fairly large with high ceilings, well-ventilated, and private and feature private bathrooms, balconies, in-room safe, drinking water, fans, Internet, and refrigerator. If you'd like to call before you go, do so at (809) 571-0330.

Many of the eco-tourism accommodations are listed here:

Eco-Accommodations In the 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 the 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 the 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 the Dominican Republic Hispaniola
Rancho Wendy Lodge (809) 630-1261


Salvia, Central the 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

Needless to say, the Dominican Republic has a full range of other property types. Those interested can find more details about other kinds of accommodations available for the Dominican Republic on this page.

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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