Bahia de las Aguilas
Take a day to explore the majestic Bahia de las Aguilas (Bay of the Eagles), located on the Dominican Republic’s southwest coast. Enjoy stunning forest vistas, spot turtles and be mesmerized by blue waters that sparkle under the sun’s rays.
The Bay of the Eagles is part of the Jaragua National Park, a UNESCO-recognized reserve established in 1983 to protect this rich biosphere. The 5-mile (8-kilometer) oceanfront covers the park’s southwest coastline and is very near to the Haitian border. Come by boat or rental car from nearby Barahona or towns along the Barahona-Enriquillo Highway.
One of the best aspects of the bay’s location within the national park is its isolation. At 15 miles (25 kilometers) from the nearest town, Pedernales, you can enjoy some peace and quiet away from the crowds.
To get to the bay, rent a boat or an all-wheel drive from Pedernales and make the short trip down the coastline. At the entry of the National Park, a restaurant offers food, snacks and local guides who can take you on a tour of the area’s best features for a fee.
Feel the warmth of the bay’s unspoiled sands as you walk along the oceanfront. Find a spot on the beach and search through the thousands of shells that wash ashore. Swimming is safe and relaxing because of the shallow sandbars and temperate waters. Be sure to pack plenty of sunscreen, as this semi-arid climate can get hot.
The bay is inhabited by an abundant native ecosystem. Look for some of the region’s turtles out to sea or in the shallow waters. Bring your own snorkeling gear and watch fish darting around the bay’s coral habitats. Inland, green iguanas blend in with the dry brush and cacti. Spot them sunbaking on rocks.
The Bay of the Eagles is a 15 to 20 minute drive from Pedernales. Guides, boats and park entry each charge separate fees.