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Parks and Outdoors Review of Parque Nacional del Este
Parks and OutdoorsExpert Tips & Helpful Hints
- No roads lead directly into the park's interior, and visitors usually come by boat from the town of Bayahibe. Some tours stop at sites along the park's waterfront on the mainland and then visit Saona Island, which is the most popular part of the sprawling park system.
- Organized tour packages include transportation from resorts located in the Punta Cana area, but if you have your own car, you can pick up a permit and arrange a boat trip at the national park office on the west end of the parking lot at Playa Bayahibe, near the dock. You are required to hire a ranger at the park entrance to guide you through the reserve.
- A network of hiking trails winds through the thick forest to caves and cliffs that shelter a remarkable assortment of birds and relics from early Taino communities.
The main attractions inside the national park are the caves and the abundant wildlife living in the dense tropical forest. Expect to hike about two hours along trails cut through the trees to reach Cueva del Puente and Cueva Jose Maria, the most (+) More
The main attractions inside the national park are the caves and the abundant wildlife living in the dense tropical forest. Expect to hike about two hours along trails cut through the trees to reach Cueva del Puente and Cueva Jose Maria, the most interesting caves. Both were used by Taino natives as ceremonial sites, and the walls are decorated with pictographs and petroglyphs that depict everyday life, as well as encounters with Spanish soldiers. More than 100 species of birds live in the park, including eight endemic types, and plentiful marine life populates the surrounding waters, including sea turtles, dolphins, and manatees. (-) Close
Romance Review of Parque Nacional del Este
RomanceExpert Tips & Helpful Hints
- You can visit the park on your own most easily by hiring a boat and guide at the harbor in Bayahibe; agree on the price before leaving land. You must pay a park entrance fee, too.
- The hassle-free way to see the park: by tour from Punta Cana. It's a longish but comfortable van ride, followed by a catamaran sail to Saona, with great swimming and lunch on the island.
- If your wedding party and guests love beach and water, take this tour together for excellent photo ops and a shared experience to cherish.
Situated at the southeastern tip of the country, this expansive national park covers the peninsula south of the towns of Bayahibe and Boca de Yuma. In addition to densely forested land dotted with ancient caves, the park extends well into the water (+) More
Situated at the southeastern tip of the country, this expansive national park covers the peninsula south of the towns of Bayahibe and Boca de Yuma. In addition to densely forested land dotted with ancient caves, the park extends well into the water and includes popular Saona Island. There are more than 125 species of birdsparrots, pelicans, boobies, and frigates among themand fluttering butterflies pose for close-ups on Saona. Swimming in the turquoise waters and rocking together in a hammock under a shady palm on Saona are among the highlights of a day in the park. (-) Close
The details, dates, and prices mentioned here were accurate at the time of publication.
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