The newest national park in the Dominican Republic, El Choco covers 48 square miles on the country's north coast in the province of Puerto Plata. Highlights include several caves, hiking trails, tropical forest, fresh-water springs, and a lagoon.

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Expert Review of El Choco National Park

Parks and Outdoors Review of El Choco National Park

Away Travel Expert: Lynne Sullivan
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ParksExpert Rating 5.0 out of 5 Recommended for:
Birding,Day Hiking,Horseback Riding,Nature,Sustainable Travel
Parks and OutdoorsExpert Tips & Helpful Hints
  • There are two entrances to the park, but the more official one is at the little office just west of Cabarete. The other is a five-minute walk from the bridge in the small village of Islabon, east of Cabarete. An entrance fee is charged at both locations.
  • Hire a guide at the park entrance or take an organized tour booked through your hotel, and be sure you can understand your guide's English. Trails are unmarked, and it's easy to get confused in the twists and turns through the dense forest.
  • Wear a swimsuit under your hiking or biking clothes so you can cool off with a dip in one of the natural pools inside the caves. You'll want comfortable closed-toe shoes to protect your feet on slippery paths and jagged rocks.
The Dominican Republic's newest national park is El Choco, a reserve covering 48 square miles (77 square kilometers) in the province of Puerto Plata. It is one of the most easily reached protected areas on the north coast, with the main entrance

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North Coast
Dominican Republic

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