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Paraiso

By Amy Adejokun Amy Adejokun Section editor

Our Editorial team's advice

Nestled in this heavenly setting between the Caribbean Sea and the jungle-covered mountains, the small village of Paraiso is deserving of its name, at the edge of a white pebble beach with turquoise water. This is the departure point for exploring the villages and coffee plantations (including La Mamie) in the mountains, where you will also find the surprising Rancho Plato hotel. There is no lack of lodgings, especially with the luxurious Pirates of the Caribbean. Another interesting feature nearby is the smallest river in the world, which is barely a hundred metres long and in which children like to bathe.

To see

Oviedo Lagoon, Lake Enriquillo, the Larimar mines, the La Mamie coffee plantation.

To do

Going ziplining in the forest ofCasa Bonita Tropical Lodge, horseback riding, cycling, white water rafting, trekking in the rainforest and visiting the Larimar mines (the semi-precious endemic stone of the region of Barahona). The La Mamie coffee plantation, lost in the mountains.

pros

  • +  The unspoilt nature.
  • +  The nearness of the La Mamie coffee plantation.
  • +  The contact with the locals.

cons

  • -  3.5h from the airport of Santo Domingo.

To think about

Remember to protect yourself against mosquitoes. Reaching some of the sites means taking some long bumpy roads, such as the one to the La Mamie coffee plantation and the one to the Cloud Forest community (in Cachote).

To avoid

The rainy season start in June and ends in November.

To try

Far from the typical international buffets at resorts, Barahona offers visitors the possibility to taste the local cuisine, which is absolutely divine. The tropical fruits, the Mofongo con Camarones (a purée of mashed banana and prawns), and the sweet potatoes are a real treat.

To bring back

A Larimar stone (the mines of this endemic stone of the region can be found near Paraiso). This semi-precious blue stone can only be found in the region of Barahona in the south-west of the Dominican Republic. The first deposits were discovered in 1974. The name of this stone comes from the contraction 'Lari', the daughter's name of the person who first discovered it, and 'Mar', because the blue of this stone evokes the colour of the sea.
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