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By Amy Adejokun Amy Adejokun Section editor

Our Editorial team's advice

Located in a charming fishing village in the far south-west of the country, on the Haitian border, Perdernales is 74 miles from Barahona and 198 miles from the capital of Santo Domingo. A pedestrian bridge marking the Haitian border crosses the river to Anse ŕ Pitres. Offering a few basic and cheap hotels, this little town with a Wild West feel is the ideal starting place for exploring the region, and in particular the beautiful beach of Bahia Las Aguilas and the high mountains of the Sierre de Bahoruco, which culminate at 2,350m.

To see

The 2350m high mountains of the Sierre de Bahoruco, the Oviedo lagoon, the beautiful beach of Bahia Las Aguilas, Lake Enriquillo, the city of Pedernales on the Haitian border, Anse ŕ Pitres in Haiti.

To do

A boat trip to the beach of Bahia Las Aguilas, a trip to the Haitian border village of Anse ŕ Pitres, a trek in the 2350m high mountains of the Sierra de Bahoruco.


  • +  The contact with the locals.
  • +  The proximity to the Haitian border, which the possibility to visit Anse ŕ Pitres.
  • +  The superb Bahia Las Aguilas beach.


  • -  The sub-standard hotel infrastructure.
  • -  Hard to access: the airport of Santo Domingo is more than 4 hours away by car.

To think about

The hotels in the region are not very comfortable. A light raincoat is recommended during the rainy season. Protect yourself against mosquitoes. The roads to get to the beach of Bahia Las Aguilas are long and bumpy.

To avoid

The rainy season starts in June and ends in November.

To try

The typical local cuisine includes octopus, shellfish, fried bananas and, of course, Mangu, a combination of mashed fried banana with onions and cheese. For breakfast, enjoy the jams made of either mango, orange, banana, passion fruit or guava.

To bring back

Cigars, liquid vanilla, jam, Haitian rum and a Haitian banknote from Anse ŕ Pitres.
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