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Qameito

By Amy Adejokun Amy Adejokun Section editor

Our Editorial team's advice

Nestled in an idyllic setting between the Caribbean Sea and jungle-covered mountains, Quemaito can be found along a beach with white pebbles and turquoise waters in Juan Esteban. It is about 10 miles from Barahona in the south-west of the Dominican Republic. It is also the best preserved region in the country. From here you can go explore the mountain villages and coffee plantations (in particular La Mamie). It is also where the luxurious Casa Bonita Tropical Lodge, with the Small Luxury Hotels of the World label, is located. The first Larimar deposits were found near Qameito. This semi-precious blue stone can only be found in the region of Barahona.

To see

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

To do

The tree-climbing course at the CasaBonita Tropical Lodge. After a lesson and a demonstration of the safety rules, you move from tree to tree on a zipline (there are seven crossings under the canopy), whizzing around suspended to a cable under the treetops and above the river. All those who are subject to vertigo should stay away. Guaranteed thrills! The same river from the tree climbing course flows right up to the spa, which is located in the middle of the rainforest too. You are thus lulled by the gentle sound of the river (not to mention the sounds of nature: lizards, insects, birds, etc.) during massages. We also recommend you go for a trek in the mountains of Barohuco, surfing on a pebble beach with high waves and a strong current, and relax on another quiet and protected beach that is perfect for snorkelling. The red limestone cliff overlooking these beaches might make you think of Africa. Other than a shower, the beach is not equipped and there is no lifeguard. Sandals are recommended because of the rocks.

pros

  • +  The preserved nature.
  • +  The proximity of the Larimar mines.
  • +  The tree climbing course at the Casa Bonita Tropical Lodge.

cons

  • -  The remote access, 3h 30m from the Santo Domingo airport.
  • -  The lack of a telephone network.

To think about

When you go out, do what the locals do, use the guaguas: small motorcycles that serve as taxis! Keep in mind that there is no network for mobile phones here!

To avoid

Avoid the rainy season from May to November.

To try

We recommend that you try the Guanabana juice (or sousop) and the mangu, which is mashed banana fried with onions and cheese.

To bring back

A Larimar stone (the mines are close to 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 deposit was discovered in 1974. The name of this stone comes from the contraction 'Lari', which is 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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