The Dominican Republic is a tropical paradise renowned for its beautiful beaches, lush landscapes, and vibrant culture. While most travelers flock to the well-known destinations, such as Santo Domingo, there’s a hidden gem awaiting adventure-seeking motorcycle enthusiasts in the southern region. This article will take you on a thrilling journey through the best five places to visit in the South of the Dominican Republic on a motorcycle.
Pedernales: A Coastal Oasis of Serenity
Nestled along the southwestern coast, Pedernales offers a breathtaking escape from the bustling tourist spots. This coastal oasis boasts golden sand beaches, azure waters, and swaying palms, making it a perfect starting point for your motorcycle adventure. The highway leading to Pedernales from the eastern part of the country offers an exhilarating ride through the scenic beauty of the Sierra de Bahoruco mountain range.
As you cruise along the coastal road, the warm Caribbean breeze caresses your skin, making the journey a feast for the senses. Be sure to stop by Cabo Rojo, a unique red sand beach where you can take a dip in the refreshing waters and relish the spectacular sunset.
Barahona: Nature’s Wonderland
Moving eastwards, Barahona awaits with a rich tapestry of natural wonders. Known for its ecotourism offerings, Barahona provides adventure motorcyclists with opportunities for both thrilling rides and tranquil exploration. With the majestic Lago Enriquillo nearby, riders can take a detour to visit the largest saltwater lake in the Caribbean and observe the diverse wildlife that calls this unique ecosystem home.
Another must-see attraction in Barahona is the Bahia de las Aguilas. Accessible via a scenic ride or boat trip, this remote beach captivates visitors with its unspoiled beauty, powdery white sands, and crystal-clear waters. Motorcycle riders can take advantage of the rugged terrains surrounding Barahona, offering adrenaline-pumping off-road excursions amidst lush forests and waterfalls.
Jaragua National Park: A Wilderness Adventure
For the avid adventure motorcyclist, Jaragua National Park presents a haven of untouched wilderness. Located in the southwestern region of the Dominican Republic, this protected area spans over 1,900 square kilometers and features diverse landscapes, from coastal plains to rugged mountainous terrain.
As you venture into the park, you’ll be immersed in a natural wonderland where rare flora and fauna thrive. The highlight of the park is undoubtedly Lake Oviedo, a stunning saltwater lagoon surrounded by mangrove forests and home to a vast array of bird species, including flamingos and herons. Exploring this unique ecosystem on your motorcycle is an unforgettable experience.
Bahoruco: A Journey through Time and Nature
Rounding off our list is the enchanting region of Bahoruco, where time seems to stand still amid breathtaking landscapes. As you ride through this picturesque area, you’ll be enchanted by the picturesque villages, colorful flora, and cascading waterfalls dotting the landscape.
One of the most captivating spots in Bahoruco is the Balneario Las Marías, a hidden gem nestled within a tropical forest. Take a refreshing dip in the natural pool created by a waterfall and immerse yourself in the tranquility of nature.
San Cristobal: A journey to the Zona Cañera
San Cristóbal, located a short distance from Santo Domingo, offers an adventure motorcycle ride into the heart of the country’s sugar cane region. As you leave behind the urban buzz of the city, you’ll find yourself immersed in a rural landscape, dotted with vast sugar cane plantations.
Riding through San Cristóbal’s countryside, you’ll encounter friendly locals and have the opportunity to witness the traditional sugar cane harvesting process, a significant part of the Dominican Republic’s cultural heritage.
The captivating landscapes of San Cristóbal lead you to hidden gems such as the Cueva Las Maravillas, an enchanting underground cave system filled with stalagmites and stalactites. A guided tour of this cave reveals ancient indigenous art, offering a fascinating glimpse into the region’s history.
Starting your Motorcycle Adventure
If you are visiting us soon and would like to rent a motorcycle, please visit our rentals page. If you are not sure what you would like to visit, or don’t feel comfortable going at it solo, visit our Tours and Routes page to learn more about our guided and self-guided tours, and available routes. If you need something more specific or detailed, don’t hesitate to shoot us a message in our Contact Page, we are happy to help you find the best adventure!