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Santa Cruz de Barahona, Dominican RepublicEnter your email address and zip code for pricing and availability
Why Stay At Casa Bonita
This luxe eco-lodge neighboring Jaragua National Park on the southwestern shore of the Dominican Republic offers a welcome change from the usual mega-resorts.
Formerly the summer residence of a well-heeled family, Casa Bonita puts a wealth of activities in the vast bio reserve next door at guests' fingertips. Offerings range from horseback riding and bird watching excursions to mountain biking and hiking through hidden caves. Begin by taking in the stunning views from the mountaintop infinity pool and the open-air whirlpool. Vistas of the Caribbean from the rooms' private balconies are equally breathtaking, but not the only forte of the 12 guest quarters. Each one exudes simple elegance by way of native higüero wood accents and furnishings, original wall art and posh bathrooms featuring open showers. The nature theme continues at the resort's restaurant where local produce (partially from the property's own garden) and seafood from Barahuco are turned into modern adaptations of traditional Dominican cuisine. Recap the day on your outdoor deck over a post-prandial Chuli-Luchi cocktail consisting of rum, fresh coconut and sour lemon.
Ready for a smoothie? At the resort's organic garden pick peaches, papayas, and oranges and ask the staff to blend them into a smoothie you can sip poolside.
Tanama Eco Spa is set on a riverbank surrounded by flourishing forests. Make sure to try the Healing Ritual Ciba-Azul, a soothing hot-and-cold-stone massage.
Arrive at Las Americas International Airport in Santo Domingo (SDQ) which is approximately 140 miles away from the resort. Anticipate about 3 hours of travel time. Private transfers are available from the airport. Please contact hotel directly for information. A flight from Santo Domingo (SDQ) to Barahona can be arranged for under $200 per person roundtrip through the hotel.Carretera de la Costa Km 17, Santa Cruz de Barahona, Dominican Republic
Hotel FeaturesBack to Top Property Amenities
- Infinity-edge Pool
- Open Air Jacuzzi
- Organic Garden
- Private Balconies
- Air Conditioning
- Ceiling Fans
- Private Shower Room
- Hair Dryers
- Wine Coolers
- iPod-ready Clock Radios
- Luxury Bath Amenities
- Farm-to-Table Restaurant
Why We Love Santa Cruz de Barahona
Close to talcum white sand beaches and the lush Jaragua-Baharuco-Enriquillo Biosphere Reserve, the lively port city is a hub for eco-tourism in the Dominican's southwest.
Av. Enriquillo 1, Barahona.
Where to Drink: Do as the locals do and after strolling around town, stop for an ice-cold Presidente beer on the al fresco patio of Los Robles. Tap your toes to the rhythms of Merengue and bachata. Drinks for two $10.
Av. Enriquillo and Nuestra Sra. del Rosario, Barahona.
Best Day Tour: Want to spot crocodiles or bathe in a natural sulphur pool? Sign up on a full-day wildlife tour on Cabritos Island, to see Lago Enriquillo and get a glimpse of the Taino cave with Ecotour Barahona. $139 per person.
Outdoor Excursion: You have to venture off property for an exhilarating way to experience the tropical forest. Ask staff about ziplining a distance of 3,280 and stopping for scenic views on the 10 interconnected platforms. 1¾-hour tours from $35.
Why Go Now
September 1 - 3, 2014
Polo Organic Coffee Festival
A celebration to commemorate the coffee harvest and dedicated to the renewal of the industry and protection of the environment.
October 3 - 5, 2014
Festival Presidente de Música Latina
50,000 spectators gather to enjoy tunes by national and international artists during three music-filled days.
Estadio Olímpico Felix Sanchez, Santo Domingo.
October 7, 2014
Patron Saint Celebration
The town of Barahona honors it patron saint, La Virgen del Rosario with an annual feast.