Santo Domingo is still the beautiful paradisiac island described by Columbus in his first voyage to the Americas, and here the National Park of the East stands out for its beautiful and exuberant Nature.
This park is located in the southeast tip of the country, on a peninsula jutting into the Caribbean alongside the beautiful island of Saona. It is one of the largest protected natural areas in Santo Domingo, a fascinating place that you would be wise to visit.
Designated as a national park in 1975, it spans over an area of over 310 square kilometers, most of which consist of semi-humid subtropical forests, mangroves along the edges of the peninsula and sea plants floating on the water.
It features beautiful coral reef terraces, around 400 caverns of limestone, some of which contain pictographs and ceramic remains, and also the wonderful island of Saona.
It is a popular destination that invites you to admire Nature in full splendor, with endemic flora and fauna species, including some that are threatened by extinction. The flora consists of 539 different species and one of major attractions is the Bosque Enano (Dwarf Forest), a forest made up of natural bonsais, tiny trees rising up a meter or less. The fauna consists of many different mammals, birds, reptiles and amphibians, where exotic birds stand out.
When visiting this beautiful place you will be conquered by the biodiversity of its Nature. Then you can end the day resting in Saona, one of the most beautiful islands in the Caribbean, with plenty of white sand, crystal-clear water and huge coconut trees. The National Park of the East is a must for those visiting Santo Domingo.
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