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less touristy

Hi all,

Just wondering if someone could recommend an area of DR that has beaches and natural beauty but is a bit less touristy.

Thanks!

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Samana

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Samana is a good suggestion but if you really want less touristy with the most incredible natural beauty the country has to offer, that would be the Southwest. Barahona being the main city and jump off point.

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Post #2 has the winner, west from SD in the area of Bani/Baharona are unspoilt areas. The beaches can be awesome, the local towns quiet and there are a few resorts/hotels to make you compfortable. The transfer is the biggest issue.

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I would agree that the SW - south from Brahona is the best, with the best beach at Bahia de las Aguilas (closer to Perdendales). The best hotel in the area is Casa Bonita about 10km south of Barahona. There are buses from SD to Barahona - Caribe Tours.

The Dominican Republic is not just beaches - you could also climb the highest montain in the Caribbean - Pico Durate -3000m. Easiest access is via Jarabaco/La Cienaga. For moutain scenery the best route is Constanza to San Jose de Ococa - the views up here are magnificent. You should do a search of the forums of DR1,com for further details on these areas and the SW.

The least tourist area and the nicest on the Samana Peninsular is probably Las Galeras at the far end of the peninsular. Las Terranas is very much a mainstream tourist detination these days.

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Agree with the excellent posts above but might add that the farther you get from the tourist areas the less English will be spoken. Went to Barahona and Pedernales last year and met very few who spoke English. Not a bad thing and to be expected but keep this in mind in your planning. Happy travels, Ben

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Thanks everyone! That's super helpful!

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