Barahona is a small town in the Southwest region of the Dominican Republic on a privileged stretch of the virgin coast. At first glance, Barahona appears to be a remote town, far away from civilization. While this gives Barahona its charm, the town and its people are very much in tune with the times. Optimistic and hospitable, the people of Barahona are what make the town so special. Everyone shares a contagious “say yes to life” attitude, and takes pride in their local culture and history.
During the first U.S. invasion in 1916, the Barahona sugar mill was built, which played a central role in the town’s development. In an effort to bring about progress, the sugar industry is being reborn. Also taking an essential role in the economic development of the area is plantain and coffee farming. Blessed with fertile land, Barahona is turning to agriculture to build the economy.
Known as the pearl of the South, Barahona’s rich landscape - a flawless union between the beautiful beaches and the majestic mountains - is a welcome invitation to eco-tourism. Visitors to the area will not want to miss witnessing the colorful sunsets from the sandy shores of the Caribbean Sea, or exploring the magical mysteries of the verdant pine tree forests.
Best time to visit: carnival season, beach season, October during the patron saint celebrations
Experiences not to miss:
- Enjoy Cabral Carnival
- Attend the Polo Organic Coffee Fair
- Try tilapia in coconut sauce (a local favorite!)
- Swim in the beaches: Los Patos, San Rafael, or El Quemaíto