“The Dominican Republic has it all” is the slogan of the tourism board of the island. And they’re right. After traveling to the Dominican Republic for three times in only one year, I can tell you that they’ve surprised me once more.
This time it wasn’t by their beautiful turquoise beaches, but by the camping sites in the South-West part of the island. You heard it well, we did some camping during our last road trip. Something I would’ve never done a couple of years ago. But since I discovered this lifestyle in Australia, I really started to appreciate this kind of lifestyle.
What happens at the campfire stays at the campfire
The national park “Jaragua” is located in the South-West part of the Dominican Republic and is at only a few kilometers of the border with Haiti. Barahona, a small city close by, is at three hours from Santo Domingo only and two hours from the glamping site. As it has its own airport, it is therefor the perfect in-between stop when traveling around the island.
An oasis of peace
While driving to Cabo Rojo, you will pass by a big nature park called “Jaragua”. On the road you might therefor see flamingo’s bathing in one of the rivers and also iguanas. They’re often seen around the area which is not a surprise if the glamping site is right next to Bahia de las Aguilas.
Once arrived at Rancho tipico cueva de las águilas, you get overwhelmed by an oasis of peace. The wooden structure of the entrance brings warmth and a very welcoming feeling. But also the dining area, chill place at the border of the sea and campfire, are making a direct impression. You immediately now that you will have a great time at the ranch.
At only a few walks from the chill and dining area, you will see the first tents. Family size, single use and for couples as well. The team will guide you to your tent and help you with the basics such as a rechargeable light for the night. Next to that it’s all up to you. You’re free. Free in nature and free to spend your time however you would like too.
Rancho tipico cueva de las águilas
My tent was at the border of the sea and has it’s own lounge in front of it. With a mesmerizing sunset at night, I couldn’t be more happy. However, you need to be quite confident. It was the first time that I slept alone in a tent and didn’t know what to expect. You hear every noise, animal passing by and when the sea is rough, you experience a great adventure during the night. But it was amazing! Especially when waking up because of the noise of nature. It’s a feeling you need to experience to understand.
We often get into a mindfulness-mode when listening to crashing waves or birds singing in the morning. And that’s exactly how I experienced my stay at the Ranch. I woke up full of energy, the clouds where cotton pink and the fresh air is always making you feel so alive.
Once you woke up you can join everyone in the dining area for a breakfast buffet of local fresh fruits and plates. Also eggs, bread and other basics are available. But remember that it’s glamping, not an all-inclusive hotel where they serve cereals for breakfast. And that’s what I loved about it as well! Back to basics with a healthy and powerful breakfast.
Snorkeling at Bahia de las Aguilas
You can walk around the area of the ranch, discover the nature of the Jaragua park or go for some adventure. And talking about adventure, Bahia de las Aguilas is perfect if you like to do some snorkeling.
At only ten minutes from the ranch you have the beach of Bahia de las Aguilas. The boat drops you and picks you up at a time you agree on. Take some picknick items with you, a towel and enjoy the peaceful area around you. However, make sure to take everything with you again, including your trash. It’s a protected area where turtles reproduce and lay their eggs. Also iguanas and other animals are having their home at the beach. Respect their home and leave it as clean as it was when you arrived.
Once back at the Ranch you can enjoy a drink at the chill area and watch the beautiful sunset. Music will be playing at the bar and it’s just you, your joggings, friends and family. Everyone is laughing, enjoying their time and you will make memories for life. After dinner you can all sit around the campfire and dance. It’s without any doubt a once in a million experience!
It’s quite a road to arrive at the Ranch, but it’s worth every moment. You pass by so many beautiful areas and really discover the nature of the Dominican Republic. Therefor I highly recommend to take the road and stay at Cabo Rojo for a couple of days before continuing your trip. To book a tent or accommodation, they ask you to call (+1 809 753-8058) for availability. And most importantly: enjoy your stay surrounded by nature!