Bahia de las Aguilas: A Secluded Escape in the Dominican Republic


There are only a handful of places left in the world where you can sneak away for absolute seclusion. In the Dominican Republic, if seclusion and a world-class beach are what you seek, you should look no further than Bahia de las Aguilas (Eagle’s Bay), located in the southwestern-most corner of the country in Jaragua National Park, for one of the area’s best beaches.

Bahia de las Aguilas is the definition of secluded. Even after arriving to the park, located roughly 10 miles from the border town of Pedernales, it takes a 20-minute boat ride to reach the pristine beach. Once you’re there, the park has absolutely no infrastructure whatsoever, and on many days, no visitors either. There are no restaurants, no street vendors, and no facilities of any kind. It’s just you, the five-mile-long white sand beach, and the calm, turquoise waters of the Caribbean. As such, it’s no surprise that many Dominicans consider this the best beach in the country, if not the entire Caribbean!

The real reason that Bahia de las Aguilas remains a stronghold of undisturbed paradise is that in 1983 the Dominican Republic named Jaragua a national park. This protection was strengthened by the park later becoming a UNESCO-recognized reserve, and it’s now one tiny corner of the country left untouched by modern infrastructure for miles.

While this means that seclusion is guaranteed, you would be wise to plan in advance when visiting the park, as beach staples like sunscreen, water, snacks, shade, and snorkeling gear aren’t available within the park. You’ll especially want the snorkeling gear, since decades of fishing-free waters have made Bahia de las Aguilas an ecological wonder full of fish, crustaceans, and more.

Just remember to take a moment to look around while you’re lying on the beach and appreciate the peace and privacy. Once you do, you’ll truly understand why Bahia de las Aguilas is one of the best beaches in the world.

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