Beaches and spas
The Southwest boasts a coastline bordered by sandy beaches with heterogeneous features in the different coastal spots and places that appeal to all tastes. “San Rafael” attracts groups of swimmers in the party spirit, with music, dances and Creole food; “"Bahia de las Aguilas" or "Bay of Eagles” is a wonder depicted by its immense virginal beauty; while the beach at Pedernales offers the calmness of a fishing coast that only awakes in the twilight of the day with the return of the fishermen.
When travelling down the Barahona coastline, still mostly pure and untouched, you would be advised to take preventive measures like hiring a certified guide or tour-operator recommended by the hotel staff to guide you to out-of-the way places, undiscovered as yet by tourists.
It gets its name from the warmth of its waters, sand and gravel ["quemar" in Spanish means to burn] that highlight the location of the island in"the same path as the sun". At 10 kilometers from the city, along the Barahona-Paraiso highway, Quemaíto Beach gets the white foam from the waves of the crystalline Caribbean Sea, and has a strip of golden sand that is fused with the green mountainous landscape.
and the coast of Enriquillo with La Chorrera spa.
Along the Barahona-Enriquillo highway there is a beach that offers a truly unique coastal view: Los Patos Beach.
This is a natural spa with very cold water, ideal for a dip in a natural environment, far removed from the noise of the city. Reservations can be made to visit it through the hotels in the area or by contacting authorized tourist guides.
This beach is located in the grounds of the national park, the Jaragua, 31 kilometers south of Pedernales and 135 km from Barahona. Here you can actually see the sunset reflected in the water during golden twilights.
One of the main beaches and the most frequented in the whole area, is a combination of the forceful oceanic waves and a natural swimming pool, created by nature, at the mouth of the San Rafael River. Added to that is the splendor of the surrounding green mountains and the coastal areas that decorate both the coastline and the beach.