A Camper’s Guide to the Dominican Republic

13 October, 2014

Camping in the Dominican Republic is interesting. You don’t have the same kind of predetermined camp sites you’d find in North America, but free camping, European style, is also not advised.

We don’t recommend just pitching your tent anywhere in this country, it isn’t illegal, but it isn’t so safe either. However, there are a few key and beautiful spots on the island that are ideal for doing so.
We’ve put together a list of tested and true camping areas around the island. Camping in these spots will allow you to visit the whole island on a budget with a gazillion star rating ;)

Camping in the Dominican Republic

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Pico Duarte:

It’s not the easiest camping spot to get to, but it’s definitely the most remote. It’s a 7 hour hike up to the camping area. You can choose to either camp 2 hours from the peak of the mountain or in the valley. Both are completely unique.

Suggested Tour company: Iguana Mama


 

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Aldea Ecologica:

Between Jarabacoa and La Vega is a small town called Bayacanes. Nestled in a natural setting near a river, this Eco hostel offers a bed and room, or space outside for your tent. On the land is their own little farm where they grow all sorts of fruits and veggies that can be purchased by giving a contribution to the house. Great people, peaceful place.

Facebook: Aldea Ecologica


 

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Bahoruco Beach:

In the South West of the island where tourist hasn’t hit as hard, there’s a small surf town called Bahoruco where it’s possible and popular to camp right on the beach under a tree next to the river. It’s not part of a hotel or anything, but here the locals do look out for their visitors and guests, and you’ll be welcomed and taken care of by the town.

Surf spot Facebook: Bahoruco Beach


 

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Caño Hondo:

Here you camp anywhere on the grounds of a BEAUTIFUL hotel. They’ve built a series of pools that follow the natural flow of the river and have all sorts of activities centered around eco tourism that you can do in the area. This hotel is located right in front of “Los Haitises” national park and gives you easy access to enjoy the jaw-dropping surrounding the area.

Website: Cano Hondo
Facebook: Paraiso Cano Hondo


 

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Jarabacoa:

There are a number of places to camp in Jarabacoa. If you want to be close to the center of town there is a wonderful place called Rancho Ruissenior that offers a space for camping. The owners are extremely nice and all of the employees are very helpful. If you want to be away from civilization you can climb the local mountain, a 3 hour hike to the peak, and camp up there. If you call ahead of time, or are with a group, there are also some places to camp alongside of the many rivers that can be found in Jarabacoa.

Facebook: Rancho Ruissenior


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Cabarete Camping:

Located just 10 minutes from the center of this water sports town, “Cabarete Camping” offers a nice-sized lot where you can place your tent wherever you’d like. Here you can find outdoor showers, private outdoor bathrooms, a grill, picnic table and many trees that are perfect for hanging up a  hammock.

Website: Cabarete Camping
Facebook: Cabarete Camping


 

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Alto Cerro:

On the hillsides of Constanza there is another great place to camp. Here you won’t be as surrounded by nature as in the others listed above but it makes for a cheap stay in an otherwise pricy town.

Website: Alto Cerro
Facebook: Alto Cerro


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Bahia De Las Aguilas:

Located in the deep deep south of the island this place is stunning. The water here is composed of a series of blues that will blow your mind. You can camp in several places right on the entrance to the national park. You can even go deeper in but at your own risk. If you camp right outside of the park there are a couple of guards that spend the night around the area. One suggestion I have is NOT to take the advice of the guards as per where to place your tent. They tried to get us to camp right on the beach but I noticed that when the tide was going to rise we would be underwater so I decided to place it further away. Low and behold a few hours later the tide had risen over top of where we were told to put our tents.

Website/facebook: Rancho Cueva de las Aguilas

 


 

Of course there are many many more, these are the ones we have personally tried and tested. If you know of another safe camping area in the Dominican Republic, feel free to drop us a line and we’ll update the post.

**Please be advised that camping, worldwide, still comes with risks. Never leave anything of value inside your tent if you aren’t close.**

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11 comments

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  2. Comment by DR

    DR Reply 15 October, 2014 at 06:43

    Hi,
    I did not know there were so many places for camping in the Dominican Republic.
    It’s interesting for nature lovers.
    LM

    • Comment by Jade Adele

      Jade Adele Reply 17 October, 2014 at 21:47

      Thanks for dropping by LM! Great for nature lovers indeed. It’s actually much more accessible to camping than you might think, you just have to go with a open mind and a bit of creativity :)
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  3. Comment by Jean Pierre RepDom

    Jean Pierre RepDom Reply 16 October, 2014 at 12:10

    Hi,
    I known to other place:
    Saltos de la Sabana in the north of Bayaguanes, Monte Plata province. Is limit to Los Haitises National Park.
    The other one is the Alto Bonito de Chavon Ecolodge. Is inside a private ranch receiving excursions, on the Chavon River bank. Is in the middle of Higuey and La Romana cities.

    • Comment by Jade Adele

      Jade Adele Reply 17 October, 2014 at 21:55

      Thanks for your input Jean Pierre! We wish we’d known about Altos Bonito de Chavon. Our La Romana experience was less-than-spectacular, this could really help our readers, however I can’t find any contact information from them on the internet. Any leads?
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  4. Comment by Pablo Freites

    Pablo Freites Reply 25 January, 2015 at 14:59

    Guy I have a farm and camping areas with bathrooms and outdoors kitchen I want to publish my farm Here what I have to do? I accep volunteers to.work at my farm to organic agriculture/Permaculture/Bioconstrution. My Farm is Call Yuboa Aldea Ecologica

    • Comment by Jade Adele

      Jade Adele Reply 25 January, 2015 at 15:49

      Hey Pablo!

      That’s great! However, when I search the name on the internet I find nothing and your link leads nowhere. You can start by sending us a valid link and we can take it from there! Feel free to contact us at info at wetravelandblog dot com or by using the contact form on our contact page. http://wetravelandblog.com/contact

      Thanks so much, have a lovely day,

      Jade
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  5. Comment by el

    el Reply 31 March, 2015 at 09:59

    Hi! Thanks for the great info! Can you write about the costs of camping in those places? And do u know about hitchiking in d.m.? Thanks!

    • Comment by Gabriel Harding

      Gabriel Harding Reply 6 April, 2015 at 19:24

      Glad you found it useful. The cost varies from free to 10 usd a night but things change and many prices can be negotiated. As for hitchhiking I did it for a week and had no problem but everyone will have a different experience. In other words, do so at your own risk, although I don’t think it will be a problem.

      • Comment by el

        el Reply 8 April, 2015 at 01:41

        Many thanks!
        Why did u wrote in the blog that is not so safe to just pitch your tent? Is the country dangerous to travel and /or camp, do things actually happen often enough, or was it just in the sense of “its a very safe country but anything can happen anywhere”?
        Oh and one more thing… i didnt understand what you wrote about jarabacia, that one can call ahead of time, or if one is with a group,its possible to camp near the rivers. Who do you call? And why? And what being in a group matters for that?
        Thanks again!!

  6. Comment by jessica

    jessica Reply 27 May, 2015 at 23:49

    Camping is an adventurous thing and you can find a lot of camping spots in Dominic republic. Jarabacao is my personal favorite spot.

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