As with any other isle in the Caribbean, the Dominican Republic is home to an utter host of tropical treats: serene stretches of beach, enchanting blue waters beckoning for you to take a dip, and every sort of idyllic ocean activity you could imagine all in-between. But, as pristine as the beaches and waters of the coastline may be, the island’s true gem(s) lies inland: waterfalls big and small are scattered throughout the rainforests, every which one fantastical in their own way to the point of inducing surreal goosebumps. While there is no wrong choice of waterfall to experience for yourself, here are few of the Dominican Republic’s best waterfalls to chase down.
Tucked away on the Samaná peninsula, Salto El Limón awaits you on the other side of a 1.5-mile hike through the forest. The payoff is picturesque—a cascade of white-water threads the 130-foot cliff from the El Limón river above to the pool below, with the entre scene encircled by royal palms and pineapple trees. Hispaniolan woodpeckers and broad-billed todys serenade you somewhere from within that endless mass of leaves, proving to be the perfect soundtrack to a day spent splashing about in a hidden oasis.
Of the Dominican Republic’s waterfalls, Hongo Magico may be the most fantastical to witness as it bears a striking resemblance to a giant mushroom. This scene seemingly brought to life from “Alice in Wonderland” is well hidden within the mountains of Jamao del Norte within the Espaillat province, with the general lack of crowds elevating the magic of the location substantially. For those eager to add a dose of adrenaline to the magic, Hongo Magico makes for prime rappelling—the pool below is an incredibly refreshing landing pad.
Informally known as the summit of the Dominican Republic’s waterfalls, the 27 Charcos are 27 waterfalls of various sizes lined up along the Damajagua River. Winding through the Northwest of the country, each waterfall in the river fills a pool or lagoon below—making this entire stretch of the Damajagua a naturally occurring waterslide. Under the watchful eye of a professional guide, all sorts of wet-and-wild plummets await.
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