Eagles Bay as it is known as in English, however, I would be very surprised if you were to ask a Dominican where Eagles Bay was, he or she might laugh as people just call it as it is “Bahía de las Águilas”, it is one of the most eye-catching, and jaw-dropping beaches in the Caribbean. With white sandy seashores and clear waters, basically you can swim, walk and dream. It is situated in the region of Pedernales in the Southwest of the Dominican Republic, literally on the border with Haiti and connected to the beautiful part of the Jaragua National Park. There are many top-rated reviews, and this is said to be the best in the Caribbean, if not, the world, and it is virtually unknown outside the Dominican Republic. However, as it is becoming more and more popular, people are flocking to visit it. The only problem for those who are in Punta Cana visiting the island (where most tourists tend to go on holidays and put their feet up), is that it is about an 8-hour drive away, but depending on how many days you are on the island, you could possibly rent-a car and -spend a few days travelling to Santo Domingo, Baní, Azua, Barahona and finally Bahía de las Águilas. I can tell you, you will be so impressed and happy you did so!
Why is this beach different to others in the Dominican Republic? The most crystalline, clean, and pleasant water of all beaches and the rest, you will feel as you get there. They call it the home which brings back love and memories – and there is no doubt about it. The best beaches, have a conversation with you in an isolated manner – it’s time for you to live it for yourself. If you are in the DR or the Dominican Republic, it is a must visiting place!
There are no buildings or noise pollution surrounding you, it is the place to die for. You won’t find many people here at this beach – and perhaps this is what keeps its beauty alive. Located in a beautiful national park, it is over 300 km from Santo Domingo or 5-hour drive. On your way to Bahía de las Águilas from Santo Domingo, you will see little towns with higher cultural values like Azua, Barahona. After hitting Barahona, your excitement should light up because you are only 2 hours away from leaving the calmness to its expectations. The views on the way down are spectacular, take a good camera and get snapping. There are some viewing platforms which merit a stop to drink some coconut water and take a few photos or in my case get the drone out.
There is a river called Los Patos which is considered to be the shortest in the world as it comes from under the mountain and metres away is the ocean. There are some fresh water fish which are protected from consumption, people go there and sunbath, however the water is ice-cold, great for a hang over lol there are also lots of “restaurants” mini stalls really, which sell lots of fish, drinks and has a lot of shade, not bad for a few hours. You have to pay to go in, but it is about a dollar! If driving past, take 30 mins, wet your feet. The ocean is there too, but it is considered dangerous to swim as the waves can be quite strong and knock you over easily!
Do you want to have a to-do list? Can’t you lose yourself in the warmth as you feel the wind making its way towards your lungs? Well, this tourist spot holds so much more than this. Staying at resorts at Cabo Rojo, you could sail around with your loved one as you gaze past the limestone rock formation making it reflect in the cloud-like water. You could have a dreamy experience by using yours or rented equipment of snorkeling and have the most memorable experience of your life. Or you hop on kayaks and make sure you take your trash back to the town and dispose of them there – however these beaches have lots of bins about. I, however, did not do this as I was only there literally twice and the first time was for the day and the second we stayed in a tent…
You could stay in the town of Barahona, I would recommend @casadelmar, which is a 2-hour drive to Bahía de las Águilas or @ecodelmar if you want to stay right next to the beach itself or even camp there. Bahia de las Aguilas has the most healing, calming, and exciting few days waiting for you. It is why people come here – self-reflection, connection to nature, bringing people together. Very romantic for couples. I have even seen families camping next to the rocks. Boats come and go every so often picking people up and dropping them off so you are never alone if you need to move back and forth. From Cabo Roja, which is basically where they have restaurants, huts and tents to sleep in, bars, drinks, the lot and also the speed boats which take about 15 minutes to the paradise beach leave from.