Resorts on the West Side of the Dominican Republic

Resorts on the West Side of the Dominican Republic
Pristine waters, clear blue sky and a warm, gentle sun are the reasons millions of tourists flock to the Dominican Republic each year. The island nation is neighbored by Haiti on the west, and its southwest beaches offer exclusive beachfront accommodations far from the off-the-beaten-path all-inclusive resort circuit.

Hotel Costa Larimar

The town of Barahona sits by a horseshoe bay in the southwest corner of the Dominican Republic. Visitors can venture to the virtually untouched beach of Bahia de las Aguilas nearby to walk for miles on white sand. The Hotel Costa Larimar is aptly named for the turquoise blue stone found in this region. The scuba diving in this area is phenomenal, mainly because the coral and sea life are protected by the bay of Pedernales. The rooms are spacious and bright, and most have private balcony views of the turquoise water below. The resort has an incredibly friendly staff and serves innovative gourmet meals blending Dominican, American and international cuisines.

Hotel Costa Larimar
Enriquillo 6
Barahona, Republica Dominicana
+1 (809) 524-5111
www.hotelcostalarimar.com

Casa Bonita Tropical Lodge

Located just outside the city of Barahona, the family-owned Casa Bonita Tropical Lodge is a member of the prestigious trade association Small Luxury Hotels of the World. Each of the lodge's 12 cabana-style rooms features tropical furnishings and overlooks the ocean and an expansive spread of natural gardens and trees. Amenities include complimentary cocktails, an outdoor Jacuzzi, a pool with a view of the Caribbean, adventure and outdoor tours and excursions, nature walks, complimentary mountain bikes and a children's playground. Guests can choose a king-sized bed or two full-sized beds. The restaurant serves an extensive "Caribbean Fusion" gourmet menu, including fresh seafood and local ingredients. Tours venture to the neighboring cloud forest and tropical forests, where guests can see crocodiles and flamencos.

Casa Bonita Tropical Lodge
Km. 17 Carretera de la Costa
Bahoruco-Barahona, Dominican Republic
+1 (809) 540-5908
www.casabonitadr.com

Hotel Playa Mia

The Hotel Playa Mia in Azua, a town 60 miles west of the capital city of Santo Domingo, offers economic rooms and all-inclusive packages. Most of the spacious and comfortable rooms overlook the Playa Chiquita beach on the Ocoa Bay. The hotel and beach strip are incredibly secluded. An extensive selection of complimentary wine, imported and domestic beer and spirits is served in the bar next to the pool with vistas of the ocean and mountains.

Hotel Playa Mia
Hatillo Azua
Dominican Republic
+1 (829) 343-1373
hotelplayamia.com

Article Written By Kay W

Kay W has more than 10 years of freelance writing experience, including technical papers, grants for youth and environmental nonprofits and consulting materials. With a Bachelor of Science in environmental engineering and a Master of Arts in environmental organizational leadership, Kay W has a diverse educational and technical professional background.

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