Wednesday, February 05, 2014

Barahona In The News

Barahona, on the southwest coast of the Dominican Republic, has made the list of The New York Times 52 Places To Go in 2014. The places are chosen by the newspaper's travel editors by asking dozens of their contributing editors and then aiming for a selection of places that they expect to be particularly compelling in the coming year; reasons might include a museum opening, a new transportation option or a historic anniversary. The main goal is to have a variety of regions and interests, with some surprises mixed in. They also try for a mix of scale, including cities, regions and even entire countries. 
Barahona is mentioned for being a "scenic, low-key destination on the verge of discovery." 
Editor Sanjay Surana writes: "Most vacationers to La Republica hole up in the all-inclusives north and east, overlooking the rarely traveled southwest. The port town of Barahona is the gateway to the cactus-strewn region's riches, like the hauntingly beautiful Bahia de las Aguilas beach and the eight climate zones at the geological depression Hoyo de Pelempito, both blissfully devoid of people. But there are signs of the government's vision to develop the area. The abandoned former Barcelo Bahoruco Beach Resort will partly open in 2014, and two separate 300-room projects - near La Canoa and San Rafael Beach - are in the final stages of design approval. For now, you can experience the quiet life at the thatch-roofed Casa Bonita, or at Rancho Platon, which has a tree house raised between the palms."

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