This sanctuary is in the middle of nowhere, about 20 minutes from Baní.The church, also known as Iglesia de Las Tablas, is located in the small town of Las Tablas and is dedicated to San Martín de Porres, the first black saint of America. The church is made of stone on top of a small hill with nice views. To get to the church you go up some stairs....more
The patron saint of the province of Peravia is la Virgen de Regla and this church, who became a cathedral, is in her honor. Where the cathedral is today, there was a small church with the same name. The church was ready and opened for services on Nov 6, 1689 when Carlos II was the king of Spain and where it is today is where there was an apparition...more
The South West region is the driest in the country and the one with the least amount of rain fall. We joke that when it rains there, the gates of heaven have opened up in the South East hehe. And here in Baní, part of the South West, you'll find the one area where desert-like dunes exist.The dunes area is about 18 sq km long and the fine, brownish...more
At the little fisherman's town of Las Salinas you'll find one of the salt mines that produce salt for human consumption, and a very nice beach.The salt mine has a wooden bridge, known as "el puente de palo" where the wagons full of salt are pushed up and then dumped on the ground to be put in big bags and transported to refineries. Although it's...more
Máximo Gómez was born in a cattle rancher family and joined the army when he was 16. He fought in several wars, including the one who would lead to Cuba's independence from Spain.The Cuban government built this park and this museum as a thank you for giving birth to this great man. The museum shows letters that Gómez wrote (because he was also a...more
There is no definite flying season... we are in a permanent summer, which means we can fly all the year round! In spite of that, we have a favorite season for each flying site. We could say the best XC season in the southwestern sites is the winter(north hemisphere). Visit the page Flying Sites for more info.more
If you're looking for authentic Dominican fare, portions that will leave you full and satisfied and cheap prices and don't care about the way the restaurant looks, then you've come to the right place.
Comedor Tinita has been around for a few years now and caters most to the workers of the salt mine but word spread around and now people going to the beach see it as a "mandatory stop". This is a house of wood with a zinc roof, several wooden tables with table cloths and plastic chairs.
Tinita's specialty is fish - that they fish from the same beach you've bathed at, but she also has chicken, pork and beef. She usually has 2 fish of the day plus chicken, pork and beef dishes of the day.
Favorite Dish: When we were there, we ordered 2 colorao fish, 2 sliced carite fish, one beef stewed with tostones (fried plantains), rice, beans and salad, plus a 2.5 l of Coca Cola to share between 5 people. We ate, ate and ate and half the food was left (that we took to go). Our total bill was 1650 pesos, about 45.83 US.
Baní is pretty close to Santo Domingo and suitable for day trips. To get to Baní, take a bus at Parque Enriquillo or at the stop by "Pinturas", on Avenida 27 de Febrero after you pass Plaza de la Bandera (everybody knows where it is). There's express buses and those who stop everywhere but the time is roughly the same: about 1 hour. The fare as of Apr 2009 is 80 pesos for the non-express buses and 90 for the express ones.
If there's 2 things that are very characteristic of Baní, that's mangoes and dulce de leche. Baní provides the best mangoes of the country, and they even organize a mango festival every 2 years in June. In all food stands on the roads you'll see several kinds of mangoes, so don't hesitate to haggle to get them at a good price. Another thing you'll...more
On the road Las Dunas - Las Salinas, you'll find what the locals call "salao" (or salado). That's a piece of terrain where sea water comes to land and stays there for a certain amount of time. It's not too much water that will flood the area, tho, but to avoid the sea water going farther than it should (read, inside people's houses), they have...more
Just in case you need a place to sleep or where to buy something to eat quickly.Hotel Caribaní: if you want to spend the night in Baní and don't wanna pay a lot of money for a room, this is the place. The hotel is situated close to Parque Duarte (the central park in Baní, in front of Catedral Nuestra Señora de Regla), which is the central park in...more