The Haitises National Park
Sabana de La Mar, Dominican Republic
Limestone karst islands cut through thick mangrove forests on the way to hidden petroglyph-covered caverns in the Los Haitises National Park. Overlapping two northern provinces of Samaná and Hato Mayor, the area is popular with eco-tourists, but the number of annual visits is limited to protect the endemic bird and mammal species that inhabit the park today. Staying at Paraiso Caño Hondo eco-lodge is a unique opportunity to live on the outskirts of the park while learning about the ongoing park preservation efforts run by the property.