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Monte Cristi National Park

Monte Cristi National Park: Our most recommended tours and activities

Cayo Arena: Paradise Island and Mangroves Tour

1. Cayo Arena: Paradise Island and Mangroves Tour

Benefit from pickup at your hotel in Puerto Plata, Sosua, or Cabarete, and then make your way by bus to the brilliant white sands of Punta Rucia, 67 kilometers east of Montechristi. Get amazing views of the countryside before you board a speedboat to cross to Cayo Arena.  Be welcomed by the turquoise waters and white sands of the paradise island. Go ashore to sink your toes in the sand and top up your tan. Marvel at the colorful marine life and coral gardens on an optional guided snorkeling tour, and enjoy a selection of fresh fruits and drinks.  Navigate the thick mangrove forest of Monte Cristi National Park by speedboat, and look for the abundant wildlife in the lagoons and channels. Get a feel for island life at a local market before taking the speedboat back to the mainland.

From Puerto Plata: Cayo Arena Private Catamaran Trip & Lunch

2. From Puerto Plata: Cayo Arena Private Catamaran Trip & Lunch

Discover Cayo Arena, a paradise of coral reefs and tropical fish. Sail on the Ocean King catamaran on this private trip, spending time at Cayo Arena and Monte Cristi National Park. Indulge in a lobster lunch at Playa Punta Rucia and visit a cigar factory to learn the tricks of the trade. Get picked up from your accommodations and enjoy a scenic road trip through the picturesque countryside to Castillo de la Isabela. When you arrive, climb onboard the Ocean King catamaran, decked out with a solarium and water slide. Tour along the coast of Playa La Ensenada in your catamaran, enjoying Caribbean music and indulging in a few light refreshments. Drop anchor at Cayo Arena and spend around two hours swimming and snorkeling amongst the corals and tropical fish. Set sail to Monte Cristi National Park, feeling the wind in your hair. Look out for wildlife in the lush mangroves of the national park before stopping at Playa Punta Rucia. Land on the beach and savor the taste of freshly cooked lobster with a Caribbean lunch. Return to your hotel and visit an artisanal cigar factory, observing the process of cigar production and having the chance to buy some souvenirs.

Puerto Plata: Day Trip to Cayo Arena Island by Speedboat

3. Puerto Plata: Day Trip to Cayo Arena Island by Speedboat

MYou will get on a speedboat that will take you to Isla Bonita-Cayo Arena, a journey full of adrenaline, sun, wind and adventure. On the island relax sunbathing in its crystal clear waters or snorkeling in its coral reefs with brightly colored tropical fish. On the way back we will visit the Monte Cristi National Park with its lush green mangroves, an abundance of wildlife and birds, you will learn about the wonders of nature. Once the journey is finished, we will enjoy a delicious typical lunch in Estero Hondo. Where you will have time to shop and bring souvenirs from the Dominican Republic. Itinerary: Monday, Wednesday, Friday

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What people are saying about Monte Cristi National Park

Overall rating

4.2 / 5

based on 43 reviews

A very successful day trip. Pick-up worked perfectly and our guide was very courteous and friendly. Has told a lot of interesting things while driving. Even though it is quite long, it was possible to see the life/houses of the local people. The speed boat ride was great, the island and the snorkeling were a dream! We can recommend it with a clear conscience.

It was a wonderful experience, and had the worth of the price. The whole tour was perfectly organized, our guide Eusebio was very friendly and helpful. The lunch was delicious. Thanks for this great day.

A unique experience on a beautiful small, dreamlike sandbank. The trip from Cabarete was very long (3.5 hours) but it was worth it. you should have seen it.

excursion highly recommended. the perfect organization, the very kind and friendly staff, and the site is wonderful

Awesome trip! Tour provider was fantastic! A must do!