No. I’m not in Dubai. I am in the Dunes of Baní, the only desert in the Dominican Republic. And the country with the largest dunes in the Caribbean.
Like many of you, I didn’t know about the dunes until a few years ago. And what’s crazy is that I’ve been going to Baní all my life. And it’s right by Las Salinas, a beach I grew up going to. It has black sand and the water is pure, salty, blue and beautiful!
I thought I was the only one who somehow missed the news about the gorgeous sandy landscape on the sea coast. But from my recent Instagram post, I can see I wasn’t alone. I’m glad to be able to share some informative eco-tourism facts while posting pictures of my travels. That was really the best part of visiting the Dunes- sharing the photos and being in awe with so many of you!
Dunes in Baní, Dominican Republic
Upon arrival, my cousins and I walked in with confidence but without water. (Big mistake.) There was a small entrance fee of only $100 pesos which is about $2 U.S. dollars. I was impressed with the view right away but my cousin told me I haven’t seen anything yet.
So we walked another five minutes or so and that’s when I saw the sandy hill. I’d never seen anything like it. The boys made their way up and got a huge tree branch and slid down. Thinking of the ‘gram, I was like, I need to get up there! And I went for it.
It took me a little under four minutes to get to the top. I didn’t realize how big of an exercise it was going to be. The sand is deep and hot. And although we’re not in Dubai, a turban would have been helpful.
I took a few breaks in between. Each time I looked up it seemed further and further away. I seriously thought about giving up when I was half way, but I heard my cousins cheering me on. I have to say, that was helpful! Rest of you must, but do not quit, right?!
I’m so happy and grateful I didn’t stop. The view from the top was amazing. And the ocean is only a few steps away. (I’ll post a video next week).
Here’s a collage of the moment I made it up.
Thinking of visiting the Dunes in Dominican Republic? Here’s what you’ll need:
- $100 Pesos for the Entrance Fee
- Water (You can bring your own, or buy it from a shop across the street) Watch out for the cars!
- Backpack or messenger bag to store your belongings. You’ll need your hands especially while going up the hill.
- Sneakers with socks 😉
- Baseball cap or turban for both the sand or sun
What do you think of the dunes?