Elevation: 431 ft
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Shared By: Marcus Floyd on Apr 10, 2013
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Description

The Dominican Republic is a nation on the island of Hispaniola, part of the Greater Antilles archipelago in the Caribbean region. The western third of the island is occupied by the nation of Haiti. By area and population, the Dominican Republic is the second largest Caribbean nation (after Cuba), with 48,442 square kilometres (18,704 sq mi) and an estimated 10 million people. The Dominican Republic has the highest peaks of the West Indies and mountains show a direction northwest-southeast. The mountains are separated by valleys with the same general direction. Cordillera Septentrional (in English, "Northern Range"). It runs parallel to the north coast, with extensions to the northwest, the Tortuga Island, and to the southeast, the Samaná Peninsula (with its Sierra de Samaná). Its highest mountain is Diego de Ocampo, close to Santiago, with 1,249 m. The Cibao Valley (Dominican Republic) is the largest and the most important valley of the country. This long valley stretches from North Haiti, where is called Plaine du Nord, to Samaná Bay.

Getting There

Head south of the state of Florida, by plane or boat. Once there, contact a local climber for suggestions to the best spots.

Getting There: One option submitted by a climber-
"We rented a car for a day (cost us about $75.00 USD) and did the super easy drive to Bayahibe. If you don't have international service (which we did not) we downloaded our maps from google when we had wifi and used them to guide us the rest of the way there. If you are traveling from Punta Cana note that highway 3 is toll road (both directions), In total we spend 1200 Dominican Pesos on the toll road. After an hour of driving, we pulled off the paved road and headed down a dirt road (left turn when coming off from highway 3). 5 minutes in we hit a gate where we had to pay 20 Dominican Pesos per person. Another 15-20 minutes of driving we found a large parking area. A person who was there helped guide us the 5 minutes up the road and trail to the cliffs."

The Climbing:
"Whoever has been establishing the climbing is doing a great job with developing the area!!! The rock is solid and so unclimbed that the limestone is still fairly sharp. The bolt/slung voids are adequately spaced. The anchors we came across on various routes left a little to be desired (e.g., really thin trees slung, worn gear hung for rappelling down) but not so uncomfortable that we stopped climbing. For a lot of the anchors I pulled the rope through and rappelled down rather than getting lowered, just to avoid unneeded wear on the gear that was there (and my rope)."

Other Considerations:
"From the same parking area you can take a 20 minute hike to a really amazing swimming hole/cave, I am highly suggesting that you do this! If you do go to the cave pack a flashlight or even better a waterproof light. After climbing, hiking and swimming we asked around for some places to go to grab some food. A local suggested we head into Los Melones for food, the suggestion did not disappoint! The town is a cool spot known for its access to great snorkeling and diving sites, so it has a bustling port shuttling ocean goers. We ended up getting amazing seafood and cold beers at Restaurante Dona Carla, I would suggest checking out the restaurant and town if you have time."

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