Barahona, Dominican Republic

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This city is known as Santa Cruz de Barahona and is located in the south of the Dominican republic. Population is nearly around 138 thousand and the city offers a tropical climate.

Climate

Under the Köppen climate classification, Barahona has a tropical savanna climate. Temperatures tend to remains steady throughout the year, with mean temperatures ranging from a low of 24.8 °C (76.6 °F) in January to a high of 28.0 °C (82.4 °F) in July. In terms of dry and wet seasons, Barahona has two distinctive wet seasons with a peak in precipitation from May to June followed by drought like conditions in July and August (due to the Azores high being located in the central Atlantic, inhibiting the formation of clouds and rain) and another peak in precipitation from September to October. This precipitation pattern is due to the movement and the position of the Azores high throughout the year. The dry season mainly runs through December to April. Even in the drier months, precipitation can stlll occur with February receiving just under 30 mm (1.2 in). Sunshine is abundant throughout the year, averaging over 3200 hours.

Getting around

Most of the excursions you will do will be by foot. Taxis: it is recommended that you call for a cab rather hailing one on the street no matter where id Dominican republic because there are no discernible markings on the streets that tell you it is a cab you are looking at. therefore, anyone in the street can pull up and pick you up. Since taxis don’t have meters, when calling a cab the operator can give you a quote on how much will cost the drive. There are no local bus service but motoconcho taxis.

History & Culture

Early history: since the 18th century, the regions was occupied by fishermen and other locals. Middle history: When Toussaint overture took the eastern part of Hispaniola island in the name of France, he gave orders to create the town of Barahona in 1802 as part of Ozama department. After 1844 independence, Barahona was a military post of the Azusa province. In 1858, barahona was recognized as a municipality and head of municipality in 1881.Recent history: Today Barahona is one of the most important cities on the island as it is the center of sugar production and industry, with a very active port and plenty of eco tourism attractions.

Top attractions

Laguna de Oviedo: This large lagoon has an intense heat and it is recommended to go visit early in the morning to witness its wildlife in the lake. It is an excellent bird watching excursion.
Oyo de Pelempio: This spectacular landscape in the southwestern region will allow you to discover a large variety of birds and more than 150 species of orchids and other plants and trees.
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