Los Haitises National Park
At first sight, Los Haitises National Park on Samaná Bay may look more like a corner of Thailand
or Vietnam’s Halong Bay than the Caribbean. Some 30 limestone karsts covered in lush emerald forests rise abruptly above the water to heights of up to 100 feet. The name translates to “hilly lands” in the Taino language, and the park is one of the crown jewels of the country’s national park system. Thousands of travelers visit Los Haitises each year to explore its islands and look for the birds (some 200 different species) that can be spotted in the air while manatees and dolphins swim in the sea.