Saona Island is the real paradise of the Caribbean located in the extreme southeast of the Dominican Republic. It is part of the Parque Nacional del Este and is known for its mangroves, coral reefs and palm-fringed beaches.
The island contains a high percentage of endemic species and floral wealth. Of the 539 species reported in the Cotubanamá National Park, most are found in this place.
The shallow waters of the island are home to starfish. Mano Juan is a quiet fishing village near the Laguna de los Flamencos, with colorful shacks and a turtle sanctuary. To the west is the Cueva de Cotubanamá, with pre-Columbian rock art.
Several associations of plant species appear in the area, which make up different ecosystems, including
semi-humid forests, thickets, and mangroves or salt forests can be distinguished, which are made up of four neotropical species: black, red, white and button mangroves.
Species of sea turtles including loggerhead, hawksbill, green turtle and leatherback have also been identified in the Saona. Among the birds you can see beach gulls, waders, the crowned dove, and the green parrot, which is in danger of extinction.
40 species of fish, 10 corals and 124 molluscs have been reported, qualifying the area as one of the most important ecological reserves in the country.
This has a natural pool in which the water does not go beyond the navel, we also find starfish of various types and with Caribbean colors, in addition to enjoying this natural beauty we must say that we are only a few steps from the coast and the water is even more crystalline.
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