The Yuna River is the second most important river and is the largest in the Dominican Republic, with a total length of 210 km. It extends from the Montes de San José de Ocoa to its mouth in the Samaná Bay.
The hydrographic basin extends through the eastern part of the Cibao Valley, occupying an area of 5,498 km². The Yuna River is the largest river in the Dominican Republic. It is considered the second most important river in the country, only behind the Yaque del Norte, with a total length of 210 kilometers, from its source in the Montes Banilejos to its mouth in the Samaná Bay.
Its hydrographic basin (the second largest in the country) measures 5,498 square kilometers. Its passage is along the entire eastern zone of the fertile Cibao Valley, considered one of the most humid areas in the country.
The Yuna River forms in the central, mountainous Cibao Valley, winding eastward to eventually empty into Samaná Bay. Almost 200 kilometers long, its abundant waters are rich in nutrients, providing an ideal nursery for wildlife, from humpback whales to turtles.
It arises in the Central Mountain Range of the island, where through several tributaries it collects the abundant rains of the region, and heads east, crossing the provinces of La Vega, Sánchez Ramírez, Duarte and Samaná. It passes through the cities of Pimentel, Villa Riva and flows into the Samaná Bay, very close to the city of Sánchez Ramírez. Along its 150 km route, it receives many tributaries, among which the Camú stands out.
All these contributions make it navigable for small draft boats. Only the headwaters, with steep and rapid slopes, are inaccessible for navigation. The copious rains that fall from May to November cause it to overflow into its lower course, producing floods that enrich the lowlands and thus convert them into one of the main agricultural regions of the country.
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