The spectacularly beautiful and serene Laguna Limón  feels extremely pristine and remote but has a couple of small outfits around it dedicated to tourism. Two separate entrances lead to it from the highway, the first of which is marked by a small national park station (daily 9.30am–noon & 2–5pm; RD$100), where a local guide with a boat can be hired. The second entrance is 2km further west; there’s no park station here, so you won’t be asked to pay the fee. A further 2km on, a dirt road winds 3km down through pastureland to Playa Limón, another of the area’s spectacular beaches, though the undertow is often strong enough to preclude swimming and it’s plagued by sand fleas at dusk. It does, though, make for a scenic walk, and sea turtles lay their eggs here in the spring; take a left to reach the mouth of a local river, where the surf churns sea water into the brackish lagoon and the beach is adorned with patches of mangrove.

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