Dominican Republic

Birding Information

Where Do You Want to Go Birding Today
Tina MacDonald's excellent site contains links to Dominican Republic birding hotspots, checklist and maps, information on endemic and endangered birds, links to rare bird information local events and festivals, and information on tours/guides and accommodations.

Birdlife International Bird Links to the World
Their site provides a map and covers number of bird species and endemics plus a checklist, general country information, general web pages, bird pictures, and birding and individual trip reports.

Tours & Guides

The first tour company in the Dominican Republic that specializes in birdwatching.

Focus on Nature
This US company has been conducting birding tours on islands in the West Indies in the Caribbean for over a decade. On all the islands that they visit, they focus on the endemic and specialty birds.

Free Living
A list of British birding tour companies and the time of year of their Dominican Republic bird tours. Tours also listed under Hispaniola.

Tody Tours
Tody Tours specializes in tropical birding tours in the Dominican Republic. Kate Wallace, owner and local guide, was the first bird specialist to lead birding tours based out of Santo Domingo. The Dominican Republic is home to several species of endemic birds found nowhere else in the world. Her site has bird lists, hotel recommendations, tour itineraries, and links to other bird information such as hot spot checklists

All WINGS leaders have varied interests in natural history and other more or less closely related fields, but the timing and itinerary of their trips are dictated almost entirely by ornithological considerations.

Victor Emanuel Nature Tours (VENT)
Founded in 1974, it is now the largest company in the world specializing in birding tours. This trip includes Puerto Rico.

Tours & Guides

Embajador Hotel

The Occidental Embajador Hotel is a large, top of the line hotel, located in the residential area of the capital, Santo Domingo. This hotel is surrounded by extensive gardens where 250+ parakeets roost every night.

Hostal Nicolas Nader
This hotel is an important example of colonial architecture and Dominican historical heritage. Built in 1502 for the explorer Pedro Alvarado, in 1516 it became a Jesuit convent. In the nineteenth century it was the residence of the poets Salomé Ureña and Pedro henríquez Ureña, as well as of the dictator Ulises Hereux. This building was renovated in 1983, becoming an exclusive ten-room hotel with a pleasant environment. It is located in the colonial zone of Santo Domingo.

Casa Bonita
Casa Bonita, a lovely small countryside hotel on a little hill above a beach with a small pool and good food. 30 minutes from the international airport and convenient to Sierra Bahoruco National Park where one can find 26 of the 27 endemic birds. They will pick you up from anywhere on the island and also can arrange for 4X4 rental vehicles.


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Updated 03/02/05