Parque Nacional del Este
The Parque Nacional del Este, the National Park of the East, the gem of the La Romana – Bayahibe area has just been renamed, and from now on be know as the Parque Nacional Cotubanamá.
The name was officially changed to Parque Nacional Cotubanamá on the 8th of October 2014 by the Dominican National Congress overseen by his excellency the president of the Dominican Republic, Danilo Medina.
WHO WAS COTUBANAMÁ AND WHY NAME THE PARK AFTER HIM?
Cotubanamá was a native Taino Indian who was born and raised in the “cacicazgo de Higuey” or rather in the Chiefdom of Higuey, the chiefdoms being the primary political units employed by the Taíno inhabitants of Hispaniola.
Cotubanamá grew up to be a cacique, the chief of the Chiefdom of Higuey, and in his role as chief he is credited with rebelling against the invasion of the Europeans, in defence of the members of his cacicazgo or chiefdom.
ABOUT THE PARQUE NACIONAL COTUBANAMÁ
The Cotubanama National Park (formerly Parque Nacional del Este), located just 4 miles outside of Bayahibe – and at the heart of the La Romana-Bayahibe area is one of the Dominican Republic’s most popular tourist destinations – most famous for it’s crystal blue waters and white sandy beaches at Saona Island.
This beautiful National Park, a nature reserve only since 1975, covers an area of 791.9km2; of which the main landmass is a peninsula covered with Subtropical Rainforest and Subtropical Dry Forest.
The most visited area however, is the maritime area of the park- the “Catuano Strait”, which separates Saona Island from the mainland, as well as Saona Island itself. Here the clear aquamarine Caribbean ocean gleans in the sunlight and offers tourists picture perfect Caribbean memories – whether you chose to relax on one of the many beaches, dive the reefs that line the shore or fish its bountiful waters.
The Parque Nacional Cotubanamá is home to has 112 different bird species, dolphins, marine manatees and turtles as well as the critically endangered Rhinoceros Iguana.