In honor of World Environment Day, Parque Nacional Mirador del Norte–located north of Santo Domingo–waived its entry fees to the public for three whole days, from Saturday through Monday (today). We took advantage to enjoy the “lungs of the city”–the largest natural park and recreational green space in Santo Domingo. It offers bike rentals for kids and adults, boating, horseback riding, and a massive playground for kids.

The steady, strong breeze throughout the park was incredible–making us forget the heat of the Colonial City this time of year.

It was nice to see lots of families and couples, more than past years, enjoying the outdoors and respecting nature. Here’s how I had fun there as well:


In the meantime, you can also find plenty of my recommended parks around Santo Domingo and the DR in Moon Dominican Republic (Moon Guides, 2016).

Happy World Environment Day! Wherever you are today, find and enjoy a green space near you.

You can easily catch an Uber, or a regular taxi to Parque Mirador del Norte. Edited to add: There’s also a Metro Stop at Mirador Norte, the cheapest way to get there–but note that once you get out of the stop, you’d have to walk for around 30 mins in the hot sun to Door #4 where most of the recreation is.

There are six different entrances to the park–go to Puerta Numero Cuatro (Door #4) to access the recreational area above. Regular entrance fees for adults are 50 pesos, with additional rental cost for bikes (RD$100 per half hour for a large bike), boats, and horse back rides. These are the prices as of June 2017.

Lebawit Lily Girma

A former corporate attorney, Lebawit Lily Girma is an award-winning travel writer, photographer, and author of several Caribbean guidebooks for US-publisher Moon Travel Guides, including Moon Belize and Moon Dominican Republic. Originally from Ethiopia, Lily calls herself a “culture-holic”–fluent in four languages, she has lived in eight countries besides the U.S., including Belize, Jamaica, and the Dominican Republic. Her articles and photography focusing on culture, adventure, and sustainable travel in the Caribbean region have been published in AFAR Magazine, CNN, BBC, Delta Sky, The Guardian, and others. She is the recipient of the 2016 Marcia Vickery Wallace Award for Excellence in Travel Journalism from the Caribbean Tourism Organization.

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