These days, domestic travelers and international nature connoisseurs are the most frequent visitors. The striking natural attractions of this region are incomparable. It boasts the largest lake in the Caribbean, a spectacular panoramic highway with vistas along the coast, a mountain parador that overlooks a remarkable chasm, scorchingly hot, dry forests that lie not far from cooler highland pine tree forests, as well as being one of the most significant fruit-producing areas in the country.
Popular stops on the way to Barahona or back to Santo Domingo are Baní and San Cristóbal. The DR 1 Web Page recomended an stop over in Baní to purchase Dominican sweets on the highway, visit the museum of Cuban national hero Máximo Gómez, or the Salinas dunes and windsurfing area. San Cristóbal is home to the Pomier Caves, the most important in the Caribbean.