I have been traveling to the DR twice a year for the past 18 years and I have recently discovered the Southwest. There were many sites in the area that I wanted to see, so after exploring a few on my own I decided to look into going with a tour group to make the most of my time.
I decided to go with Eco-Tours which is a small tour business that has a French girl and a Dominican driver. It cost 2000 pesos (about $65). That included lunch, van & boat transportation, stop overs at Los Patos, a cave with a couple of taino faces, & a fresh water swimming hole.
They picked us up at 8 am and we returned at 8 pm. There were 2 other tourists besides me.
Bahia de las Aquilas lived up to it's reputation as a gorgeous beach. Powdery white sand, the most crystal clear water that I have seen in the DR (including Isla Saona, Samana, Bayahibe, Playa Rincon) and on a par or even better than Grand Cayman or St. John's US Virgin Island.
It was different because there were no palm trees. There were sea grape trees and other trees and shrubs that I had never seen before that provide shade. We were dropped off by boat and got to spend 5 hours there.
I highly recommend taking the boat to get there from the nearest town called Las Cuevas. The views along the coast to get to the beach were spectacular. There were large rock formations, pelicans, eagles nests, crystalline green water, small hidded white sand beaches. Still , that was overshadowed by the beauty of the beach of Bahia de las Aguilas.
It has no hotels, no facilities and I hope it stays that way. That was part of the beauty.
All in all it was well worth the distance traveled to get there. Fifteen years ago when I first traveled to Barahona I saw one beach that had rocks and I thought this is not what I wanted in a Caribbean beach vacation. Where was the soft sand and palm trees? Now that I have been to most parts of the country I have a deep appreciation for the unique beauty for this area.
You can see my photos from that trip on my website at www.geraceimages.com as well as in my Ebook "Images of the Dominican Republic" also available on my website.
Eco-Tours is based in the town of Paraiso. Their tel # is 809-243-1190. Their website is http://www.ecotour-repdom.com/