The distance between Santo Domingo and Bani is approximately 60km, and it takes around 1 hour by car. Depending on traffic conditions, it can take shorter or longer. Here is some background info about Bani.
Bani is a small city in the southwestern region of the Dominican Republic, known for its rich agricultural history and beautiful beaches. Some of the popular activities and attractions for tourists in Bani and the surrounding area include:
- Salt Farms: Bani is home to several salt farms, where visitors can learn about the traditional process of salt production and see the salt ponds up close. Some of the farms also offer guided tours and tastings of different types of salt. You could need to enquire about this.
- Beaches: The Bani area is known for its beautiful beaches, with clear turquoise waters and white sandy beaches. Some of the popular beaches in the area include Playa Los Cocos, Playa El Valle, and Playa La Cueva.
- Hiking: There are several hiking trails in the surrounding mountains, offering visitors the opportunity to explore the natural beauty of the region and see stunning views of the coastline. Bani is quite large, I have yet to do the hiking part, but, it is also a possibility to do.
- Fishing of the Fleet: Every year, on the last Sunday of January, the traditional “Bendicion de las Barcas” takes place in Bani’s port. It is a religious event where boats are blessed and decorated with flowers and fruits by the priest, wishing a good season and safety to the fishermen.
- Food: Bani is known for its traditional cuisine, and visitors can find many local restaurants serving delicious traditional dishes like La Bandera, Mangú, and Casabe, which are a staple in the Dominican Republic. Again, you can eat this in most parts of the island. However, given it is a coastal area, fish is what is most consumed by visitors.
- Shopping: Visitors can find many street vendors and small markets selling traditional handicrafts, souvenirs, and local products. Products here are very simple, don’t expect too much.
There are tour operators, Turisteo, they organize trips around the island, a very Dominican experience, so if you like some rum and coke in the mornings, come on aboard. They cover the island from day trips to multi-days.