Crocodiles, and Iguanas, and Flamingoes – oh my!
Lake Enriquillo is what you might call a sun trap. It receives a lot of strong sunshine, and there are not many areas of shade to take shelter.
While not ideal for humans, these hot sun conditions are glorious for crocodiles, iguanas, flamingoes, and colourful exotic birds.
Iguanas sunbathe all year round, but crocodiles and flamingoes are a less constant presence on the lake. American crocodiles are mostly seen during the dry season of January to June, whereas flamingoes stop at the lake in their migration pattern between April and July.
You’ll notice there’s a bit of crossover. That means if you’re in the area around April, May, June time, Lake Enriquillo could be an amazing adventure to add to your trip.
A lake to remember!
You’ll find Lake Enriquillo near the border with Haiti. It has been a protected area since 1974, and has ben part of the Jaragua-Bahoruco-Enriquillo Biosphere Reserve since 2002. Understandably, the Dominican Republic is keen to preserve this natural treasure and secure the future of its astounding wildlife.
Lake Enriquillo is a Caribbean dreamland: exotic fruit, otherworldy trees, bright flamingoes, stunning blue waters.
For regular visitors to the DR, it’s definitely one for the Caribbean bucket list.