Ruined roads detour Sabana de la Mar’s tourism
Sabana de la Mar, Dominican Republic.- Among the problems that hinder Sabana de la Mar’s (northeast) ecotourism development, local tour guides list tattered roads, unemployment, school dropouts and no sewage treatment plant, newspaper Hoy reports.
A ruined 44-kilometer road links the town with the provincial capital of Hato Mayor, while the route to El Seibo is in similar condition.
They said the communities have been repeatedly obliged to stage strikes against the successive administrations, “but they put a deaf ear.”
The guides, who asked no to reveal their names say the Hato Mayor-Sabana de la Mar road has been in that condition for decades and despite efforts to fix it, the work is often halted, leading to its progressive deterioration.
They cited the 9-kilometer Sabana de la Mar-Caño Hondo road, which links the region’s only ecotourism hotel, “Paraiso Caño Hondo,” next to Los Haïtises National Park.
They affirm that the municipality’s ruined roads have halted the launch of its tourism. Even so Los Haitises is still a major attraction drawing as many as 6,863 local visitors and 2,167 foreigners to June this year.
They add that it’s Samaná province which most benefits from Los Haitises’ ecotourism, because it has better roads.
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