The Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources of the Dominican Republic announced an increase in the entrance fees to most of the country’s protected areas, whose permanent maintenance “implies a large investment in personnel and infrastructure”
“This increase is intended to raise revenue to provide a better service and lower the impact per visit in some fragile areas,” the entity said in a statement.
The environmental portfolio affirmed that areas such as Catalina Island, Saona Island and Cayo Arena (north of the Country) are extremely exposed, to the point that in Cayo Arena some of the corals are beginning to disappear, and species are facing difficulty, which is why intervention is necessary.
School, university and educational visits will be exempt from payment in order to promote conservation and raise awareness on the ground, he said.
The most important increases are focused on the most vulnerable areas that are Saona, Catalina and Cayo Arena whose entrances will now cost 500 pesos (approximately 11 US$) while before were just 100 pesos (a bit more than 2 US$).
In the next week (after Easter) due to this change most likely the prices for the Saona & Catalina tour will raise around 10 US$ per person. These days many tour operators have stopped their tours and called a strike in order to protest against the government’s decision (picture on top).