Salinas of Baní, Dominican Republic

Explore the Salinas of Baní in the Dominican Republic and get to know its history and its mining process

Salinas of Baní, Dominican Republic
Salinas of Baní
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The Salt Mines (Salinas of Baní) are immense esplanades with big salt mountains that you can visit during your journey to this part of the southern Dominican Republic. Here you can see how they produce and commercialise the salt used in so many places around the world.

In 1502, Columbus protected himself from the weather in Puerto Hermoso Village, which is in Las Calderas Bay, near the City of Baní. Columbus did not tell anyone about what he had found in fear of decaying this frail place. However, some of the partners, who went with him, did not keep the place secret. So, Governor Ovando thought of this place as a business, turning it into the most important salt mine of the Caribbean at that time.

This salt mine is a tourist attraction that nowadays employs hundreds of people. The salt is produced in terraces, where the seawater is evaporated and gives rise to this valuable good.

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City of Baní, in Peravia Province, Dominican Republic.

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