Santo Domingo is a chaotic, messy city. Sometimes it’s just too much. Imagine my surprise, when after having fled to Cabrera, we discovered this little oasis a few minutes drive from the apartment!
Cachón (officially El Parque Manantial de Cachón de la Rubia), is a park in Sto Dgo Este that has a lake and several natural springs. The only safe way to get here is by car, as the nearest metro station is Villa Mella, leaving you to take at least two guagauas to get you from there to the park.
Inside – because it is somewhat protected by a wall and closed off at night – is a large green area that is great for just hanging around with the family for a few hours, take in all the green and the fresh (!) air, play some fútbol and enjoy the shade beneath the trees. We loved taking Little A and his cousin Amis there to swim in the lake (only swim in the one close to the springs, as the other one gets trashed often) or just splash around in the springs. I would advice to do as the Dominicans and wear some kind of shoes in the water, as the bottom is filled with rocks. Cachón quickly became one of our absolute favorite places, partly because it was close to home, but also because it felt like you were suddenly on the countryside.
Below are a few photos from Cachón de la Rubia and some advice. Enjoy!