The Bahoruco mountain range has some of the main coffee plantations in the country, which creates the famous and rich taste of coffee. Known locally as "Festicafé", the festival is held in Polo during the month of October and celebrates the production of coffee from the region and the promotion of the preservation of the local environment with cultural events, musical performances, food tastings and much more. The festival is organized by the Permanent Committee of Culture of the Pole (SCLC), cooperatives producing coffee and more than 30 regional and national organizations.<>>
The popular religious festival is celebrated the first week of October to honor the official patron of Barahona, which is Our Lady of the Rosary. Each people of the Dominican Republic adopted their patron or virgin of the Catholic saints. She is considered the protector of the community, which at the same time renders devotion and honor during a day of the year. The event includes processions of churches, parades, bands and festivals. In addition, the dance of the region, Carabine, is performed and includes the accordion, balsie, güira and pander.
The city of Cabral is famous for its cachuas (disguised demons) that appear between midnight on Holy Saturday and midday on Easter Monday. Celebrated in March, Carnival festivities bring out the cachuas, who dress in colorful monkeys and bat wings in representation of slave hunters in a moment of rebellion. On Holy Saturday, the cachuas begin to look for civilians (without a mask, but with a whip) or other cachúas, and in the afternoon the oldest parade in the country takes place. The festivities end on Monday, when the cachúas roam the neighborhoods and burn Judas in the cemetery.
The Pintaos, known for their magic, are another popular iconic character of the Barahona Carnival celebration. Gaga is a religious ritual with music and dance, and highlights important events and dates during the Holy Christian Year. The music is very spiritual and its origins come from the workers of the plantations. Apart from music and dance, voodoo is often part of the procession as a way to unite communities through cultural divides.
It is an exciting sailing competition conducted since the 90s, being a tradition for years in the waters of Barahona, which contributes to boost the economy of the destination with the arrival of more than 70 national and international athletes from different disciplines and categories. This activity reaffirms the potential of the "Pearl of the South" as a tourist destination for the practice of water sports, being one of the most preferred destinations for athletes from different disciplines that have the sea as a backdrop.
The Tourism and Production Fair "Discover Barahona" is a meeting held by the Barahona Tourist Cluster, where different companies exhibit their products and services, also developing a wide agenda of courses, conferences, as well as other binding activities, in order to empower the locals to help raise awareness and recognition of the great natural wealth of Barahona. This fair aims to shorten the distance between local producers and entrepreneurs from different productive sectors of the province.