From dunes to beaches: Peravia has everything to offer

The impressive landscapes and the rich cultural wealth that the province of Peravia possesses, from dunes to beaches, make visiting it part of the “checklist” of both Dominicans who opt for domestic tourism and foreigners arriving in the country.

Historical data

This province was officially created in 1944 with the name of Baní Province, later its name was changed to José Trujillo Valdez Province in honor of the father of the dictator Rafael L. Trujillo. It was named Peravia in 1961, after the death of dictator Rafael Leónidas Trujillo.

Map and Municipalities

The province of Peravia is part of the Valdesia Region and has an area of 785.08 km²; it is the fourth smallest in size in the entire Republic. It is limited to the north by the province of San José de Ocoa and part of San Cristóbal, to the east by the province of San Cristóbal, to the south by the Caribbean Sea and to the west by the province of Azua.

Peravia has three municipalities, Baní being the head municipality, in addition to Matanzas and Nizao.

Great Figures

Dunas De Baní PeraviaAmong the most important personalities of this province are the baseball players Mario Soto, Vladimir Guerrero, Vladimir Guerrero Jr., José Ramírez, Miguel Tejada, Luis Castillo, Ketel Marte, Wander Franco, Oneil Cruz and Erick Aybar.

What to do in this province?

Among the must-see places in this province is the Dunes of Baní, which is a curious desert that extends for about 15 kilometers in a straight line. Other areas not to be missed during your visit to Peravia are the Baní Salt Flats, Las Calderas Bay, the San Martín de Porres Sanctuary, Puntarena, Sabana Rey, Baní and the Perelló Cultural Center.

In Baní, the Mango Fair or Expo Mango Baní is held, where you can buy mangos at the best prices.

Curious facts

  1. In 1522, the first confrontation between Spaniards and black slaves took place at Diego Colón’s sugar mill in Nizao.
  2. In 1759 Don Pablo Romero, governor of Baní, after being kidnapped along with his daughters in his residence in Boca Canasta, sought a much safer place and encouraged the residents of the valley of Baní to build a village.
  3. On March 3, 1764, Baní was founded on a piece of land that the neighbors bought from the owners of Cerro Gordo, for the sum of three hundred pesos fuertes, according to historian José Gabriel García. The main owners of Cerro Gordo were Francisco Báez and Bartolomé del Castillo.
  4. In 1768, the Spanish governor Manuel de Azlor y Urries sent a communication to the Crown, requesting that the town of Baní be granted the category of villa.
  5. In 1802, there was an uprising of black slaves that were fought by General Juan Baron.
  6. In 1844, in the first division of the Dominican Republic, Baní was consigned to the Dominican Republic.
  7. In 1863, a soldier of the Restoration named José Varela pronounced himself against the annexationist plans of General Pedro Santana. In that year, the battle of Guanal took place, in which the Banilejos confronted Spanish annexationist troops.


The province of Peravia has different infrastructures throughout the province, among them: the Circunvalación de Baní, as well as streets and avenues that have been paved. Likewise, this demarcation has health centers and buildings.

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