To visit the Southwest , you could cover some major attractions in just a few days. Perhaps take a three-day weekend away from the city to make your way over the Península de Pedernales  or scope out a driving loop around Lago Enriquillo . Whichever direction, inland or coastal, the best town to look to for a home base is Barahona . It offers the best accommodations options and has some semblance of a nightlife, albeit small.
If you plan a day at the beach, make it Bahía de las Águilas  and save a day for it. You’ll want to get there midmorning to have a day at the beach, so you’ll have to spend your morning gathering provisions and securing the boat ride. The same is true for a loop around Lago Enriquillo , with the tour of the lake being only a couple of hours long.