Ciudad Corazón and tradition filled towns

CULTURE, VALUES AND NATIONAL SYMBOLS

Ciudad Corazón and tradition filled towns

The Monument in Honor of the Heroes of the Restoration is an important meeting point and an architectural landmark

Santiago de los Caballeros is the second largest city, a dynamic town that blends traditional agribusiness with the strength of trade and finance, a prideful town worth visiting. Known as the “Heart City”, this city offers locals and visitors an unparalleled experience. A city of Mediterranean climate, where you can discover impressive works and visit the Eduardo León Jimenez Cultural Center, which holds a large sample of quality works of Dominican art of all times.
 
Santiago and its surroundings possess an infrastructure of quality to host and welcome tourists. Restaurants, bars, hotels, shopping centers, cinemas, and more, are available in this region.
 
In the vicinity of Santiago is Tamboril, a district that has been characterized by its productive work in the world of premium Dominican hand rolled tobacco, for which it is known by cigar lovers, as the World Capital of Tobacco because here is where the largest production spaces of this highly valued and appreciated product are found.
 
One hour north from Santiago, is located the first touristic center that developed on the island and which still offers a complete experience for those who come to Puerto Plata. “The Bride of the Atlantic”, as it is known, combines history, tradition, centuries old industries, sun, beach, mountains and a large hotel infrastructure, entertainment centers for the family as Ocean World Water Park, and many more experiences. For those who like adventures and rapids, Puerto Plata has los 27 Charcos, a river with waterfalls and fast currents that the tourist can visit.
 
In the Cibao (northern) region cities such as La Vega can also be visited. Known for being the land of the Dominican Carnival, and the gateway to the mountains of the Cordillera Central, where the towns of Constanza and Jarabacoa are located. Its many orchards hidden between mountain valleys provide a unique experience for those who wish to practice sports and adventure and eco-tourism activities. South of the country, you cannot miss the opportunity to visit Barahona, the “Pearl of the Caribbean”.
 
From there, plan an adventure trip through the largest lake in the Caribbean, Lake Enriquillo which is definitely an intense and unforgettable experience. On the side of this stunning lake, which is about 90 meters below sea level, you will discover the secrets and traces of the Taino culture; impressive petroglyphs that have withstood time and are located in the hills of Caritas de los Indios.
 
But if you like adventure, Bahia de las Aguilas and Hoyo de Pelempito in the province of Pedernales, in the Deep South, are a must-see, eye opening destinations featuring stunning scenery that will penetrate deep in the memory.
 
“The Southern Barn” San Juan de la Maguana, is another travel destinations. There agricultural and commercial tradition stimulates the economy of this proud and hardworking people. Another destination is Baní, a colorful city associated with an agribusiness economy, which invites you to visit the Perello Cultural Center, one of the town´s attractions where you can observe the contribution of the Peravia Province and its diaspora, its cultural development and the affirmation of identities and values of the Dominican nation. Last but not least, Baní I world known for its Mango production.
 
In this brief tour through the Dominican geography there is a string of towns and cities where you can live the profound experience of visiting an inexhaustible country.
  • POPULATION
    10.41 MILLION
  • OFFICIAL LANGUAGE
    SPANISH
  • CURRENCY
    DOMINICAN PESO
  • AREA
    48,670 SQ. KM
  • GOVERNMENT
    PRESIDENTIAL REPUBLIC
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    PREDOMINANTLY TROPICAL
DOMINICAN REPUBLIC. Dominican Republic. Dominican Republic is located in the eastern part of Hispaniola Island, occupying two thirds of the territory, which it shares with the Republic of Haiti. It is the second largest island in the Caribbean region.
 
FOUNDING FATHERS. Juan Pablo Duarte, Francisco del Rosario Sanchez and Matias Ramon Mella are the most important representatives of the fight for independence and national sovereignty who constituted the patriotic secret society “La Trinitaria” that promised to “implement a free, sovereign republic, independent from any foreign domination”.
 
SHIELD. Created at the time of the proclamation of independence. It has a Bible in the center and is surrounded by an olive branch and a palm branch. A blue ribbon on the shield says: “God, Country, Freedom” and a red underneath says: “Dominican Republic”.
 
FLAG. Conceived by Juan Pablo Duarte and made by Concepción Bona and María Trinidad Sánchez during the period of independence. It was raised for the first time on February 27, 1844 by Francisco del Rosario Sanchez.
NATIONAL ANTHEM. It was composed by Jose Reyes and written by Emilio Prud’Homme. First sung in 1897 and officially since 1934, it highlights the values that characterize an arduous, worthy and willing to fight nation to permanently improve the living conditions of its people.
 
CULTURE. Dominican cultural life presents a strong fusion product of the mixing of Spanish, African and American Indian. These roots can be seen in the cultural expressions and folklore, especially with great force in music, which is filled with cheerful and earthy rhythms such as merengue and bachata, which are heard around the world.