La aurora

Founded in 1903, Santiago’s renowned La Aurora is the country’s number one producer and exporter of premium cigars. Hop on a comprehensive, one-hour complimentary tour of their factory in Tamboril, on the outskirts of Santiago, learning about the founding León family’s history and foray into the industry. Walk around the cigar making floors, watching the […]

Estadio Cibao

The Cibao Stadium is the home of the Aguilas Cibaeñas baseball club and hosts professional baseball games from mid-October through the end of January. Taking in a baseball game at the stadium is a must – the entertainment on the field is matched by the irrepressibly jubilant mood of the team’s loyal and loud fans. […]

Centro Cultural León Jimenes

A beautiful series of permanent exhibits showcase Dominican history and culture, dating back to the Taino days, on the first floor of this cultural center. You’ll also find a visual arts room, displaying the winning art pieces from the annual Eduardo León Jimenes Art Contest, created in 1964 to promote art and encourage new generations […]

Casa de Arte

A gathering spot of creatives, Casa de Arte sits in the historic center of downtown Santiago, in a renovated Victorian home. The gallery’s rotating display shows Dominican artists’ works, and the venue often hosts live music or theater performances in the evening. Relax in the patio after viewing the exhibits.

Arena del Cibao

A modern basketball facility hosts the tournaments (usually in the spring) that pit different sections of the city against each other in an all-out battle for the city championship. Regional and national championship games are played here during the summer. The local basketball team is called the “Metros”.

Cueva del chicho

Cueva del Chicho is one of the most outstanding underground caves, tucked inside Cotubanamá National Park. Its aquamarine, sparkling fresh waters draw many hikers, but it also holds numerous petroglyphs—proof of the Taino’s presence in these parts. You can dip in its fresh water, azure blue waters that resemble a lake, or if you’re a […]

Cueva de las Maravillas

Located between San Pedro de Macorís and La Romana, this enormous cave system houses hundreds of well-preserved Taino pictographs and petroglyphs dating back thousands of years. This is one of the most accessible caverns in the DR, thanks to an excellent lighting system, ramps, a footpath and a modern elevator. Stroll amid impressive samples of […]

Casa Ponce de León

How often do you get to step into the home of a 16th century Spanish explorer? Juan Ponce de León’s residence continues to stand in the southeastern town of San Rafael de Yuma, close to Higüey, where he lived before heading out into the seas to conquer neighboring Puerto Rico, and later head to Florida. […]

Atlantic Princess Shipwreck

The Atlantic Princess was a small cruise ship used by tourists of the area. In 2008, it ran aground on the beach during Tropical Storm Fay. The plan was to sink the ship, and create a beautiful underwater environment and artificial reef for visitors to enjoy. But the Atlantic Princess actually sunk on its own […]

jarabacoa golf club

A pine grove lines the fairways of this golf course in the rolling hills of Jarabacoa. It is the only one of its kind in the Dominican Republic. It is part of the Quintas de Primavera residential development on the outskirts of Jarabacoa. Because of the many changes in elevation, it offers different challenges than […]