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Palacio Consistorial

Located in a renovated 19th century neoclassical house, smack in the heart of the city across the south side of Parque Duarte, the Palacio Consistorial once served as the city’s town hall. Today it’s a contemporary museum, showcasing the history of Santiago through late 19th and early 20th century photographs, including a carnival culture-focused room. Head […]

Monumento a los Héroes de la restauración

All visits to Santiago include an obligatory stop at El Monumento, the city’s iconic white marble tower, circled on all sides by a multilevel garden and boasting panoramic views over the entire city. You can tour the interior of the 67-meter (220-foot) high monument, named after the heroes of the Restoration War (1863-1865) who died in […]

Gran teatro del Cibao

Dominican architect Teofilio Carbonell built this striking white marble building in 1995, modeled after Santo Domingo’s national theater. Located directly across from the city’s landmark monument and surrounded by a lush garden, the Gran Teatro del Cibao boasts three levels with large marble and mahogany halls. The main room, Sala de la Restauración, has a capacity […]

Isla Saona

Located 19 kilometers (12 miles) south of the mainland, Saona Island’s picture-perfect beaches attract more visitors than all of the country’s national parks combined. A protected site spanning 110km2 (42-square mile) and part of Cotubanamá National Park, Saona is a dream tropical escape, where long stretches of brilliant white sand and their giant coconut trees seem […]


The smallest of the islands off the shore of Bayahíbe, Catalinita sits in the Catuano Channel, popular for its crystal clear waters year round, and its abundance of marine life and coral reefs. Eagle rays, sharks, and sea turtles are just a handful of critters found in its shallow waters. Also part of Parque Nacional […]

Bayahibe rose garden

The Bayahíbe Rose (Pereskia quisqueyana) is the DR’s national flower. It’s also a rare cactus, endemic to the Dominican Republic. The Bayahíbe Rose Garden—in the village in which it originates—is the only place in the world where you can spot this soft-pink, endangered flower in abundance. Set adjacent to the Bayahíbe’s church, Parroquia Divina Pastora, and in […]


The scenic fishing town of Bayahíbe is an attraction in and of itself, lucky to boast multiple beaches on its coastline, including Dominicus Beach—Blue Flag certified—and several more pristine, diamond-white stretches offshore on Catalina and Saona islands. Bayahíbe retains its Dominican pulse, from its local restaurants and bars to its street side arts and crafts […]

Salto de Jimenoa

A mere 20-minute drive from Jarabacoa town leads to this protected area and waterfall–also known as Salto de Jimenoa Dos. Set around a hydroelectric dam, walking the three suspended footbridges around this powerful waterfall and its pools can take a couple of hours because you will spend quite some time marveling at the mountain scenery […]

Salto de Baiguate

The perfect waterfall and jade pool await at Salto de Baiguate, tucked below a deep canyon yet easily reached via a series of wooden steps that lead directly to the water. Residents and their families flock to this waterfall area for an easy, refreshing swim during the day. The waterfall itself cascades down 25 meters […]

Pico duarte

The highest mountain peak in the Caribbean, rising at 3,087 meters (10,125 feet), Pico Duarte is tucked amid the two national parks of Armando Bermúdez and José del Carmen Ramírez, and is reachable in two or three-day excursions depending on the chosen route. The two-day Jarabacoa-Manabao-La Ciénaga-Compartición-Valle de Lilís-Pico Duarte route is the most popular […]