Cibao Productive

  1. Together with the well-known and recognized fertility and productivity of the region, Cibao has an exceptional tourist offer, which combines its wonderful beaches with great attractions of adventure, nature and cities, turning the northern zone into an area of great importance in the Dominican Republic, in this matter. Its natural riches, together with the traditional simplicity and friendliness of its people, make it almost mandatory, not one, but continuous visits to the northern region of the country.

A first aspect to highlight is the preservation of tourist environments to achieve the sustainable exploitation of resources, both from the coastline and from the mountains, rivers and valleys. It is also important to note that each one of the fourteen (14) provinces of the Cibao, with its very particular characteristics, represents an attraction, for which it deserves to be visited. Below we present the most important tourist attractions in the region, both beach and adventure, nature and cities.

BEACH ATTRACTIONS

Regarding coastal tourism in the northern region, which extends from the province of Monte Cristi to Samaná, offers a wide variety of beaches, with hotel rooms and other facilities (such as the Puerto de Puerto Plata International Airport) for the enjoyment of its local and foreign visitors.

Beginning in the northwestern area, in mount christian, We can find tourist attractions within the city, such as its famous Clock, built in France in 1895, and the San Fernando Parish, with its 19th century architectural design. Both buildings are quite close. We can also find the El Morro National Park, which rises up to 242 meters above sea level, its camel shape being striking. Next to it appears El Morro beach, with its brown sand. This city has other beaches and tourist attractions of interest.

Then we come to Puerto Plata, which is the most important tourist destination on the north coast, since it receives hundreds of thousands of national and international tourists each year, in large hotels and apart-hotels. Apart from its famous beaches, this city has several attractions, such as the old town of La Isabela (the first colonization settlement), the San Felipe Fortress, the Amber Museum and the Isabel de Torres National Park, the Cable Car, among others.

The main beach destinations in Puerto Plata (with more than 100 kilometers of beaches) are in Sosúa, Cabarete, Playa Dorada and Luperón. The beaches Maimón, Dorada, Cofresí, Punta Rusia, Sosúa, Cabarete, Costámbar and others stand out.

Going to the province Maria Trinidad Sanchez (Nagua), Beautiful beaches can be found in the coastal cities of Río San Juan and Cabrera, highlighting Caletón, Playa Grande, Los Cocos El Diamante and Azul, among others. The Malecón of the city of Nagua is also a great spectacle.

We conclude the beach destinations of Cibao with the city of Samana, at the extreme northeast of the Dominican Republic, which competes with Puerto Plata, as the most important tourist destination in the region. Samaná has one of the most complete tourist offers, not only in Cibao and the rest of the Dominican Republic, but in the entire Caribbean region.  

The city of Samaná itself has great attractions, such as its picturesque houses of different very bright colors of Plaza Pueblo Príncipe and the famous bridges. Furthermore, the visit to Humpback Whale Sanctuary in the Bay and the Silver Bank between the months of December and March, when more than 1,500 whales arrive to reproduce.

 

In Samaná, the beautiful beaches and their large, medium and small hotel complexes stand out in the same city of Samaná, Sánchez, Las Terrenas, El Limón, Las Galeras and other areas, to find the Rincón, Bonita, Cayo Levantado, Frontón, Portillo beaches. , Madama, Cosón and other beach destinations of great beauty.

ADVENTURE AND NATURE ATTRACTIONS

The northern region represents a paradise for ecological tourism, since we can find national parks, waterfalls, rivers for adventure activities, desert areas, humid forests and all kinds of landscapes to the delight of Dominican and foreign tourists, always seeking the least possible impact on the environment.

The community of Jarabacoa (municipality in the province of La Vega) is the most important destination in terms of adventure and nature attractions, combining high mountains with appropriate rivers and waterfalls, which are ideal for mountaineering, horseback riding, mountain biking, canyoning, rafting , paragliders and other types of activities.

 

To facilitate the stay of tourists in Jarabacoa, different hotels operate with all the comforts, reservation facilities and attractive prices. Also, there are a large number of rental villas, with gardens and terraces that have exceptional views of nature, with options of all the comforts or residences that work with natural materials, to preserve the environment.

Another very important tourist attraction in the Cibao area is climbing to the Pico Duarte or to the different levels of height that each visitor can reach from its more than 3,000 meters above sea level, since It is very attractive for those who prefer hiking activities and see spectacular natural environments. This is the highest elevation in the entire Caribbean region. It is located in the middle of the Cordillera Central and you can start climbing from Constanza (another important mountainous municipality of La Vega), to reach the top after approximately four (4) days.

Pico Duarte is located within the José Armando Bermúdez and José del Carmen Ramírez National Parks, among which many important rivers of the Dominican Republic are born.

In these mountainous parks you will find different types of flora that are unique, as well as many species of birds. To carry out these hiking trails, tourists can hire official guides and also get all the tools that are necessary for the excursion. Through the realization of this type of adventure and nature tourism, a greater knowledge of natural resources is sought and at the same time, create a greater awareness of environmental protection.

In the northeast area of Cibao, between the cities of San Francisco de Macorís and Tenares, you can find The Cocoa Trail, which is an excursion at Hacienda La Esmeralda, to learn about all the stages of the transformation process of a cocoa pod up to the preparation and tasting of chocolate.

This experience is provided by the Rizek family, who are the main exporters of the highest quality Dominican cocoa. In this farm of the Sendero del Cacao you can see and participate in the cocoa planting, harvesting and separation of the pods and obtaining the cocoa beans, to then see the fermentation and drying, before becoming chocolate. Visitors to the Sendero del Cacao fully enjoy this ecological excursion.

It is very important to note that the Los Haitises National Park, belonging to the province of Samaná, is one of the main ecological attractions of the country, since it is a humid forest that contains hills, valleys and waterfalls, along with a large number of caves.

The landscape offered by this destination is not found anywhere else in the world, where the sea water has various shades, where a lush jungle appears and where we enter a system of caves with paintings by the indigenous people. More than 100 varieties of birds live in Los Haitises, including some in danger of extinction. Turtles, dolphins, reptiles and bats are also found. For the knowledge and benefit of tourists, excursions can be made to different areas of this exceptional natural tourist destination.

TOURIST ATTRACTIONS OF CITIES

As we have mentioned above, each city of the Cibao can be considered a tourist destination due to the particular characteristics of each one. As an example, we expose outstanding aspects of two (2) provinces of the region, which are Santiago de los Caballeros and Dajabón (border area).

In recent years, the city of Santiago de los Caballeros has become a tourist destination (without beaches or natural adventures) through what is called the Historical Cultural Route of the Heart City, since the city has a great cultural infrastructure that includes museums, gastronomy, cultural centers and events, old and historic buildings, architecture, monuments (among them that of the Heroes of the Restoration, which identifies the city), crafts, parks, traditions , murals and other attractions.

This successful project of the Tourism Development Strategy has been conceived and developed by the authorities of the central government, the local mayor's office and businessmen who have made up the Cluster Santiago Destino Turístico. Through the Santiago City Tours program, tourists have different routes, according to their preferences.

It is also necessary to note that The city of Santiago de los Caballeros has become in recent years an important health tourist destination, receiving frequent visits, not only from patients and relatives from the other cities of Ciba, but also from other cities in the rest of the country, including Santo Domingo (the capital) and from abroad. Different private medical centers show great advances in the management of various health effects, through a highly trained medical staff and state-of-the-art equipment. An example of the development achieved by health tourism in this city is the high investment of resources in the construction of a new professional tower and hotel that the Metropolitan Hospital of Santiago (HOMS) is carrying out to accommodate Dominican and international patients and companions.

Finally, we highlight the entrepreneurial work of men and women in the province of dajabon, that through local organizations have developed the project The Honey Route, with the support of government agencies and international agencies.

Through beekeeping production they attract tourists based on the sustainable use of ecosystems in five (5) apiaries, where pollen, propolis, royal jelly, wax and honey produced by bees can be found.

The activity to attract tourists is also very important for these entrepreneurs, since they are also suppliers of honey to several supermarket chains and sell it to different people and commercial establishments in the Dajabón area.

In summary, we must say that the Cibao Region not only delivers the largest agricultural and livestock production in the Dominican Republic, but also offers the greatest variety of tourist attractions of beaches, adventure, nature, theme parks and cities, together with the kindness of the Cibaeños, more than enough reasons to visit frequently, throughout the year.

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