The mass-tourism Dominican Republic was famous for in the last years, mostly concentrates on the beach areas and was meant for people searching for all-inclusive stays with flatrate-parties, entertaining animators and friendly people to talk to in a nice pool or club atmosphere. Indeed – you can find this in the Isle. But there is an other face to the country. A more or less undiscovered nature is waiting for you and your sporty friends, providing you with the perfect terrain for hiking, climbing, wild-water-rafting and treking tours off the beaten track.
Founded after the settlement of a military out-post in the middle of the 19th century, Jarabacoa town grew in the following years with a population up to 60.000 and became one of the most important municipalities of the lower Cordillera Central. This rock mass includes the Pico Duarte with a height of 3.098 meters, which is the highest mountain in the Caribbean Sea. For sure these natural conditions have an intensive influence on the weather of the region. You will find temperatures between 16 and 20 degrees for the whole year in the height of Jarabacoa, which lies in a valley from about 600 meters above sea level. If you go down to the beach, you will probably burn your feetwithout shoes on in the hot sand, but if you want to get higher on the mountains you will definitely need woolen socks. That’s why the area is also called “The Switzerland of the Dominican Republic”.
The city of Jarabacoa is a perfect place to start your adventures. Close to the “Parque Nacional Jose Armando Bermudez” the “The City of Everlasting Spring” can provide you with the basis for a unforgettable stay in the heart of a country, that will take your breath away – before it will flood your lungs, your heart and your mind with itself.
5 Attractions to see in Jarabacoa
Have you ever seen “The Gold Rush” from 1925 with Charlie Chaplin, or a western from Jack London? Then you have seen the people standing in the river for hours searching for gold nuggets, that are in the river. It is not that easy to find enough to live a luxury life in western Europe, but you really can find gold! The Jarabacoa Gold Company offers half and full-day trips, that will lead you to the best places to get started and to have a personal success. An amazing experience and a lot of fun! Beware of getting addicted!
Looking for adventures? Come to the Rancho Baiguate! This is the adventure centre of the Dominican Republic. Bring your friends and go for a rafting-tour, an excursion to the Pica Duarte or an unforgettable canyoning-trip. There also is a “Papillon Garden” - a beautiful butterfly exhibition, where you can take a look at the different phases of their metamorphsis and to the beauty of nature. Or you can rent a mountain bike to take a closer look at the surrounding area, or climb up the trees to do the “Maroma’s Parcours”. There are 9 different routes in this well build rope-garden, which is open all year long. Visit the Ranch and do something special that you can add to your stories of your holidays!
Even though most travelers that visit the valley of Jarabacoa are much more intersted in outdoor action, there are options to make party and have a nice night out. There are many very good restaurants for a chilled evening after a long day, but you can also find bars and discotheques and meet people. But this will just happen in the peak-traveltimes.
Book a guided tour and ride with horses to the Baiguate waterfall. Don’t forget your camera and your sandals. You have to be aware of the sharp rocks and stones in the water, when you are swimming in the nice pool hat the waterfall build throughout the years.
Salto De Jimenoa
You definitely should see the Salto De Jimenoa Uno and walk over the hanging bridge. This is NOT the waterfall used in Jurassic Park, but still it looks amazing. Steven even could have chosen this one. Be aware that your guide is not showing you Salto De Jimenoa Dos!
10 Jarabacoa travel tips
1. Visit the carnival in the near by city of La Vega, which is an amazing party each year in February.
2. Once you are there, you shouldn’t forget to take a look at the remains of the Spanish colonial premises.
3. These are close to Santo Cerro, where the Spanish conquerors fought the first big battles against the Amerindians in March of 1495.
4.Take a cross-country vehicle and drive into the mountains around Jarabacoa and Manabao for a hiking-trip! You can pay a guide for a very small fee, that will lead you to the most impressive places.
5. Interested in golf? Here are great places to do that! Take a look at “Jarabacoa Golf Club” or “Bonao Golf Club” or “Las Aromas, Santiago Golf Club”. Each one has it’s own charm.
6. Join the big party in July when the locals celebrate the Lady of Mount Carmel. This is the name which the locals have given to the Blessed Virgin Mary.
7. This is the perfect place for the bird watching excursion you were talking about for years.
8. While you are already in the mood to try something new. Paragliding is a good thing in this area.
9. If you have enough power you can go up the hill again, for a second flight. But this time you should use one of the mountainbikes that are up for rent almost everywhere. But especially at the Rancho Baiguate you will find some pros and real good tips and hints for your route-planing.
10. La Confluence is the place, where the two rivers Yaque del Norte and Jimenoa meet. An amazing view over the river-delta is a good idea for a day-trip.
Fun and facts about Jarabacoa
the economy of the region is based on agriculture and is famous for its strawberries, coffee and pepper. Since 1997 there is a university offering majors in the field of agriculture and ecology.
You will find an amazing number of different flowers.
Congrats! You have reached the heart of the country, If you want to overdo it, you can visit Valle Nuevo Scientific Reserve, which is the exact geographic middle of the country.
Find your ideal Hotel in Jarabacoa and enjoy your stay!