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Jarabacoa is a scenic mountain resort town where visitors come to enjoy the peace and tranquility of the surroundings which include fresh rivers and sweeping green landscapes. The tallest peak in the Caribbean, Pico Duarte, and the longest river in the Dominican Republic, Yaque del Norte, are accessible from Jarabacoa, providing plenty of opportunities for exploring and adventure.

An eco-tourism hub easily accessed via modern highways, Jarabacoa–meaning “place of waters” in Taino–boasts a variety of charming accommodations, from riverside ranches and eco-lodges to luxury vacation villas perched in the mountains.

Downtown Jarabacoa, easily explored on foot, bustles with shoppers, diners, vendors, and a hint of nightlife after sundown. Because it’s as much a vacation escape for Dominicans as it is for visitors, Jarabacoa is blessed with affordably priced daily amenities, from well-stocked supermarkets to a bevvy of dining options. Snack on a delicious steak roadside at one of the area’s famous parilladas or grills or dine under the stars with panoramic views. On the outskirts of town, the Café Monte Alto factory produces the city’s prized blend–stop in for a coffee-making tour and plenty of tastings that are sure to keep you warm in this “city of eternal spring.”

 

 

Horseback riding is a part of Jarabaco’s culture and can be experienced on a number of picturesque routes. The surrounding villages of La Ciénaga and Manabao are a short mountain bike ride away with scenic routes that will take travellers along narrow, winding roads.

Jarabacoa is accessible by plane with the closest airport, Cibao International Airport (STI), located in Santiago. The most common way to arrive at Jarabacoa is by car. Driving from Santo Domingo or Puerto Plata takes approximately 90 minutes, and from Santiago approximately 45 minutes.

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The Armando Bermúdez National Park which stretches 767 square kilometres (296 square miles), and together with the neighbouring José del Carmen Ramírez National Park, boasts the tallest peaks in the Caribbean region, including the mighty Pico Duarte, source of the Yaque del Norte river.

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The “Café Monte Alto” coffee factory offers a complete tour of the facility and its production of organic coffee. See their process from tree to cup, ending the journey with multiple tastings of fresh-brewed coffee at the onsite café.
 

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Jarabacoa is the capital of extreme mountain sports in the Dominican Republic with many well-organized operators offering river rafting, mountain biking, rappelling, canyoning, paragliding and mountain trekking adventures. Canyoning is practiced alongside the impressive Salto de Jimenoa and Baiguate waterfalls. Mountain biking routes are also set out all throughout the mountain areas, categorized according to difficulty.

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Horseback riding is an intrinsic part of Jarabacoan mountain life. Ride your way to the area’s popular waterfalls, including Salto Baiguate and Salto de Jimenoa, or alongside countryside paths and vegetable plantations, and take in the area’s spectacular weather and mountain scenery.

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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 most golfers are used to. Local folklore says that Robert T. Jones helped design the course on a napkin.

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La Ciénaga is one of the most scenic riverside villages and serves as a gateway to the journey towards Pico Duarte. Spend a day out in a mountainside village, taking in the verdant mountain scenery and agricultural life, and colorful wooden homes dotting the landscape.

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Head to this waterfront park, located a mere ten minutes from downtown Jarabacoa, where two of the area’s rivers merge and create mini pools amid the rocks.

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Famous for hosting the largest, oldest, and most colorful carnival celebration in the country. La Vega is home to the two popular mountain destinations of Jarabacoa and Constanza.

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Soar in the skies over Jarabacoa’s mountains and waterfalls! It’s an unforgettable experience as you fly around clouds, drawn about by the steady winds, taking in Jarabacoa’s spectacular mountains, green pastures, and the gushing waters of Salto de Jimenoa all below your feet.

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The highest mountain peak in the Caribbean, rising at 3,087 meters (10,125 feet), Pico Duarte is tucked amid two national parks, and is reachable in two or three-day excursions depending on the chosen route. Hiking to Pico Duarte is definitely one for the Caribbean traveler’s bucket list.

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Visit the two waterfalls that are synonymous with Jarabacoa--Salto de Jimenoa Uno and Salto de Jimenoa Dos–one set around a hydroelectric dam, and the other tucked deep inside a ravine.

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Hop on an adrenaline-pumping river rafting excursion from Jarabacoa, braving the gushing level-two rapids of the Yaque del Norte, and experience DR’s longest river, passing along its lush riverbanks and canyons.

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WHERE TO STAY IN JARABACOA
WHERE TO STAY IN JARABACOA

COMPLEJO ECOTURÍSTICO ANGOSTURA
Angostura, Manabao, Jarabacoa, La Vega, Jarabacoa

Located in the Manabao Municipal District in the Dominican Republic, the eco tourism complex is located at the northern end of the Cordillera Central, surrounded by pine forests and farms. This community project educates visitors about the environment and nature in the area, the culture of the countryside, and community members.

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COMPLEJO ECOTURÍSTICO SONIDO DEL YAQUE
Carretera Manabao, Los Calabazos, Jarabacoa

Located between Jarabacoa and Manabao, Sonido Del Yaque is an eco-tourism complex in the charming community of Los Calabazos. Offering a rural and ecological atmosphere, this complex creates a unique experience with nature. The rustic wooden bungalows are located on the edge of the Yaque del Norte River.

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WHERE TO STAY IN JARABACOA
WHERE TO STAY IN JARABACOA

JARABACOA RIVER CLUB & RESORT
Carretera Manabao, Jarabacoa

Located in the ecological capital of the Dominican Republic, Hotel Jarabacoa River Club offers personalized service with great attention to detail. Visitors can interact with the environment and help take care and preserve the community.

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LOS BOHÍOS CAMPO AÑIL
Ruta de las Flores, Crucero, Jarabacoa

The Bohíos Campo Añil is an ecological rural complex located in the hills of Jarabacoa. The quiet surroundings offer a relaxing stay. The central location in the mountains provide a pleasant and harmonious experience with nature.

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WHERE TO STAY IN JARABACOA
WHERE TO STAY IN JARABACOA

RANCHO BAIGUATE
La Trinchera, La Joya, Jarabacoa

Rancho Baiguate provides an adventurous stay in Jarabacoa while also combining amenities and a healthy natural environment. The complex offers a peaceful and tranquil stay but also provides several opportunities for exhilarating adventure with its excursions.

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RANCHO LA AURORA
Carretera hacia Salto de Jimenoa, Jarabacoa

Rancho La Aurora is nestled in the mountains, offering exceptional views and peaceful surroundings. A ten-minute drive from the town of Jarabacoa, there is plenty to do both relaxing and adventurous.

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EVENTS COMING UP IN JARABACOA

Every June, visitors and locals alike gather for the Jarabacoa Flower Festival held in the park off Avenida la Confluencia. Exotic and rare flowers, traditional homemade foods and beverages, arts and crafts, tropical plants, and more items made in La Vega province are for sale.

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