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 of Dominican artists. The cigar-focused exhibit, housed in a separate building, is fascinating–recounting the heritage of the DR’s premium cigar industry. There’s a gift shop onsite with unique handmade souvenirs, as well as a cafeteria.

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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”.

Santiago, Iconic Sights

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.

Santiago, Family-Friendly, Museums

Catedral Santiago Apostol

This all-white Catholic cathedral, designed in Gothic and neoclassical style, dates back to the 19th century. Tour the beautiful interior–which holds the remains of former Dominican leader Ulises Heureaux, as well as other notable personalities of the 19th and 20th centuries.

Santiago, Churches, Family-Friendly

Cigar capital of the world

Santiago is the cigar capital of the world, with the largest production of smokes at the many factories. In February every year, the ProCigar Festival is held with organized visits to cigar factories and tobacco field tours to companies operations such as General Cigar, Davidoff, Matasa, La Aurora, Corporación Cigar Export, Tabacalera La Alianza, La Flor Dominicana and the Fuente Foundation. Cigars can be sampled and purchased. Premium cigar smoking is guaranteed

Santiago, Iconic Sights, Shopping

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. Av. Imbert.

Santiago, Iconic Sights

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