The Armando Bermúdez National Park stretches 767 square kilometers (296 square miles), and together with the neighboring 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.
Family-Friendly, Hiking, National Parks + Protected Areas, Wildlife Spotting
Stop at this river park for an easy dip in the fresh, calmer waters of the Yaque del Norte river. There are a handful of benches and picnic tables. Bring your own food and drinks for a lovely day out.
Cenotes + Springs, Family-Friendly
Rancho Baiguate provides a challenge for photographers at its Mariposario, or butterfly house. Take home the shapes, designs and colors of these tropical butterflies in your digital photos. http://ranchobaiguate.com
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.
Ecotourism, Family-Friendly, Plantation Trails
This modern Roman Catholic Church took 15 years to build, and was completed in 1992. The cathedral is one of the few in the world where the statue of Christ is portrayed as already having resurrected and not dying on the cross.
Churches, Family-Friendly, Iconic Sights, Wedding Venues, Weddings & Romance
Hiking El Mogote is a physically challenging but immersive experience. The three-hour climb takes you to this 1,163 meter (3,815 feet) high peak, taking you along a very steep hike through thick pine forests and vegetation and onto steep, rocky dirt slopes all the way to the top.
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 set out all throughout the mountain areas, categorized according to difficulty.
Every June, visitors and locals alike gather for the weekend 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.
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 spring weather and mountain scenery.
It is easy to find a good place for eating out in Jarabacoa. Roast pork and grilled meats will tempt you at the many paradors along the main road leading into town, such as the Restaurante Oli Oli or the Parada Corazón de Jesús. In the town itself, local restaurants cook with fresh ingredients such […]