El Morro rises 242 meters (794 feet) above sea level, gracing Montecristi’s coastal scenery with one of the most striking, unique views in DR. The dry, subtropical forest landscape around El Morro is surrounded by extensive stands of mangroves that can be seen up close on foot, or by boat.
Before arriving in the heart of town are Montecristi’s unmistakable, renowned salt ponds. A mainstay of the Montecristi economy for hundreds of years, the salt manufacturing process has remained unchanged since the first settlers arrived in Montecristi. You can tour the area to see how sea salt is made; seawater is concentrated in shallow, man-made ponds before the seawater evaporates, leaving behind large salt crystals that are then transformed into table salt. It’s a unique experience in the DR, and well worth the stop on your way into town.