Monumento a los Héroes de la Restauración
Santiago
Monumento a los Héroes de la Restauración
Santiago

Santiago

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Santiago de los Caballeros–named after the 30 Spanish aristocrats who followed Columbus and settled here in 1495–was the country’s first capital before it suffered an earthquake in 1562. Today, the Dominican Republic’s second largest city–affectionately dubbed “Ciudad Corazón” or the city in the heart of the Cibao Valley–is a modern and cosmopolitan center thriving in commerce, finance, education, and services, and pulsating with culture.

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Towering over its sprawling urban streets, the Monumento a Los Héroes de la Restauración–affectionately called El Monumento–is the city’s chief landmark and social hub, where residents and visitors gather on its lawns, but also serves as a constant reminder of the men who regained the DR’s independence from Spain in 1865. Looming in the distance is the Cordillera Central mountain range, replete with hiking adventures. History, arts, and culture are never far in Santiago–Centro Cultural León offers a comprehensive display of the country’s rich heritage–and are part and parcel of this significant region as birthplace of the Mirabal Sisters, as well as several Dominican presidents. Home to universities, the area also brims with a dynamic population of millenials, amid professionals, all of whom enjoy the city’s vibrant entertainment and nightlife, boasting over 100 discos, bars, and lounges within the downtown area.

Despite the big city life, traditions run deep. Baseball passion thrives, as Santiago is home to the popular Aguilas Cibaeñas team, winners of three Caribbean Series and 22 national titles since 1952. In the city’s surrounding areas are some of the most talented artisans and painters in the DR, while Santiago Carnival ranks among the most revered in the country, with the most bejeweled handmade devil costumes after La Vega’s. To boot, nature has blessed the province with fertile soils that grow the world’s finest tobacco, home to 90 percent of the largest cigar plantations and factories and earning Santiago the nickname “Cigar Country.” Puro aficionados will also find all the premium brand factories near the city center at Tamboril, offering free daily tours and exclusive shopping opportunities.

Cultured, innovative, and fast-paced: that’s Santiago. Yet minutes outside city limits, the peaceful sight of mountains and cool air whisk you away from the hustle and bustle, plunging you into the stunning Cibao heartland.

The Cibao International Airport (STI) is conveniently located a half-hour from the city center.

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Every Sunday in February, people masquerade as devils and dress in costumes with mirrors and bells to parade alongside Av. Las Carreras to the Monumento. The costumes are works of art. The devils carry inflated port bladders to make their way through the crowds.
Iconic Sights
Place your bets at one of Santiago’s casinos, conveniently set within hotels downtown.
Casinos & Gaming
The wealthy head for the gourmet restaurants in the Los Jardines Metropolitanos area for international cuisine. But in that area, La Comai stands out for its very Dominican food. A visit to Santiago is not complete without stopping by one of the “lechoneras”, the traditional spit-roasted pork eateries. Everyone in Santiago seems to have their […]
Dining
The city of Santiago is known for its electric nightlife. You’ll find rows of bars and lounges all around the city’s iconic Monumento a los Héroes downtown, where crowds flock for fun after work hours and weekends.
Music + Nightlife
As the second largest city, Santiago offers an array of shopping malls–you’ll find plenty of designer boutiques, as well as gift shops. You’ll also find the city’s historic Mercado Modelo here, a beautiful, modern indoor market filled with small shops selling locally made Dominican items.
Shopping
A popular stop on excursions through the area, Tubano’s cigar factory is another excellent place to watch the cigar-rolling process up close–prepare to be amazed at how fast and skillfully it is done–while learning all about the manufacturing process.
Rum + Cigars

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