Tourism in Santiago - Dominican Republic
Travel guide and tourist information to visit Santiago and around: what to see, what to do, what to visit, which excursions... in Santiago, the second city of Dominican Republic.
Santiago - Dominican Republic
The city of Santiago
de los Caballeros is the capital of the province of Santiago
and is the second largest city of the Dominican Republic.
It is located in the northern region in the center of the Cibao
Valley, 155 kilometers
northwest of Santo Domingo.
The city was founded in 1508 during the first phase of Spanish colonization of the New World, becoming the first Santiago of America.
It has been historically one of the most important cities of the Dominican Republic, the scene of battles during the War of Restoration and be declared the capital of the Government in 1865, when the Dominicans have recovered their independence from Spain.
Santiago is located in one of the most fertile areas of the Dominican Republic. The city is bisected by the river Yaque del Norte and is surrounded by two of the three mountain ranges in the country: the Cordillera Central and the Cordillera Septentrional.
The climate is tropical, as in the rest of the country, but more stable because the trade winds help mitigate the heat and humidity throughout the year.
The city has always depended for their subsistence agricultural production and livestock production and marketing of finished goods and agricultural products. However, in recent years, the city saw the flourishing areas of the textile industry and an economy based on services, including telecommunications. Tourism is also an important part of the city's economy.
Santiago de los Caballeros has branches of large chain stores, banks, restaurants and financial and educational institutions in the country.
The city offers many options for evening entertainment for families and adults, with museums, cinemas, bars and nightclubs which are among the largest in the country.
Among the major tourist attractions there is the Monument of the Restoration, which is the architectural symbol of the city and the historical center, an area where tens of neoclassical houses dating from the nineteenth century are preserved. Although it is not a tourist town, there is a wide range of hotels in Santiago de los Caballeros.
Tourist attractions and places to visit in Santiago
Monument of Héros de la Restoration
This monument built in Trujillo dictatorship (called Monument to Peace of Trujillo) is now a museum dedicated to the heroes of the Restoration. It is located in the city center, it is an imposing monument (70 meters high) built on a hill. It is surrounded by gardens and parks where regular artistic and cultural activities. This is one of the most visited tourist sites in Santiago.
The museum Restoration
The Museum of the Restoration is located in the lower floor of the Monument. It exhibits paintings and sculptures dedicated to the Heroes of the Restoration.
The tobacco museum
Tobacco Museum exhibits tools and photographs that illustrate the history of the tobacco industry in the Dominican Republic. During the visit all the details on the growing, harvesting and processing of tobacco and cigars are explained to visitors.
It is the largest park in the city of Santiago, where people come to walk and relax with family. Cultural and artistic activities are regularly organized. This is a symbolic place of the city.
Kaskada Agua Park
This is one of the largest water park in the Caribbean is the perfect place to spend a family day. The park has slides, pools, bars and restaurants. Many residents of Santiago and surroundings come have fun in this family tourist attraction.
The Place of Culture
The ruins of Jacagua
These are the ruins of the creation of the city, also called the old Santiago.
The Mercedes hotel, built in 1929, it is part of the national heritage. It is a colonial-style building on three floors. This was the hotel of important figures of the Dominican Republic. It is located in the old city and is part of the tourist sites to visit.
The Center for Cultural Eduardo Leon Jimenes
The center is dedicated to the Dominican culture in general. Its mission is to showcase the art and culture of the country through cultural and educational programs.