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Introducing Central Highlands

Even diehard beach fanatics will eventually overdose on sun and sand. When you do, the cool mountainous playground of the Central Highlands is the place to come; where else can you sit at dusk, huddled in a sweater, watching the mist descend into the valley as the sun sets behind the mountains? Popular retreats, roaring rivers, soaring peaks and the only white-water rafting in the Caribbean beckon. Below, on the plains in the Valle del Cibao, is where merengue spontaneously erupted onto the musical landscape, and where you’ll find some of the best Carnival celebrations in the country. Economic life in the Central Highlands revolves around Santiago, the DR’s second-largest city and the capital of a vast tobacco- and sugarcane-growing region.