Nestled in the low foothills of the Cordillera Central, Jarabacoa maintains an under-the-radar allure as the antithesis to the clichéd Caribbean vacation. Nighttime temperatures call for light sweaters, a roiling river winds past forested slopes that climb into the clouds, and local adventurers share their exploits over a beer in the handful of bars or nightclubs near the town’s Parque Central. The fact that thousands of well-to-do Dominicans from Santo Domingo and Santiago have built summer homes here is a testament to Jarabacoa’s laid-back charm as the ‘City of Eternal Spring’. With a number of good hotels outside town, this is the place to base yourself if you want to raft, hike, bike, horseback ride, go canyoning or simply explore rural life.
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Santiago and Jarabacoa Waterfalls
A day of history and beautiful scenery as you take in the sights and history of Santiago, the first capital of the Dominican Republic, followed by a visit to Jarabacoa Waterfalls. In Santiago you will visit a cigar factory where you can see them being hand rolled, and also have the chance to buy at factory prices.