Welcome to Monte Cristi
A dusty frontier town originally founded by the Spanish crown in 1750, Monte Cristi’s allure, if it can be said to have one, lies in its end-of-the-road feel. Most travelers are passing through on their way to or from Haiti. Its formerly prosperous incarnation as the base of the Grenada Fruit Company can be seen in the wide streets and dilapidated Victorian homes in the immediate vicinity of the Parque Central. Some have been restored enough to appreciate their one-time glory. Residents continue to make their living fishing and tending livestock, just as they’ve done for generations; another source of revenue is salt harvested from evaporation ponds north of town and sold in the US by Morton Salt.
In February Monte Cristi celebrates what is considered the most brutal Carnival in the country – participants carry bullwhips and crack each other as they walk through the streets.