Santiago de Los Caballeros
 
10 miles from Cibao international airport
golf, cigars, rum, art, history, carnival
 
 
 
     
     
 
Santiago
 
     
Santiago de Los Caballeros is the second city of the Dominican Republic. Santiago is located in the Cibao Valley in the north of the country, 103 miles north-west of Santo Domingo.
Cibao valley

Santiago was founded in 1495 during the first phase of the Spanish colonization of the New World and had a strategic importance in the Dominican War of Independence in 1844.

Santiago is the economic capital of the Dominican Republic, with about 1,000,000 inhabitants. It's served by Cibao International Airport, 10 miles from the city.

On the outskirts of Santiago there is a beautiful golf course with 18 holes, par 70, designed by Pete Dye, the Las Aromas Golf Club, the course winds through rolling hills and tobacco plantations, with a spectacular view over the city and the Cibao Valley.
The province of Santiago de Los Caballeros is located in the fertile Cibao Valley, in the heart of the region of tobacco and rum, and is the industrial center of the Dominican Republic. The city of Santiago, the capital of the province, is the second city of the country, in size and importance, internationally famous for its tobacco plantations and the ancient tradition of producing handmade of the finest premium Dominican cigars, sold on the world market. The three varieties of tobacco that are produced are: Burley, light tobacco, the wrapper for a cigar band, and dark tobacco.
 
   
Premium cigars
Among the many places to visit in the city: the Museum of Tobacco, only in the Dominican Republic, on Calle 16 de Agosto, with Aurora, the first cigar factory in the country, founded in 1903. Two rum distilleries, Barcelo and Bermudez.
Aurora cigars
In the eastern part of the city, the Monument to the Fallen (Los Heroes) built in 1944, the symbol of Santiago, dedicated to the fallen of the war for independence (1860-1865).
 
   
Monument to Los Heroes
67 meters high, with an interior museum decorated with murals of Spanish artist Vela Zanetti, who also created murals of the ONU building in New York.
 
   
Monument to Los Heroes
The Cathedral and the church of Nuestra Señora de Altagracia (built in the second half of the past century).
the Cathedral
The Art School and Cultural Museum of San Luis Fortress.
   
the tower of San Luis Fortress
The Leon Jimenes Cultural Center. The Museum of the City of Santiago, which is housed in an elegant Victorian style. The Tomas Morel Museum of Folkloric Art dedicated to the life of the Cibao. The Museum of the Villa of Santiago, which traces the history of the city. The Yoryi Morel Museum, teacher and costume designer.
 
   
Leon Jimenes Cultural Center
Santiago is also full of shops, where to buy works of art, handicrafts, embroidered fabrics, jewels and, of course, fine cigars. Do not miss a walk on El Sol road and in the Pink Area.
 
   
El Sol road
The most important cultural event in the city is the carnival that begin on the first Sunday of February and ending on the last day of that month.
   
Santiago carnival