Jarabacoa Mountain Town Resort Dominican Republic
An easily accessible mountain resort area, Jarabacoa sits at an altitude of 1,736 feet (529 meters) and is a favorite with Santo Domingo residents seeking the cooler temperatures and mental relaxation provided by the panoramic views. It is ideal for adventure seekers with the best river rafting in the Caribbean, as well as mountain biking, canyoning, paragliding, rappelling and mountain trail horse riding. Jarabacoa is also the most popular gateway for excursions to the highest peak in the Caribbean, Pico Duarte.
Large ranches cater to local and international tourists. While it has a good number of small hotels, Jarabacoa is mostly a vacation home destination. As a result, the town supermarkets are well stocked, and restaurants and prices are good.
Dining Out In Jarabacoa Mountain Town Resort Dominican Republic
It is easy to find a good place for eating out in Jarabacoa. Roast pork and grilled meats will tempt you at the many paradors along the main road leading into town, such as the Restaurante Oli Oli or the Parada Corazón de Jesús. In the town itself, local restaurants cook with fresh ingredients such as D’Parrillada near the La Confluencia shopping center and La Tinaja on the main downtown road. Out of town, the rotating Jamaca de Dios’s Aroma de la Montaña and the Ribera Country Club are the top choices for fine dining in the mountains with truly spectacular views.
On the road to Manabao, Jarabacoa River Club is a perfect place to spend the day eating good Dominican food and swimming in large sprawling pools.
RIVER RAFTING & TUBING
Adrenaline flows when tourists on well-organized river rafting excursions plow down the level-2 rapids of the Yaque del Norte River in Jarabacoa. These waters are cool all year round and tourists (minimum age is 14) need to wear the wetsuits and helmets that are provided. Reservations should be made at least one day in advance. Local operators also provide oversized inner tubes for “tubing”. This less daring excursion takes tourists to ride the tamer waters of the river.
The highest mountain peak in the Caribbean at 10,125 feet (3,087 meters), Pico Duarte is reachable in two, three or four-day excursions depending on the route chosen. The two-day Jarabacoa-Manabao-La Cienaga-Los Tablones-Compartición-Valle de Lilís-Pico Duarte route is the most popular. All routes guarantee amazing views of tropical, pine, mountain broadleaf and cloud forests. An official guide and mule for food and bags need to be hired at the La Ciénaga government campsite. Nights can be spent at the Compartición or Valle de Lilís official camping grounds.
SALTO DE JIMENOA
Though only a 20-minute drive from town to this waterfall and hydroelectric dam, this side trip will take a couple of hours. Adults will enjoy the amazing mountain views, and children will thrill at crossing the three swinging hanging bridges to get to the waterfall and views of the powerful Yaque del Norte River.
HORSE RANCHING In Jarabacoa Mountain Town Resort Dominican Republic
Tourists visiting Jarabacoa can stay at ranches where horse riding is part of the everyday activities. Ranching is popular in Jarabacoa and some of the best horses in the country are bred and kept there. The proud owners gather frequently for trail rides. See them during the annual Rancho Baiguate horse rally during Easter, or for the Festival de las Flores parade in June.
BUTTERFLIES In Jarabacoa Mountain Town Resort Dominican Republic
Rancho Baiguate provides a challenge for photographers at its Mariposario, or butterfly house. Take home the shapes, designs and colors of these tropical butterflies in your digital photos.
GOLF CLUB In Jarabacoa Mountain Town Resort Dominican Republic
A pine grove lines the fairways of this golf course in the rolling hills of Jarabacoa. It is the only one of its kind in the Dominican Republic. It is part of the Quintas de Primavera residential development on the outskirts of Jarabacoa. Because of the many changes in elevation, it offers different challenges than most golfers are used to. Local folklore says that Robert T. Jones helped design the course on a napkin.
Location: Quintas de Primavera, Jarabacoa, La Vega.
Holes: 9; Par: 36; Yardage: 2,911
Designer: Luis de Pool
Tel 809 782-9883