Jarabacoa, the Dominican Republic
Most often, when mentioning the Dominican Republic, endless and beautiful beaches come to everyone’s mind. Many people are convinced that without beaches, there is nothing to do in the country. That is why we decided to dispel this myth on the example of Jarabacoa.
Well, the second-largest municipality in La Vega Province is called Jarabacoa. And this place has its name for a reason. The name was formed out of the words “Jaraba” and “Coa”, and it means “Land of Waters”. You may have thought about what kind of waters we are talking about if there are no beaches in Jarabocoa. The nature of the Dominican Republic is not limited to beaches. An example is Jarabocoa, where rivers flow and stunning waterfalls.
If you want to see the real nature of the Caribbean tropics, you should definitely come here. As you explore the town, you will have breathtaking views. There is no doubt that this type of travel is the best way to connect in harmony with nature and get to know the country from the inside.
What is there to do in Jarabacoa?
Known for its ecotourism, Jarabacoa is one of the best places for activities in the Dominican Republic. Located in the mountains of the Central Cordillera, which is the highest mountain range in all of the Caribbean, Jarabacoa is a wonderful place for horseback rides or hiking to the best waterfalls. So, let us take a look at what to do in this area.
- Salto Jimenoa Waterfall. Be sure that you will be amazed by the landscapes when you walk the three suspended bridges around the waterfall and its pools. Moreover, before the hike to the waterfall, you will pass a bean plantation, and you will see the waterfall from the very top of the lively green hills. There is also a beautiful Jimenoa river, where you can swim.
- Pico Duarte. This is the tallest mountain in the Caribbean. Without a doubt, if you like outdoor activities and sports, you definitely need to go hiking on this mountain. The higher you climb, you will unfold stunning views. At the top, you will see the Dominican flag with a statue of the founding father of the country – Juan Pablo Duarte.
- Baiguate Salto Waterfall. Baiguate is a stunning waterfall that empties into the Baiguate River. Usually, the tour includes a horse ride, which is an adventure through the roads and forests of the city of Jarabacoa. You can walk under the falls during the dry season, but you cannot swim as the water is very shallow. Despite this, during the rainy season, the water level rises, and you can take a dip in the natural pool.
- Rafting. Being in Jarabocoa, you will an opportunity to move around the canyons and rapids. Be sure that this type of activity will definitely give you an adrenaline rush. You will discover places that are often unknown to most visiting tourists.
The difference between Punta Cana and Jarabacoa
First of all, you need to understand that a vacation in Punta Cana is different from Jarabocoa. The first one is known for its walking distance to the most stunning beaches of the Dominican Republic, and Jarabocoa amazes with its tropical nature and mountains. That is why the types of housing are also different in both areas. So, let us show you the differences between these two destinations.
- Most of our Punta Cana villas are located by the sea, so you can undoubtedly call your stay there a beach holiday. On the other hand, Jarabocoa villas are surrounded by tropical forests and mountains.
- There are way more activities in the Punta Cana area, from water sports to mountain hiking. There are also excursions in Jarabacoa, but not that many because there are no beaches in the area.
- Also, we should note that housing prices in Jarabacoa are lower than in Punta Cana. As you may know, Punta Cana is considered the most popular destination in the Caribbean. So, housing there is more luxurious and more expensive.
Jarabacoa vs Punta Cana villa rentals
As we already have mentioned, villa rentals in Jarabacoa are cheaper. So, the average price for a villa in Jarabacoa is about US$ 400 per night. And the average price for a one-day stay in luxury villa in Punta Cana will cost you about US$ 600-2500. Nevertheless, you can find a villa in Jarabacoa just for US$ 290, and the cheapest price for a villa in Punta Cana is US$ 208.
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So, on practice, if you put in some effort, you can find a house in Punta Cana even for a lower price than in Jarabacoa. And this is all for the same reason that Punta Cana is the most popular destination among tourists, so there are also more rental options for your stay. Usually, there you can find accommodation based on any of your budgets.
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Frequently Asked Questions
1. Are there beaches in Jarabacoa?
Well, there are no beaches in Jarabacoa. Despite this, you can get to the beaches by car. Apparently, the nearest place where there are beaches is Puerto Plata, the third-largest city in the Dominican Republic. From Harabacoa to Puerto Plata is about 107 kilometers (66.3 miles). Apart from this direction, you can also get to Sosua, Cabarete, Puerto Plata, and Punta Rucia beaches.
2. Which airport is closest to Jarabacoa?
The closest airport to Jarabacoa is Santiago Municipal Airport (STI). The road from the airport to Jarabacoa will take you about an hour or 42 kilometers (26 miles).
3. How do I get to Jarabacoa?
You can get to Jarabacoa from the Santiago Municipal Airport (STI), which is the closest one to your destination.
4. What is the coldest month in the Dominican Republic?
In general, February and January are the coldest months in the Dominican Republic. Nevertheless, we cannot call these months cold, since the average temperature is about 27 °C (80.6 °F). And the water temperature is approximately 28.3 °C (83 °F) during the winter.
5. What is the hottest month in the Dominican Republic?
Well, the summer months are the hottest in the Dominican Republic. The average air temperature in Punta Cana is about 31 °C (87.8 °F). The water temperature is approximately 29.1° C (84.4° F).
6. How far is it from Santo Domingo to Jarabacoa?
The distance between Santo Domingo and Jarabacoa is about 144 kilometers (89 miles), it will take you approximately 2 hours 16 minutes by car.
7. What is the cheapest way to get from Santo Domingo to Jarabacoa?
You can get from Santo Domingo to Jarabacoa by car, bus or taxi. The cheapest option is a bus. So, three and a half hours of travel will cost you about US$ 6.
8. When is the rainy season in the Dominican Republic?
Usually, the rainy season starts from May to August, there is the highest probability of rainfall in the Dominican Republic.
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