On a recent trip to Jarabacoa I had the pleasure of going on a Hiking trip in Manabao. We went on a day trip which started by car transporting us up into the mountains where we started our hiking journey. The area was very remote and absolutely beautiful. We hiked for about an hour through, what was at times, heavy jungle but still a walkable...more
My family and I are currently visiting the Dominican Republic. None of us know any Spanish at all, except for Hola (hello). I have my brand new English to Spanish book in hand. The kids are saying we're on a great adventure. We arrived in Santo Domingo and spent a few days there. The Colonial Zone is fantastic. There are lots of places to eat and...more
Jarabacoa Gold Company is the only ones who offer this type of excursion. They offer 1/2 day and full day Gold panning trips to the creeks and streams around Jarabacoa. We went on a full day excursion to Manaboa, near the base of Pico Duarte, although they have several sites in which they take guests. We had a great time, great food, great views...more
Rancho Baiguate offers lots of fun activities. I went horseback riding to the Jimenoa and the Baiguate Waterfall, white water rafting on the Yaque del Norte River, and did the Ropes Course. All the guides and staff were really fun, friendly and helpful. For the horseback riding, you have local boys riding with you on the back of your horse, some as...more
The waterfall, Salto de Jimenoa, is located a few kilometers outside Jarabacoa. There is a parking lot at the entrance, and from the parking lot you must take a 20-25 minutes walk to reach the fall. Most of the walk is along the river, so it's a really nice walk. When you get to the waterfall, it is possible to take a swim in the second pool...more
La Confluencia is a place where 2 rivers meet: Yaque del Norte (the longest river of the country) and Jimenoa. As a child I remember it to "swim" and play and have fun with other kids on the Jimemoa river side, as it was the less deep one. If you're going there, take precautions if you want to swim by the deep part, sort of in the middle of the...more
This is *the* place for trekking, rafting on the Yaque del Norte river (the longest on the country and the Caribbean) and canyoning. They also offer a tour to the Baiguate and Jimenoa waterfalls on horse back or on jeep and excursions to Pico Duarte, the highest mountain in the Antilles.If you feel like spending the night there, you can choose...more
There are many guides offering their services in Jarabacoa. Most of them will not recommend a visit to Salto De Jimenoa Uno, the tallest waterfall in the area. They will instead recommend Salto De Jimenoa Dos and Salto Baiguate, two smaller waterfalls. That's because Uno is hard to get to -- or more accurately, it's hard to get back from (you walk...more
All the food that I've tried was great! The atmosphere was beautiful, mountains,valleys and cute cottages. They have a large well kept pool area with a hot tub that really has hot water. Not common in the D.R. They offer horseback riding,rafting and many other adventures. Jarabacoa is a paradise and Rancho 2 rios is like an oasis. Come see for...more
This open air restaurant provides a great view of the Parque Central, the economic and social center of Jarabacoa. The food is very good, and provides an excellent opportunity to try some of the Dominican specialties -- mangu, which is mashed plantains; monfongu - plantains with any number of additional items; and yucca. For Jarabacoa, it's a...more
We wanted to go to Jarabacoa back in 2004, but the locals warned us that the roads were dangerous because of heavy rain in the mountains.
No problems in 2006, but maybe you should check before you go.
The picture is not from Jarabacoa, but from Puerto Plata - but I think it shows what heavy rain can do to the roads...
Do not think that these traffic laws are obeyed even if you happen per chance to come across a traffic light that is actually working which the bulbs weren't taken to provide lighting for their domicile. I'm sitting out side the dentist's office for grandma and I see a S.U.V. and a moped/dirtbike facing/ coming toward each other from opposite directions. The SUV speeds up to take a left into the street up ahead while also at the same time the motorcyclist speeds up to continue straight preventing the SUV from slowing him down. Result: SUV slams on brakes about to run over dirtbike right before cyclist jumps and slides off bike. Crushed bike under SUV. The cyclist dusts himself off the dirty ground and walks up to the SUV driver who has gotten out and they both nonchalantly look down at the bike. They say 2 or 3 boring words, the SUV driver moves his vehicle off the bike, the cyclist drags his bike over to the curb drops it down and walks away as well as the SUV'r drives off. No problema.
Be careful! Don't think they have driver's licenses.
This article has a great list of outfits for adventure activities like kayaking and whitewater rafting in the Dominican, especially Jarabacoa, although the outfits in the links can set you up for other places too. there are also links to other good articles on other areas and activities and the Dominican. I also just found a local guide through one...more
i have to tell you that i have traveled all through the Dominican Republic, and i came across a gem this day, that i had never heard about or known about before. A mountain called Jamaca de Dios in the mountains of Jarabacoa. There is a restaurant there also, and it is truly the best views in the country. You can see the entire valley and the breeze there is surely what gives it's name Jamaca de Dios, because it is truly heavenly. This is outside of the food. The food was the best i had eaten in the country. Now i have traveled the world and so i had been disappointed in the food of the DR until i arrived at La Jamaca. The food was presented well, and the taste exquisite. They have a wonderful chef and it was a great experience altogether. i guess the purpose of the project is to sell lots for vacation homes, and i am telling you, when i get my money saved, this is the place to buy. Jarabacoa without the noise and confusion, there is nothing better.
Fondest memory: Jamaca de Dios