Buying real estate in Jarabacoa—there will never be a time when you wonder what you will do besides garden and play golf, though the area is excellent for both.
Dominicans call Jarabacoa (the J pronounced as an H) the city of eternal spring. It is the popular destination among the Dominican wealthy class during the summer because of its agreeable weather with annual temperatures ranging from 61 to 72 ° F (16 to 22 ° C). It is also where the Dominican Republic’s eco-tourism started.
Ferns along Pico Duarte trail
An excellent area to own a vacation, retirement or rental home, it is smack dab in the middle of the country in the Cordillera Central mountain range, called by the locals, the Dominican Alps. The highest is Pico Duarte at 10, 127 feet (3,087 meters), the tallest mountain in the Caribbean and the tallest east of the Mississippi. An adventurous day or two-day trip is trekking the trails to the top. The Dominican Ministry of Environment has even built several lodges along the trail to stop and enjoy the views or to overnight.
A variety of mountain sports in the Jarabacoa area include hang gliding, hiking, dirt biking, canyoning, rappelling, and horseback riding over hill and dale and across streams.
Jarabacoa is a pre-Columbian Taino Indian name that means “land where the water flows,” a direct reference to the 20 rivers and streams that run through the area’s mountainous terrain. The largest are the Baiguate, Jimenoa and the Yaque del Norte replete with waterfalls. The rivers are excellent for white water rafting, canoeing, floating in tubes or panning for gold.
Yup, there is gold in them thar hills. Panning for gold is an adventurous day trip to take visiting family and friends.
Panning for gold in Jarabacoa
Not only is it fun, it gets people outdoors into beautiful scenery. Kids love it, because it gives them a souvenir no one has back at home—gold they caught themselves. Priceless. At the current price of $1800 per ounce, it’s darn near so. Or they can cash it in to buy an iPad.
Three golf courses are nearby. Built among pine groves, the Jarabacoa Golf Club is the only course in the country in the mountains so your game will be distracted by spectacular views.
The Bonao Golf Club was originally built for the executives of a large gold mining company. It was designed by an assistant to Robert Trent Jones, Sr. who designed the Playa Dorada golf course on the north coast.
Las Aromas Santiago Golf Club (The Aromas) is about an hour’s drive to Santiago.
It has beautiful views of the city, Cibao Valley and the Yaque del Norte River. It was designed by Pete Dye during the same period when he built Teeth of the Dog on the south shore.
Jarabacoa’s social life revolves around the Parque Central with its church, casino and restaurants.
For more evening attractions, Santiago, the nation’s second largest city is not far. It has a variety of fine restaurants and the best night life in the country as well as major shopping chains such as PriceSmart.
Nearby La Vega has the most popular carnival on the island. It lasts for many weekends to the end of February on the 27th, when the country celebrates its independence from Haiti in 1844.
Las Vegas Carnaval
Ready-to-move-in real estate in Jarabacoa—this mountain home in Jarabacoa. Built in 2009, this luxury, two-story, 5382 ft² (500 m²) villa is 3000 feet above sea level. You get dynamic views of the Cordillera Central mountain range from three terraces and six bedrooms. It has a living room, dining area and den. A basement for a wine cellar complements the villa’s luxury along with the fully-equipped, professionally appointed, modern kitchen with granite counter tops. In the garden are coffee, banana, black berry and plantain plants. There is 24-hour security in the gated community within which it is located. For more information and photos please visit the page of this property for sale in Jarabacoa.
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