Santiago de los Caballeros is referred to as La Ciudad Corazón, (Heart City) because it is located at the heart of El Cibao Valley; it is also known as the capital of El Cibao. Tobacco, rice, coffee, and cacao are some of the many products grown in the fertile soil of this beautiful region. This city is graced by the meandering Yaque del Norte River.
El Museo del Tabaco
Learn about the art of cigar-making—from the cutting of the tobacco leaf to the rolling of the cigar—with a visit to El Museo del Tabaco. Housed in a former Victorian cigar warehouse, museum exhibits include the rustic tools used to shape cigars along with old photos of workers.
Calle del Sol
Explore Calle del Sol. Spend an afternoon hunting for bargains on one of Santiago’s most fascinating streets. The artisan shops of Mercado Modelo offer a variety of rustic handicrafts. Keep an eye out for larimar, a light blue, semi-precious stone found only in the Dominican Republic.
The Monument to the Heroes
Enjoy a Panoramic View. The Monument to the Heroes of the Restoration stands 230 feet (70 meters) tall on a hilltop overlooking the city. Originally constructed by Trujillo to honor himself, and renamed at the fall of his regime, it boasts murals by renowned Spanish artist José Vela Zanetti.
Victorian and Spanish colonial architecture
Go Back in Time. A horse-drawn carriage ride is the perfect way to take in the city’s Victorian and Spanish colonial architecture. Two must-see sights include the Catedral Santiago Apóstol, built in the late nineteenth century, and the Centro de Recreo, formally a gathering place for Santiago’s high society.
Catedral Santiago Apóstol
Santiago’s cathedral, opposite the south side of Parque Duarte, was built between 1868 and 1895 and is a combination of Gothic and neoclassical styles. The cathedral contains the marble tomb of the late-19th- century dictator Ulises Heureaux, an elaborately carved mahogany altar and impressive stained-glass windows by contemporary Dominican artist Dincón Mora.
For non-residents, passports and tourist cards are required upon entry into the Dominican Republic. If you are a citizen of the US, visit travel.state.gov for more information on travel documents needed. For Canadian travelers, visit travel.gc.ca for relevant travel information.
For marriage, couples must present an original passport, copy and translation of original birth certificates, and sworn declaration before a notary public prior to all weddings in the Dominican Republic. Divorce and death decrees are also required if applicable. Check with our Certified Wedding Planner for more details.
Spanish is the official language of the Dominican Republic, though English is widely spoken and understood.
The Dominican peso is the currency of the Dominican Republic, but US dollars are often widely accepted in most areas.