Santiago Dominican Republic...not to be confused with others of a similar name is a fine City. As you may have found, unless you searched the Internet for 'Santiago Dominican Republic', you receive many results for the Capital City of Chile, or even Santiago de Compostela in Spain, along with numerous references to a famous Architect by the name of Santiago...way before any web pages relevant to Santiago in the Dominican Republic appear!
Christopher Columbus reputedly established the original 'Fortaleza' (fort or garrison) which he named Santiago, in 1495. This original settlement was apparently 'relocated' from its position on the banks of the River Yaque to the area of Jacagua in 1504, on the orders of Nicolas de Ovando who governed the Island after Columbus' departure.
The settlement of Santiago had been christened by the early Spanish settlers in remembrance of the historic city of Santiago de Compostela, in Galicia, in their homeland. However, the name of the Dominican city, when it was relocated, became Santiago de los Caballeros literally meaning 'Saint James of the Gentlemen' (sometimes heard referred to as Santiago do los 30 Caballeros..."Saint James of the 30 gentlemen"). This is in reference to the first census of 1514, which records the names of the thirty Spanish 'gentlemen' who formed the original community from which Santiago has since flourished.The City at the Heart of the DR
Santiago in the Dominican Republic is the second largest city hosting a population that is rapidly approaching the 1 million mark. As we have trawled the Internet, we have sometimes seen some disparaging remarks about Santiago, but we think the City actually has a lot to offer the visitor who approaches it with open eyes! Santiago Dominican Republic, is a major commercial centre in the DR, as opposed to a tourist focussed place. Even so there are numerous aspects of the City that those interested in Dominican culture will find of interest.
In Santiago you will find lively night life, great shopping centres, numerous cultural activities and much more…So please don't leave Santiago, la Ciudad Corazón (The Heart City) of the Dominican Republic, without visiting:Monumento a los Héroes de la Restauración (Restoration's Heroes' Monument)Gran Teatro Cibao (Cibao Grand Theatre)La Catedral de San Santiago (Saint James' Cathedral)Museo del Tabaco (the Tobacco Museum)
Museo folklórico Tomás Morel (Tomas Morel's Folklore Museum)Ruinas del Viejo Santiago (Old Santiago Ruins)
Remember! Santiago also has its own, rapidly expanding, international airport - Cibao International (airport code: STI)...so you don't necessarily need to go to 'Las Americas' International Airport (SDQ) near the Capital Santo Domingo, or Puerto Plata (POP) to get to the Cibao Region...The airport, and Santiago itself, also provide a good North/central starting point for tours to the North Coast, and Samana Peninsula.So be sure to check out what flight deals are on offer as air passenger networks increase their flight offerings to Cibao Int. in the near future!
We have heard people say that Santiago seems to offer few accommodation options, but you may be able to find some good suggestions here that are worth checking-out for price and availability: Santiago, Dominican Republic Hotels List
Failing that being of any assistance, we intend to include any useful suggestions from visitors here. But in the mean time you can alsways contact for any current information we may have by using:
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