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    Newly formed committee aims to boost Santiago as a tourism destination



    By Jose Perez Maldonado.

    Santiago.- Ten private and State institutions represented by Ramon Paulino, Branda Sánchez, Gilberto Serulle, Rafaela Joaquin, Manuel Cepín, Maria Viera, Arquímedes Gómez, Anthony Marte, Luciano Aybar and Manuel Altagracia Joaquin de Jesus formed the Management Committee of the project "Santiago tourist destination 2015" to achieve a better tourism development of the city of Santiago de los Caballeros, located in the center of the Dominican Republic.

    In the first phase a municipal board of Santiago will be formed for the tourist destination, where are all the representatives of the government sector, entrepreneurs and the sectors linked in a way or another to national and international tourism.

    Mayor Gilberto Serulle stated that to solidify the project, 2014 will be the year of the beautification of Santiago, in harmony with the projects for tourism development which will be implemented by the Committee and the city; In addition, Serulle promised to include an allotment of the municipal budget of 2014 for the activities of the project, and also announced that national and international funding will be sought to support the work carried out in the municipality.

    He expressed his conviction that together, the Mayor's Office, the Central Government and dignified representatives of the private sector, the project will make the city of Santiago a real and true tourist destination for visitors and thus be part of the economic growth of the country.

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    Certainly there are things worth seeing in Santiago as a tourist, Monumento, Centro Leon. Perhaps as part of a tour but as a stand alone destination, no.

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    You forgot, "Hillbilly",chip,and a visit to "Tamboril" to a "cigar factory", and a drive to "Camp David" for dinner.
    "Camp David", that's a laugh,even Trujillo was a USA "Wannabee"!
    I really like Santiago,only thing missing is "The Ocean"!!!
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    Problem is there's just not enough to do in Santiago to keep a typical tourist busy. You can see everything worth seeing in a day or so. Jarabacoa is another story and is well suited to attract tourists.

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    i like santiago but it is not a tourist destination. one day trip is good but it will not keep the attention of a tourist for more than that. great place to live full time, thou.

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    I second most of these opinions.
    A tour could be made up of, mmmmm, let's see:
    1) Centro Leon
    2) Centro Ciudad (center city--the old part of town) but there is nothing to really see since the most interesting places are private and not open to the public--However, if the town could make the effort the Cabral House on Sol could become a beautiful example of fine 19th early 20 Century living. But it needs to be made into a museum.
    3) Centro Español or the Gurabito Country Club...fine dining for special guests with perhaps a little show.
    4) Nightlife--casinos and bars galore, and of course the tipicos are there for merengue and bachata..

    Second day, a trip to cigar factories or Jarabacoa with lots of beer and rum

    And so long. More than two days here? No, I don't think so.



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    Quote Originally Posted by Hillbilly View Post
    I second most of these opinions.
    A tour could be made up of, mmmmm, let's see:
    1) Centro Leon
    2) Centro Ciudad (center city--the old part of town) but there is nothing to really see since the most interesting places are private and not open to the public--However, if the town could make the effort the Cabral House on Sol could become a beautiful example of fine 19th early 20 Century living. But it needs to be made into a museum.
    3) Centro Español or the Gurabito Country Club...fine dining for special guests with perhaps a little show.
    4) Nightlife--casinos and bars galore, and of course the tipicos are there for merengue and bachata..

    Second day, a trip to cigar factories or Jarabacoa with lots of beer and rum

    And so long. More than two days here? No, I don't think so.



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    maybe some interesting sights for visitors if the heat does not kill them first.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dv8 View Post
    i like santiago but it is not a tourist destination. one day trip is good but it will not keep the attention of a tourist for more than that. great place to live full time, thou.
    One thing the mayor might want to do is replace the ripped off manhole covers so no tourists are lost while walking around looking at all the attractions.

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    Sirluksalot that is a good one . Santiago the new Disney world jjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjj

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    I think you guys are concentrating too much on just the urban Santiago, outside the city there's also many things worth seeing, Santiago province is probably one of the most diverse and beautiful provinces in the whole country.

    Check out this vid, the sierra region (Janico, Sajoma, etc) can rival Jarabacoa and Constaza.


    Some of these small towns are extremely beautiful and clean, they're also perfect examples of authentic Cibaeno culture. I think a combination of Santiago city, plus the nature in the mountains and small towns could be interesting enough to keep someone in the province for a few days. Anyways, I doubt Santiago or any interior town will develop any sort of tourism in the near future, DR has made it clear that it's only interested in promoting their sand and beach tourism.

    I've met many foreigners who've fallen in love with Santiago, as they put it "there's just something especial, perhaps magical about Santiago that makes you want to stay" I 100% agree with that, I wouldn't want to live anywhere else in the world. Maybe that's one of the reasons why so many people decide to live in this land lock place in the middle of an island, maybe that's the reason why there's no other land lock city in the Caribbean islands that even comes close to the size of Santiago.

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