When people think of things to do in the Dominican Republic, they often think of beach side activities like kite boarding in Cabarete or snorkeling in Sosua. However, one of the beautiful things about the Dominican is the variety the island has to offer! From most places on the island, you can reach a new strikingly beautiful destination that looks completely different from the last you visited within just a couple of hours. This past weekend I headed inland to a city in the La Vega province for a day trip to Jarabacoa. Due to Jarabacoa’s year round mild temperatures, it is often known as the “The City of Everlasting Spring”. A beautiful drive into the mountains, a day trip to Jarabacoa offers everything from River Rafting in the Yaque del Norte to swimming in the Salto Jimenoa waterfalls.
A view from the beautiful drive through the mountains. A day trip to Jarabacoa is just a few hours away from Cabarete.
My first stop on my day trip to Jarabacoa was Rancho Jarabacoa. The ranch is a great place to land before spending the day adventuring. They offer tours and food as well as a pool table and hammocks for some fun during your downtime.
The view out front of Rancho Jarabacoa on a beautiful sunny day.
After a quick game of pool and a caffeine boost I headed out with a group to the Salto Jimenoa waterfalls. Just a quick few minutes down the road from the ranch, the falls are absolutely serene. The trip is also perfect for families as they are easily accessible and there is a safe viewing space. It takes less than fifteen minutes to reach the falls, though if you have a fear of heights, be warned you must cross bridges to access the viewing spot. For the more adventurous individual, you can ditch the well-beaten path and climb the rocks in the river up to the falls.
If you’re up for a challenge, the rocks are a slippery and super fun climb to reach the waterfall.
Surrounded by lush green foliage, the Salto Jimenoa falls are a beautiful site. Beneath is a pool of pristine fresh water perfect to take a dip and enjoy the natural beauty or take a seat in the sand and relax.
The beautiful view of the Salto Jimenoa Waterfalls was the highlight of my day trip to Jarabacoa.
Whether you are interested in adventurous activities like white water rafting or more relaxed activities like exploring the Ebano Verde Scientific Reserve, a day trip to Jarabacoa is a lovely excursion for anyone visiting the island. The light breeze and crisp air will ensure a nice break from the sand and sun of the coast. On the way back, be sure to grab some Jarabacoa strawberries sold at the fruit stands along the road or surprise your sweetie with the beautiful flowers grown locally.
Post and photos by Lynsey Wyatt.