Jarabacoa is a town and the second largest municipality in La Vega Province, Dominican Republic
Dominican Republic
The Dominican Republic is a nation on the island of La Hispaniola, part of the Greater Antilles archipelago in the Caribbean region. The western third of the island is occupied by the nation of Haiti, making Hispaniola one of two Caribbean islands that are shared by two countries...



In 1805, during the Haiti
Haiti , officially the Republic of Haiti , is a Caribbean country. It occupies the western, smaller portion of the island of Hispaniola, in the Greater Antillean archipelago, which it shares with the Dominican Republic. Ayiti was the indigenous Taíno or Amerindian name for the island...

an invasion of the Cibao
Cibao, usually referred as "El Cibao", is a region of the Dominican Republic located at the northern part of the country.The Taíno word Cibao, meaning "place where rocks abound", was originally applied to the central mountain range, and used during the Spanish conquest to refer to the rich and...

, survivors from the massacres of Santiago de los Caballeros
Santiago de los Caballeros
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 and La Vega escaped to the mountains of the Cordillera Central and settled in the valley of Jarabacoa. In 1854, a military post was settled and the town was formally founded. On September 27, 1858 the town was incorporated as a municipality.


Jarabacoa is known for its steady 16C to 22C degree temperature all year round, though in winter it can be as low as 7C. Visitors have baptized Jarabacoa as "The City of Everlasting Spring." Jarabacoa sits about 525 m above sea level. One of the main touristic attractions is the mountains and natural beauty of the area due to its location in the center of the Cordillera Central. It is also one of the main access to the Pico Duarte
Pico Duarte
Pico Duarte is the highest peak in all the Caribbean islands. It lies in the Cordillera Central range, the greatest of the Dominican Republic's mountain chains. The Cordillera Central extends from the plains between San Cristóbal and Baní to the northwestern peninsula of Haiti, where it is known as...

 and the Ebano Verde Cientific Reserve. Jarabacoa has three large rivers, Baiguate, Jimenoa and the Yaque del Norte, the last two merge in the Confluencia, continuing on as the Yaque del Norte, the second largest rivers in the country.



The local economy is based upon agriculture. It is known for its strawberries, coffee
Coffee is a brewed beverage with a dark,init brooo acidic flavor prepared from the roasted seeds of the coffee plant, colloquially called coffee beans. The beans are found in coffee cherries, which grow on trees cultivated in over 70 countries, primarily in equatorial Latin America, Southeast Asia,...

, pimento
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 and ají pepper
Ají pepper
Capsicum baccatum is a species of chili pepper that includes the following cultivar and varieties:*Aji amarillo, or amarillo chili*Peppadew*Lemon drop*Bishop's Crown*Brazilian Starfish*Wild Baccatum-Origins and distribution:The C...

, the last two being grown in green houses. Jarabacoa it is also known for its wide variety of flowers.


The local Carnaval in February is one of the most famous in the country. On July 16 is celebrated the day of Our Lady of Mount Carmel
Our Lady of Mount Carmel
Our Lady of Mount Carmel is the title given to the Blessed Virgin Mary in her role as patroness of the Carmelite Order. The first Carmelites were Christian hermits living on Mount Carmel in the Holy Land during the late 12th and early to mid 13th centuries...


Top Persons

  • Obdulio Jimenez - Employer.
  • Wasscar Rodriguez - Employer.
  • Daniel Batista (Don Pimienta)- Employer.
  • Miguel Maria Castillo - Employer.
  • Juan Pablo Sierra (1920-2004)- Employer.
  • Víctor Manuel Ramírez (Nelito).(1930-2006)- Poet, Researcher and Employer.
  • Francisco Jimenez Sanchez (Don Neno)- Employer.
  • Belarminio Ramirez - Employer.
  • Oscar Mejíaa Abreu (1978)- Sportsman.
  • Joaquín Duran "EL PRIMAVERAL" - Singer.


On January 10, 1997, opened the Universidad Agroforestal Fernando Arturo de Meriño, a small college that mainly offers majors related to agriculture and ecology. There is also the Eugenio de Jesús Marcano Ecological Centre.

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