Santiago de los Caballeros
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Santiago de los Caballeros (English: Saint James of the Gentlemen) is a city in the 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...

. Founded in 1495 during the first wave of European colonization of the New World
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, today Santiago (the first "Santiago" of the Americas) is the second largest metropolis
Metropolis
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 in the 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...

, located in the north-central region of the Republic known as Cibao valley
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...

. This city is the capital of Santiago Province.
The original colony was in the city of Jacagua, which was founded in 1495, but when it was destroyed by an earthquake, it was moved to its present location in 1506.
Encyclopedia
Santiago de los Caballeros (English: Saint James of the Gentlemen) is a city in the 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...

. Founded in 1495 during the first wave of European colonization of the New World
New World
The New World is one of the names used for the Western Hemisphere, specifically America and sometimes Oceania . The term originated in the late 15th century, when America had been recently discovered by European explorers, expanding the geographical horizon of the people of the European middle...

, today Santiago (the first "Santiago" of the Americas) is the second largest metropolis
Metropolis
A metropolis is a very large city or urban area which is a significant economic, political and cultural center for a country or region, and an important hub for regional or international connections and communications...

 in the 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...

, located in the north-central region of the Republic known as Cibao valley
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...

. This city is the capital of Santiago Province.

History

The original colony was in the city of Jacagua, which was founded in 1495, but when it was destroyed by an earthquake, it was moved to its present location in 1506. It was devastated by another earthquake in 1562. Santiago de los Caballeros has at times been the capital of the country, and was an important strategic city in the Dominican War of Independence
Dominican War of Independence
The Dominican Independence War gave the Dominican Republic independence from Haiti in 1844. Before the war, the whole island of Hispaniola had been under Haitian rule for 22 years when Haiti occupied the newly independent state of Haití Español in 1822....

 in 1844.

The name of the city, Saint James of the Gentlemen, makes allusion to the gentlemen that actually founded the city. Sometimes the city is even called Santiago de los 30 Caballeros (English: Saint James of the 30 Gentlemen) since the city was founded by 30 gentlemen who signed the city's incorporation.

Geography

Santiago de los Caballeros is located on a hilly terrain in the middle of the Cibao Valley
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...

 in the Central Region of the Dominican Republic
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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...

, one of the most fertile lands found in the island. The Yaque del Norte River
Yaque del Norte River
The Yaque Del Norte River is the longest river in the Dominican Republic. The river rises in the centre of the country to the south of Santiago city in Santiago province. The river runs roughly due north, through Santiago, before turning west-north-west through the Cibao Valley. It enters the...

 passes by Santiago which is in between the Cordillera Central and the Cordillera Septentrional, two of the three major mountain ranges on the island of Hispaniola
Hispaniola
Hispaniola is a major island in the Caribbean, containing the two sovereign states of the Dominican Republic and Haiti. The island is located between the islands of Cuba to the west and Puerto Rico to the east, within the hurricane belt...

, forming the Cibao Valley
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...

.

Climate

Santiago features a tropical wet and dry climate under the Koppen climate classification
Köppen climate classification
The Köppen climate classification is one of the most widely used climate classification systems. It was first published by Crimea German climatologist Wladimir Köppen in 1884, with several later modifications by Köppen himself, notably in 1918 and 1936...

. The average temperature varies little in the city, because the tropical trade winds help mitigate the heat and humidity throughout the year. December and January are the coolest months and July and August are the warmest. Santiago and the rest of the country are in the Caribbean
Caribbean
The Caribbean is a crescent-shaped group of islands more than 2,000 miles long separating the Gulf of Mexico and the Caribbean Sea, to the west and south, from the Atlantic Ocean, to the east and north...

 and have a tropical climate
Tropical climate
A tropical climate is a climate of the tropics. In the Köppen climate classification it is a non-arid climate in which all twelve months have mean temperatures above...

, which, when coupled with the city's altitude, 183 meters above sea level, causes cloudy conditions to persist through much of the year. Whilst the city lies within the Hurricane belt
Hurricane belt
The hurricane belt is an area in the Atlantic Ocean, including the Caribbean Sea and Gulf of Mexico, which is prone to hurricanes during the Atlantic hurricane season....

, Santiago is more sheltered than other parts of the country from hurricanes because of its location in the Cibao Valley
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...

.

Economy

The city of Santiago, as most of the Cibao
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...

 region, is largely dependent on the fertile lands of the region. This makes Santiago de los Caballeros an important region for farming and livestock. The city has been recently changing into a predominantly service provider economy. This sector has grown a lot in the recent years making it ideal for greater expansion. It should be noted that Santiago is the 2nd largest city in the 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...

 after Santo Domingo
Santo Domingo
Santo Domingo, known officially as Santo Domingo de Guzmán, is the capital and largest city in the Dominican Republic. Its metropolitan population was 2,084,852 in 2003, and estimated at 3,294,385 in 2010. The city is located on the Caribbean Sea, at the mouth of the Ozama River...

 and concurrently produces the 2nd highest percentage of the nations GDP. Telecommunications, such as; wireless phones, cable service, internet service and other services are important for the local economy. Tourism too, accounts for an important portion of the city's economy.

Growth and development

Like Santo Domingo
Santo Domingo
Santo Domingo, known officially as Santo Domingo de Guzmán, is the capital and largest city in the Dominican Republic. Its metropolitan population was 2,084,852 in 2003, and estimated at 3,294,385 in 2010. The city is located on the Caribbean Sea, at the mouth of the Ozama River...

, Santiago has recently experienced an era of rapid growth and development. It has become a city of great importance for the nation and the region's development. Santiago like any other fast growing city is faced with numerous problems including irregular electricity service and insufficient potable water. The approximate population of Santiago is about 1,936,721 inhabitants. The fastest growing neighborhood in the city of Santiago is the traditionally upper middle class neighborhood, La Trinitaria.

Architecture


Catedral de Santiago

The Cathedral of Santiago was built in 1895 by Onofre de Lora, an architect native to the city.

Hermanos Patiño Bridge

The Hermanos Patiño Bridge is both the largest and oldest bridge in the city connecting the North and South sides of the city of Santiago. Its construction was started by Rafael Leonidas Trujillo and inaugurated in 1962, one year after his death. The bridge is named after the five brothers that died in an effort to end Trujillo's regime and dictatorship in the Dominican Republic in the mid 20th century. The anti-Trujillo legacy of the Patiño family did not begin with the brothers, but with their father who was killed in 1931 in the first anti-Trujillo insurrection of the Dominican Republic.

Monument to the Heroes of the Restoration
Monumento de Santiago
The Monumento a los Héroes de la Restauración is a monument in the city of Santiago de los Caballeros in the Dominican Republic. It was originally built during the dictatorship of Rafael Leónidas Trujillo in 1944 as "Trujillo's Monument to Peace." He ordered its construction in his own honor...



On a hill overlooking Santiago is a 67 metres (219.8 ft) high marble monument. Construction of the monument began in 1944 on the orders of then-dictator Rafael Trujillo. He named it the "Trujillo's Monument to Peace," and was designed by architect Henry Gazón Bona. Trujillo was assassinated in 1961, after which the monument was renamed the "Monument to the Heroes of the Restoration", in remembrance of the Independence Restoration War of 1863, in which the Dominican Republic regained its independence from Spain.

Sites

  • Estadio Cibao
    Estadio Cibao
    Estadio Cibao is a multi-use stadium in Santiago, Dominican Republic. Currently, it is mostly used for baseball games and hosts the home games of the Águilas Cibaeñas for the Dominican Winter Baseball League. The stadium opened on October 25, 1958 and was constructed by the engineer Bienvenido...

  • Gran Arena del Cibao Dr. Oscar Gobaira
    Gran Arena del Cibao
    The Arena Del Cibao Dr. Oscar Gobaira above The Palacio De Los Deportes, is a 8,768-seat multi-purpose arena in Santiago de los Caballeros, Dominican Republic, built in 1978. The arena has a capacity of 8,768 seats consisting of 7,000 regular seats, 668 comfortable armchairs and 1,100 luxury seats...

  • Monumento de Santiago
    Monumento de Santiago
    The Monumento a los Héroes de la Restauración is a monument in the city of Santiago de los Caballeros in the Dominican Republic. It was originally built during the dictatorship of Rafael Leónidas Trujillo in 1944 as "Trujillo's Monument to Peace." He ordered its construction in his own honor...

  • Estadio La Barranquita
  • Centro Leon
  • La Trinitaria
  • Colinas Mall
  • Bella Terra Mall
  • Centro Plaza Internacional
  • Centro Español
  • Country Club Santiago
  • Hotel Gran Almirante

Museums

There are some interesting museums in Santiago that show the culture of this northern city.
Some of them are:
  • : This Museum is located in the Historic City Center on Restauración Street. It exhibits Santiago's Carnival culture, and displays some interesting garments worn by lechones of Santiago Province in the Carnival, as well as those worn in other provinces. The museum is named after noted Santiago painter Yoryi Morel
    Yoryi Morel
    Yoryi Morel was a painter from the Dominican Republic. A native of Santiago de los Caballeros, he spent most of his career in Santiago Province. He held his first exhibition in Santo Domingo in 1932. Later he founded the School of Fine Arts in his native city...

    .

  • : or The Tobacco Museum is located in the Town Center. Different manufacturing methods as well as the effect of the tobacco plantations along the city's history.

  • : or Historic San Luis Fort Museum is located in front of the Yaque del Norte River, Southwestern Santiago. It previously served as a municipal prison.

  • : or Restoration Heroes Museum (under Construction) is located in Monument to the Heroes of the Restoration. It is located on a hill in the middle of Santiago with spectacular views of the city. There is a display of pictures from the Restoration War
    Dominican Restoration War
    The Dominican Restoration War was a guerrilla war between 1863 and 1865 in the Dominican Republic between nationalists and Spain, who had recolonized the country 17 years after its independence...

     from the 1863–1865 battles between the Dominican Government and the Spanish army.

  • : This Museum is located at 27 de Febrero Avenue. It displays elements of the Caribbean and Dominican cultures, Natural Dominican History, Native Indian Evolution and Culture. Also, it periodically hosts different art exhibitions of Dominican and international artists. The museum is under the authority of the León Jimenez Foundation (owner of the Cervecería Nacional Dominicana as well as the Industria de Tabaco León Jimenez). http://www.centroleon.org.do/

Sports

As much as the rest of the nation, Santiago residents enjoy baseball and look forward to the Dominican winter season with the local team being the Aguilas Cibaeñas
Águilas Cibaeñas
The Águilas Cibaeñas are a team in the Dominican Republic's winter baseball league. Founded in and based in Santiago, they have won 5 Caribbean Series and 20 national titles. The Águilas have a large fan base in the Dominican Republic...

.. Besides baseball, basketball is also played at a professional level in the city of Santiago. The institution in charge of organizing these events is the Asociación de Baloncesto de Santiago de los Treinta Caballeros (ABASACA)

Santiago's major baseball and basketball teams are Las Aguilas Cibaeñas
Águilas Cibaeñas
The Águilas Cibaeñas are a team in the Dominican Republic's winter baseball league. Founded in and based in Santiago, they have won 5 Caribbean Series and 20 national titles. The Águilas have a large fan base in the Dominican Republic...

 and Los Metros de Santiago.

Santiago have two stadiums, and the stadiums are The Estadio Cibao
Estadio Cibao
Estadio Cibao is a multi-use stadium in Santiago, Dominican Republic. Currently, it is mostly used for baseball games and hosts the home games of the Águilas Cibaeñas for the Dominican Winter Baseball League. The stadium opened on October 25, 1958 and was constructed by the engineer Bienvenido...

 home of the Aguilas Cibaeñas
Águilas Cibaeñas
The Águilas Cibaeñas are a team in the Dominican Republic's winter baseball league. Founded in and based in Santiago, they have won 5 Caribbean Series and 20 national titles. The Águilas have a large fan base in the Dominican Republic...

 and The Gran Arena del Cibao
Gran Arena del Cibao
The Arena Del Cibao Dr. Oscar Gobaira above The Palacio De Los Deportes, is a 8,768-seat multi-purpose arena in Santiago de los Caballeros, Dominican Republic, built in 1978. The arena has a capacity of 8,768 seats consisting of 7,000 regular seats, 668 comfortable armchairs and 1,100 luxury seats...

 home of Los Metros De Santiago
The Female Volleyball Team
Santiago (Volleyball Club)
The Santiago is the women's volleyball team of Santiago.-Current volleyball squad:As of December 2008Coach: Héctor RodríguezAssistant coach: Roberto Balbuena- National competition :National league: 2007 - 3rd Place...

 have claimed two bronze medals in the professional Dominican Volleyball League
Dominican Volleyball League
The Dominican Republic Volleyball League is a professional volleyball league in Dominican Republic. The competitions are organized by the Dominican Republic Volleyball Confederation .- Men's League Champions:...

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Education

Santiago is home of several universities including Pontificia Universidad Católica Madre y Maestra
Pontificia Universidad Católica Madre y Maestra
The Pontificia Universidad Católica Madre y Maestra —or Mother and Teacher Pontifical Catholic University is the first private, Roman Catholic, coeducational, university located in the Dominican Republic. The university grants undergraduate, graduate, doctoral, and professional degrees through...

 (PUCMM) and Universidad Tecnológica de Santiago
Universidad Tecnológica de Santiago
The Universidad Tecnológica de Santiago —or Santiago University of Technology , is a private, coeducational, university located in the Dominican Republic. Its main campus is in the city of Santiago de los Caballeros, and it has smaller campus extensions in Santo Domingo, Puerto Plata, Moca, Dajabon...

 (UTESA). Other higher learning institutions present in Santiago are: Universidad Organización & Método (O&M), Universidad Abierta para Adultos (UAPA), Universidad Nacional Evangélica and one regional campus belonging to the Universidad Autónoma de Santo Domingo
Universidad Autónoma de Santo Domingo
The Universidad Autónoma de Santo Domingo is the public university system in the Dominican Republic with its main campus in Santo Domingo and regional centers across the Republic...

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Transportation

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Carros Públicos: Santiago has several efficient forms of transportation, among them “Carros Públicos
Share taxi
A share taxi is a mode of transport that falls between taxis and conventional buses. These informal vehicles for hire are found throughout the world. They are smaller than buses, and usually take passengers on a fixed or semi-fixed route without timetables, usually leaving when all seats are filled...

” (conchos) and private and independent bus owners who form their own routes according to demands.

Inter-City Bus Transportation: The city has private bus transportation to other important cities. Bus companies include Dioni, Metro, Caribe Tours, Transporte Espinal, Aetra Bus.

Highways: The Autopista Juan Pablo Duarte Officially known as DR-1
DR-1
DR-1 is a dual carriageway highway that forms part of the five designated national highways of the Dominican Republic. DR-1 provides a fast connection between Santo Domingo, the capital, on the southern coast, and the second city Santiago and the rest of the northerly Cibao region, one of the...

 passes by the city center and connects the city directly to Santo Domingo
Santo Domingo
Santo Domingo, known officially as Santo Domingo de Guzmán, is the capital and largest city in the Dominican Republic. Its metropolitan population was 2,084,852 in 2003, and estimated at 3,294,385 in 2010. The city is located on the Caribbean Sea, at the mouth of the Ozama River...

. Other minor highways connect the city to Puerto Plata, Samana, and the northwestern region of the country. Overall, Santiago has a fine connection through highways to the rest of the country.

Airports:
  • The Cibao International Airport
    Cibao International Airport
    Cibao International Airport also known as Santiago Airport, is located in Santiago de los Caballeros, Dominican Republic's second largest city. It's the country's third busiest airport by passenger traffic and aircraft movements....

     serves mostly Dominicans living in the United States and other Caribbean islands like Cuba, Turks and Caicos Islands, Puerto Rico and Panama..
  • The former airport of the city was the Santiago Municipal Airport
    Santiago Municipal Airport
    Santiago Municipal Airport was a both passenger and military airport located in the Center of Santiago de los Caballeros, Dominican Republic. This airport served this city with daily flights to San Juan in Puerto Rico, Port-au-Prince in Haiti, Santiago de Cuba, Miami and so many domestics...

    , a regional airport that has been closed since March 2002. It served destinations such as San Juan, Port Au Prince, Miami and Santo Domingo with regular services. Service provided in Santiago to and from Port-au-Prince by Sunrise Airways
    Sunrise Airways
    Sunrise Airways, founded in 2010, is an airline in Haiti that now provides charter flights. Sunrise Airways specializes in passenger charters, ad-hoc charter flights, chains of charter flights, and wet lease of its aircraft....

    .


Proposed Rail System: The construction of a light metro rail
Santiago light rail
The Santiago Light Rail is a planned light rail system within the City of Santiago de los Caballeros, Dominican Republic and the Cibao International Airport...

 is in the planning stage. It is scheduled to be started by the summer of 2009. Financing is to be by a private firm, the State Rail System of Spain (FEVE). The Light rail system will connect the City center to the Airport and shorten the amount of time of trips.

Health

Facilities include Cabral y Baez, Clínica Corominas, and Union Médica, and Hospital Metropolitano De Santiago which offer their services in the city.

New projects

  • Gran Cibao Hotel – 11 stories high, it is the largest hotel in the Cibao region.

  • Light Rail in Santiago – A Light Rail development in the city's metro area has been proposed. If completed it will be the second city In the nation to have a mass transit system and would be 3.4 miles (5.5 km) longer than the Metro of Santo Domingo
    Santo Domingo Metro
    The Santo Domingo Metro is a rapid transit system in Santo Domingo, the capital of the Dominican Republic. The Santo Domingo Metro is part of a major "National Master Plan" to improve transportation in Santo Domingo as well as the rest of the nation. The first line was planned to relieve traffic...

    . The Light Rail will have 12 stops, its route will be from the Cemetery to the Airport. Construction was scheduled to begin in October 2007 but currently the project has been delayed and on Hold.
  • Electric “Highway” from Santo Domingo – Santiago's power comes from Puerto Plata, but the government commenced the building of the Electric “Highway” that will feed Santiago electric energy from Santo Domingo's generators. construction started in February 2007.

The industrialists of Santiago have defended the project since it is considered to be a solution to the lack of green spaces suitable for relaxation in the city. Nevertheless it has been argued that the granting of contracts for the different phases from this project violate the frame of transparency and legality.
In the Strategic Plan of Santiago it is indicated that the construction of the Metropolitan Park would increase the Santiagos green area from its currently 1.1% to 4%.
  • Santiago Inteligente and Santiago Massive Retraining Program (SMART)-An initiative launched recently by the Center for Exports and Investment of the Dominican Republic (CEI-RD), headed by Eddy Martínez Manzueta and the Plan Estrategico de Santiago seeking to foster the new regional economic development and branding strategy and the promotion of Santiago as a knowledge-based production center in both conventional and emerging sectors, including Health Tourism, ITES-BPO, biotechnology and agro-business, as well as High-value manufacturing and Fashion (textiles and apparel, footwear), among others. The initiative focuses on education and training activities, new architectural designs and development projects as well as an international marketing campaign that will help position Santiago as a unique region for R&D, innovation, and world class products and supreme quality workforce.

Hotels

Although it is not a point of major tourist interest in the Dominican Republic (known mostly for its beach-based tourism), there are multiple hotels currently operating in the city. Some include:
  • Hodelpa Garden Court: (5 stars) It is located in Duarte Highway in Santiago-La Vega route. It is a five star hotel and it is near Cibao International Airport
    Cibao International Airport
    Cibao International Airport also known as Santiago Airport, is located in Santiago de los Caballeros, Dominican Republic's second largest city. It's the country's third busiest airport by passenger traffic and aircraft movements....

    . Before it was acquired by Hoteles del Pais(HODELPA), this hotel was known as the 4th of the Courtyard Marriot international hotels in all of the globe, in comfort and pleasure. Now it is owned by HODELPA and its old name Courtyard Marriot Santiago was changed to Garden Court.

  • Hodelpa Gran Almirante: (5 Stars) Is located in Estrella Sadhala Avenue. It hosts one of the few casinos in the city and is used for conventions and meetings.

  • Hotel Gran Cibao: (5 Stars) It is located in the Duarte Highway. To be opened soon. It is one of the largest hotels ever built in Santiago. It is believed that this hotel will increase tourism in this city, as well as other sectors of the city's economy due to the creation of direct and indirect employment.

  • Hodelpa Centro Plaza: (4 Stars) This hotel has a Casino. It is located in Calle San Luis, in the center of the city, so it is easy for visitors to experience the historic sites of the city and it is near some of the above mentioned museums.

  • Hotel Matum: (4 Stars) It is located in Las Carreras Avenue in front of the Gran Teatro del Cibao. It is a four star hotel with a Casino operating in its facilities.

Recreation

Some of the recreational places found in Santiago are:
  • Centro Español: located in the Panamericana Avenue, this place is heavily frequented during the summer by Santiago's local population and tourists. Many activities take place in it, such as sports; swimming, basketball, baseball, softball, football, golf, table games, and children summer camps. They also host parties with famous Dominican and international artists. Its access is restricted to registered members only. http://www.centroespanol.com/

  • Gurabito Country Club: Another popular club located in Panamericana Avenue, it is another recreational center. They have sports activities, such as baseball and basketball. Parties with Dominican artist take place periodically in this club as well as some pool parties with Dominicans singers. Access is restricted to members only.Website

  • Kaskada Agua Park: Located in Panamericana Avenue too, is a water theme park. This locale is open to the general public.

Notable residents of Santiago de los Caballeros

  • Carlos Velazquez
    Carlos Velázquez
    Carlos Fernandez Velázquez Castillo is a Mexican goalkeeper. He currently plays for CF Pachuca.Velázquez made his debut on April 29, 2006 during a 3-2 loss to Cruz Azul in the Clausura 2006 tournament....

     – Fashion Magnate, President and CEO of 4Humanity Clothing
  • Rafael Estrella Ureña
    Rafael Estrella Ureña
    Rafael Estrella Ureña Rafael Estrella Ureña Rafael Estrella Ureña (born Santiago de los Caballeros, (November 10, 1889 - May 25, 1935) was a Dominican politician. He served as the president of the Dominican Republic from February 23, 1930 until August 16, 1930.-Reference:...

     - Dominican President
  • Tomasina Martinez Rodriguez - First Lady
  • Joaquín Balaguer
    Joaquín Balaguer
    Joaquín Antonio Balaguer Ricardo was the President of the Dominican Republic from 1960 to 1962, from 1966 to 1978, and again from 1986 to 1996.-Early life and introduction to politics:...

     – Dominican President
  • Salvador Jorge Blanco
    Salvador Jorge Blanco
    José Salvador Omar Jorge Blanco was a politician, lawyer and a writer. He was the 48th President of the Dominican Republic, from 1982 –1986. He was a Senator running for the PRD party...

     – Dominican President, lawyer and a writer
  • José Cabrera – MLB player for the Houston Astros
    Houston Astros
    The Houston Astros are a Major League Baseball team located in Houston, Texas. They are a member of the National League Central division. The Astros are expected to join the American League West division in 2013. Since , they have played their home games at Minute Maid Park, known as Enron Field...

    , Atlanta Braves
    Atlanta Braves
    The Atlanta Braves are a professional baseball club based in Atlanta, Georgia. The Braves are a member of the Eastern Division of Major League Baseball's National League. The Braves have played in Turner Field since 1997....

     and the Milwaukee Brewers
    Milwaukee Brewers
    The Milwaukee Brewers are a professional baseball team based in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, currently playing in the Central Division of Major League Baseball's National League...

  • Aida Mercedes Batlle Morel - First Lady
  • Aisha Syed Castro
    Aisha Syed Castro
    Aisha Syed Castro , is a violinist and a member of the Yehudi Menuhin School orchestra.-Biography:Aisha was born in Santiago, Dominican Republic, the daughter of Saifuddin Syed, from Pakistan and Carolina Castro from the Dominican Republic. She is the second of four children...

     – violinist
  • Martha Heredia
    Martha Heredia
    Martha Roseli Heredia Rivas is a Dominican singer and the winner of the fourth season of the television program Latin American Idol...

     – Latin American Idol
    Latin American Idol
    Latin American Idol is the Latin American edition of the popular British franchise of Idols, well-known for its American version American Idol. The show aims to discover the pop idol of the Latin American region...

  • Narcisa Ureña Valencia - First Lady
  • Fernando Cabrera (writer)
    Fernando Cabrera (writer)
    Fernando Cabrera is a National Poetry and Literary Essay Prize Winner. Cabrera is poet, essayist, visual artist, songwriter and professor.- Life :...

     – Dominican poet, visual artist and song writer
  • Rafael Filiberto Bonnelly
    Rafael Filiberto Bonnelly
    Rafael Filiberto Bonnelly Fondeur was a lawyer, scholar, diplomat, and, from 1962 until 1963, thePresident of the Dominican Republic.-Early life:...

     – Dominican President, lawyer, scholar and diplomat
  • Francisco Caamaño
    Francisco Caamaño
    Col. Francisco Alberto Caamaño Deñó [Cah-MAH-nyoh Deh-NYOH] was a Dominican soldier and politician....

     – Dominican soldier and politician
  • Antonio Guzmán Fernández
    Antonio Guzmán Fernández
    Silvestre Antonio Guzmán Fernández was a Dominican businessman and a politician. He was the 46th President of the Dominican Republic, from 1978 to 1982.- Early life :Antonio Guzmán was born in the town of La Vega...

     – Dominican President
  • José Lima
    José Lima
    José Desiderio Rodriguez Lima was a Dominican right-handed pitcher who spent thirteen seasons in Major League Baseball with the Detroit Tigers , Houston Astros , Kansas City Royals , Los Angeles Dodgers and New York Mets...

     – Dominican Baseball player
  • Ñico Lora
    Ñico Lora
    Francisco Antonio Lora Cabrera popularly known as Ñico Lora was a Dominican folk musician consider as one of the fathers of Merengue....

     – father of Merengue
    Merengue music
    Merengue is a type of music and dance from the Dominican Republic. It is popular in the Dominican Republic and all over Latin America. Its name is Spanish, taken from the name of the meringue, a dessert made from whipped egg whites and sugar...

  • Hipólito Mejía
    Hipólito Mejía
    Rafael Hipólito Mejía Domínguez is a Dominican politician and former President of the Dominican Republic...

     – Dominican President
  • Rosa Gomez Arias - First Lady
  • Maria Josefa de los Santos Dominguez Gomez - First Lady
  • Julián Tavárez
    Julián Tavárez
    Julián Tavárez Carmen is a former Major League Baseball pitcher.-Minor leagues :...

     – Dominican Baseball player
  • Angel Berroa
    Angel Berroa
    Ángel Maria Berroa Selmo is a Dominican professional baseball infielder. Berroa was selected as the 2003 American League Rookie of the Year.-Early career:...

     – Dominican baseball player
  • Luis Polonia
    Luis Polonia
    Luis Andrew Polonia Almonte was a Major League Baseball outfielder and designated hitter....

     – Dominican baseball player
  • Tony Peña Jr. – Dominican baseball player
  • Jose Reyes – Dominican baseball player for the New York Mets
    New York Mets
    The New York Mets are a professional baseball team based in the borough of Queens in New York City, New York. They belong to Major League Baseball's National League East Division. One of baseball's first expansion teams, the Mets were founded in 1962 to replace New York's departed National League...

  • Eloisa Espaillat Rodriguez - First Lady
  • Jose E Devarez – Well known journalist
  • Jhonny Peralta
    Jhonny Peralta
    Jhonny Antonio Peralta is a Dominican professional baseball shortstop with the Detroit Tigers of Major League Baseball. He previously played with the Cleveland Indians.-Playing career:...

     – Dominican baseball
  • Joaquin Benoit
    Joaquín Benoit
    Joaquín Antonio Benoit Peña is a Dominican professional baseball relief pitcher with the Detroit Tigers of Major League Baseball in the United States. He is 6'3" and weighs 220 pounds.-Texas Rangers:...

     – Dominican baseball player
  • Luis Vargas
    Luis Vargas (musician)
    Luis Vargas is one of the Dominican Republic's most popular bachata musicians. When he began in the early 1990s, Antony Santos, considered by some to be one of the most influential bachata musicians of all time, was his güira player....

     – Dominican musician of Bachata
  • Janira Bonilla – Dominican writer
  • Rafael Belliard
    Rafael Belliard
    Rafael Leonidas Belliard Matias is a former Major League Baseball shortstop. He is currently the infield coach for the Detroit Tigers....

    -Dominican baseball player and cousin of Washington Nationals
    Washington Nationals
    The Washington Nationals are a professional baseball team based in Washington, D.C. The Nationals are a member of the Eastern Division of the National League of Major League Baseball . The team moved into the newly built Nationals Park in 2008, after playing their first three seasons in RFK Stadium...

      2B Ronnie Belliard
    Ronnie Belliard
    Ronald "Ronnie" Belliard is a retired Major League Baseball second baseman of Dominican descent.-Early life:Belliard attended Central High School in Miami, Florida...

  • Melky Cabrera
    Melky Cabrera
    Melky Astacio Cabrera is a Major League Baseball outfielder for the San Francisco Giants.-Minors:Cabrera was signed by the New York Yankees on November 13, 2001, at age 17...

     – Dominican baseball player
  • Maria Matilde Pastoriza Espaillat - First Lady
  • Krisspy
    Krisspy
    Krisspy is a well-known Dominican Merengue singer who has appeared on a number of compilations, including 100% Dominicano: La Nueva Sangre del Reggaeton and Bachata Tipico. He has also performed with Ingco Crew, a prominent Dominican reggaeton group, and Grupo Aguakate, another merengue tipico group...

     – Dominican musician of Merengue
    Merengue music
    Merengue is a type of music and dance from the Dominican Republic. It is popular in the Dominican Republic and all over Latin America. Its name is Spanish, taken from the name of the meringue, a dessert made from whipped egg whites and sugar...

  • Manny Perez
    Manny Perez
    Manuel "Manny" Pérez Batista is a Dominican actor, who has appeared in the television series Third Watch and in the film Washington Heights. Pérez was born in Santiago, Dominican Republic, and currently resides in Manhattan's Washington Heights neighborhood.Pérez is one of 11 siblings...

     – actor
  • Carlos Almanzar
    Carlos Almanzar
    Carlos Manuel Almanzar Girón is a Major League Baseball pitcher. He has pitched for the Toronto Blue Jays, San Diego Padres, New York Yankees, Cincinnati Reds, and Texas Rangers...

     – Dominican baseball player
  • Carlos Villanueva – MLB player for the Toronto Blue Jays
    Toronto Blue Jays
    The Toronto Blue Jays are a professional baseball team located in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. The Blue Jays are a member of the Eastern Division of Major League Baseball 's American League ....

  • Bill Castro
    Bill Castro
    William Radhames Castro Checo is a former Major League Baseball pitcher and former pitching coach for the Milwaukee Brewers of the National League....

    -MLB player for the Milwaukee Brewers
    Milwaukee Brewers
    The Milwaukee Brewers are a professional baseball team based in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, currently playing in the Central Division of Major League Baseball's National League...

    , New York Yankees
    New York Yankees
    The New York Yankees are a professional baseball team based in the The Bronx, New York. They compete in Major League Baseball in the American League's East Division...

    , and the Kansas City Royals
    Kansas City Royals
    The Kansas City Royals are a Major League Baseball team based in Kansas City, Missouri. The Royals are a member of the Central Division of Major League Baseball's American League. From 1973 to the present, the Royals have played in Kauffman Stadium...

    ; pitching coach of the Milwaukee Brewers
  • Carlos Gómez
    Carlos Gómez
    Carlos Argelis Gómez Pena, nicknamed "Go-Go", is a Major League Baseball outfielder for the Milwaukee Brewers.-Minor leagues:...

     – Dominican Baseball Player for the Minnesota Twins
    Minnesota Twins
    The Minnesota Twins are a professional baseball team based in Minneapolis, Minnesota. They play in the Central Division of Major League Baseball's American League. The team is named after the Twin Cities area of Minneapolis and St. Paul. They played in Metropolitan Stadium from 1961 to 1981 and the...

  • Douglas Gonzalez- Computer Magnate, Information Systems Professional, US NAVY Veteran (USS COLE DDG-67 Plankowner). Security Fraud Expert.

  • Leonardo Cruz – Dominican Boxer
  • Jeen Camilo – Computer Magnate, President and CEO of Look Inc.
  • Eddy Herrera
    Eddy Herrera
    Eddy Jose Herrera de los Rios, also known as Eddy Herrera, is a merengue singer and winner of more than seven Casandra Awards. Born on 30 April 1964 in the Dominican Republic, in the city of Santiago de Los Caballeros.-History :...

     – Famous Merengue
    Merengue music
    Merengue is a type of music and dance from the Dominican Republic. It is popular in the Dominican Republic and all over Latin America. Its name is Spanish, taken from the name of the meringue, a dessert made from whipped egg whites and sugar...

     singer
  • Patricia Gomez – Super Model
  • Asela Mera Checo - First Lady
  • Wily Mo Pena
    Wily Mo Peña
    Wily Modesto Peña is a Dominican professional baseball outfielder for the Fukuoka SoftBank Hawks of Nippon Professional Baseball...

     – Baseball Player
  • Bernie Castro
    Bernie Castro
    Bernabel "Bernie" Castro is a Major League Baseball second baseman. He has played two major league seasons, one with each the Washington Nationals and Baltimore Orioles.-Career:...

     – Baseball Player
  • Winston Llenas
    Winston Llenas
    Winston Enriquillo Llenas Davila ' is a former Major League Baseball infielder/outfielder who played for the California Angels from 1968 to 1969, and again from 1972 to 1975...

     – Former Dominican Baseball Player
  • Miguel Batista
    Miguel Batista
    Miguel Descartes Batista Jerez is a Dominican professional baseball pitcher. He has played for the Pittsburgh Pirates, Florida Marlins, Chicago Cubs, Montreal Expos, Kansas City Royals, Arizona Diamondbacks, Toronto Blue Jays, Seattle Mariners, Washington Nationals, St...

     – Baseball Player and Writer for the Seattle Mariners
    Seattle Mariners
    The Seattle Mariners are a professional baseball team based in Seattle, Washington. Enfranchised in , the Mariners are a member of the Western Division of Major League Baseball's American League. Safeco Field has been the Mariners' home ballpark since July...

  • Andy Peña – Dominican Bachata Singer
  • Luis Pujols
    Luis Pujols
    Luis Bienvenido Pujols Toribio was a catcher and manager in Major League Baseball. He played nine seasons with the Houston Astros, Kansas City Royals, and Texas Rangers. Luis Pujols and St...

     – Former Baseball player
  • Amelia Vega
    Amelia Vega
    Amelia Vega Polanco became the first and only Dominican woman to be named Miss Universe, in 2003. At the age of 18, she was the youngest winner since 1994....

     – Miss Universe 2003
  • Apostol. Dr. Lucas Rojas Villavizar – Recognized Evangelist & Pastor of Congregacion Cristiana Inc.
  • Felix Jose
    Félix José
    Domingo Félix Andújar José is a former professional baseball outfielder. He played in Major League Baseball for the Oakland Athletics, St. Louis Cardinals, Kansas City Royals, New York Yankees and Arizona Diamondbacks between 1988 and 2003...

     – Former Baseball Player
  • Alberto Alburquerque – Dominican Baseball Player
  • Victor Diaz
    Víctor Díaz
    Víctor Israel Díaz is a Major League Baseball outfielder who is currently a free agent....

     – Dominican Baseball Player for the Baltimore Orioles
    Baltimore Orioles
    The Baltimore Orioles are a professional baseball team based in Baltimore, Maryland in the United States. They are a member of the Eastern Division of Major League Baseball's American League. One of the American League's eight charter franchises in 1901, it spent its first year as a major league...

  • Franquelis Osoria
    Franquelis Osoria
    Franquelis Antonio Osoria is a Major League Baseball pitcher who is currently a free agent....

     – Dominican baseball player
  • Alfredo Simon
    Alfredo Simón
    Alfredo Simón Cabrera is a Dominican professional baseball pitcher with the Baltimore Orioles of Major League Baseball. From 2001 through part of 2004 he pitched under the name Carlos Cabrera.-Minor leagues:...

     – Dominican Baseball Player for the Baltimore Orioles
    Baltimore Orioles
    The Baltimore Orioles are a professional baseball team based in Baltimore, Maryland in the United States. They are a member of the Eastern Division of Major League Baseball's American League. One of the American League's eight charter franchises in 1901, it spent its first year as a major league...

  • Rafael Furcal
    Rafael Furcal
    Rafael Antonio Furcal , is a Major League Baseball shortstop who is currently a free agent.-Early career:...

     -Dominican baseball player for the Los Angeles Dodgers
    Los Angeles Dodgers
    The Los Angeles Dodgers are a professional baseball team based in Los Angeles, California. The Dodgers are members of Major League Baseball's National League West Division. Established in 1883, the team originated in Brooklyn, New York, where it was known by a number of nicknames before becoming...

  • Francisco Pena
    Francisco Peña
    Francisco Peña was a Spanish canon lawyer.- Life :He devoted himself to the study of law at Valencia...

     – Dominican baseball player for the New York Mets
    New York Mets
    The New York Mets are a professional baseball team based in the borough of Queens in New York City, New York. They belong to Major League Baseball's National League East Division. One of baseball's first expansion teams, the Mets were founded in 1962 to replace New York's departed National League...

      Son of Tony Pena
    Tony Peña
    Antonio Francisco Peña Padilla is a former professional baseball player, manager and current coach. He played as a catcher in Major League Baseball for the Pirates, Cardinals, Red Sox, Indians, White Sox, and Astros. Peña was the manager of the Kansas City Royals between 2002 and 2005. He...

     and brother of Tony Pena Jr.
  • Ramon Pena
    Ramón Peña
    Ramón Arturo Peña Padilla is a retired relief pitcher in Major League Baseball who played one season for the Detroit Tigers...

     – Former baseball relief pitcher and member of the famous baseball Pena family*
  • Leo Garcia
    Leo Garcia
    Leo Garcia was a Major League Baseball player who played outfield for the Cincinnati Reds in 1987 and 1988. He was born November 6, 1962 in Santiago, Dominican Republic. He debuted on April 6, 1987 and managed 1 RBI in his debut. His last game in the majors was June 1, 1988. He is currently the...

     – Former baseball player
  • Robinson Checo
    Robinson Checo
    Robinson Checo Pérez is a former pitcher who played in Major League Baseball from through . He batted and threw right-handed....

     – Former Baseball Player
  • Rudy Hernández
    Rudy Hernandez
    Rudolph Albert Hernández Fuentes is a former Major League Baseball relief pitcher. The right-hander was signed by the New York Giants before the 1950 season...

     – Former Baseball Player
  • Luis Silverio
    Luis Silverio
    Luis Pascual Silverio is a Major League Baseball coach. In November 2010, he was appointed first-base, outfield and baserunning coach for the Pittsburgh Pirates of the National League....

     – Former Baseball Player who is now a coach
  • Carlos Triunfel
    Carlos Triunfel
    Carlos Triunfel is a professional baseball shortstop who is currently on the Seattle Mariners 40-man roster.-Seattle Mariners:...

     – Baseball for the Seattle Mariners
    Seattle Mariners
    The Seattle Mariners are a professional baseball team based in Seattle, Washington. Enfranchised in , the Mariners are a member of the Western Division of Major League Baseball's American League. Safeco Field has been the Mariners' home ballpark since July...

     organization
  • Hipólito Pichardo
    Hipólito Pichardo
    Hipólito Antonio Pichardo Balbina is a former right-handed pitcher in Major League Baseball who played for three teams between and . He batted and threw right-handed....

     – Former Baseball of the Kansas City Royals
    Kansas City Royals
    The Kansas City Royals are a Major League Baseball team based in Kansas City, Missouri. The Royals are a member of the Central Division of Major League Baseball's American League. From 1973 to the present, the Royals have played in Kauffman Stadium...

    , Boston Red Sox
    Boston Red Sox
    The Boston Red Sox are a professional baseball team based in Boston, Massachusetts, and a member of Major League Baseball’s American League Eastern Division. Founded in as one of the American League's eight charter franchises, the Red Sox's home ballpark has been Fenway Park since . The "Red Sox"...

     and the Houston Astros
    Houston Astros
    The Houston Astros are a Major League Baseball team located in Houston, Texas. They are a member of the National League Central division. The Astros are expected to join the American League West division in 2013. Since , they have played their home games at Minute Maid Park, known as Enron Field...

  • Victor Martinez
    Víctor Martínez
    Víctor Jesús Martínez , also known by his nickname "V-Mart", is a Venezuelan professional baseball catcher and first baseman with the Detroit Tigers of Major League Baseball.-Cleveland Indians :...

     – IFBB Bodybuilder, Runner up many years for Mr. Oylimpia

Sister cities

Santiago has twinning agreements with the following sister cities:
Havana
Havana
Havana is the capital city, province, major port, and leading commercial centre of Cuba. The city proper has a population of 2.1 million inhabitants, and it spans a total of — making it the largest city in the Caribbean region, and the most populous...

 (Cuba
Cuba
The Republic of Cuba is an island nation in the Caribbean. The nation of Cuba consists of the main island of Cuba, the Isla de la Juventud, and several archipelagos. Havana is the largest city in Cuba and the country's capital. Santiago de Cuba is the second largest city...

) New York City (United States) Santiago de Compostela
Santiago de Compostela
Santiago de Compostela is the capital of the autonomous community of Galicia, Spain.The city's Cathedral is the destination today, as it has been throughout history, of the important 9th century medieval pilgrimage route, the Way of St. James...

 (Spain) San Juan
San Juan, Puerto Rico
San Juan , officially Municipio de la Ciudad Capital San Juan Bautista , is the capital and most populous municipality in Puerto Rico, an unincorporated territory of the United States. As of the 2010 census, it had a population of 395,326 making it the 46th-largest city under the jurisdiction of...

 (Puerto Rico
Puerto Rico
Puerto Rico , officially the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico , is an unincorporated territory of the United States, located in the northeastern Caribbean, east of the Dominican Republic and west of both the United States Virgin Islands and the British Virgin Islands.Puerto Rico comprises an...

) Mayagüez
Mayagüez, Puerto Rico
Mayagüez is the eighth-largest municipality of Puerto Rico. Originally founded as "Nuestra Señora de la Candelaria" it is also known as "La Sultana del Oeste" , "Ciudad de las Aguas Puras" , or "Ciudad del Mangó"...

 (Puerto Rico
Puerto Rico
Puerto Rico , officially the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico , is an unincorporated territory of the United States, located in the northeastern Caribbean, east of the Dominican Republic and west of both the United States Virgin Islands and the British Virgin Islands.Puerto Rico comprises an...

)

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