The Tourism Competitiveness Consortium (CDTC), a non-profit Dominican organization, created the “Dominican Treasures” award to “issue a quality label to ecotourism activities and destinations, as well as cultural activities and services that make them “sustainable” tourism attractions. The following listing identifies those business outlets that have received “Dominican Treasures” awards, by region:
Taíno Park: Situated along the north coast’s Sanchez-Samana Highway, the park is a historical reenactment of a pre-Columbian village.
“Parada La Manzana”: On the Limon-Samana highway, in the Arroyo Surdido community, this typical diner offers excellent vegetarian dishes.
Zipline Samana: Also on the Limon-Samana highway, the park features a seven thousand foot long zipline. The park features a fun safari tour, providing information on the culture and history of Samana province.
“Clave Verde”: Situated in the beachfront community of Portillo, in Samana, the compound features four Caribbean-style homes for the visiting tourist who wants a quiet stay in this beautiful region.
Chalet Tropical Village: The three chalets, all built with eco-friendly materials, are situated in the north coast’s “Las Galeras” beach, one of the region’s most impressive beaches.
“Ecocampo La Sangria”: Also situated in “Las Galeras” beach, this ecotourism facility consists of seven log cabins with thatch roofs. The complex reproduces Caribbean architecture at its best.
“D’ Vieja Pan”: This traditional and well-known bakery, situated in the village of Limon, in the northeast province of Samana, offers patrons traditional dishes that were brought in to the region by immigrants who arrived in the region from the English-speaking Caribbean during the first quarter of the 18th century.
Natural Monument “Saltos de Damajagua”: Inaugurated in 2004, this six-square kilometer protected area consists of 27 natural swimming pools and waterfalls. Visitors can swim and slide down the natural waterfalls.
Tubagua Plantation Eco Village: This destination offers nine comfortable rooms, a common recreation areas and an open kitchen, all in a pristine natural environment.
Natura Cabana Boutique Hotel & Spa: This eco- friendly hotel, features rustic cabins built and decorated with Feng Shui elements. There is an area for yoga practice, a perfect destination for spiritual growth, two open seafront restaurants featuring an international chef, a vegetable garden named “The Buddha Lane” and a spa.
Skina Bar & Restaurant: Although situated in the heart of the city, the restaurant’s decoration will make the patron feel as if he/she were in the middle of a local forest. The restaurant specializes in Dominican cuisine.
General Gregorio Luperon Museum: The museum is the original home of General Gregorio Luperon, the Dominican national hero who led the forces that ended the occupation of the Spanish army during the 19th century and which ultimately led to the country’s independence.
Puerto Plata Cable Car: This is by far the city of Puerto Plata’s most important icon. The cable car is located in the nearby mountains, situated south of the north coast city.
Rancho Olivier: This atypical bed and breakfast facility is located near the mountain town of Constanza, in the country’s central mountain range. Rancho Olivier is situated two hours north of Santo Domingo.
Hotel Altocerro: Situated on a mountaintop near the city of Constanza. The 68-room facility, overlooking the Constanza Valley, features most of the amenities offered by a regular hotel.
Restaurant Aguas Blancas: Its great attraction is the flexible and creative menu that features local produce. The restaurant is known for its typical Dominican desert and its cream of celery soup.
“Villa Pajon”: Located more than two thousand meters above sea level in the “Valle Nuevo” National Park, the facility consists of seven cottages featuring a kitchen, stone fireplaces, rustic handmade furniture, bathrooms with running hot water, deck with barbecue and a central dining area.
“Sonido del Yaque”: The complex is operated and managed by rural women through the a women’s organization, and is an excellent example of a sustainable eco-tourism development. The facility’s restaurant is situated alongside the Yaque del Norte River, the region’s most important river. The river’s waters are used for the production of electricity.
Rancho Baiguate: At 500 meters above sea level, in the country’s Central Mountain Chain, this mountain ranch features several eco-cottages (27 rooms), a restaurant and a pool. It also operates an organic vegetable garden, a water treatment plant, hiking trails and white-water rafting facilities.
“Casa Tranquila”: This very special hostel caters to small groups looking for that perfect mountain destination. It is the perfect spot to enjoy the blessings of the surrounding mountainside.
Soraya and Santos Tours: This is the only tour operator in the country’s Montecristi Province, on the country’s northwest region, specializing in tours to nearby locations.
El Morro Eco Adventure Hotel: This 12-room facility features a restaurant, swimming pool and helipad. It is located on the edge of El Morro National Park and features truly stunning scenery.
The Museum Home of Generalissimo Máximo Gómez is one of Montecristi’s most important cultural attractions. The museum honors the Dominican general who traveled to Cuba to lead Cuban troops during the Spanish-American war.
“Atarazana Restaurant”: One of the oldest and finest restaurants in Santo Domingo’s Colonial Zone.
“Trikke Republica Dominicana”: This tour operator offers guided one-hour tours in the capital city’s Colonial Zone.