The northwest border region city of Montecristi has important roots in Dominican history. Overlooking the Atlantic coast, and situated 90 minutes northwest of Santiago – the country’s second largest city and approximately two hours west of Puerto Plata – the city is rich in Dominican history and boasts some of the country’s most important ecological, agricultural and industrial landmarks.
Some of the city’s top tourist attractions:
- The region is home to 40% of the country’s mangrove forests
- It is home to the country’s Salt Interpretation Center, where salt is extracted from seawater, a tradition that has been carried out for more than four generations.
- The nearby coral reefs are the largest in the D.R.
- During the last four years it has become the most important center for migratory birds in the Caribbean.
- It is the birthplace of the Heroes of the Restoration, the men who defeated the Spanish army during the 19th century war to regain national independence. Their remains lay in Montecristi’s Cemetery.
- The nearby ocean waters are rich in underwater archeology, with a record 261 sunken galleons discovered and registered by national and international experts.
- The region is the world’s largest producer of organic bananas.
- There is a total of nine protected areas in the region.
- It is the only province in the country with aloe vera and capers plantations.
- It is home to the only metal 19th century tower clock that still works with its original mechanical system. The clock is the city’s main symbol.