What to do and see in Jarabacoa, Dominican Republic: The Best Places and Tips

February 5, 2018 Jeremy Dunfee

Jarabacoa in Dominican Republic, from Caribbean region, is best know for Parasailing & Paragliding. Discover best things to do in Jarabacoa with beautiful photos and great reviews from traveller around the world here!
Restaurants in Jarabacoa

1. Hawk Paragliding School

Venecia 1st Street | Calle Pinar Quemado - Manabao, Jarabacoa 41000, Dominican Republic
Excellent
98%
Good
2%
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5 based on 134 reviews

Hawk Paragliding School

Hawk Paragliding School es pasion por el parapente. Somos una escuela de parapente compuesta por pilotos de amplia experiencia que viven y disfrutan este deporte al maximo, y que estan comprometidos a llevar su practica al maximo nivel.Ofrecemos vuelos tandem, cursos de vuelo y tours de parapente por Republica Dominicana, para que todo el mundo pueda conocer y disfrutar del vuelo libre.Hawk Paragliding es parte de una iniciativa mas amplia, Jarabacoa Adventure, centrada en el turismo alternativo y de aventura en RD.

Reviewed By Escobana - Valencia, Spain

Don´t hesitate, just book this adventure! Awesome landscape for a first time tandem jump. Professional staff, prompt answers when contacting them (But check your spambox if you don´t receive response)
You can tell everyone who works here are well trained and passionate about their jobs. I spoke English and Spanish so I could communicate very well. In Spanish I was given many explanations about the scenery below and we stayed up for 30 minutes.
Downside....I got nauseous a little but I didn´t want to go down to soon. Only when I felt getting worse, we descended. I would go again though! It´s not scary at all.

2. Salto de Jimenoa

Jarabacoa, Dominican Republic
Excellent
50%
Good
33%
Satisfactory
15%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
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4.5 based on 265 reviews

Salto de Jimenoa

Reviewed By Natalia V - Santo Domingo, Distrito Nacional, Dominican Republic

We just arrived from Jarabacoa, it is a wonderful place to spend a couple of days with anybody, we went with the family. Salto Jimenoa was a perfect time. We went through a path formed by stairs and hanging Bridges to get up to the river fall. My mother is an oncologic pacient 66 years old lady and she did it, so you can do it. It was pretty nice.

3. Baiguate Salto Waterfall

road to Constanza, Jarabacoa, Dominican Republic
Excellent
52%
Good
35%
Satisfactory
13%
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4.5 based on 97 reviews

Baiguate Salto Waterfall

Reviewed By SMLBill - Huddleston, Virginia

This waterfall is really easy to access and certainly does not require paying anyone an "excursion" fee to visit. If you're coming from town, making the correct turn can be a bit tricky, as the sign that indicates to you to turn right is actually about 50 feet AFTER the road! We missed it the first time, but when you're coming from the direction of Costanza, the back side of the sign is a perfect indicator of where to turn.
The waterfall is down a well manicured path and has a great swimming area. The water can be a bit muddy (hence the 4 stars instead of 5), but it is very refreshing. This is a favorite destination for nearby camps, so arriving after about 2 or 3 in the afternoon may result in your sharing the falls with 40 or so international teenagers. That is interesting in its own right, however if you want peace & quiet, I'd recommend going in the morning.

4. Rancho Baiguate

Jarabacoa 41000, Dominican Republic
Excellent
64%
Good
25%
Satisfactory
6%
Poor
4%
Terrible
1%
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4.5 based on 104 reviews

Rancho Baiguate

Rancho Baiguate is an Eco Lodge and an Adventure Center, we offer a large variety of actives ranging from white water rafting to excursions to Pico Duarte, the talles mountain in all the caribbean.

Reviewed By Paulina B

These guys organised three full days of exciting activities for us and they did it amazingly well. We tried whitewater rafting, trekking, canyoning, horse riding and ropes course. They were all great but we enjoyed rafting and canyoning the most. It was the first time we tried the latter and it turned out to be the top experience during the whole month-long trip in the Dominican Republic. The prices are reasonable and the guides are extremely helpful, professional and experienced. What else do you need?

5. Pico Duarte

Parque Nacional Armando Bermudez, Jarabacoa, Dominican Republic +1 809-974-0036
Excellent
78%
Good
20%
Satisfactory
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4.5 based on 60 reviews

Pico Duarte

Reviewed By Jure K

So it all started when I asked God to give me a sign and guidance in life. And then my friend called me and asked if I wanted to go with a group of 4 on the top of Pico Duarte. I was hesitating at first, but I knew it instantly that this is the answer and the Call. So after two days I officially confirmed the walk with them.
And then it started. At first the preparations, food, clothes, shoes, etc. But deep down or up I knew that this is going to be a long spiritual walk.
The day of the ascend finally came. I was ready. Food (tuna, almonds, dates, bread, home made protein bars, beans in a can, apples, oranges, ginger) packed. I suggest you to take this and what you like as well of course. Two long pants and two long sleeves. A jacket, a sweater, few shirts, long socks and a sleeping bag. You need a lot of warm clothes for the night. It is freezing.
It depends when you're going up the mountain, as in January or July, or anything in between. Of course January is cold. July is delicious. At least for us. And beware of the rain. We had our prayers answered regarding the weather. Sun and a bit of clouds and at the end some rain to refresh us. Do not go if it is raining. Or if the forecast says it will rain. It is something not to do at all.
It is obligatory to rent a guide and donkey for the hike. So we arranged this a day earlier in the evening as we came to the initial point. The cost was around 30$ per person. With the tip for guides.
We headed of at 6.40am on a beautiful Friday 15th July. I walked barefoot the next 12km and my feet and my whole body enjoyed. And then I put on my Teva shoes and began the most grueling part of the ascend. These first 12 km are nice and easy and no rocks, and enjoyful, and smooth a a bit of an up hike but as I said nice. After El Cruce stop you are bound to be repented. To reach the Aguita Fria is a pain staking effort. I carried my 10kg or heavier bag and even went also a part of this stage barefoot, and I prayed. A lot. I prayed and prayed. I felt pain in my shoulders, in my feet, knees, mind and soul. And the climb just went on going. With faith and God I managed to reach the next stage full of power. So I just kept on going, and other group members had a well-deserved time out.
I was flying after accomplishing that stage of 6 km of pain and faith build up. I knew that God helped me. So I just headed on to the La Comparticion stop. Another 4 km away, but a nice hike down. So I thought. Because these 4 km were as well hard but manageable. The only concern I had as I was alone on the path, was the direction. And on the whole path do not have these doubts. Because there is only one way from La Cienaga to Pico Duarte. You cannot get lost. Signs everywhere guiding you and nowhere to make an error.
From Aguita Fria I asked some people going back if I am on the right path. And of course I was. But it kept dinging in my head and I just kept pushing away these doubts and finally saw the houses. What a relief after 8 km of excruciating walk I just put everything of me and lay down in the house. My friends came half an hour later. We chilled for another half an hour together and then we started the ascend toward Valle de Lilis.
And this bit was as well exhausting. 4 km of pure raw pleasure. The hill just doesn’t end and it was fogy and the guide was just joking me that it is around the corner or that we still need an hour. It took us less than two hours. And we were just below the Pico Duarte, the sign 1.2 km to it. It was in the clouds and we were exhausted after walking from the morning and there it was 5.50pm, so more than 11 hours on the way. We just turned right in the direction of the house 10 minutes away in the valley below the peak.
There we changed clothes and prepared our sleeping space in a big hall that can accommodate more than 300 people. Our guides already started the fire and we ate our delicious dinner. Rice, beans, salami for those who eat meat. At around 8pm we went to rest and the night was freezing our faces so I covered it with a scarf. We all kept on waking up every now and then. And at 4am we started to prepare for the ascend without the bags. Just to walk on the top to enjoy the sunrise.
And it was awesome to be on top before the sun came up behind the clouds on the horizon. What a sight. My soul was totally at peace . We could all just stay there for more than one hour. But we went down back to the house to pick our bags and have a good breakfast before the 22 km walk down.
The first part was a bit hard because of sore knees and steep hill. After hour and a half we chilled again in La Comparticion, ate another breakfast and this bit was decisive because after I had no apetite. And the next part to Aguita Fria was beautifull and very sunny and we managed this climb again. And then the descent began. Dangerous because of the big rocks and earth between and very long walk to the La Laguna stop. My feet were sore now and I was heading fast because of the pain in every step. I just waited for the stage where I can put my shoes off and walk barefoot.
And then the rain came. Heavy. We were soaked in an instant. And then my fury came out. There in that moment I had my most precious and victorious feeling because overcame this anger of pain and rain and just tiredness. I just stopped and breathed slowly and made each step like a turtle. I began to enjoy the hike. In this manner I soon took off my shoes and finished the last 10 km with ease and comfort regardless of the pain. It was a beautiful ending of a 47 km hike, 20 hours of walking, 5000 meters of up and down.
Thank you God (I am not religious, but spiritual) and thank you my friends for the best company.
Enjoy your hike on the Pico Duarte road of redemption…

6. MotoCaribe Motorcycle Adventure Tours

Jarabacoa 41000, Dominican Republic
Excellent
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5 based on 28 reviews

MotoCaribe Motorcycle Adventure Tours

Complete in every way, MotoCaribe Adventure Tours handles everything from your arrival through departure. Just relax, Caribbean-style, and enjoy a worry-free motorcycle journey. It's all about you: inspired riding, awesome food and exotic locales, all for your pure enjoyment, plain and simple. MotoCaribe Adventure Tours chose the tropical wonderland of the Dominican Republic, an exotic Caribbean island, combining some of the planet's best and most diverse motorcycling imaginable with its ever-changing riding landscapes, the hospitality of its people, spectacular lush tropical mountain ranges, some of the most beautiful, unspoiled Beaches in the world and its true below-sea-level desert region. MotoCaribe will immerse you in the fascinating beauty, food, music and culture of this Caribbean nation, guided and supported by our seasoned multilingual staff. Virtually everything is included: excellent accommodations, all meals and snacks, guides, security, bottled water, juice, and sodas, all attraction admissions, and of course, one of our proven Suzuki V-Strom 650's, supported by our seasoned staff. Just bring your riding gear, camera and tropical attitude for a riding adventure of a lifetime. MotoCaribe offers three distinct tours of the Dominican Republic: North Coast, SouthWest and East.

Reviewed By gangiuli - Staten Island, New York

This company runs a great motorcycle adventure. We went deep into the countryside exploring the heart and the history of the Dominican Republic. We explored everything from the inside of caves to spectacular Waterfalls and iguana preserves. We even made a quick stopover in Haiti. The motorcycles are very well maintained and there is always a chase vehicle not far behind. Wonderful hotels, great food, super nice people. Just the right amount of adventure. Safe, well run, educational and terrific fun. Do it!

7. Rancho Jarabacoa

Sabaneta, Jarabacoa 20092, Dominican Republic +1 809-707-5523
Excellent
87%
Good
11%
Satisfactory
1%
Poor
1%
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5 based on 51 reviews

Rancho Jarabacoa

Reviewed By Herencia A - Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic

Loved everything of it!!! They supply all the gears from head to toe and after a great ride on the back of a LARGE truck, the river awaits for you. We really enjoyed the day. Thanks to Franklyn, Our boat guide.it is always a pleasure to share our expertise and our natural wonders with people like yourself! We hope to see you again with new and old friends! I know Franklin will be waiting to give you the time of your life!

8. Estancia Natura at Spirit Mountain

La Angostura de Manabao , 12 miles from Jarabacoa, Jarabacoa, Dominican Republic
Excellent
87%
Good
8%
Satisfactory
1%
Poor
3%
Terrible
1%
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4.5 based on 56 reviews

Estancia Natura at Spirit Mountain

Spirit Mountain's Ecological Reserve and Organic Coffee Plantation is nestled high in the foot hills of the Cordillera Central Mountain Range. The Farm is located at at the far reaches of Angostura de Manabao, approximately 15 miles from Jarabacoa, 3 miles beyond Manabao. This is rugged land and unpaved roads, so if your not up for an adventure, you may not want to venture this far into the Mountains of Hispaniola. We are an operating Coffee Plantation...not a tourist attraction. During a visit, you are likely to see typical operations related to producing some of the worlds best coffees. Harvesting season is from January through April, if you would like to try your hand at picking coffee. Learn about sustainable organic farming first hand, see the rarest endemic birds of Hispaniola or just kickback up at our rustic camp site, Camp Spirit Discovery. During the off season, our crews will be planting coffee, taking care of the shade canopy and performing general farm maintenance. We cater to those interested in more than just a vacation. The farm is open all day every day for self guided yours. The farm is on google maps, and you can check in with Rosa, the plantation manager's wife. Their house is directly in front of the farm on the right hand side of the road, about 100 meters from the farm entrance. if you let Rosa know a couple of hours in advance, she will prepare you a typical lunch, with some of our fresh roasted coffee! It is easy to spend an entire day trekking around the farm and only experience a small portion of what there is to see. Be prepared for a challenging drive up to the farm. Recent improvements to the 700 meter long access road makes the property "almost" 2 wheel drive accessible. If your interested in spending a night or more at Spirit Mountain, there are VERY rustic accommodations at Camp Spirit Discovery, located at an elevation of approximately 4,000 feet. It can get pretty chilly at these elevations, especially in the winter months, so bring plenty of warm clothes. There is a rustic kitchen complete with running water and a wood fired bread oven. Bring your own sleeping bags, but there are some mattresses in the two story open bungalows. If you would like more comfortable accommodations, there is a great little eco-lodge run by the community that has hot water and they will prepare you meals if you like. This is great way to get to know the locals! Come learn with us! You will leave changed.

Reviewed By Jose_Delio_Ares - Santo Domingo Province, Dominican Republic

I can not speak about the place. I speak of the journey. We could not reach it. The road was secluded, poor, and dangerous. We were a bit scared, really. We would read the signs and followed our google waze, but the place was not reached. We stopped 1km till arriving at the place after a 60 minute drive, solely because our jeep got stuck on the road and we could not fit in the road. We found help, and a way to turn around to go back. We loved the trip and would love to see the place, someday, after the road to it is accesible. For now, i gave it 2 stars for accessibility.

9. El Mogote

Jarabacoa, Dominican Republic
Excellent
55%
Good
36%
Satisfactory
9%
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4.5 based on 22 reviews

El Mogote

Artist Studio with Karaoke Bar and performing arts is a beautiful place to people love the arts. The Famous Arts Thevenin Olivier have your private collection for your visitor.

Reviewed By maltapa - Edmonton, Canada

I loved climbing this mountain. I am a 59 yr old woman and was travelling on my own and although a guide is not necessary for this climb I very much enjoyed having Juan (motoconcho driver and guide) climb this mountain with me. There was a light rain overnight before the climb and some places were quite slippery as well as lots of slippery rocks. Juan went beyond his duty as a guide and helped me in those slippery spots by giving me a supporting hand making the climb easier. It is not an easy climb and will take approx. 5 to 6 hours total (Well if you are in your 20's you will do it in much less time!!!)with a sort break at the top. There are great views along the way as well as at the top. Bring water and snacks. I also hired Juan a 2nd day for a ride and guide from Jarabacoa to entrance of Pico Duarte trail and we did a short walk in the National Park. This area of the Dominican is beautiful. If you like nature don't miss Jarabacoa. The guides phone number is 809-630-4303 he does both motoconcho driver and or guide. His rates seemed good. The other guide prices were much higher than his.

10. Akasha Spa

Quitapesares | Km 2 Via Mata de Platano, Jarabacoa, Dominican Republic +1 829-423-9377
Excellent
89%
Good
11%
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5 based on 27 reviews

Akasha Spa

Akasha Spa is a space for the modern woman and man. Our services are aimed at renewing energy to deal with the day to day stress of city life with facial and body treatments, with state-of-the-art manual and technological procedures, excellent therapeutic brands, and healthy cuisine. We have a highly trained staff using custom methods in a unique environment in midst its natural beauty.

Reviewed By RachelS1414 - Jarabacoa, Dominican Republic

We had an incredible experience at Akasha Spa. I took my friend for her 40th birthday and it could not have been a more relaxing and rejuvenating experience. The food was top quality with accommodations made for my vegetarianism. Chef Andres and his wife treated...MoreOur pleasure to have served you guys! See you back soon!

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