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Road Trip And Province Map

Dominican Republic Provinces and Road Trips

Explore and discover the out of the way places of Dominican Republic. The resort towns are fun but if you want to learn about the real Dominican Republic and its beautiful and colorful people you need to get out and explore the small towns and out of the way places. Take a Road Trip! Visit the out of the way places, small towns and areas that are not usually found in the tour guides. Explore the roads less traveled and see what our country and people are really like.

Province Map | Road Trips and Exploring Collections | Provinces and Capitals of DR List

The 31 Provinces of Dominican Republic (it seems that soon there may be 32 provinces as Satiago may be divided into Santiago Oeste) are as diverse as the people who live in Dominican Republic. The map below shows all the thirty-one different provinces and the one district subdivision. In time we hope to have information for all these places. The goal here is to make a map providing information for different small towns in these areas. If you would like to visit one of these places there will be information on how to get there by bus or other public transportation. Information about different hotels both small and large, some restaurants, local tour guides and places to visit when you are there. I will also include anything I feel would be useful while visiting these beautiful and interesting places in República Dominicana.

This information is collected by myself on my visits to these areas or provided by others who have visited or might even live in these out of the way places. I hope to provide information for visitors to the places that visitors normally do not know about. This way you can know the real country and its beautiful people in an entirely new fashion.

If you have any information to contribute please send me an email and I will be happy to include it here.

*Remember this information can change at any time as things do change and I cannot be in all the places all the time. Please if you find something incorrect or that is in need of updating let me know and I will change it.

Province Map

Map of the Provinces of Dominican Republic
Map of the Provinces of Dominican Republic

ROAD TRIP COLLECTIONS

San Juan
San Juan de la Maguana – History, Information, Hotels and Things To Do. (link is to old html page)

Barahona
Barahona – Information, Tour Guide, Hotels. The surrounding area Los Patos, San Juan, Quimatos, Barahona -The Town, Enriquillo, Paraíso, Canoa, Polo Magnético

Baoruco
Baoruco – Information, Things to Do, Lago Enriquillo, Neiba (Hotel). (link is to old html page)

San José de Ocoa
San Jose de Ocoa – Information, Transportation, Hotels (link is to old html page)
Rancho Arriba – Information, Transportation, Hotels (link is to old html page)

The 31 Provinces

The 31 Provinces (it seems that soon there may be 32 provinces as Satiago may be divided into Santiago Oeste), 1 District and the capitals in Dominican Republic.

Azua – Azua
Baoruco – Neiba
Barahona – Barahona
Dajabón – Dajabón
Distrito Nacional – Santo Domingo
Duarte – San Francisco de Macorís
Elías Piña – Comendador
El Seibo – El Seibo
Espaillat – Moca
Hato Mayor – Hato Mayor
Hermanas Mirabal – Salcedo
Independencia – Jimaní
La Altagracia – Higuey
La Romana – La Romana
La Vega – La Vega
María Trinidad Sánchez – Nagua
Monseñor Nouel -Bonao
Monte Cristi – Monte Cristi
Monte Plata – Monte Plata
Pedernales – Pedernales
Sánchez Ramíerez – Cotuí
San Cristóbal – San Cristóbal
San José de Ocoa – San José de Ocoa
San Juan – San Juan de la Maguana
San Pedro de Macorís – San Pedro de Macorís
Santiago – Santiago de los Caballeros
Santiago Rodríguez – Sabaneta
Santo Domingo – Santo Domingo Este
Valverde – Mao
(1/2019)

Basilica de Higüey

Basilica de Higüey

La Basilica de Higüey is the most important religious monument of the Dominican Republic. Located in on the main street of Salvaleón de Higüey, it is also the most visited religious monument in the country.

La Basilica de Higüey, Republica Dominicana / Dominican Republic
La Basilica de Higüey, Republica Dominicana / Dominican Republic

La Basilica de Higüey is one of the most respected religious monuments in the Dominican Republic and the world. One of the most visited monuments in the Dominican Republic, the basilica receives thousands of visitors. Most of the faithful visit on January 21 on Altagracia Day/Día de la Altagracia to celebrate the patron saint and Queen Protector of the heart of Dominicans of the Dominican Republic.

To continue reading about the Basicila, the past and present, visit the Basilica de Higüey photo blog page.

The Basilica was inaugurated by President Dr. Joaquin Balaguer on January 21, 1971. The building is 4680 square meters. There are 45 bronze bells in the tower in what is said to be the largest bell tower in the western hemisphere.

To continue reading about the Basicila, the past and present, visit the Basilica de Higüey photo blog page.

Salvaleón de Higüey, also known simply as Higüey, is the capital city of the eastern La Altagracia Province in the Dominican Republic. It is the eighth largest city in Dominican Republic.


The Mirabal Sisters Home Museum

La Casa Museo Hermanas Mirabal / The Mirabal Sisters House Museum

The Hermanas Mirabal Museum is located in the second home of the Mirabal family in Conuco, Hermanas Mirabal (Salcedo). It is such a beautiful way to remember the 3 sisters who gave their life for the country they loved and the fourth sister who worked to preserve their memories.

The Mirabal Sisters House Museum | Location | Plazoleta Hermanas Mirabal and Ecoparque de la Paz | El Obelisco Macho | The story of the Sisters known as the Mariposas

The Entrance to the Hermanas Mirabal Museo - Mirabal Sisters Museum
The Entrance to the Hermanas Mirabal Museo – Mirabal Sisters Museum
Hermanas Mirabal Museo - Mirabal Sisters Museum Garden
Hermanas Mirabal Museo – Mirabal Sisters Museum Garden
The gardens of the Hermanas Mirabal Museo - Mirabal Sisters Museum
The gardens of the Hermanas Mirabal Museo – Mirabal Sisters Museum

The Mirabal Museum is Dedés way to maintain the memory of her 3 sisters before she passed in 2014. Dedé (Bélgica Adela) Mirabal-Reyes used to greet many of the visitors to the museum personally. She is so missed but her family is carrying on the museum and the tradition. Sharing with the world the wonderful stories of the Mirabal Sisters.

The library of the Hermanas Mirabal Museo - Mirabal Sisters Museum
The library of the Hermanas Mirabal Museo – Mirabal Sisters Museum

The grounds are immaculately kept. I love the butterflies, representing their secret group called
Las Mariposas, displayed throughout the grounds. It is a beautiful garden and so tranquil.

Museums Displays

Here are displays of much of the family’s personal effects. Included in the collection is María Teresa’s embroidery and Patria’s teacup collection. In each of the girls rooms are many of their personal items, handkerchiefs, their sewing machines and each of their favorite dresses. I enjoyed seeing the kitchens they had, both indoor and outdoor with many of the original utensils used during that time.

Hermanas Mirabal Museo - Mirabal Sisters Museum Basketball Team
Hermanas Mirabal Museo – Mirabal Sisters Museum Basketball Team
Hermanas Mirabal Museo - Mirabal Sisters Museum Documents
Hermanas Mirabal Museo – Mirabal Sisters Museum Documents

The most powerful items in the collection are the artifacts of the sisters’ murder: the shoes, handbags, and papers, as well as the long braid of hair which Dedé cut from María Teresa’s head in the morgue. The blood stained handkerchief that came from the murder scene is heartbreaking. When I saw this it brought tears to my eyes as it is a very moving and touching display.

Hermanas Mirabal Museo - Mirabal Sisters Museum  Personal Items
Hermanas Mirabal Museo – Mirabal Sisters Museum Personal Items

Located on the property is also a library, bookstore, and souvenir shop.

Location

The Mirabal Sisters Museum/ Museo de las Hermanas Mirabal
Open for Guided tours Tuesday through Saturday. No pictures are permitted to be taken inside the museum.
Contact: 809- 577-2704
Directions: Km 1, Carretera Salcedo Tenares, Conuco, Hermanas Mirabal (Salcedo), Dominican Republic

Hermanas Mirabal Museo - Mirabal Sisters Museum  The Four Graves
Hermanas Mirabal Museo – Mirabal Sisters Museum The Four Graves

November 25

On November 25, 2000 (the fortieth anniversary of the Mirabal sisters’ assassination) the remains of the sisters were moved to the grave site on the museum grounds. Here the three sisters are buried together along with Manolo, Minerva’s husband. Dedé is buried in the original family vault, where years before the remains of his three sisters and Manolo Tavarez rested, located at Cementerio Viejo, Ojo de Agua.

The United Nations General Assembly designated November 25, the day the sisters were killed, as the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women.

The original home of the Hermanas Mirabal-   orchids and the entrance to the gardens as you enter the grounds.
The original home of the Hermanas Mirabal- orchids and the entrance to the gardens as you enter the grounds.
The original home of the Hermanas Mirabal -  The side of the main house where Dede lived
The original home of the Hermanas Mirabal – The side of the main house where Dede lived
The original home of the Hermanas Mirabal -The calm patio at the back of the home.
The original home of the Hermanas Mirabal -The calm patio at the back of the home.

The Original Home

The original Mirabal home is still located close to the museum in Ojo de Auga. Here the surviving sister, DeDé lived until her death on February 1, 2014. The gardens are beautiful and so well kept. It is a working farm where they grow orchids and Cacao.

The original home of the Hermanas Mirabal - The outdoor kitchen
The original home of the Hermanas Mirabal – The outdoor kitchen
The original home of the Hermanas Mirabal - area used for cleaning and processing the raw Cacao
The original home of the Hermanas Mirabal – area used for cleaning and processing the raw Cacao
The original home of the Hermanas Mirabal - The drying area for the cacao
The original home of the Hermanas Mirabal – The drying area for the cacao

Plazoleta Hermanas Mirabal and Ecoparque de la Paz/ Peace Ecopark and Plazoleta Hermanas Mirabal

Plazoleta Hermanas Mirabal located in Ojo de Auga
Plazoleta Hermanas Mirabal located in Ojo de Auga
Plazoleta Hermanas Mirabal - Mirabal Sisters butterfly monument
Plazoleta Hermanas Mirabal – Mirabal Sisters butterfly monument

In the park across the street from the original home in Ojo de Auga, Salcedo, where the sister DeDe lived is a small park called Plazoleta Hermanas Mirabal. Here is a unique monument that represents 3 butterflies. You can also see the chassis of the jeep from which the ladies took their fateful ride. There is damage to both the front and rear of the vehicle because of the staged crash.

Plazoleta Hermanas Mirabal - The chassis of their vehicle
Plazoleta Hermanas Mirabal – The chassis of their vehicle
Plazoleta Hermanas Mirabal - Mirabal Sisters butterfly monument and baseball field
Plazoleta Hermanas Mirabal – Mirabal Sisters butterfly monument and baseball field

The Park Ecoparque de la Paz/ Peace Ecopark dedicated to the Mirabal sisters is a few feet across the street and down the road from the family home. Funding for this beautiful park is provided by the Fundación Hermanas Mirabal. The organization was originally chaired by Bélgica Mirabal (DeDé) now her son Jaime David Mirabal and Minú Tavarez Mirabal oversee the family history. The park has three paths representing the three sisters who died.

Hermanas Mirabal Ecoparque La Paz - Peace Park, Ojo de Auga.
Hermanas Mirabal Ecoparque La Paz – Peace Park, Ojo de Auga.

The park was designed by architects Michelle de la Cruz, Paloma Hernández y Oliver Guillén. It is a beautiful monument to these 3 patriotic ladies and their sister who remembered them with such grace and love. Thank you to the Mirabal family and all who keep these memories so beautifully.

The Obelisco Macho, located on the Malecon is Santo Domingo, was dedicated in 1997 to the Hermanas Mirabal
The Obelisco Macho, located on the Malecon is Santo Domingo, was dedicated in 1997 to the Hermanas Mirabal

El Obelisco Macho del Malecón / The Male Obelisk on the Malecon in Santo Domingo.

The 137 foot tall Obelisk that Trujillo had built was to bring honor and recognition to himself. Now it honors the women he had brutally murdered, the 3 Mirabal Sisters.

The Obelisco Macho, located on the Malecon is Santo Domingo, was dedicated in 1997 to the Hermanas Mirabal "A Song to Liberty." by Elsa Nuñez. to honor the Mirabal sisters.
The Obelisco Macho, located on the Malecon is Santo Domingo, was dedicated in 1997 to the Hermanas Mirabal “A Song to Liberty.” by Elsa Nuñez. to honor the Mirabal sisters.
The Obelisco Macho, located on the Malecon is Santo Domingo, was dedicated in 1997 to the Hermanas Mirabal
The Obelisco Macho, located on the Malecon is Santo Domingo, was dedicated in 1997 to the Hermanas Mirabal

The obelisk was painted with “A Song to Liberty” by Elsa Nuñez. It was converted to honor the Mirabal sisters, painted with the three women Trujillo had murdered. It was unveiled on March 8, 1997 in honor of International Women’s Day.

The Obelisco seen in the distance from the Zona Colonial, Santo Domingo
The Obelisco seen in the distance from the Zona Colonial, Santo Domingo