The Espaillat province on the northern coast of the Dominican Republic has just been declared a major cultural and ecotourism destination.
Known for its vast untouched nature, this remote region is set to explode in popularity over the coming years with several state-run programs set to transform it into a traveler’s paradise.
With a growing number of regions in the Dominican Republic becoming more accessible to travelers, here’s why Espaillat has everything it takes to become a tourism powerhouse.
Nature, Culture, And Excellent Accommodations
The Dominican Republic government has just passed law 41-23, declaring the Espaillat Province an eco-touristic and cultural hub.
The new law, which has been in the making for several months, aims to bolster development in one of the country’s most untouched provinces, all the while contributing to efforts to preserve its delicate nature.
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According to lawmakers, the province’s new legal status has two pillars: nature and local culture. With regards to the former, officials will step up efforts to create new nature reserves and national parks, as well as extend existing ones.
Meanwhile, officials will promote authentic and unique experiences to highlight the province’s vibrant culture in a way that benefits travelers and locals alike.
Why Travelers Are Excited About The New Initiative
Espaillat is one of the most gorgeous provinces in the Dominican Republic.
To hold that title in a country that is full of breathtaking mountainous scenery and endless white-sand beaches is a massive achievement and an amazing opportunity for adventure-seeking travelers.
Situated along the Atlantic Ocean, Espaillat offers travelers a range of stunning landscapes, from towering mountains to expansive valleys.
Although the province lacks massive resort complexes, travelers will find plenty of luxurious accommodations that offer a comfortable retreat to soak in the views.
Offering a secluded Caribbean beach oasis, Playa Paraiso en Magnate is a top-rated eco-friendly property set on the northern shores of Espaillat.
Offering several cozy bungalows, the rustic property is equipped with a full-service bar and restaurant, Wi-Fi, and employs a bilingual team of friendly locals.
Espaillat is also home to dozens of remote beaches that are refreshing to from Punta Cana’s packed resort scene.
Some of the most accessible choices for travelers currently include Playa Magnate and Playa Rogelio, with each one boasting tropical blue waters and minimal crowds.
The beaches are best reached by car or a private transfer, although several smaller nearby accommodations can also be found.
The province’s capital and largest city, Moca, is teeming with culture and life, and is famous for its booming cacao and coffee industry.
The destination is the perfect choice for adventurous travelers looking for something authentic and off the beaten path, although, in the near future, the Espaillat is also set to become increasingly developed as a mass tourism locale.
Situated just 75 kilometers southeast of Puerto Plata and 30 kilometers from Santiago, Moca is a highly accessible day trip destination.
There are several tour and excursion firms specializing in Espaillat’s rich culture and nature. Jamao Ecotours is a small locally-run company offering a handful of exciting tours, including horseback riding, kayaking, and hiking through lush jungles.
Their family-friendly horseback riding tours start at just $35 per person, allowing travelers to explore scenic rivers and forests.
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Tourism In The Dominican Republic Is Growing With New Destinations
Tourism currently makes up the backbone of the Dominican economy, and with soaring travel numbers, the national government is committed to continue offering travelers new and exciting destinations.
Some of the fastest-growing resort hubs currently include Miches, a region touted as the country’s next top eco-tourist destination, as well as Pedernales, which will house the country’s newest flagship cruise terminal.
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