Dominican Republic is divided into twenty-nine provinces or regions, and
the National District ~ which is in effect the thirtieth province.
In addition, there are really two major cities in the country ~ Santo Domingo
de Guzman, which is the nation's capital and most heavily populated city
~ Santiago de Los Caballeros, the second largest city located in the northwest
portion of the country, close to what can be called the nation's "tobacco
The Provinces of the Dominican
Capitals of each Province
and Major Towns
~ Located directly west of the capital, Azua's coastline is on the southern
or Caribbean sea side of the country
Major Towns: Estebania, Las Charcas, Padre Las Casas,
Peralta, Sabana Yegua, Tabara Arriba, Yamas de Viajama
~ Located in the western part of the country, this province is land locked
and situated close to the border with Haiti.
Major Towns: Galvan, Los Rios, Postrer Rio, Villa
~ Located in the southwest portion of the country, Barahona borders the
Caribbean Sea and has been an area that the government has slated for future
tourist development. An airport capable of handling International Jumbo
jets sits idle in Barahona, awaiting new tourist traffic.
Major Towns: Cabral, El Penon, Enriquillo, Las Salinas,
~ Located in the northwest corner of the country, bordering Haiti and the
Monti Cristi district
Major Towns: Loma de Cabrera, Partido, Restauracion
~ The capital district of the country, located on the southern costaline.
Aside from being the home to the nation's capital city, The city of Haina
- a major sea port and point of entry
for many automobiles and other goods entering the country, is also located
within the National District
Santo Domingo (de Guzman)
Neigborhoods or subdivisions
of Santo Domingo
Within the city proper ~ West of the
river Ozama ~ Close to business districts and government offices:
Arroyo Hondo, Bella Vista, Ciudad Colonial
or Zona Colonial, Ciudad Universitaria, El Cacique, Gazcue, Herrera, Honduras
del Norte, Julieta Morales, La Fe, La Julia, Los Millones, Los Prados,
Los Restauradores, Luperon, Mirador Norte, Naco, Paraiso, Piantini, Quisqueya.
East of the River Ozama ~ La
Zona Oriental and
other sections heading east towards Las Americas Airport and Boca Chica:
Alma Rosa, Cancino, Charles de Gaul or
"Charlie", Isabelita, Faro A Colon, Las Americas, Los Mameyes, Los Mina
Norte, Los Mina Sur, Los Tres Ojos, Los Trinitarios, Mendoza, Villa Duarte,
Villa Faro, San Souci
Other Areas Part of the Nactional District
Beach & Las Americas
~ A landlocked province in the northeast. A section of Duarte borders
the Samana province.
San Francisco de Marcoris
Major Towns: Arenoso, Castillo, Las Guaranas, Pimentel
~ Located almost equidistant from both coastlines, bordering Haiti.
Major Towns: Banica, El Llano, Hondo Valle, Pedro
~ Located in the northeast corner of the country, southeast from Samana
Major Towns: Miches (Playa Miches)
~ Located on the northern coastline, bordering the Puerto Plata district.
Major Towns: Gaspar Hernandez, Jamao al Norte, Jose
Contreras, Rio San Juan, San Victor
~ Located on the eastern portion of the country, Hato Mayor shares the
Bay of Samana with it's neighbor directly due north, Samana.
Major Towns: El Valle, Sabana de La Mar
~ Located northwest and bordering Barahona, Independencia is the home of
the largest inland lake of the country ~ Lago Enriquillo & The Nacional
Park Isla Cabritos. A major portion of Independencia also border
the southern section of Haiti.
Major Towns: Duverge, La Descubierta, Mella
~ Located on the south-eastern portion of the country, La Altagracia is
home to two national parks, the famous Punta Cana resort area, and Isla
Major Towns: Nisibon, Punta Cana, San Rafael de Yuma
~ Bordering La Altagracia and the Caribbean Sea, La Romana is home to the
famous Casa De Campo tourist resort ~ which includes the popular tourist
attraction Altos de Chavon.
Major Towns: Guaymate
~ Located in just about the center of the country, La Vega is located in
what can be called "Mountain Country". The Constanza section of La Vega
is known for cooler temperatures and production of cold weather fruits,
such as apples. Along with the San Juan district, La Vega offers some of
the most spectacular mountain scenery in the country.
Major Towns: Constanza, Jarabacoa, Jima Abajo
MARIA TRINIDAD SANCHEZ
~ Located on the northern coast, east of Puerto Plata and bordering Samana
~ this province hosts a national park and the sea side resort town of Cabrera.
Major Towns: Cabrera, El Factor
~ Located in truly the center of the country, Monsenor Nouel borders La
Vega and also features mountainous terrain and cooler termperatures.
~ Located in the far northwest corner, bordering Puerto Plata and the Atlantic
Ocean, Monte Cristi will remind travelers more of Aruba than anyplace else.
Drier climate and cactus are prominent features of this part of the country.
Major Towns: Castanuelas, Guayubin, Las Matas de Santa
Cruz, Pepillo Salcedo, Villa Vazquez
~ The Monte Plata province is directly due north of Santo Domingo and the
National District. While the province is land locked, it does boast
two small mountain ranges, and the beautiful Los Haitises National Park.
Major Towns: Bayaguana, Don Juan, Esperalvillo, Sabana
Grande de Boya and Yamasa.
~ Located in the southern most point of the country, Pedernales is home
to the Jaragua National Park, Isla Beata and Isla Alto Velo. Playa
Larga is one of the largest single strech of beaches that has been designated
for tourist development by the government.
Major Towns: Oviedo
~ Stretching from La Vega down to the Caribbean coastline, Peravia is home
to two small mountain ranges in the north and the beautiful beaches of
Major Towns: Don Gregono, Mantanzas, Nizao, Rancho
Arriba, Sabana Buey, Sabana Larga, San Jose de Ocoa
~ Tourists are well versed with this Atlantic Ocean coast province,
as it is home to numerous resorts, and the beach front towns of Puerto
Plata and Sosua.
Major Towns: Altamira, Guananico, Imbert, La Isabela,
Los Hidalgos, Luperon and Sosua
~ The tiny province of Salcedo is neatly nestled between Espaillat, La
Vega, and Duarte. Although smaller than it's other north coast neighbors,
Salcedo is an important link as an intersection point for the highway system.
Major Towns: Tenares, Villa Tapia
~ Landlocked between the provinces of La Vega, Duarte, Monte Plata and
Monsenor Nouel ~ This beautiful province boasts two very large fresh water
lakes, with fresh water fishing as a major attraction.
Major Towns: Cevicos, Fantino, La Cueva, La Mata
~ Directly due west of Santo Domingo, this province runs parallel to Peravia
- and stretches from the Bonao area on down to the Caribbean coast.
Autopista Duarte or Route 1, connecting Santo Domingo with Santiago, runs
through the northern portion of San Cristobal.
Major Towns: Cambita Garabito, Sabana Grande de Palenque,
Sabana Palenque, Villa Altagracia, Yaguate
~ One of the larger provinces, this is true mountain country. San
Juan province is home to Pico Duarte, the highest mountain range in the
Caribbean. Located in the western portion of the country, just south
of Santiago, it is also home to Jose Del Carmen Ramirez National Park.
Major Towns: Bohechio, El Cercado, Juan Herrera, Las
Matas de Farfan and Vallejuelo
SAN PEDRO DE MARCORIS
~ This Caribbean coastline province is nestled between the National District
and La Romana. Although historically known as an area with a
major fishing industry, Baseball legend Sammy Sosa has also made this a
well known province. The San Pedro de Marcoris province is also home
to the well known Juan Dolio resort area.
San Pedro de Marcoris
Major Towns: Los LLanos, Quisqueya, Ramon Santana
~ This large province directly south of Puerto Plata is home to the Dominican
Republic's tobacco and cigar industry. In addition, the province
capital Santiago de los Caballeros is often called the Dominican Republic's
Santiago (de los caballeros)
Major Towns: Janico, Navarette, San Jose de Los Matas,
Tamboril and Villa Gonzalez
~ This province is located directly due west of Santigo and south of Monte
Major Towns: Almacigos, Moncion
~ Nestled between Santiago, Puerto Plata, Monte Cristi and Santiago Rodriguez,
this tiny province is only slightly larger than Salcedo. Like Salecedo,
it connects it's much larger neighbors together.
Major Towns: Espernaza, Laguna Salada