Photos of the Beautiful
Mountains surrounding Jarabacoa ~ The Dominican Republic
Some Dominicans say that this is the "Alps
of the Caribbean". Others say that God created the rest of the Earth
in the first six says, and saved the seventh day for his best work ~ The
Dominican Republic. Whatever your philosophy or point of view, there
is no denial that the scenery and ambiance is wonderful. In fact,
should you like the idea of living in the Caribbean, but dislike the hotter
climate closer to the beach, this is the place! It is 1:00
PM in the afternoon, and we wish for long sleeves...
Saturday at the river sounds inviting, especially
when the water temperature is cold enough to keep your canned beverages
just right. Here we see some bathers taking advantage.....And why
not ? This river is just 10 minutes from the
center of town, so taking a swim is certainly convenient.
There is no shortage of water as streams are
fed directly from the mountains. In fact, the residents of Jarabacoa
enjoy drinking spring water direct from the source! The main water
aqueduct that supplies the capital of Santo Domingo starts here in the
mountains of Pico Duarte.
You will find the town of Jarabacoa to be
clean, quiet and very friendly. Surrounded by mountains, many people
have compared it to living in Colorado. To be sure, it is a small
town, free of traffic jams and the normal "hussle" of a big city such as
Santo Domingo. However, there are many nice small restuarants in
town that even offer fresh seafood on the menu. The Codetel office
is close by, as are three banks and other local services. For those
that like it "cool & tranquil", it worth a look.
The main question on everyone's mind is of
course about real estate. What does it cost to buy or rent a home
in this area? The photos above are of a home that is currently being
rented for US $ 450 per month. We hear the owner is interested in
selling for about US $ 95,000. Should you wish to purchase land or
a building lot to construct your own home, prices will vary slightly depending
on the location. A brand new residential section going up near the river
shown in the photos above has 200 square meter building lots for sale at
about US $ 9,500. Should you want a small garden or pool, we might
suggest buying a "double lot" of 400 square meters for US $ 15,000.
All told, not a bad price for a piece of property directly inside the town
In addition, there are some other gated
"country club" style developments about 20 minutes outside of Jarabacoa,
which are offering lots of 1,300 square meters for less than US $ 30,000.
Close by are farms selling fresh fruits and
vegetables at a fraction of the cost for produce in the local supermarkets
of Santo Domingo.