Attractions in La Vega

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About two hours away from some of the most popularly visited beaches in the Dominican Republic is La Vega, a town best known for its outrageous Carnival festivities each year.  When the festival is not going on, it is the area's natural attractions that offer a sense of reprieve for visitors.  Thick forested grounds, waterfalls, and parks are waiting to be explored, as is a military fort at the center of town.  

Historical Sites

Fortaleza La Concepcion

Like learning some of the history of countries you visit? If yes, you might enjoy visiting a historical site during your stay.

A landmark that often intrigues visitors is Fortaleza La Concepcion. It is found in the heart of La Vega. Today, the fort and the town it defended is part of a national park, with the ruins excavated. Visitors can explore this early European city and one of the first forts built in the Americas.

If you are looking to do more sight-seeing, visit Santo Cerro. It is located in Santo Cerro, 4.3 mi. North-Northwest of central La Vega. The site is part of a church that visitors are free to explore. Guest will be able to enjoy the various art and architecture inside the church, as well as see the preserved hole where the cross was placed.

View this table to read more about sites of historical interest in and around La Vega.

Historic Sites In and Around La Vega
Name Phone Location
Fortaleza La Concepcion -- Central La Vega
Santo Cerro -- Santo Cerro, 4.3 mi. North-Northwest of Central La Vega

Natural Attractions

Salto Jimenoa Uno

Vacationers who like being outside frequently enjoy spending some time at Salto Jimenoa Dos. This is a smaller waterfall further North than its bigger sibling, Salto Jimenoa Uno. However, it makes up for its smaller stature in a better swimming area and a more adventurous path to reach it.

Salto Jimenoa Uno is another place that needs mentioning. This icy waterfall is a unique waterfall in that literally shoots out from the rocks. It is an odd sight to see, and being so close to a larger city, it is an easy side trip that should not be passed up.

La Vega includes quite a few other natural attractions. To navigate to our page about natural attractions in and around the area, go to this page.


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