Another opportunity to explore yet another backroad on the North Coast of the Dominican republic. This time we will take a lazy Sunday afternoon road trip from Gaspar Hernandez to Tenares, just to check out the scenery. As you will see in the videos, the roads are in pretty good shape and once we get out of the hustle and bustle of Gaspar Hernandez the trip flows through a series of small communities and through the rolling hills as we snake our way down to Tenares.
Along the way we pass through some little communities that obviously have prospered from the cocao (chocolate) bean crops that this region is known for. Cocao is one of the big export crops of the Dominican Republic with the DR claiming the third highest production in the world. Much of the high-end organically grown cocao crops of the Dominican Republic are actually snapped up by the high end chocolate producers in Europe.
As we ride through this region of the North Coast we routinely see cocao growing on both sides of the road and on the hillsides and sheltered low areas. Cocao is a very profitable crop for these local farmers and it shows up in their fine homes that you will see as you ride through this area of the countryside.
It turns out that the little town of Tenares has its own share of historical interest due to the fact that it was home to the rather famous Maribal sisters. The Mirabal sisters and their families took a very active and visible role in promoting the overthrow of Trujillo, the Dictator that ruled the Dominican Republic from 1930 to 1961 with a cruel iron fist. This rebellious activity landed the Mirabal sisters in prison along with their husbands, but it is said that
“No matter how many times Trujillo jailed them, no matter how much of their property and possessions he seized, Minerva, Patria and María Teresa refused to give up on their mission to restore democracy and civil liberties to the island nation.”
Now, on to our road trip videos. Sit back and enjoy the ride.
And continuing down the road toward Tenares through the cocao region.
We hope you will get a chance to visit us on one of our free North Coast Discovery Tours. It is a great way to check out a new part of the world and explore whether a retirement or second home on a tropical island might be right for you and your family.