Montecristi was discovered by Admiral Cristóbal Colón on his first trip. The salt mines stand out in its landscape, offering a dazzling view. Also, as part of the landscape, the Montecristi National Park, a subtropical dry forest, with an abundant variety of vegetation and rich fauna. 11 reptile species live there, including the American crocodile and numerous birds, among which the pelican, the flamenco, the earwig, the pigeon and the swallow abound.
Flocks of birds arrive every year to its seven cays, called “Los Siete Hermanos,” from Florida. El Morro has an impressive magnificence and beauty, with views to the entire bay and its keys and its system of coastal lagoons.
One of its great tourist attractions is the estuaries or navigable channels covered with mangroves. Caño de Estero Hondo stands out because of the presence of more than 20 manatee species, an endangered marine mammal.
The area also has a scientific reserve in Villa Elisa; the famous last-century mechanical clock and the museum of Dominican General Máximo Gómez and Cuban liberator José Martí. The Victorian architecture of the main city, San Fernando de Montecristi, stands out.
Montecristi has a good hotel accommodation offer. Its gastronomic proposal features modern, fresh and competitive options, such as the one offered by Lilo Café Restaurante.
Centro de Interpretación de La Sal is considered an excellent initiative to diversify the local tourist offer that takes up this cultural element surrounded by an exquisite natural wealth. The visit to the Center begins with the spectacular view of El Morro and continues with the sighting of an important onsite bird population that includes pink flamingos, spoonbill sandpipers, and blue herons, among other species. It ends with a tour of a wooden platform that contains information on the timing of the salt extraction process and how this ecosystem works.
Montecristi has a Tourist Information Center (CIT for its acronym in Spanish) located at Casa Doña Emilia.
Did you know? Montecristi has the only Centro de Interpretación de la Sal in the country, where you can learn how more than four generations have produced handmade sea salt from sea water.
Did you know? Casa Doña Emilia was taken apart and brought from Paris in 1895 and put back together in Montecristi where it became an architectural jewel, to this day. Montecristi has a Tourist Information Center (CIT) at Casa Doña Emilia.
The cluster of this destination recommends the following, from a diversity of activities, routes and excursions in Montecristi:
Did you know? Cayos are a nesting refuge for the red-legged gulls, a first-class attraction for bird watchers. Visitors are especially interested in watching the large population of brown noddies. It is also the habitat for other species such as pelicans, earwigs, white-crowned pigeons, mangrove canaries, reptiles and mammals. A wide variety of sponges, coral fish, sea turtles such as hawksbill turtles, pink conchs, crabs, and lobsters inhabits the coral reefs.
Montecristi has a tourist cluster that offers a variety of information about the destination. You can also find information on the area’s gastronomic, cultural, historical and hotel offers.
Links of interest:
Tourist Cluster of Montecristi: http://venamontecristi.com/