Plaza de la Cultura Cándido Bidó


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Midway between Santiago and Santo Domingo, Bonao is often considered just a stop for a meal but its natural beauty high in the hills and the local art make it more of a destination. The Blanco River ecotouristic trails and Jima waterfalls are easy to access. Its outstanding Cándido Bidó and Tiburcio museums are open all year round and visiting the Bonao Carnival during the month of February is particularly enticing.


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Short and flat, the course was built for the executives of the large Falconbridge mining company in the city of Bonao. It was designed by an assistant to Robert Trent Jones, Sr. who also designed the Playa Dorada golf course in Puerto Plata. Be sure to pay attention to the 2nd hole, as it is […]
Each February, in celebration of Carnival, Bonao features its own unique characters parading to the beat of the carnival drums on Sundays. Bonao carnival characters include the Santos de Palo, wooden representations of Catholic saints made by the artists who are grouped according to the saints they have created.
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The biggest restaurants in Bonao are on the highway. Típico Bonao, Miguelina and Plaza Jacaranda have been in operation for many years satisfying Dominican food cravings and providing clean rest rooms for travelers. In town, there is a local pork eatery and several small diners.
Bonao is all about highway shopping. Check out the souvenir shop at Típico Bonao and buy sweets at Miguelina. The Santos de Palo also sell their outstanding art at La Gran Parada. Plaza Jacaranda is a favorite for stocking up on beer and Dominican food on the highway near the entrance to Bonao. In town, […]
Winner of two awards for sculpture in the prestigious E. León Jimenes Art Contest, Cristian Tiburcio has turned every single space in his own home in Bonao into a work of art, Gaudí style. Walls, staircases, windows, bathrooms, chairs, beds, even the kitchen cabinets are works of ceramic art. Calle Los Pinos 15.
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The Complejo Ecoturístico Río Blanco, 17 miles (27 km) from Bonao, promotes rural, cultural and adventure tourism. Located by the Blanco River, it has youth hostel-style accommodations with Dominican cooking. Hiking trails go through dense forests of colorful birds, endemic fauna, green ebony, palms, and pine forests.
The Jima River falls are popular with locals. A trail through dense tropical forests makes it easy to enjoy three of the nine falls in the Reserva Científica Las Neblinas, a scientific reserve highly rated for bird watching.
This museum, cultural center and art school was founded by one of the greatest Dominican painters of all time, the late Cándido Bidó. Large murals mark the entrance to the center and gift shop. Calle Mella.
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Extraordinary award-winning artists exhibit their sculptures in precious wood in the style of 16th century Spanish artists. Visits to the artists’ workshops can be arranged at the center. La Gran Parada, Duarte Highway Km 89.
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