La Isabela, Not Just Another Pretty Beach in The Dominican Republic 2019-10-14


Columbus’s arrival to America marked a before and an after in the history of the continent. Thus, the beginning of an era of cultural diversity started. On October 12, the day of the race was celebrated in the Dominican Republic, Spain, and other Latin American countries. Moreover, today, it is commemorated in the United States. In honor of the remembrance of this significant date, we want to highlight an archaeological jewel located on the North Coast of the D.R called La Isabela.

Why the North Coast is a Complete Zone

The North Coast of the Dominican Republic has rivers, beaches, caves with petroglyphs, mountains, historical monuments, virgin vegetation, and much more. In this beautiful region, there is a hidden archeological gem with a historical value that transcends the history of America. The Isabela village is the home place of the first European settlement in America. Due to its exceptional value, this site is on the tentative list of places that could form part of the World Cultural Heritage of UNESCO. Click here for more information

An Archaeological Treasure 

The Isabela village constitutes a symbolic place in the country because it has one of the most important cultural resources of the continent: the ruins of the first city founded in America. Under the waters of La Isabela Bay remains part of the vessels that arrived in America. Moreover, it was where the first plantations of wheat, vines, and sugar cane started.

la Isabela Ruins archaeological site.

From 1989 to 1999, archaeologists from the Florida Museum of Natural History collaborated with the National Parks Directorate of the D.R. to excavate and study La Isabela. The results of these investigations are available in the Museum of La Isabela.

At the museum, there are several indigenous and Spanish pieces that have been assembled. Moreover, you can observe the first buildings, such as the cemetery and the colonial house. Opposite, you can find the temple of the Americas or sanctuary of Jesus Christ evangelizer.

The First Foreign Visitor to the Dominican Republic

The Dominican Republic continues to be the most visited destination in the Caribbean, with an average of 6.2 million visitors per year. Its extensive offer of incredible attractions has put the D.R. among the top destinations in the world.  To know more click here.

Though more than 500 years ago, the first foreigner who arrived on the island was Christopher Columbus, and he did so by the North Coast. Although he reached the island by accident, he fell in love with its beauty, baptizing it at the time as the Hispaniola (derived from Spain).

Getting to La Isabela Archeological Park 

To get to La Isabela Archeologic Park, you can rent a vehicle and then follow the instructions of the google navigator. Driving is the most convenient way because public transportation does not reach the ruins of the Isabela directly. For more information on how to rent a car in the Dominican Republic, click here 

The price for the admission is RD$100.00 (US$2.00) per person, and is open from Monday to Friday, between 9:00 am to 5:00 pm. With this price, you can enjoy the museum, the cemetery, and visit the church.

Reasons to Visit the North Coast of the Dominican Republic

This fact is proof of the incredible value of the North Coast. It offers you not only a great variety of beaches and nature but also a magnificent archeological treasure of world importance.

Going on vacation is one of the best experiences of the life of the human being. Imagine how great it would be living on vacation for the rest of your life. You can do it so by retiring to the North Coast of the Dominican Republic. If you want to find out how relaxed and stress-free the lifestyle on the North Coast is, click here.