San Juan de La Maguana
General atmosphere / feeling of the place
San Juan de La Maguana is situated in dominican mountains, in the middle - west of the country, not so far away from border with Haiti. Before my old school motorbike led me there, I was expecting typical Dominican city near the Haitian border - which means poor and once again - poor. And what a surprise I had when I saw San Juan de La Maguana for the first time!
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The area around San Juan de La Maguana makes living from farming. In picture: San Juan and its surroundings
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Things worth to see / do in San Juan / Best of San Juan de La Maguana
San Juan is a prosperous city with few tourist atrractions in the city and outside - in surrounding areas. However, it is not so atractive region like, lets say Barahona or Samana, hence, I wouldnt reccommend staying here for longer than 3-4 days. For me, the biggest attraction in the city was [...read the full article here, 80 % of content inside...]
Bear in mind that the distance to Sabaneta from San Juan de La Maguana on the map is only 25 km - but the road is in quite bad condition (more potholes than asphalt actually), so for getting there you must count at least 45 minutes.Around the road there are many picturesque fields surrounded by mountains - also beautiful landscape worth viewing.
Beautiful landscape around San Juan. Somewhere, on the horizon - highest mountain peak in Dominican Republic - Pico Duarte.
How to get into San Juan/ Roads Info
The road Azua - San Juan is of great quality (recently build), almost without potholes and with new asphalt. The road San Juan - Sabaneta (to the Sabaneta lake) is unfortunately much worse (typical village road in Dominican Republic - lots of potholes), so take caution while driving there.
The other road - that connects San Juan de La Maguana with Haitian border - is probably of good quality. I never drove there, but these are my feelings /prognosis ;-), based on typical quality of such roads in DR (from bigger, rich city, to other major point - border point).