Santiago Rodríguez Province

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Santiago Rodríguez
Coat of arms of Santiago Rodríguez
Coat of arms
Location of the Santiago Rodríguez Province
Location of the Santiago Rodríguez Province
Coordinates: 19°24′59″N 71°20′27″W / 19.41639°N 71.34083°W / 19.41639; -71.34083
Country Dominican Republic
Province since1948
CapitalSan Ignacio de Sabaneta
 • TypeSubdivisions
 • Body3 municipalities
0 municipal districts
 • Congresspersons1 Senator (Antonio Cruz Torres)
2 Deputies
 • Total1,111.14 km2 (429.01 sq mi)
 • Total99,044
 • Density89/km2 (230/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC-4 (AST)
Area code1-809 1-829 1-849
ISO 3166-2DO-26
Postal Code64000

Santiago Rodríguez (Spanish pronunciation: [sanˈtjaɣo roˈðɾiɣes]) is a province of the Dominican Republic. It was split from Monte Cristi in 1948.


The Santiago Rodríguez province has the Monte Cristi and Valverde provinces to the north, the Santiago province to the east, the San Juan and Elías Piña provinces to the south and the Dajabón province to the west.

Origin of name[edit]

Santiago Rodríguez was an officer of the Dominican army in the Dominican War of Independence. He was one of the founders of the city of Sabaneta and an important military leader during the initial stages of the Restoration War (1863–1865)



The province as of June 20, 2006 is divided into the following municipalities (municipios):[1]

The following is a sortable table of the municipalities with population figures as of the 2012 census.[2]

Name Total population Urban population Rural population
Monción 39,875 19,856 20,019
San Ignacio de Sabaneta 98,453 55,757 42,696
Villa de los Almácigos 26,613 14,655 10,958
Santiago Rodríguez province 164,941 90,268 74,673

For comparison with the municipalities and municipal districts of other provinces see the list of municipalities and municipal districts of the Dominican Republic.


The Cordillera Central ("Central mountain chain") is found in the southern part of the province, and the Sierra Samba (a chain of low hills) runs across the northern half.


The climate of the province is a tropical climate, hot most of the year, but it is cooler on the mountains.


The main rivers are Guayubín and Mao, both tributaries of the Yaque del Norte river.


The only economic activity of importance is agriculture.

Tourist Attractions

Santiago Rodriguez is a province of the Dominican Republic that has interesting tourist attraction, located mainly in the mountains. San Ignacio de Sabaneta, the main town is a beautiful and clean city, one of the nicest places of the Dominican Republic. The town has several parks, boulevards and a quiet atmosphere.

Just a few miles away, the visitor is going to find hills, mountains and one of the wildest places of the caribbean nature, that is Armando Bermudez National Park. This national park has rivers, mountain streams, and great variety of plants, birds and wildlife. One of the biggest attractions are the interminable pine trees, the largest stronghold of primary forest in the country. Next to this park is Moncion Damn or Presa de Moncion, an artificial lake surrounded by hills and mountains. Its deep blue waters are rich in fish.

One of the most exciting places is La Peonía, a coffee community located a few miles to the south of Villa Los Almacigos. La peonia is the camping to those to want to explore Nalga de Maco National Park, a 6,000 mountain peak with a foggy summit that has the only Elfin Forest in the island. This misty place is draped with bromeliads, mosses and orchids.


  1. ^ Oficina Nacional de Estadistica, Departamento de Cartografia, Division de Limites y Linderos. "Listado de Codigos de Provincias, Municipio y Distritos Municipales, Actualizada a Junio 20 del 2006" (in Spanish). Archived from the original on 2007-03-14. Retrieved 2007-01-24.CS1 maint: multiple names: authors list (link)
  2. ^ Consejo Nacional de Población y Familia. "Censos y Proyecciones de la Población Dominicana por Regiones, Provincias, Municipios y Distritos Municipales, 2012" (PDF) (in Spanish). Retrieved 2010-10-11.[permanent dead link]

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