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Our village’s name “Tubagua” is a native Taino Indian word meaning “splendid sea“. We’re actually a few miles from the sea, but the ocean view is so big that it seems quite close. This is a small community set in La Cordillera Septentrional, the Dominican Republic’s northern mountain range where altitudes reach almost 4,000 feet. The spectacular scenery that rolls out from our mountaintop perch down to the Atlantic Ocean was no doubt as delightful for the island’s original settlers as the views are awe-inspiring for us; indeed, it feels like not much has changed up here…
In this region, people live a simple life of subsistence farming, taking for granted things that modern folk are trying to get back to; organic produce, free range poultry and meats, fresh cheeses, breads and yogurts come to our table from neighboring farms and villages.
While not affluent, people here are nonetheless rich, surrounded as they areby the luxury of pure nature. Bedrooms are conditioned by fresh breezes, cuts and scrapes treated with plants from the garden, sniffles solved with teas brewed with spring water and local herbs.
Indeed, there’s a lot to learn from the simple life our neighbors live. And it’s interesting how the comments we hear the most about our neighbors revolve around how happy they are. Funny, the Dominican history books say the Spaniards wiped out the passive, peace-loving Taino Indians. But we believe they just changed costumes and that they continue to live out their take-it-easy lifestyle in the magnificent mountains that surround us.
Tubagua will give you an authentic Dominican experience
Tubagua is not a retreat far removed from humanity. While the grounds of our 12-acre plantation are surely private, staying here is more like a village experience. The happy chirping of awakening birds is interrupted by the hood-mounted bullhorn on the milkman’s truck. Your chakra is challenged by the singing gardner as his melancholic strains echo up from the valley. From time to time, Pentecostals from across the road contribute an upbeat tempo to our Sunday supper…
At our eco-lodge, we propose to share with you an authentically local Dominican experience, to provide a taste of this simple, eye-opening way of life — enhanced, of course, with some of the amenities and comforts we’ve grown used to.
So welcome to our web page. Please contact us if you’d like to come stay.
We’re quite sure that if you do, you’ll go back to your world refreshed, rejuvenated and likely inspired…