"Bani" Baní by yangel03

Baní Travel Guide: 12 reviews and 45 photos

The home Of poets

Bani is a small little town that its residents also know it as the home of poets. It’s only an hour’s drive west of Santo Domingo. The province’s population is relatively small with 169, 865 people, and only 61, 864 in the Bani metro area. This is a tightly knit community with families and neighborhoods dating back several centuries.
Bani is a Taino word meaning “abundant water.” The area was named after an important Taino leader of the Maguana people. He was said to be one of Caonabo’s closest allies. But, it wasn’t until 1764 when a group of neighbors concerned with their security and safety came together to purchase a property large enough to build their own village in the valley of Bani. Historians set the sum of this purchase as that of “300 pesos fuertes” for a property called Cerro Gordo; the principals were listed as Francisco Baez and Bartolome del Castillo. It’s no wonder why Banilejos (Bani citizens) keep their city with such pride and high esteem. Banilejos are well known for being industrious, successful business entrepreneurs, and for having one of the best-kept towns in the Dominican Republic.

Iglesia Catolina de bani (Catholic Church of Bani)

The majority of the people of the Dominican Republic claim to be Christian, with over 90% of those claiming Roman Catholicism as their religion.

Typical Bani street, laid back and peaceful

  • Last visit to Baní: Apr 1996
  • Intro Updated May 9, 2016
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